United Independent Photographers from around world unite to form an affordable Royalty Free and Rights Managed Stock Photography Library.
At last, a stock photos library offering highest quality stock photography royalty free stock photos, rights managed stock photos at one flat rate, low price and actual artist receiving all payment... No agency commission!
Beginning with a royalty free stock photography photo library called www.Flower-Photos.co.uk back in 2002, you may guess correctly that it was focussed (no pun intended, honest!) on flowers, plants and tree with some really high quality close-ups that made me feel as though I was entering another world.
As art director, graphic designer and website designer of a garden centre, garden center to our American cousins, which was flag ship of our group and our group belonging to UK's largest chain of independent garden centres, I was in perfect location to photograph flowers, plants, shrubs and trees at drop of a hat.
The website really took off, paying for its self, film and processing including scans from Fuji Labs UK and then began making a profit. Not a huge profit but enough to plough back in and expand library.
I was contacted from a number of horticultural photographers over first few years but declined their portfolios as I simply didn't have time to manage a team of photographers and their work.
Over years however, I couldn't ignore some of quality of work being submitted and it wasn't just flower photography, it was every theme imagineable.
In 2004, with many of my own photographs, all photos from www.Flower-Photos.co.uk and sister site www.My-Flower-images.com I launched an all subject royalty free and rights managed stock photography website and image library called: www.Photo-Image-Stock.com or www.BuyRoyaltyFreeStockPhotography.com with 6 other photographers from around world contributing a wide spectrum of themes from food photos and cuisine to motorbikes to landscapes and seascapes... it grew and grew and now in June 2005, there are 20,000 photos up on site and that's only a small percentage of what I still have waiting to be sent up with more being submitted every week!
I and library don't take a penny or any commission from sales. The payments go directly to photographer, I get a larger viewership as there's more to see and hopefully broaden my chances of actually selling some of my own photos!