ImageBrief Lands Two Photographers $18,500 Each

Photo: Ed Gately

An outtake from the shoot that won Premium Photographer, Ed Gately $18,500 for his efforts.

We recently had the pleasure of being able to award two photographers with a couple of our highest-paying briefs ever! How high you ask? One client—who, unfortunately, we can’t publicly name at the moment—purchased two images, each by a different photographer for a whopping $18,500!

It was my highest single image license sale of my professional photography career. –Ed Gately

Buyers on ImageBrief run the gamut in terms of how they brief and for how long—sometimes briefs run for just 48 hours, others take as long as a couple months before an image is awarded. While no two briefs are ever the same, and our photographers sometimes wonder how the behind the scenes gears work, we’d like to lift the veil a bit and share some details about how it all went down. Thankfully, the two awarded photographers, Ralph Ventura and Ed Gately, were willing to share how they went about winning this high-paying brief.

For Ralph, this was his first sale on ImageBrief, though he’s also been shortlisted on several other occasions. His typical submissions to briefs are from his photo library of travel and street photography dating back as far as 2009, but explained that this shoot was a bit different.

“I went about shooting for the brief on January 27th, just a couple of days after it went live, then received a call from ImageBrief sometime in early February that a buyer was interested in the image. From there we had a few more calls and emails until I got word that the image sold on March 27, two months after I shot it.”

An example of the stunning work that Ralph Ventura has submitted to briefs in the past.

An example of the stunning work that Ralph Ventura has submitted to briefs in the past.

For Ed Gately, it was a similar experience, “I shot for the brief about 24 hours after it was posted on ImageBrief. It was my first time working with a child model in a commercial setting and the shoot took 45 minutes per model.”

More About the Shoot

The entire shoot took about one hour during which I took 35 images. –Ralph Ventura

Ralph said, “This brief was well outside anything I had in my library. It called for a 16-year-old boy or girl working on something at home and called for all ethnicities. My step-niece is 16 years old and of Puerto Rican descent and was available on an hour’s notice. I set it up with her mom, who was eager for the shoot and willing to release the image. My kitchen and dining area are very modern and minimalist and made for an attractive backdrop. Given all that and that the brief was for such a large sum, I felt I should take a shot at it even if it was on spec. I had monoblocs and equipment at hand but found that I could shoot it all in ambient light at f/2.8 hand-held. The entire shoot took about one hour during which I took 35 images. Selecting ten images for submission and the post-processing took about another hour. All in all, about two hours.” Not bad for a couple of hours worth of work!

Ed Gately, a Premium Photographer who gets to keep 100 percent of the revenue from the sale said, “It was my highest single image license sale of my professional photography career. There are the expected visibility benefits you get from the support of the ImageBrief team after a big sale. The unexpected benefit, however, was more of a personal insight regarding how I curate my content for brief submission. The image awarded for the brief was originally one I considered not suitable. After I completed my first submissions, I put myself in the shoes of the buyer and thought about what they were looking for…what is the story they are trying to communicate? When I did this I discovered a new image which displayed more emotion and joy, and ultimately it was a winner.”

More On Premium From Ed

“I have been a Premium Photographer since the program was launched and have loved seeing ImageBrief continue to grow and expand the program benefits. The announcement about the 100% revenue change came just 3-4 days before the awarded brief was posted and I was really excited about it then. Now I am ecstatic. The extra money from the 100% revenue is at least a 900% return on what I have paid so far, or the other way I look at it, it pays for over 6 years of the Premium Photographer service. ImageBrief has done a great job being an advocate for me as a photographer and a great steward of my images. I’m not sure I could ask for a better partnership and I look forward to more shared success.”

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Jacob Pastrovich is ImageBrief’s Marketing and Content Manager. Previously, he was the Assistant Director at the New York Photo Festival and Director of The powerHouse Portfolio Review. He has also served as the Editor of the NYPH Journal and the New Media Associate at powerHouse Books. You can follow him on Twitter: @jacobpast.

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About Jacob Pastrovich

Jacob Pastrovich is ImageBrief’s Marketing and Content Manager. Previously, he was the Assistant Director at the New York Photo Festival and Director of The powerHouse Portfolio Review. He has also served as the Editor of the NYPH Journal and the New Media Associate at powerHouse Books. You can follow him on Twitter: @jacobpast.