On Being Discovered By Getty Images
Exciting things are happening all around me!
So why the title you ask? As you know (or if you didn't, now you do), it is my dream to be discovered as an artistic floral photographer. I shoot extremely close up, or just a bit close up, so I can see the inner workings of the flowers I grow. And more often than not: the flowers I wish I grew.
I give tons of my photos away, because I am so very flattered that you would want them to hang on your wall, or put them on your blog. The compliment is payment enough. (but if you twist my arm I will take your money) That's just how I feel. Shh don't tell Getty Images I said that though because..
I'm straying off topic…
SO! Yesterday I got an email from Flickr saying that Getty Images requests I join their contributors and submit a photo that someone is interested in buying from them.
We’re reaching out to you because Getty Images was contacted by one of their customers who is interested in licensing one of your images:
You want to see it? Do you? Do you? Patience grasshopper!
And the email from Flickr read:
To facilitate this potential sale the Getty Images team is pleased to offer you an invitation to enroll in the Flickr collection on Getty Images. The request is time-sensitive, so if you're interested, find out how to get started at the Flickr page below:
So I followed the links which led me right to the Getty Images contributor sign up page and did all the paper work (nervously though…I had to give my SSN so I can get paid). (But I did that with BlogHer and I'm ok). And when I submitted my info I got an email from Getty Images saying this:
Congratulations! You are now part of a select group of photographers that has the opportunity to participate in the Flickr Collection on Getty Images. For the first time, Flickr and Getty Images have established a way to bridge the world of photography enthusiasts (you) with commercial stock photography (Getty Images). Getty Images (http://www.gettyimages.com/ ) has a phenomenal platform, extensive licensing expertise and a worldwide customer base. So trust us, your pictures will be in good hands.
Imagine that. I am part of a Select Group Of Photographers. Wow.
Who is my angel? Who guided whoever it was to my Burgundy Dahlia with enough interest to purchase?
I'm being discovered! Slowly, a wee bit at a time.
(do you think this motivated me enough to pick up the big camera today?) (answer: not yet, but I did buy myself flowers).
This is as exciting as being featured or syndicated by BlogHer! Photography is my bag. You know that. My camera doesn't know that. It's time to dust her off and play with her. I'm coming out of hibernation on this second day of spring. Even though there is three feet of snow in my garden!
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