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June Was a Record Month For Photographers Contacted on ImageBrief

Photo: © Matthew Reed

Photo: © Matthew Reed

June has been a record month for photographers contacted for assignment work through ImageBrief. One of our founding principles is to bring photographers and buyers together, not keep them apart. In keeping with that sentiment, one of our key features is the Contact Me button on every photographer’s page, which allows buyers to talk to photographers directly about hiring them for assignment work.

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Need a Photographer Who Shoots Lifestyle? Here Are 10 That Nail It

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Photo: © Susan Carmody

Lifestyle photography gets a bad rap. When most people hear the buzzword, they think of the cheesy imagery often associated with the genre. The secret to good lifestyle photography is a realistic approach—it’s about capturing the essence of the subject. Lifestyle photography doesn’t have to look forced and fake.

Here are ten photographers who know how to capture that authentic feeling.

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7 TED Talks that Every Creative Will Love

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You could argue that as creatives, you have the best jobs in the world. Visually and in writing, you find novelways of translating complex human ideas into simple, resonant messages.

Given that you’re always on the hunt for inspiration, you’ve come to the right blog post. These 7 TED talks will give you the push that you need to find your next breakthrough.

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Pricing Photos For Social Media

Photo: © Kelly Fajack

Photo: © Kelly Fajack

After Suzanne Sease saw the comments section on the article I posted last week, “How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Photographer?” she sent me the post you see below and thought it would be relevant to our audience on the heels of that discussion. It’s especially top-of-mind for those who are stymied by the social media wild west and the prices agencies are paying photographers for image usage on social media. The hot button issue was also recently covered in PDN’s 2015 Photo Annual in an article titled, “What Should You Charge for Social Media Usage?”. We hope you’ll glean an understanding of the sale of images in the context of social media from Suzanne’s expert perspective. —Jacob Pastrovich, ImageBrief Community Manager

A version of following article was originally posted on A Photo Editor and is being republished here with the author’s permission. 

When Rob [from A Photo Editor] asked me to reach out to art directors and art producers to get an idea of what photographers should charge for social media, I got a surprising lesson about the changing climate when it comes to these shoots. Having been an art producer for over 20 years, I’m fortunate enough to be able to reach out to those currently in the field. I spoke with folks from all over the country from traditional advertising agencies, social media agencies, and corporations with an internal ad agency.

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The Visual Style of Photographer Emily Andrews

The home of Luke Harwood, owner of Happy Bones cafe and Gabby Mirkin, designer at Vogue at home for Home NZ. © Emily Andrews

The home of Luke Harwood, owner of Happy Bones cafe and Gabby Mirkin, designer at Vogue at home for Home NZ. © Emily Andrews

When a photographer’s work is so distinct that you can see one of their images and immediately know it’s their doing, that’s when you know they’ve made it. Some examples that immediately come to mind when I think of this: Robert Frank’s dark, unwavering point of view; the yellow hue of Jürgen Teller’s fashion work; Sally Mann’s portraits; the bright white background—and questionable ethics—of Terry Richardson’s photos, the list could go on. All these photographers have spent decades building their personal brand as photographers, and ultimately, isn’t that what we’re reaching for? Cultivating a distinct style all of your own that’s instantly recognizable and has the potential to be iconic.

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When to Use a Photography Model Release: The Right of Publicity

Photo: © Nicole Mlakar

Photo: © Nicole Mlakar

When should you obtain a photography model release? When can you take someone’s photo in public? What can you use those photos for? These questions surrounding model releases and the right of publicity often plague photographers and can stifle the connection between creativity and commerce. While there is no hardline answer to any one of them—the grey area here is vast—there are a few guidelines you can follow to protect yourself and make sure your photographs are sellable.

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Sean and Yvette: “It just made sense to work together.”

Sean and Yvette

Photo: © Sean and Yvette

Creative teams exist for a reason. Creativity thrives on collaboration. Creative teams create an opportunity to bring different skill-sets and expertise to the table, build on ideas and ultimately evolve the original creative idea into a better iteration.

Continuing the theme of “creative duos” on our blog this week, we’re shining a spotlight on the diverse work of the husband and wife photographer team from Dublin, Ireland: Sean and Yvette. We asked them a bit about their creative partnership:

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How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Photographer?

Photo: © Chip Kalback

Photo: © Chip Kalback

Too often potential image-buyers wonder, “how much does it cost to hire a photographer?” Even more often, they shoot themselves in the foot before they ever even find out because they think hiring one will be too expensive. Without a comprehensive rate sheet floating around to guide them, clients looking for photographers don’t know where to start their negotiations, and it’s often left to the photographer to be the first one to pop the “what’s your budget?” question to get the ball rolling. Well, I’m here to tell you that hiring a photographer can be more affordable than you might think, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

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