It’s been almost two years since I started submitting images to Snapwi.re so I thought I’d share an update on my status and experiences. I’d like to make this a running theme with new updates each week so if I don’t answer your questions right away, let me know and I’d be happy to incorporate them into future posts.
My initial thoughts of Snapwi.re are covered in my first post (link). Over the past year I’ve gotten more serious about Snapwi.re (the previous year there were a few months where I was not active at all). The majority of my submissions are still from my library of images but I do take the time to shoot specifically for a request now – if I have the time and the investment isn’t too great. And that mind shift has definitely paid off as my biggest sale was for a magazine cover with custom requirements!
Even if I’m not shooting for an individual request or challenge I keep them in mind when I am out taking photographs. For example, if I have a trip coming up I’ll look at any open challenges or requests to see if I can add them to my shot list. Sometimes it’s just a slightly different take on a normal shot – like making sure part of my car is visible in a landscape image or including a human element where I would normally try to avoid one.
A challenge or request will fairly often spark a new idea that I am excited to shoot. I can submit a portion of the resulting images to Snapwi.re and different versions to other stock sites. So my workflow isn’t based on Snapwi.re (or other stock sites) but it is influenced by it. I think that just opens up more options in the long run and expands my portfolio.
Take a look at my results and tell me what you think!