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!

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 !

Object Series: Succulents

On tables, bookshelves, shop windows, and trendy lays on Instagram, succulents are everywhere. These cute water storage plants come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, and require very little care in terms of watering and pruning. While twenty years ago they were only desired by drought-stricken gardeners, they are now hot commidities. 

Photo by: Michael Campa

Photo by: Michael Campa

Succulents are having their moment. The Instagram: "succulove" has over 167,000 succulent obsessed followers, Etsy has an overwhelming selection of succulents varieties, and Urban Outfitters sells stylish hanging planters and terrariums that you can place your succulents in. They are even becoming popular in weddings, with Brides Magazine posting an article on how to incorporate succulents into wedding decor. So what exactly is it about succulents? What makes so many people become obsessed with decorating their house with these tiny plants?

Photo by: Audrey Rotermund 

Photo by: Audrey Rotermund 

Plants have always been objects of fads throughout history, so succulent mania is nothing surprising. The most extreme obsession over plants happened in Holland in the 17th century when people became so enamored with tulips that they were sold as stocks. When the tulip bubble burst many people were left bankrupt.  Then, in Victorian England there was Pteridomania which was the obsession of owning ferns. Upper-class owners of estates were so fearful of fern robbers that they employed guards to make sure that they remained firmly in the ground. Luckily our love of succulents has not reached such levels, although there are some ways that they're being used that are pretty wacky

Photo by: Luis Velazquez

Yes, the succulent craze can be explained by the bandwagon effect which fuels any major trend, but there could be other reasons that succulents have gained such a mass following. First, it has been proven that the presence of plants increases productivity, creativity, and promotes happiness. Houseplants such as succulents can remind urban dwellers Next, many succulents follow the fibonacci sequence which are similar to fractals, never-ending patterns consisting of the repetition of a similar shape. A study by Richard Taylor concludes that  people's brains change to the alpha state ( one of meditation and conscious awareness) when they view fractals patterns.

Lastly, succulents are a representation of how lazy we can be as humans, since they are the closest living thing we can own before succumbing to plastic. Someone really has to try to kill a succulent. Therefore with minimal effort,  succulent owners can feel like they are somehow connected to nature when they are surrounded by their plants. 

As with all trends, pictures of succulents sell well on Snapwire. Whether it is an image of a succulent garden or a succulent next to a coffee mug on a wooden table, you can't go wrong with including them in your photos. Check out what we have in our library here if you need inspiration. Happy shooting :)

Object Series: The Mason Jar

Created in 1858 by John Landis Mason, the Mason jar's initial purpose was to preserve foods for long periods of time. Mason's design swiftly beat out his competitors, with its revolutionary airtight seal and the transparency of the glass which made the contents look visually pleasing. With its mass production in the early 20th century, the jars became symbols of the agricultural world. Farmers who lived in areas with quick harvest seasons used Mason jars to keep their jams and pickles in ideal conditions, to showcase their recipes at county fairs, and to give as gifts during holidays. The heyday of the original use of Mason jar's ended with the widespread adoption of refrigerators, migration from the countryside to the city, and drastic improvement in transportation. As optimum food preservation moved from canning to freezing, the jars were no longer used as much. 

Photo by: Clara Park

Photo by: Clara Park

Seventy years later, the Mason jar is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. With people becoming more and more aware of the economic and environmental costs of transporting food around the world, there is a return to farm-to-table ideals such as locally grown produce and canning procedures. Furthermore, the Mason jar has become the king of the DIY world, which has taken the web by storm. If you Google "ways to use mason jars," there is an overwhelming amount of information on all of the ways they can be repurposed into drinking glasses, candles, lamps, soap dispensers, terrariums, planters, and so much more. 

Photo by: Sarah Gale

Photo by: Sarah Gale

Curiously enough, the Mason jar has become a symbol of gentrification. Many trendy bars and restaurants serve fancy cocktails in Mason jars and 7-11 recently launched a line of the Mason jars to hold slurpees. When Mason jars are used in such a way their original context diminishes, that of frugality and practicality, and transforms them into an ironic object, void of meaning. Many people do not know the real meaning of the jars but they feel a sense of shared nostalgia of simpler times that the jars evoke. Chew on that the next time you dish out $14 to drink a beer out of a Mason jar at your local craft brewery!

Whether you love or hate them they are here to stay. The jars have ultimately been able to stand the test of time by being reusable, visually pleasing, and durable. Even though it seems like the jars are being overly commodified, around 70% of sold jars are still being used for canning. Even if the jar eventually loses its "cool factor," it will make its reappearance soon enough- it always does. 

Photo by: Kelly Hieronymus

Photo by: Kelly Hieronymus

Photo by: Rebecca Hodges

Photo by: Rebecca Hodges

Including Mason jars in your photo composition makes for relevant and desirable imagery that are sought after by photo buyers. If you have any images of how you use Mason jars in your day to day life or images that evoke a rustic way of life, submit your photos to our new photo challenge Rustic Living

 

We Just Got Accepted to One of the Top Accelerators in the US !

Snapwire is excited to announce that we have been accepted into the notable Alchemist Accelerator! This is a great opportunity for Snapwire, as the Alchemist is one of the top accelerators in the country according to Tech Crunch

 

Start-up accelerators help entrepreneurs get on their feet and grow successful companies. The Alchemist Accelerator is a venture-backed initiative focused on accelerating startups whose revenue comes from enterprises (not consumers). Seeding around 40 start-ups each year, they have backed companies such as Wise.io, Dropbox, UPSHOT, Neoreach, and CryptoMove. Investors in the Alchemist Accelerator program include Citrix, Cisco, Founders Fund, Redpoint, Salesforce, Voyager Capital and Lowe’s. 

Snapwire is 1 of 17 companies that was accepted into the highly selective six month program. The program provides $36,000 of investment, an association of high potential founders, sought after mentors, customer development, and a structured path to fundraising. The numbers from graduated companies show that the program can be very beneficial. Alchemist accelerators have seen over 80% of the companies they work with go on to close an institutional round within 12 months of graduating from the program. 

One of the most exciting parts of the program is Demo Day, an event in which a founder from each company pitches a room of venture capitalists. The objective is to impress an investor and receive a round of growth funding. 

We're honored to be in the program and think it will be extremely valuable to us as we gear up to scale and grow. We wanted to thank everyone in our community who believes in our vision. We can't wait to see what the future holds!

April Visual Trend: Drone Photography

On each month's "Visual Trends," we explore what we've noticed is turning heads and changing the game in the creative world. This month we are focused on drone photography. The rise of drones offers a new opportunity for photographers to create unique imagery with new perspectives of our natural environment. Before drones, photographers would need to rent helicopters, planes or even skydive to get these shots. Now it's easier than ever. 

Since these images showcase perspectives that photographers have never been able to capture before, they stand out in stock photo libraries. Think about it, everyone has the same view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach, so a shot from higher up gives an entirely new feel. 

If you have some amazing shots from your last drone adventure make sure to upload them to the "Drone Photography" photo challenge. Photo challenges are a way to level up and make some quick cash! 

For inspiration check out some of our favorite drone photography on Snapwire:

Photo by: Rick Theis

Photo by: Rick Theis

Photo by: No Anchor

Photo by: No Anchor

Photo by: Marcus  Cederberg

Photo by: Marcus  Cederberg

Photo by: Daniel Casson

Photo by: Daniel Casson

Photo by: Petar Fourlinski

Photo by: Petar Fourlinski

Photo by: Attila Adam

Photo by: Attila Adam

Photo by: Lee Yik Keat

Photo by: Lee Yik Keat

Remember to check with your local air safety authorities for particular rules associated with drone use in your area before you start flying! Happy Drone-ing! 

Festival Season is Upon Us!

With the turn of April comes the excitement of festival season! If you're a music lover you have to attend a music festival at least once in your life and it's our favorite way to get in the Spring spirit.  Here are a few of our favorites!

Coachella

Photo by: Berty Mandagie

Photo by: Berty Mandagie

When: Mid April

Where: Indio, CA

Type of music: rock, indie, hip hop, EDM

Price: $399

Coachella is an annual music and arts festival hosted in Indio, CA that takes place for two consecutive weekends in April. Coachella's lineup includes artists of many different genres and supports big names as well as emerging artists. This year's lineup includes Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, The xx, Glass Animals, Phantogram, DJ Snake, and many more! If you're looking for the classic festival experience and want a wide variety of musical acts, then Coachella is for you. Make sure to go on a  ride in the ferris wheel - a quintessential Coachella experience. 

Bonaroo

Photo by: Eddie Rios

Photo by: Eddie Rios

When: June

Where: Manchester, TN

Type of music: rock, alternative, pop, indie

Price: $349.50

Bonaroo is a great festival to get more bang for your buck (this festival is 4 days long, not 3) and has its roots in rock n' roll. This festival has an old-timey feel and takes you back to the days of rock n' roll. Bonaroo pays tribute to its roots and has been known to include classic acts such as Phish, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder and more! This is a perfect festival for those with an eclectic music taste and those with a love for the oldies but goodies. 

Ultra

Photo by: Evy Optics

Photo by: Evy Optics

When: Late March

Where: Miami, FL

Type of music: EDM

Price: $399

This Miami based EDM festival has proven to be so popular that it has debuted worldwide festivals in locations such as Ibiza, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Korea, Chile and more! This strictly EDM festival is for the die-hard fans who love the energy and the scene of EDM. 

Stagecoach

Photo by: Krys Henry

Photo by: Krys Henry

When: Late April

Where: Indio, CA

Type of music: country, folk, bluegrass

Price: $399

Stagecoach is Coachella's country cousin. Hosted on the same polo fields, Stagecoach takes place the weekend after Coachella's Weekend 2. This year's headliners  includes Shania Twain, Dierks Bentley, and Kenny Chesney. This is perfect for die-hard country fans that prefer cowboy boots and twangy tunes over glitter and EDM any day. 

Snowglobe

Photo by: Jeffrey Walter

Photo by: Jeffrey Walter

When: New Years Eve weekend

Where: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Type of music: rock, indie, hip hop, EDM

Price: $164

If the biggest downside of music festivals for you is the summer heat, then look no further. Snowglobe hosts big names in the EDM scene such as The Chainsmokers, Flume, Rüfüs Du Sol, RL Grime, Major Lazer, and many more. The festival takes place during New Years Eve weekend and is a great way to ring in the new year while escaping the desert heat. Remember to bundle up! Tahoe around this time of year is snowy and cold. Bring layers and waterproof clothing!

Are you going to any music festivals coming up? Don't forget to bring your camera and submit your photos on Snapwire! 

Happy Festival Season to all!

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: Ksenya Lim, Randi Mooney, Eddie Rios, and Rolf Alafo for their recently purchased photos. Here are their captivating shots: 

 

Household Chores

Photo by: Ksenya Lim

Photo by: Ksenya Lim

Ksenya's photo won the "Household Chores" challenge because it wonderfully captures the struggles of a young boy in his attempt to help out with chores. The boy's small size is a stark contrast with the drying machine. Additionally, the photo is bright, crisp, and features a visually-pleasing composition of all of the elements. 

All About Love

Photo by: Randi Mooney

Photo by: Randi Mooney

The "All About Love" Request sought photos of anything related to love, whether it be family members, friends, partners, or even pets. With precious floral dresses and authentic emotion, Randi's photo perfectly fits the theme. The genuine love between the group of girl's, evokes a sense of nostalgia for simpler times and childhood friendships. 

Under the Sheets

Photo by: Eddie Rios

Photo by: Eddie Rios

Everyone loves lazy days and nights spent lounging in their beds. The "Under the Sheets" challenge garnered a wide variety of photos of babies, adults, and pets doing just that. From the submissions, Eddie's dreamy photo was chosen for its simple composition, perfect lighting, and identifiable content. Many people have memories of staying up past their bedtime to read the last few pages of their favorite book. 

 Romantic Couples

Photo by: Rolf Alafo

Photo by: Rolf Alafo

The "Romantic Couples" challenge had so many amazing submissions of couples that it was difficult to choose a winner. However, Rolf's photo stands out from the rest because for the us, the viewer, it seems like we are catching something we aren't supposed to see. With the man facing away from the camera there is a sense that we just happened to walk into their special moment. Furthermore, the natural emotion on the woman's face emphasizes the pure love she feels for him.  


A giant takeaway from this post, is that photo buyers are looking for visuals that tell stories. Each image has its own unique story to tell. Buyers are seeking out photos like these because they evoke certain relatable feelings such as love, companionship, childhood memories, and dreams for the future.

Now let's get back to shooting! Submit your best shots of Spring to our new challenge:  Spring Around the World


Spring into Creativity!

Spring is upon us and the sunshine and greenery has a way of inspiring. Here are some pictures from Snapwire's Arts & Crafts challenge that inspire us to create something new. Art is all about expressing your self by getting messy and trying new things. How do you express yourself?

Young Minds

Photo by: Klodjana Dervishi

Photo by: Klodjana Dervishi

Your Body Is A Canvas

Photo by: Lynne Bookey

Photo by: Lynne Bookey

Your Thoughts Shape Your Art

Photo by: Elena Eye

Photo by: Elena Eye

Abstract Charcoal

Photo by: Juan Jimenez

Photo by: Juan Jimenez

Messy Hands

Photo by: Olivia Saienni

Photo by: Olivia Saienni

Don't forget to submit pictures of how you and others express creativity through art on our Arts & Crafts challenge!

Unique Coffees You Need To Try

Coffee is a staple to some, if not most, but have you ever heard of the beverages listed below? Change up your coffee routine or trade up your morning Starbucks for a unique and delicious beverage you've never tried before! 

1.  Cotton Candy Coffee

This drink is famous at Light Cafe in Toronto, Canada. What's cool about this Taiwanese inspired cafe is that it serves their sugar in cotton candy form for you to pour your coffee over. The end result is delicious and satisfying. 

2. Affogato

Photo by: Chun Hsing Lo

Photo by: Chun Hsing Lo

I don't know who the geniuses were that decided to mix coffee with ice cream but I would like to thoroughly thank them for all that they've done for the world. This Italian espresso-based dessert has turned into a caffeinated treat to be savored across the world. Espresso is poured over ice-cream (of any flavor you choose) to create a delicious concoction that melts in your mouth. Most make this beverage with vanilla or chocolate gelato but some go outside the box and make it with coconut ice-cream! Word on the street is it's not to be missed. 

3. Irish Coffee

Photo by: Susanne Alfredson

Photo by: Susanne Alfredson

All you need is hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream. This classic drink was created in the 1940s by man named Joe Sheridan who added whiskey to coffees to help customers warm up.

4. Café Cubano

Photo by: Nebojsa Rozgic

Photo by: Nebojsa Rozgic

If you like your coffee a little more "straight to the point", then a Café Cubano  is for you. This Cuban style coffee was created after espresso machines where important to Cuba from Italy. The dark roast espresso is sweetened with raw sugar cane while it is being brewed. Drink as served! If you prefer your coffee with milk, you can add some to make it a "café con leche" which directly translates to "coffee with milk". 

5. Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Photo by: Kelly Leeves

Photo by: Kelly Leeves

This drink, which is is extremely popular in Vietnam and Southeast Asia,  was created due to the shortage of fresh milk during the late 1800s. This beverage consists of sweet condensed milk as the base, black coffee in the middle and foam on top. It is usually served over ice and made with dark roast beans. Yum!