Can We Get ”Real” this Thanksgiving

posted on 15th of november, 2017

Apparently every American has Martha Stewart on speed dial. At least that’s the impression you get when you look at holiday stock images. Just search keywords like Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Dinner or Holiday Traditions. The images that are returned are all a mélange of smiling, happy families sitting down to beautifully set dinner tables with a perfectly cooked meal.


I don’t know about you, but that’s not exactly how thing go down at my house. Do we always have a great meal – YES. Would it make Martha Stewart proud –NO!

So I say it’s time we “get real” with our holiday images. Instead of showing some fabricated holiday scene, let’s embrace all the joy and craziness of the real Thanksgiving holiday.


Turkey a la...

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Creating Powerful Symbols of Peace for World Peace Day

posted on 11th of november, 2017

November 17 marks this year’s World Peace Day. Started as a grass roots movement to encourage individuals to create and display origami paper cranes as an awareness campaign for peace – World Peace Day has evolved into a political action campaign to help promote peace through policy.


Cranes represent the Japanese symbol for good luck, and have been adopted as a metaphor for world peace. The organizations website Peaceday.org has detailed descriptions for how to fold the animal and encourages everyone to send the finished product – or picture of one hanging – to their local representatives along with a plea for peace.

As stock photographers, we are all about representing such complex concepts as peace visually in imagery,...

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The Great American Smoke-Out and the Imagery It Inspires

posted on 9th of november, 2017

Ready, set, quit!


Oh, if it were only that easy. Every year on the third Thursday in November, this year falling on the 16th, the American Cancer Society sponsors The Great American Smoke Out as a way to get people committed to living a tobacco free life.

When the event first began in the early 1970’s, the message to smokers was to use a specific date to commit to quitting cold turkey. Since then, research has shown that a smoking addiction is an extremely tough one to break and quitting requires a dedicated plan with lots of support to be successful.

That’s not to say that the message around all the benefits to quitting smoking – in terms of health, finances, and quality of life – isn’t getting through. While an estimated 36.5 million Americans...

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The Greatest Sale of the Year for Stock Photographers

posted on 24th of october, 2017

The food has all been eaten, the relatives have gone home and kids have been put to bed. The holiday is over for another year, and it’s now time to turn your attention to the biggest shopping event of the season.


No, I’m not talking about Black Friday sales after the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are interested in shooting stock photography, the holiday sales to keep an eye on are the ones on the day after Halloween!

Think about what stock photography is all about. It’s not just smiling happy people doing stuff – although there is a lot of that going on. It’s really about capturing universal themes in ways that are easy to visually grasp. How better to do that than with the many props and costumes available for cheap one day after the greatest of all dress-...

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Posted by Ctmphotog on November 01, 2017
Some good ideas! Thanks!
Posted by Aurelielemoigne on October 27, 2017
Thanks for this interresting article.

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How to make a difference for just one day

posted on 20th of october, 2017

It is so easy in this hectic world to forget to stop occasionally and look outside ourselves for ways to give our fellow man a hand up every now and then. Since 1992, the fourth Saturday of October has been set aside as a National Day of Service meant to encourage average Americans to commit this one-day out of their lives to helping others. Make a Difference Day will be observed on October 28th this year.


And while service can be done by anyone at anytime, having a designated day helps to bring awareness to the importance of public service and the needs of many organizations for volunteers. Many communities will plan projects large and small and work with various groups to staff the small armies of volunteers needed to tackle and accomplish a...

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13 Unlucky Superstitions for this Friday the 13th

posted on 9th of october, 2017

The irrational fear of Friday the 13th is so well know it has even been given it’s own scientific name – paraskevidekatriaphobia (which never fails to invoke my irrational fear of spelling). And while we all know that Friday the 13th is an “unlucky day”, have you ever asked yourself why? Or ever done a deep dive into a few other common unlucky superstitions you may have held over the years? Well, here is your chance to explore the meaning and symbolism behind 13 unlucky superstitions we hold.


Friday the 13th
This common unlucky superstition actually has two roots. The Christian version is that Judas (the 13th guest at the last supper) betrayed Christ on a Friday – making Friday the 13th unlucky for all.

And ancient Norse...

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Posted by Vladimirkz on October 09, 2017
Very interesting! Thank you!

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Tips to Rock your next Facebook Cover Image

posted on 5th of october, 2017

Admit it, unless you live under a rock, you have used Facebook for at least some of your daily life. But what you may not want to admit is what kind of user you are.


Are you the “post every detail of your day from sun rise to sun set” kind of user? Or maybe you are the “I have an opinion and I just have to share it” user? Possibly you fall into the “I just want my friends and family to know where I am and what I’m doing” kind of user. Do you simply troll others online, or are you that dreaded “here’s another hilarious video of a cat” kind of user?

Whether you admit to it or not, it is easy to determine someone’s personality by how they use images on Facebook, and the one image that says the most about a person is their cover image....

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Posted by Zahavak on October 17, 2017
Professional and excellent article
It is very useful
Thank you!
Posted by Leswrona on October 14, 2017
I don't live under a rock and I don't use Facebook.
Posted by Angelaostafichuk on October 07, 2017
I have to admit, I am one who does not use Facebook anymore. Outside of business, I found it to be such a personal time sucker and pretty useless. However, for work it's great. If you use it for running classes or advertising your work then it can be very useful. Good article. : )

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An Ode to the Mighty Vegetable

posted on 25th of september, 2017

October 1st finds us celebrating World Vegetarian Day. There is so much more to eating vegetarian than just eating vegetables; vegetarian means simply eating no meat, no meat except fish for the "pescatarian", or no animal products at all for the strict "vegan". Which means a vegetarian diet includes lots of beautiful and healthy fruits, grains, beans, and nuts.

But it is the vegetable that lends its name to this day, so let us use it to celebrate the mighty vegetable in pictures. The beauty of the veggie is that it is as versatile in front of the camera as it is on your plate. Here are a few tips to help you to capture natures magic food in pictures.


Get up close
Vegetables provide such rich contrasts in colors and in textures so highlight this by filling the frame...

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How to create dessert pictures that really take the cake

posted on 20th of september, 2017

Chef’s will tell you that you eat first with your eyes – meaning that food must look as good as it tastes. And that holds double when you are the photographer of those mouth-watering desserts we all love so much. Open any magazine or search online for the perfect dessert recipe, and you’ll find images that almost leap off the page and onto your fork.

The dirty little secret of food photographers is they often have a team of chefs and food stylists working behind the scenes to help create that perfect image. The good news is that, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can fulfill each of those roles in your home studio and produce mouth watering images that are sure to add a few pounds for the viewer.


Be a food stylist
Food styling is about more than arranging...

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Posted by Aurelielemoigne on September 23, 2017
Thank you for these advices.
Posted by Itsadream on September 21, 2017
A refreshing read. Thank you.

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Husbands, take note! – Wife Appreciation Day is here

posted on 14th of september, 2017

If it’s the 3rd Sunday in September, then it must be Wife Appreciation Day – or as we like to refer to it in my house, just your typical day!

Wife Appreciation Day was designed to celebrate wives without children – kind of like a Mother’s Day without the Labor Day. Although nobody is quite certain how it started, the general consensus is it was created by a loving husband to celebrate his childless wife. But it could just as easily have been started by the wife - or by the greeting card companies – who really knows.

What is important is that we now have a National Holiday dedicated to celebrating the long-suffering “wife”. A “wife” assumes many roles in a marriage – all of which make great concepts for stock photographers. So before you celebrate the holiday, grab your...

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Posted by Onime on September 17, 2017
Inspiring blog.. :)
Posted by Al3xlky on September 15, 2017
It's late in the evening; he's wondering what clothes to wear.
She'll put on her make-up and brushes her short blonde hair.
And then she asks me, "Do I look all right?"
And I say, "Yes, you look wonderful tonight."

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