What's Selling - Insight On Getting Your Photos Purchased

We often get asked: "What kind of photos are selling on Snapwire?" While we have various blog posts written on the subject, it is always helpful to take a look at specific photos to understand what buyers are choosing. To check out what has been recently purchased you can take a look at the recently purchased page to see what buyers are looking for and to get future inspiration! 

Congratulations to photographers: Tatiana Shumbasova, Julie Gebhardt, and Michał Zwara for their recently purchased photos. Here are their captivating shots: 

Morning Routine

photo by Tatiana Shumbasova

photo by Tatiana Shumbasova

Tatiana's photo won the "Morning Routine" challenge because of its simplicity and calmness. The white sheet and her pajamas bring out the focus of her plate which has organized food and a potted of flower. Because a lot of us rely heavily on technology now days, this picture captures the morning routine that we should actually do to have a good morning and a great start to the day. 

  

Holiday 2016

Photo by Julie Gebhardt

Photo by Julie Gebhardt

The "Happy Hoildays 2016" challenge garnered a variety of pictures such as holiday activities, family gatherings, Christmas trees, decorations... etc. Out of all the submissions, this clean symmetrical picture won the challenge due to its color contrast, which highlights the bright red holiday candles. 

Angles

Photo by Michał Zwara

Photo by Michał Zwara

The "Angles" challenge sought out photographer creativity, garnering submissions on a wide array of different subjects and scenes. Michał's photo won this challenge because of its lucidity and its composition. The upward shot makes the geometric shape of the building more clear, as well as appear to be more spectacular. Additionally, the simple color combination makes the picture simple and visually pleasing. 


A giant takeaway from this post, is that photo buyers are looking for visuals with aesthetic pleasing composition and clean color combinations. Buyers seek out photos like these because they highlights the main focus of the subject matter. For example, the clear white sheet of "morning routine" picture brings out the breakfast tray and the color choice of the "Holiday 2016" image highlights the holiday candle to emphasize the holiday spirit. 

Now let's get back to shooting! Submit your best shots to our new challenge:  Playful Pets

Happy Great Outdoors Month!

June, the month before the extreme heat starts, is the month of the great outdoor! In honor of the end of June is approaching, here are some awesome pictures that feature our beautiful mother nature from different destinations among the world.

 

 

Grand Canyon, Arizona, US.   

Grand Canyon, Arizona, US. 

 

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.     

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 

 

 

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.  

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

 

island Koh Lipe, Thailand.  

island Koh Lipe, Thailand.

 

Godafoss waterfall, Iceland.    

Godafoss waterfall, Iceland.

 

 

Now, go out and explore some amazing outdoor scene before the summer heat hits!

Pick of the Litter:

Grayson Levine

Cindy Lin

Anna Brig

Heather Rowland

R. Jordan N. Sanchez

If you would like help finding a specific image you have seen above do not hesitate to contact us or the photographer. 

Stunning Urban Photography Shots

 

Cities are magical places. The phenomenal fusion of people and architecture gives each city its own individuality and life force. The lofty skyscrapers, complex transportation systems,  and bright lights in modern-day concrete jungles, offer endless photographic potential. Urban photography aims to tell stories about people and their environment, most importantly how they are connected or disconnected to it.  While cities have the innate ability to bring people together, they also can be isolating. These Snapwire photographers capture the bold, geometric features of urban landscapes in an array of cities around the world in beautiful and innovative ways: 

Buenos Aires

"I love Buenos Aires because since I arrived to this city I have experienced both good and bad. It is a city in which everything is possible. As a street photographer, I have the ability to shoot in a million different ways because everything changes day by day- the light, the people, and the environment. There is always something new to photograph. I love Buenos Aires for its fury and its calm at the same time." - Carlos Leon

"I love Buenos Aires because since I arrived to this city I have experienced both good and bad. It is a city in which everything is possible. As a street photographer, I have the ability to shoot in a million different ways because everything changes day by day- the light, the people, and the environment. There is always something new to photograph. I love Buenos Aires for its fury and its calm at the same time." - Carlos Leon

Seattle

"I love Seattle for its location in the spectacular Pacific Northwest. The majestic mountain ranges, pristine waterways, and glimmering cityscapes are among the best in the world. Having instant access to such diversity is any photographers dream, I cannot imagine calling anywhere else home." - Rick Theis

"I love Seattle for its location in the spectacular Pacific Northwest. The majestic mountain ranges, pristine waterways, and glimmering cityscapes are among the best in the world. Having instant access to such diversity is any photographers dream, I cannot imagine calling anywhere else home." - Rick Theis

Chicago

"Chicago is amazing. Originally from a small city in the Pacific Northwest, moving to one of the largest cities in the country was daunting at first, and also not something I thought I would ever do. As a photographer, learning to find beauty in architecture and be inspired by cement and brick rather than mountains and trees was a challenge at first — I actually stopped shooting for a bit until I really began exploring. Surprisingly, Winter has easily become one of my favorite seasons. If you've ever seen a woman bundled up head to toe prancing around near Lakeshore Drive like an idiot in the middle of January with a camera in hand, that was probably me. I love the food. I love the people. I love the museums. And yes, I love the snow and ice." - Emily Scott

"Chicago is amazing. Originally from a small city in the Pacific Northwest, moving to one of the largest cities in the country was daunting at first, and also not something I thought I would ever do. As a photographer, learning to find beauty in architecture and be inspired by cement and brick rather than mountains and trees was a challenge at first — I actually stopped shooting for a bit until I really began exploring. Surprisingly, Winter has easily become one of my favorite seasons. If you've ever seen a woman bundled up head to toe prancing around near Lakeshore Drive like an idiot in the middle of January with a camera in hand, that was probably me. I love the food. I love the people. I love the museums. And yes, I love the snow and ice." - Emily Scott

Brooklyn

"I love Brooklyn on a personal level because it is where I was born and raised. The cluttered buildings and streets have grown on me and I am happy to call these streets my home. I love the diversity in styles, personalities, foods, ethnicities, and scenery New York has to offer. As a photographer, I love the iconic structures of New York that I get to shoot everyday. I love the bridges, skyscrapers, statues, architecture and parks. New York is a special kind of playground for photographers and especially for urban explorers. I love the feeling of escaping the busy streets or subways to explore and capture the beauty of abandoned subway tunnels or rooftops where the people look like ants from down below. When I’m not shooting the icons of New York or exploring its hidden gems, I enjoy roaming the city and looking for interesting subjects to shoot such as characters walking the streets or graffiti filled alleyways. " - Ryan Serrano

"I love Brooklyn on a personal level because it is where I was born and raised. The cluttered buildings and streets have grown on me and I am happy to call these streets my home. I love the diversity in styles, personalities, foods, ethnicities, and scenery New York has to offer. As a photographer, I love the iconic structures of New York that I get to shoot everyday. I love the bridges, skyscrapers, statues, architecture and parks. New York is a special kind of playground for photographers and especially for urban explorers. I love the feeling of escaping the busy streets or subways to explore and capture the beauty of abandoned subway tunnels or rooftops where the people look like ants from down below. When I’m not shooting the icons of New York or exploring its hidden gems, I enjoy roaming the city and looking for interesting subjects to shoot such as characters walking the streets or graffiti filled alleyways. " - Ryan Serrano

Calgary

"I love that Calgary gets every season, sometimes all in one day. In the summer we get long Golden Hours and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Also, the people in Calgary are amazing. There are so many people that inspire, challenge, and support me in whatever I am doing. There are so many people and neat, creative things that it encourages me to get better at my craft. Lastly,  I love Calgary's location. It's very close to the the mountains, the badlands, the prairies, and it is not far from the American and British Colombia border. " - Dave Lieske

"I love that Calgary gets every season, sometimes all in one day. In the summer we get long Golden Hours and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Also, the people in Calgary are amazing. There are so many people that inspire, challenge, and support me in whatever I am doing. There are so many people and neat, creative things that it encourages me to get better at my craft. Lastly,  I love Calgary's location. It's very close to the the mountains, the badlands, the prairies, and it is not far from the American and British Colombia border. " - Dave Lieske

San Francisco

"San Francisco is a photographers paradise to shoot in! The architecture and landscape make San Francisco a wonderful and unique place to shoot. I often shoot with a group of friends and despite all of us shooting the same location, we all see it differently and come away varying images. What I love most is you can shoot the same location over and over and usually come away with something different. Take the Golden Gate Bridge for example. Sunrise, midday or sunset, the constantly changing weather (clouds or fog) the many locations to shoot from, you always come away with compelling images. The weather is in constant flux around the Bay Area. It can be sunny and warm in one location and 10 to 15 miles away it can be cold and foggy. Weather can make or break an image." - Stan Pechner

"San Francisco is a photographers paradise to shoot in! The architecture and landscape make San Francisco a wonderful and unique place to shoot. I often shoot with a group of friends and despite all of us shooting the same location, we all see it differently and come away varying images. What I love most is you can shoot the same location over and over and usually come away with something different. Take the Golden Gate Bridge for example. Sunrise, midday or sunset, the constantly changing weather (clouds or fog) the many locations to shoot from, you always come away with compelling images. The weather is in constant flux around the Bay Area. It can be sunny and warm in one location and 10 to 15 miles away it can be cold and foggy. Weather can make or break an image." - Stan Pechner

Stockholm

"Stockholm has everything worthy of my love! I love the fact that it is surrounded by water (the city central consists of 14 islands) and the fact that it is a pretty small city. It has it all, but it's also close to the country side and many National parks. I love to take pictures of basically everything but the Old Town is extra photogenic and so is Wood Cemetery." - Sandra Linnell

"Stockholm has everything worthy of my love! I love the fact that it is surrounded by water (the city central consists of 14 islands) and the fact that it is a pretty small city. It has it all, but it's also close to the country side and many National parks. I love to take pictures of basically everything but the Old Town is extra photogenic and so is Wood Cemetery." - Sandra Linnell

Miami

"I love Miami because it's always changing, As a growing city, there is always something cool going on, related to art or fashion. My favorite aspect about Miami is the amazing Cuban coffee served in almost every corner. I love photographing Miami because of the variety of styles I get to experience every day on the city streets. Each day I get a new photo, even if I am visiting the same spot!" - Alejandro Veliz

"I love Miami because it's always changing, As a growing city, there is always something cool going on, related to art or fashion. My favorite aspect about Miami is the amazing Cuban coffee served in almost every corner. I love photographing Miami because of the variety of styles I get to experience every day on the city streets. Each day I get a new photo, even if I am visiting the same spot!" - Alejandro Veliz

Manhattan

"The architecture, the people and the constant beat of the city are all so inspiring. There's a story in every direction, which is a major point of attraction for me. This particular photo was not planned. I was looking up and admiring the buildings from the street and I just so happened to look through Christmas lights and after studying it for a minute, I decided to capture it." - Justin DeGarbo

"The architecture, the people and the constant beat of the city are all so inspiring. There's a story in every direction, which is a major point of attraction for me. This particular photo was not planned. I was looking up and admiring the buildings from the street and I just so happened to look through Christmas lights and after studying it for a minute, I decided to capture it." - Justin DeGarbo

Images That Captivate Millennials

Flat Lay Images

Millennials love to document their lives. They also love to see what someone else is doing in their life, especially from people they trust or look up to. The classic flat lay image has become a staple among food enthusiasts and millennials. This unique view does not provide very much depth to the viewer but still appears pleasing to the eye as everything is neatly arranged. Flat lay images are always a guaranteed safe bet. 

Human Scale

It is in our nature as humans to try and gain a greater perspective on that which is bigger than us. Images that include a person with a vast landscape really grab the attention of Millennials as it is something they can relate to. All of a sudden the image is something you can picture yourself in, which is a comforting feeling. 

Bright & Vivid

Millennials like a spark of flash so you better hope your photos have some as well. Bright and contrasting colors really grab someones attention and make them look at the photo longer and harder. It also tends to evoke positive emotions which is never a bad thing (unless you like being sad). While darker tones and colors may work during the fall, brighter colors signal warmer and happier times. This fits perfectly with Millennials generally optimistic outlook on life. 

10 Snapwire Users you Should Follow on Instagram

Did you know that Instagram was one of Snapwire's biggest inspirations? Each feed is a personal portfolio that displays the unique style of the photographer. We love interacting with our users on instagram. Here are a couple of our favorites!

1) Karan Bhatia @sendingstache: Last week Karan took over our instagram (@snapwire) and showcased his vibrant nature shots. If you are looking for travel inspiration, this is definitely the account for you. Karan always includes a short excerpt from his life in his captions, we love the personal feel of his feed!

Check out Karan's snapwire profile here

Check out Karan's snapwire profile here

2) Sandra Linnel @sannalin: Sandra is a creative photographer who takes ordinary objects and makes them extraordinary. Her feed includes some incredible close-ups as well as beautiful displays of light like the photo below.

Check out Sandra's snapwire profile here

Check out Sandra's snapwire profile here

3) Sam Ciurdar @samciurdar: Authentic, adventure-themed lifestyle shots. Sam's photos document his travels as a professional photographer and filmmaker. Check out his wife's feed (@amandaseeyoudarrr) as well!

Check out Sam's snapwire profile here

Check out Sam's snapwire profile here

4) Blake Bronstad @posesawkwardly: Santa Barbara based photographer and creative director whose serendipitous pastel images might make you consider moving to the West Coast.

Check out Blake's snapwire profile here

Check out Blake's snapwire profile here

5) Pasqual Amade @pasqualamade: Pasqual's photos are gritty and real, and depict the soul of urban youth culture. His style is unique and refreshing.

Check out Pasqual's snapwire profile here

Check out Pasqual's snapwire profile here

6) Julie Gebhardt @juliegeb: Julie is a contemporary photographer based in San Francisco, CA. Her focus is on taking photos of everyday life in the Bay city whose buildings show the history that are filled with so much color and life. 

 

Check out Julie's snapwire profile here

Check out Julie's snapwire profile here

7) @abrilliantdummy: A creative artist and urban photographer, abrilliantdummy describes his work to be just like him, very "minimal and simple." Through his use of color and subject matter he creates a depth in his photos that spark our imaginations.  

Check out a Brilliant Dummy's snapwire profile here

Check out a Brilliant Dummy's snapwire profile here

8) Connor Drummond @c.drum: Connor embraces his creative statement on Snapwire, "shoot daily." He is another adventure-themed lifestyle photographer that has is camera with him wherever he goes. His feed shows his mastery in choosing a creative angle depending on his subject. Just look at this awesome photo of this skyscraper below.   

Check out Connor's snapwire profile here

Check out Connor's snapwire profile here

9) Benjamin Lee @itchban: Benjamin is a content creator that specializes in digital production and social media. He has been able to combine his knowledge of technology with his newly found love for photography. His feed really encompasses his finesse with both.

Check out Benjamin's snapwire profile here

Check out Benjamin's snapwire profile here

10) Aundre Larrow @aundre: Aundre describes himself as a storyteller and portrait lover. He moved to New York to immerse himself in creativity. He believes that the "visual legacy we leave is becoming increasingly important in the visual age," and strives to make his mark with his photography. Aundre will also be taking over our Instagram soon so stay tuned for that.   

Check out Aundre's snapwire profile here

Check out Aundre's snapwire profile here

What's Selling- Insight On Getting Your Photos Sold

We often get asked: "What kind of photos are selling on Snapwire?" While we have various blog posts written on the subject, it is always helpful to take a look at specific photos to understand what buyers are choosing. To check out what has been recently purchased you can take a look at the recently purchased page to see what buyers are looking for and to get future inspiration! 

Congratulations to photographers:  Sebastian Luna B,  Shawn Dechant, and Hance Taplin for their recently purchased photos. Here are their captivating shots: 

Music Festivals

 

Sebastian's photo won the "Music Festival" challenge because of its dramatic composition and dreamy lighting. As the focal point of the picture, the young woman standing in front of the golden setting sun seems to radiate with energy.  The blurred crowds in the background serve as a stark contrast to the individuality of the woman.  The photo makes the viewer feel an emotional connection with the woman's music festival experience. 

St. Patrick's Day

The "St. Patrick's Day" challenge garnered a wide variety of photos of babies, adults, and pets celebrating Irish heritage.  From the submissions, Shawn's  photo was chosen for its timelessness, simple composition, and identifiable content. The precious boy in the photo exudes the holiday spirit without being over the top. 

Latte Art

The "Latte Art" challenge sought photos of inventive latte art designs including the barista, the foam, the details, and the ingredients. With authenticity in mind, Hance's winning photo is latte art portraying a basketball player making a slam dunk.  Against a white background with blurred sneakers, the composition is clean and crisp. 


A giant takeaway from this post, is that photo buyers are looking for authentic visuals with human elements. Each image has its own unique story to tell. Buyers are seeking out photos like these because they evoke feelings such as celebration, individuality, adventure, and success. 

Now let's get back to shooting! Submit your best shots of seniors enjoying life to our new challenge:  Senior/ Mature lifestyle !