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: