What I Did This Summer .or. How Stock Photography has Changed my World

posted on 20th of september, 2012

I think there is something magical about this time of the year on dreamstime.

Maybe I'm a bit of a voyeur,
but I love to browse through random porfolios
to get a peek into how my fellow contributors spent there summer holidays

(or winter holidays, for our friends in the southern half of the world)

As stock photographers, we have a tendency to leave a trail as we live our lives.

That got me thinking about my recent vacation

– cruising the Norwegian Fjords.

Oh sure, I took the standard pictures.

Went on the standard tours.

Did the normal tourist activities.

But I also found myself looking for those “special” pictures,

finding things that I wouldn't have regular access to,

using things in stock type settings,

looking to gain access to behind the scenes locations,

especially the less than glamorous ones.

That’s when it hit me,

Stock Photographers don’t take vacations

– we simply manage to find a little R&R time on one of our extended photo shoots!

So I started thinking how becoming a stock photographer has impacted other areas of my life …..

Will I ever be able to shop?

Or cook?

Or eat

without stopping to grab “just one pic”

(my husband sure is hopeful)

And don’t even get me started on the additional pounds I’ve gained from being "forced" to eat my “props”

Will I ever be able to throw anything away
– ever –

(fortunately we have a large basement which my husband has surrendered to the cause)

Will I ever look at the news or world events

without trying to mold them into a concept photo?

Will I ever again buy things I need
for something other than pictures?
(oh, and while I'm there..let me just take one more ....)

Will I ever again look at the changing seasons

for something more than new inspirations?

Will things that used to irritate me
go back to being something bad?

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to these questions,

And I have to admit that I'm certainly glad for that!

I hope your world view forever changes for the better as well!

Comments (16)

Posted by Lenutaidi on October 10, 2012
Nice images! Great blog!
Posted by Tridgers on September 24, 2012
Completely agree with what you say. Nice article! ;)
Posted by Studioportosabbia on September 24, 2012
Great article and excellent shot. Hope they "work" for you!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on September 23, 2012
Thanks @Peanutroaster. I'm sure my husband rues the day I picked up a camera - but he sure is a good sport about it!

@Hannamariah what a sweet thing to say, thank you so much!
Posted by Hannamariah on September 22, 2012
You're not only a talented photographer, but a talented writer as well! All of it so true, thanks for making me smile!
Posted by Peanutroaster on September 22, 2012
Enjoyed the trip! So very true and its great having a supporting spouse!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on September 22, 2012
@Georgeskyrillos, @Inyrdreams, @Laurasinelle, @Hanbaoluan, @Giannit and @Thanatonauti - thank you so much for the kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed my little ditty.

@Clearvista - you always have the nicest things to say. I think you hit the nail on the head, It's about the journey not the destination for us now!

@Egomezta - yes, September was very good for me! Hope to keep the momentum going into the fall!

@Vcarmstrong - I'm not sure I'd want to break my "addiction", but I think the First Step is "Admit you have a problem ...." At least we've all done that!

Thanks again everyone! K-
Posted by Thanatonautii on September 22, 2012
This is an awesome blog! I had lots of fun reading it and you very right in your affirmations.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Posted by Giannit on September 22, 2012
Norway is simply the great place i've had the pleasure to visit...
Posted by Hanbaoluan on September 21, 2012
The pictures are beautiful!
Posted by Laurasinelle on September 21, 2012
Nice images! Great blog!
Posted by Vcarmstrong on September 21, 2012
Nicely done and I completely agree. It is almost like an addiction having to photography everything along the way of life! I wonder if there is a 12 step program? hahaha
Posted by Inyrdreams on September 21, 2012
hard to add any more comments to this other then nicely said!!!!
Posted by Egomezta on September 21, 2012
Wow, a busy summer. Nice images by the way...
Posted by Clearvista on September 21, 2012
A great blog as usual from you. Agree with you once you start stock photography then you see everything differently wherever you go. It has certainly opened my eyes and I no longer just walk to a location in a trance like state. I now see everything on my journey too, which is a fantastic bonus to the photography. Great portfolio, bet your "model" wonders what situation he will find himself into next :) Very inspirational, thank you.
Posted by Georgeskyrillos on September 21, 2012
A delightful read :) I guess we're all addicted!

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