High Five, everyone! Today one of our successful photographers, Kati Molin, shares her favorite stock photo subjects. Good reading for those who are still struggling to find their own way in stock photography. Enjoy, and make sure to get inspired by Kati’s portfolio.
1. HOLIDAYS. I am definitely a Christmas person. I love everything about it: baking and decorating cookies, burning candles, decorating the house, wrapping beautiful gifts and so on. Every year Christmas just goes by too fast, so shooting some Christmas stuff is a good excuse to start the holiday season early. In addition to Christmas, I also like Eastertime. After a long and dark winter, it is nice to see more light and bright colors. These two holidays and the holiday images have made March and November my best months of sales for several years now.
2. FOOD & DRINK. Food & drink is always fun to shoot, and there are so many possibilities within this single category. There will always be something new to shoot, or new ways to shoot the same stuff. I also love to cook and bake, and having a studio at home makes it quite easy to combine these two things.
3. NATURE. After sitting inside for days and days, editing photos or shooting in-studio, it is nice to go out and see what nature has to offer. I like to shoot nature especially when the weather is exceptional, like extremely cold in winter or foggy in autumn. Nature categories in stock are quite saturated, and creating photos that stand out is not easy, but when you succeed the photos are timeless and keep selling year after year.
4. PEOPLE. Shooting models with different expressions is not really my favorite, but I love to shoot people in real-life situations. I like to wait in the background and capture the real moments and emotions. I have recently had a chance to shoot two childbirths, one of which was a home birth. That was really an unforgettable experience. You cannot plan a photoshoot like this in advance; not even the time of the shoot. You just have to do your best under the given circumstances. Getting stock quality photos in poor lighting conditions was probably the biggest challenge of the shoot.
5. GOLF. After photography, golf is one of my favorite hobbies. Too bad it is impossible to shoot and play at the same time, unless you have a cart/buggy where you can keep your camera and use it if you have some extra time during the round. That’s what I do occasionally, especially when traveling to other countries. One of my best-selling golf images was actually created in Spain, while waiting for the group ahead to move on. The timing was just perfect, as the sun was setting at the moment and I had enough time to take several shots.