Lisa F. Young: My Love Affair with Microstock Photography

April 25, 2011, Author: Vitezslav Valka, Categories: Interview, Photographer, Showcase

Lisa F. Young is one of the well known photographers actively participating in discussion forums.  Her collections around various themes sell well in the marketplace  and we’re delighted to welcome her at Pixmac. We’ve already been discussing a number of topics relating to the microstock marketplace and Lisa now adds some of her thoughts around a few more of my probing questions.

When did you started in stock photography?  And why?

I started with Stock photography in 2005. I had been a photographer shooting weddings and portraits, but when I discovered stock photography, I knew that was the right thing for me.

What satisfies you the most working in the microstock arena?

Stock offers me the ability to be more creative because I wasn’t limited by a client’s idea of what I should be shooting. I can use my imagination! I get a lot of satisfaction working with models and trying to come up with new and innovative ideas.

What are your favorite subjects to shoot?

I love to shoot photographs of people. I enjoy capturing their expressions and moods. My very favorite type of images to shoot are humorous ones. The models and I laugh a lot and have a great time on my photo shoots. Funny photos aren’t always the best sellers, but they are definitely the most fun to do!

What’s your next shoot about?

I am a pretty good cook, so I am thinking of trying my hand at photographing some food. It would be a fun challenge and different that what I usually shoot.

Do you spend a lot of time on forums like MSG?

Yes, I check in with the MSG forum most days. It is a great place to keep up with what’s going on in the industry, and to connect with other people in the stock industry.

Have you seen agencies changing after your suggestions and discussions on forums?

Yes, I have seen agencies raise the rates they were paying contributors, and improve contributor conditions in other ways based on comments and suggestions in the forums.

What’s the best feature that an agency can offer?

Well of course, the top feature of an agency is how well my pictures sell there. ;) But also, I appreciate good communication between the site administrators and the contributors.

What should a new agency avoid when entering the market?

I think any new agency entering the market should pay special attention to the image quality of the work they accept, and also special attention to keywords and avoiding keyword spam. Good search results will make or break an agency, and that means high quality, accurately keyworded images.

Do you prefer exclusivity or not?

I considered exclusivity at one time, but at this point in my career I don’t think I will go exclusive with any one agency.

What should we change/improve  at Pixmac for you?

The interface at Pixmac is very easy to use and convenient. I am very impressed with the site and the staff there!

Is there a place where you’d like to spend the rest of your life?

I don’t care where I am as long as I am right by my husband’s side. :)

Thank you Lisa! That was quick and straight to the point. I hope our positive team energy at Pixmac is transfered to you and you enjoy working with us. So far you have brought a lot of inspiration as well as feedback that we need.  Without the feedback we’d be blind and would not succeed with our target of srtiving to offer the best experience for users and contributors alike.


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