Monday, May 17, 2010

Blast from the past- My Photography portfolio in 2004

When I graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in December of 2004 all I wanted to do was stock photography. Not the cheesy stuff you see all over the place, but rather fun intriguing images with a concept behind them. Stock photography has completely and totally changed since then... in bad ways for professional photographers, and good ways for amateur photographers. There aren't too many professional photographers making a good living doing just stock photography anymore. Luckily I didn't put all my eggs in one basket and I (we) branched into wedding and portrait photography, travel and fine art photography, and even some advertising and editorial photography. So the downturn in stock photography wasn't too detrimental for my business, but I rather just realized I needed to make some changes and not concentrate on one thing only.

Anyway, I was just looking though some old hard drives and came upon my "graduation portfolio" images from when I graduated in 2004. Remember all I wanted to do was stock photography, so that's what this work mostly reflects. Fun to look back at all these older images! I still have some stock images on Getty Images site here if you'd like to check them out. Surprisingly, it actually still does pretty well and I get royalty checks in the mail every month, sometimes as little as $50 and sometimes for thousands of dollars, it's very up and down!

Anyway here are the portfolio images from 2004:















21 Comments:

Blogger you-wee because said...

Hi Blaine!

I just stumbled upon your blog and I was really pleased seeing that you are even more addicted to photography than I am.
Concrats for being "Blogger, no, Photographer of note" - pictures really speak (normally) louder than words. Excellent artwork you show us in your blog.
Regards right from the center of Europe (--> Germany),
Uwe.

5/17/2010 4:02 AM  
Blogger Mellimage said...

your stock images are cooler than mine will ever be. ;)

5/17/2010 10:36 AM  
Blogger Levonne said...

Hi Blaine,
I'm not a professional photographer but I have spent the last 30 years of my life taking pictures and working with them. I love the process. I love your photographs and admire that you have made a life and living working with your camera. What camera do you use?

5/17/2010 1:11 PM  
Blogger Wu Bruce said...

first come to your blog,and think your blog is very good,i'll go on share your blog,thanks

5/17/2010 8:08 PM  
Blogger Ida Karoline said...

I love your photos!! They are really good, and hopefully I'll be that good someday in the future. Haha :)

5/18/2010 8:50 AM  
Blogger camille said...

wow, I was really overwhelmed from your pictures.
Great!
taking photos is one of my hobbys, too. but your pictures are so much better than mine.
well yeah, greetings from me :)

5/18/2010 11:27 AM  
Anonymous amin.org.uk said...

Wow, you have some amazing photos there. Can I ask, how did you take the one of the car tail lights on winding up the road?

Thanks

5/19/2010 6:56 AM  
Blogger Holmesy said...

great photos. especially the dog one :) well done on becoming blog of note the other day by the way.

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5/19/2010 8:21 AM  
Blogger Cathal MacFadden said...

I love the pic of the rusty ship in the water. Amazing colours.

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Im also going to put up a post about your page as your pics are amazing.

5/19/2010 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Krystalz said...

Absolutely loving your blog :)

5/20/2010 4:04 AM  
Blogger LaDy PiNk said...

WoW! Amazing photos!

5/20/2010 2:08 PM  
Blogger Nordicblogger said...

Inspiring and thoughtful portfolio. Thanks for sharing!

5/20/2010 2:52 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Here's a story about a happy accident. I stumbled on to your blog just as Jonathan Elias's Move cued up over on Youtube. It worked well with the photo tour, even harkening to one of your images - stars.
Try it everybody.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNJXxxzTFwg&
Cool stuff. Inspiring.
- From a random visitor that works around photography appreciating the man's art.

5/20/2010 4:48 PM  
Blogger Shana said...

Hi,
This is the second time I have stumbled upon your blog through blogger - thanks for sharing your graduating portfolio (Interesting, especially the car one!), and your take on stock photography.

I am just beginning to experiment with slow exposures, as shown on my blog

www.lahoredesign.blogspot.com

5/21/2010 9:26 AM  
Blogger posercorpse said...

Cool photos! I love the night time and those with dark clouds...

5/21/2010 9:40 PM  
Anonymous เกมส์ said...

Thanks for sharing!

5/22/2010 8:01 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

These pieces are absolutely amazing.

5/26/2010 10:00 PM  
Blogger ceh said...

hey..you take the photos? are great!!!!
well... take carefull bye!!!

5/29/2010 1:58 PM  
Blogger ceh said...

hey !! you take the photos? are great...congratulations...welll take carefull...bye

5/29/2010 1:59 PM  
Blogger CoolEric194 said...

Check out my blog too! Eric's Photography Blog

6/07/2010 6:43 PM  
Blogger Pavithra Meera said...

wow...im awe struck by your photographs! amazing! :) love the shots!

8/17/2010 10:45 PM  

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