artlist Inc., founded in 2002, is a Japanese company specializing in animal photos, with a collection of more than 10,000 RM photos of over 70 breeds of adorable dogs and cats. Their main philosophy is "To bring fun and happiness to the world," which they achieve by carefully selecting their models based on Japan Kennel Club standards and photographing them with a professional animal cameraman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With breeding types carefully documented in the caption & keywords, and incredibly cute photos, this collection is a complete delight. Like to see more? Click here!


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Caia Image RF is a varied collection that ranges from Business content shot in Granada & Venice, Lifestyle from New York & Los Angeles right through to cutting edge sporting imagery such as Triathlon and Formula One. Caia means "rejoice" and is brewed from a secret blend of top end production, creativity and contemporary style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to see more? click here!

With over 4,000 images now available on the agefotostock website and our THP platform, and another 6,000+ images forecast for 2013, we're thrilled to be offering some of the best royalty free imagery available to the creative industry today.


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The images in this gallery are quite different from the documentary images by Ton Koene in our previous post.  However, images of healthy and happy lifestyles are important because they are part of the bread and butter of a stock agency.  We hope that more of you will be inspired to send clean, communicative images that provide designers and viewers with plenty of copy space and transmit messages that are easily understood, like mother & baby love or feeling at peace in the outdoors, etc.  Notice how easily these images can be achieved by using an adequate lighting (usually soft and luminous) and finding a natural, uncluttered setting. 

These images are from easyFotostock, our low budget RF collection, but we need good lifestyle images for the age fotostock RM collection too.  So what are you waiting for?!


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It´s always summertime in stock…

That´s what editors think sometimes when they see hundreds of photos of women wearing tank tops, spaghetti straps, and short skirts while at work.  Is there a need for season-specific, summer (and winter) imagery?  Yes.  Will “season-neutral” or “between season” imagery have a better chance of selling?  Big Yes!  Many advertising clients will not even look at images of professionals wearing the clothes listed above. 

If you are producing lifestyle images of professionals, you might choose to shoot a super-hip, “edgy” office every so often.  For those shoots, you can disregard our advice and go crazy, but in all of the normal, professional lifestyle shoots, keep in mind our Top 10 Wardrobe Do´s and Don´ts.

  1. Do lighten up. Use lighter, fresher colors and classic looks.

  2. Do be natural. Use tasteful, subdued make-up and hairstyles for models.

  3. Do cover up. Use short or long sleeves for models, not tanks tops or other skin-baring options.

  4. Do cover up part 2. Skirts or pants should cover models' legs adequately.

  5. Don't shoot Hairy at Work. Do use clean-shaven male models.

  6. Don't be busy. Avoid clothing with busy patterns or extreme/dark colors.

  7. Don't be loud. Beware of trendy clothes that will become “so last year” next year.

  8. Don't bling.  Please no flashy jewellery or piercings.

  9. Don't even go there.  Please avoid suggestive poses and looks.  Even if your models are drop-dead gorgeous.  Models in office environments should express and communicate attitudes such as confidence, friendliness, and responsibility.

  10. Don't get the wrong idea!  It's not that we want your great-grandmother to style the shoot... Just try for simple, stylish, tasteful and natural. 

A few careful wardrobe choices can allow you to get much more mileage out of your photos. 


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