Stock agencies as an alternative

Stock agencies as an alternative

Licenses to use my work are available from several stock agencies

as well as here on my own site. For your convenience, here are the links to some of my agency portfolios – I am jsnover on almost all the sites, josnover on 500px and Jo Ann Snover at Adobe Stock.

Shutterstock

Adobe Stock

Fotolia

dreamstime

GL Stock

Alamy

I have a section of my portfolio at 500px, but I pulled it out of Marketplace when they cut royalty rates in half! Anything you see there can be licensed here if you’re so inclined.

If you’re looking for prints, I have my work at Crated and Fine Art America. If it’s mugs, totes, cards, beach towels or other physical items, I have a portion of my portfolio (small but growing) at Society6. They allow you to design placement for each item – laptop sleeves are different from iPhone cases – which is a nice feature. Anything here that you want in a pair of leggings or throw rug, let me know and I’ll upload it for you 🙂

Redbubble also does physical items, but has a different set of products from Society6 – hardback journals, spiral notebooks, drawstring bags and dressier women’s tops, for example.

I have a tiny part of my portfolio remaining at iStock – only those images that were shot at an iStockalypse and which I cannot sell elsewhere. I am no longer with 123rf (declining sales compared to other agencies which results in a reduced royalty rate) or PhotoDune (a bizarre new fiction that they weren’t really an agency and sales were directly between buyer and the artist to try and simplify European VAT issues). I am still with Stockfresh and Pond 5, but I don’t upload there.

Some agencies require you to buy a package of credits rather than just pay for the images you want – but you get a discount by effectively depositing your money with the agency. Note that there is often an expiration date on credits (typically one year), so you lose what you don’t use which isn’t a good deal.

Some agencies – Shutterstock being the best known example – offer subscriptions, which can be very useful for organizations which want a fixed monthly budget for images and use enough to make it a financially appealing deal. They recently introduced a monthly 350-image package that’s a little less expensive (although contributors aren’t apparently getting a raise in spite of the higher per image price you the buyer pay on this package). If you only want to buy one or two images, or buy on an irregular basis, a subscription ends up being very expensive. They do offer various on demand packages for a small number of images.

I would obviously be delighted if you’d purchase a license to my work here, where I don’t have to share your purchase price with an agency (they charge up to 85% commission, depending on the agency), but if you have credits to use up, it may be better for you to purchase from the agency.

When the credits are all gone or the subscription runs out, it would be great if you come back here to make your future purchases.