Stock Sites

Since the beginning of September i have been contracting full-time with AARP. It's been a much different experience than any other I have had previously.

At AARP I do a TON of photo research. This involves looking through sometimes hundreds of images till I find the best one for the magazine or bulletin. This has really allowed me to see all different types of photography and help train my eye to see the world differently.

Luckily I am fortunate to have access to over 70 stock sites. Stock sites are completely different than what I thought in college. I remember being in critiques and people saying, "That looks like a stock photo." There was such a bad perception of what a stock photo was. Now, I realize yes, there are the over saturated, cheesy stock images, but there are also so many stock sites out there with some of the most beautiful photography I have ever seen.

Without further ado here is a list of some of my favorite stock sites that you should see!

1. Trunk Archive

"Art Partner licensing provides content from the world's leaving image makers. Our robust archive delivers a collection of content that is featured across influential media platforms, magazines, international advertising outlets, commercial and retail spaces, films, exhibitons, and more."

"Art Partner licensing provides content from the world's leaving image makers. Our robust archive delivers a collection of content that is featured across influential media platforms, magazines, international advertising outlets, commercial and retail spaces, films, exhibitons, and more."

3. Alamy

 

"Alamy has the largest online collection of images and video clips. As a new player on the block, Alamy didn´t have a multimillion dollar legacy of non-digital images that it had to deal with. So from the outset the company was lean and agile and able to make the most of the advantages offered to it from new and emerging technology. Indeed, Alamy has used technology to great effect to drive the market forward.

"Alamy has the largest online collection of images and video clips. As a new player on the block, Alamy didn´t have a multimillion dollar legacy of non-digital images that it had to deal with. So from the outset the company was lean and agile and able to make the most of the advantages offered to it from new and emerging technology. Indeed, Alamy has used technology to great effect to drive the market forward.

"Getty Images is among the world’s leading creators and distributors of award-winning still imagery, video, music and multimedia products, as well as other forms of premium digital content, available through its trusted house of brands, including iStock© and Thinkstock©.

"Getty Images is among the world’s leading creators and distributors of award-winning still imagery, video, music and multimedia products, as well as other forms of premium digital content, available through its trusted house of brands, including iStock© and Thinkstock©.

"AUGUST is a unique agency model offering a boutique experience for clients worldwide. Beyond the unique creative caliber and exclusivity of our photography, our deep knowledge of our collection and focus on the highest-level of customer service make AUGUST an exceptional visual resource."

"AUGUST is a unique agency model offering a boutique experience for clients worldwide. Beyond the unique creative caliber and exclusivity of our photography, our deep knowledge of our collection and focus on the highest-level of customer service make AUGUST an exceptional visual resource."

"Stocksy is home to a highly curated collection of royalty-free stock photography and video footage that is beautiful, distinctive, and highly usable.

"Stocksy is home to a highly curated collection of royalty-free stock photography and video footage that is beautiful, distinctive, and highly usable.