We’ve lost count of the times our photographers have asked us to tell the client they are available to shoot their brief. And sometimes, buyers just don’t find the exact shot they need from a brief, even though many of the entries come so close.
Until now, there was no easy way for clients to browse photographer portfolios and consider them for assignment. So we’ve launched Premium Accounts, already being trialled by a number of our community.
Here’s how it works:
1. BUYER POSTS A BRIEF FOR EXISTING IMAGES
2. PHOTOGRAPHERS PROMOTE THEIR PROFILE AS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
3. BUYERS REVIEW PORTFOLIOS AND CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHERS DIRECT
This new servie allows clients to get the right shot by finding a photographer through our network of Premium Account Members. Both parties connect directly without us being in the middle or taking a commission on the job. Both clients and photographers expand their networks and clients can review and hire a photographer right when they need one.
Our mission is to connect talented photographers to the biggest brands, agencies and publishers and start working with them long term. Think of us like an agent with global reach, no commissions and no politics. We are already working with BBDO, Y&R, JWT, Ogilvy, Havas, McGarry Bowen, Conde Nast, Expedia, ABnBev, Penguin, Random House, Hachette Book Group and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Just last week, Land Rover launched a brief, purchased images from the brief, and hired 4 photographers for assignment. The Job? To drive around a National Park (within 2 hours of the photographer’s homes) in a brand new Land Rover and take pics for their social media. Not bad! We’ll be posting a full update on this job when they get back!
If you’re interested in being a Premium Account Member, request an invite here. Only a limited number of photographers will be offered access to the service to keep the quality high for buyers and assignment opportunities plentiful for members.
Image credit: Our Winner!
Before we get to that can we just say a HUGE thank you to ALL photographers who invited their colleagues to join ImageBrief. We’re overwhelmed by the positive response to sharing the platform.
Through until August 31st 2014, you’ll earn US$50 voucher (iTunes or Amazon… your choice) when any of your referrals sell their first image on ImageBrief… so keep inviting your photographer colleagues now!
And so, the winner of the US$5,000 with an incredible 181 approved referrals is…
Handsome and connected, to boot!
Leigh referred us to 586 of his colleagues with 181 of those approved by our Editors. Leigh is an Australian photographer who joined ImageBrief earlier this year. He has a brilliant sense for what our clients are looking for with over 10% of his images being shortlisted by our clients. Check out his profile here.
From Leigh: ”Wow! Thank you Simon and the whole team at ImageBrief! This voucher will be put to good use!
He has a strong social media presence including a solid following on Google+. You can connect with him there to receive his updates.
Get with the program.
Would you like start earning by spreading the word about ImageBrief to fellow photographers? Sign up or login in and visit your referrals page.
We love seeing such a wide range of talented photographers at ImageBrief, from seasoned industry leading pros through to emerging artists. We’ve had many of the latter asking us for advice and tips on photography when it comes to images that are commercially viable, so thought we’d start right here in New York with something very hands-on. (Disclaimer: This is a cross promotion which we thought aligns well with ImageBrief, and hell, we scored a free ticket to give you!)
If you are an aspiring pro photographer, or know any budding shooters that fit that category, then we have a free ticket to give away (worth $595) to the invite-only Create Incredible Portraits weekend workshop. Specifically focused on shooting portraits for high end advertising campaigns or glossy magazines, this is a workshop that gives photographers exposure to the full crew environment of H&M, stylist and model talent, while focusing heavily on creating a strong concept and bringing it to life using cinematic lighting.
It’s no secret that some of the biggest advertising agencies and brands in the industry are using ImageBrief and they simply must have the quality, composition, lighting and style at a professional level. This course will definitely help in achieving the benchmark required to sell big ticket image sales on ImageBrief and help you go on to work for major brands and publishing clients.
To win the free ticket for the upcoming workshop in New York on 21-22nd June, tell us in the comments what is the one thing that you struggle with or want to master most in your photography. Obviously you’ll need to be in the Big Apple if you want to attend! We’ll choose the winner on Monday 9th June.
Jump on over to the NYPW page to read more about the photography workshop.
We like to keep up with all of our ImageBrief photographers and most recently we were lucky enough to catch up with Santosh Verma. He was just featured in the SONY® A58 camera campaign (please hold all autograph requests until the end of the post). Santosh is an active ImageBrief participant. He’s won two briefs thanks to his great eye for capturing people in authentic moments. We sat down with Santosh to understand just how he tells the story of people so well.
Above: Santosh’s winning image from the brief, ” Women who are leaders in their industries.”
How long have you been shooting and what inspired you initially to pick up a camera?
I have been shooting for over 20 years now. What inspired me to pick up my camera was what I saw and experienced: The drama, the magic, and the life I was surrounded with. I was enthralled by ‘the extraordinary’ that I experienced in the daily mundane, routine of ordinary life.
What are some of your favorite subjects to photograph and how do you pick them?
My favorite subjects have always been people. I love and am fascinated by them. The way I choose a subject is always done so instinctively and impulsively- by being ‘drawn’ to them.
Your work has a very dramatic and cinematic quality to it. What is your approach to getting images like that?
There is a type of ‘heroism’ that is needed to live life. Almost everyone is living in an intense and dramatic life from their own point of view. For them, it is very theatrical and so there will certainly be a dramatic quality and a cinematic impression that will present itself if one observes, senses, and tries not to impose their own ideas or theories onto it.
What is your preferred lighting technique, natural light or artificial?
I mostly roam around with my DSLR without lights and shoot in natural lighting. As some of my friends would say, I shoot in ‘available-darkness,’ especially for my documentary work.
Above: Santosh’s winning image from the brief, ” Embracing the gift of sight.”
A large number of your images are all taken in India, as that is where you are from, what inspires you about your country?
Most of my work is from India except for a few occasions when I traveled to New York for my gallery showings at Christie’s Gallery.
My country is my inspiration, my subject, my muse, and my canvas. It is extraordinary in what she can show you about herself and about you. It can be a revelation if you’re not asleep.
You were selected to participate in the SONY® INDIA project, how did you connect with them?
I was invited to show my work to SONY® a few months back. “This is the kind of work that I have been waiting to see for so many years,” the wonderful and gracious Japanese SONY® gentleman had said. There was no looking back after that first meeting. It has been a satisfying and meaningful relationship that has fostered on trust and respect since then.
The SONY® Alpha Story you were in was very moving. What other advice do you have to give for aspiring photographers?
The SONY® Alpha Story was something that actually happened when I taught at a college. It was full of emotion and revelations that has been harnessed to make this campaign for the SONY® A58 camera. The advice that I have for any aspiring photographer is a very cliché one, ‘let your own pictures teach you what you are all about.’
We love your quote, “Don’t just click pictures, shoot stories! There is more to a picture." That’s great advice for all photographers to hear, as it’s so easy to snap shots with no afterthoughts. How do you think a commercial photographer could apply this to their everyday jobs?
After shooting what the clients have asked for, I take time out and create images that I want to create for them. This is a process of educating the clients themselves! And most often, when I am asked to shoot, they say, “shoot what you want, shoot what you think’s best and we will take it from there.” So I shoot BOTH sets- what they want plus something extra. With more [effort] put in, they can be happy with what works best for them!
I firmly believe that every picture you take MUST tell a story- even if it’s a still life photograph. Everything speaks if you would only listen! So my aim is not to click pictures but to behold the story and then see how to best photograph it.
Photo Credit: Santosh Verma
Check out Santosh’s beautiful SONY® INDIA campaign by clicking here.
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