What is a stock photo?
Terms that you should know about stock photo
The pros and cons of being a stock photo model
The cons - In order for a stock photographer to maximize the potential earning from a set of stock photos, they are often being shot in a generic and simple way. The reason is pretty straightforward - a generic photo will be able to gain more downloads/sales as it will fit most types of usage criterias, compared to one that has been specially styled. Any reputable fashion brands most likely will not purchase a stock photo as it doesn’t fit their style sense hence they would have their own photographer’s team to cover each shoot. If you’re looking to build your profile with photos that can show off your personality and characteristics, you might not be able to do so.
You might also feel disconcerted when your photo appears somewhere or frequently while you’re not getting any extra compensation for it, other than the one-time off payment. Most of the time, you would have no idea who purchased your photo or where your photos are used.
Any photo sold via royalty free stock agency typically also means that whoever purchased your photo has the rights to use it multiple times without the need to inform you or the stock photographer.
The summary of stock photo modeling
One should always weigh the pros and cons of stock photo modeling before signing up for it. Generally speaking it could be a good way to make some extra income and also a stepping stone to a better modeling career.
Do keep in mind that always read carefully the model release form (contract) that you are going to sign with either the stock photographer or agency to avoid any conflicts in future.