Welcome. If you’re considering joining a stock photo agency, or you are already working with one and aren’t receiving the guidance, support, and sales your imagery deserves, we’d like to tell you a little bit about our community.
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The technical answer: “Blend Images is a photographer-owned and operated creative content development company, specializing in multicultural stock images and video.” But fundamentally, Blend is a team of over 150 image-makers working together to build the strongest commercial collection of stock images and footage across all major licensing models. With one of the world’s largest network of resellers, Blend has had significant revenue growth since inception and has proudly paid out more than 35 million dollars in royalties to our photographers over the past 10 years.
At Blend, we truly believe we’re better together. All Blend photographers are invited to join our StockPros e-mail list, where we share production resources, technical information, and have ongoing conversations about how to help each other become stronger image-makers. We provide each photographer with a personal editor to guide you in making new content. We have face-to-face meetings and workshops every year. And we offer creative briefs and trend analysis information on a regular basis. By joining Blend, you receive access to our exclusive Blend Artist’s website that contains one of the largest collections of creative research available to any stock photographer.
Founder and CEO, Rick Becker-Leckrone, has worked in commercial stock photography since 1990. Rick and his team are among the most experienced image-licensing professionals and creatives working in the field today. Blend has staff in Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas, NV; New York, NY; and Miami, FL. We take pride in being easily accessible to our community of contributing photographers.
Blend’s library includes five major content collections.
When looking for representation it’s important to consider an agency’s ability to get your work in front of as many prospective art buyers as possible. By focusing on generating only high demand content, we have put together an extremely comprehensive distribution network. Our overall RPI is higher than most other image collections, which results in higher search rankings throughout our worldwide network.
Blend has over 100 resellers in all major creative markets. Your work will have access to resellers like Getty Images, Corbis, Masterfile and Superstock. And since we have non-exclusive agreements with all the largest sales agents, you benefit from exposure to a much larger audience than you would with any single agency. Blend also licenses content through our website. We have many regular customers who love working with Blend directly as our content is more focused than one encounters at the larger agencies. For those looking for the best business and lifestyle content, blendimages.com is a great place to start (spread the word!).
Sales reporting and royalty statements are available online through our “Loupe” application. With this system you can track how many images we have on file, quickly see your top-sellers, download reports to Excel and much more. Using Loupe, you’ll have editors helping you analyze your sales and determining the best direction to take in developing new productions.
And, hey, we're nice folks. We love stock photography, and we love photographers, because we ARE photographers. We do understand what it takes to create the very best work. We've all been on shoots that have generated killer shots. And of course, we’ve all had the occasional production that just didn't fly. We know the kind of investment photographers make in their content, and we take our role seriously to generate the very best returns possible. We only hire staff who are helpful, committed, and most importantly, have enough experience under their belt to be able to provide truly useful input. We actually return phone calls: imagine that!
A desire to generate the very best content you can, a positive attitude, and regular submissions on a monthly or bi-monthly basis which are based on our needs list and input from your editor. That’s it. You make great shots, and we’ll get your images in front of buyers.
To get started, send a link to a website with samples of your work to Sarah Fix. Sarah will get back to you within a few days. If it looks like we’d be a good fit, then the additional steps will be taken.
Submit between 10-15 high-resolution digital sample images to Jasmine Hartsook to assure your files will generally pass our quality control standards. These sample images don’t have to be shots that will go into the Blend Images collection. The review will take 1-2 weeks, and you’ll receive technical feedback via email. We prefer to receive your samples via spring-loaded hotlink but you may also provide your own FTP information or use a large file delivery system like Dropbox.
Minimum Digital Requirements to Qualify For Photographer Representation:
While awaiting feedback, you will receive a Blend agreement and W-9/W-8BEN tax form for review.
Once the files are approved and you are ready to move forward with signing the contract, you can sign, scan, and email a copy of the tax form and agreement to Sarah Fix; or print, sign, and mail two copies of the agreement and the W-9 to: Blend Images, Attn: Sarah Fix, 3008 Sentney Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232
You will be set up in our online system with a photographer prefix, username, and password (that you will change after first login.) You will register on blendimages.com to access the back-end online system for communication, access to our forms, sales data, and submissions.