I take pictures. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Back to photographic images of mine that have been big dollar stock sales .... and more importantly, why they have sold so that this can help other people be published more.
This "perfect" beach shot has made well over $100,000 in sales for me over the last 10 years. It just seems like the perfect beach. I brought the chairs & umbrella on the plane to Cancun, Mexico to use in this and other shots.
I also shot a really good looking couple in the chairs relaxing .... but this one has outsold the couple one by over 20 times the amount. WHY? Well, I do not know this for a fact, but I'll bet it is because the chairs are READY for someone in Omaha, Nebraska in winter. I can see a couple SEEING THEMSELVES in these chairs and wanting to get there quick! "Pack the suitcase, honey, we're going there!"
With the other couple in "their" chairs, it somehow looks crowded!
This has sold all over the world for many many calenders, greeting cards, mouse pads, magazine Caribbean stories, even several times for auto dashboard sun reflectors, etc etc. Fun when one click of the shutter gets published so often for so many usages.
In my last post I said I would show images that have sold for large amounts of money and try to explain why so that others can learn from the knowledge and also see the distinct possibilities of their own stock sales.
This panoramic of the Portland Headlight in Maine is one of my all time favorite places and images. It has just recently passed $150,000 in earnings from my various stock agency sales over the years. That means, of course, that sales have been over $300,000 gross, as I receive roughly 50% of the sale. Not my highest seller, but a good one indeed.
What has it sold for? Travel, you may say. Actually, no. It has an amazing salability in the financial markets. Lighthouses say "steady" "reliable" "strength" and "safety".... so it has been on covers and full pages in many financial publications and TV. But, believe it or not, it sells more often in my sales reports for banks. How? Well, you may have used it. They tone it down to about 15% and it is behind the checks that you write on top of this image. I have seen literally hundreds of bank sales for checks from all over the world on my sales reports! Cool huh?
Photographically I was ready to start taking panoramics of this scene in the blue skies. But I saw storm clouds forming far away and I just waited until they got to me and then I really started shooting. Photography is all about waiting! I have this image blown up 6-feet long in my house and I can smell the ocean in it. Nice that it also has made a lot of sales thru my agents.
I will keep letting you know of big sellers and why they have sold, so check in from time to time.
Since I lecture all over our Planet on successfully selling your own stock images, I thought I would start from time to time showing some recent top-selling images and what they sold for to my clients. I hope this can help you all to not only see what sells, but also the POSSIBILITIES you can have in stock photography sales.
The first example sold recently for $12,000 for usage all over Korea. This woman in a straw hat in Vietnam Mekong Delta flower market sold for unlimited usage for one year in Korea for, believe it or not, the pharmaceutical industry. Go figure on this one! It is a clean, colorful model-released (although maybe not needed here) image, but I would never guess it would sell for drugs advertising. But the check cleared!
Wonderful images in Trinidad, Cuba. Trinidad is an old 16th Century cobblestoned village. Perfect setting for the old Classic automobiles.
I have directed 7 Humanitarian Trips legally to Cuba in the last years. I will be directing my 8th, and last, trip this coming year on April 22nd thru May 6th, 2014. This could well be your last opportunity to see Cuba as it has existed since the early 1960’s with the old US automobiles, fading beautiful buildings, Cuban cigars, mojitos and wonderful people.
We are totally legal as we fly directly from Florida to/from Havana for two wonderful and enlightening weeks. I have a special Humanitarian Visa for all of us and we will bring vitamins and aspirins, etc to give to the small town clinics and locals to help them, since they really have no access to these because of the Embargo and the Soviet Union collapsing. They are so appreciative to us as we stop and visit these clinics along the way around Cuba.
There are some other organizations that do go to Cuba, but I can guarantee you they are over one thousand dollars more expensive then our trip and that is only for 8-9 days -- while ours is for 14 days. I don't do this for my livelihood so I do not make the money these other agencies do, so their trips are much more expensive. You get much more for the money, and a longer & more interesting trip, by traveling with our group.
We visit and spend a lot of time in these places --Havana, Pinar del Rio, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Mantanzas and Cardenas and then back to Havana. We stop in schools, tobacco fields, museums, a cigar factory, a youth boxing arena and many other opportunities. We really get to see ALL of Cuba while we are still helping the people of Cuba with the supplies we bring. The link to the itinerary below will show all the places we go and the things we see.
We will meet such interesting people along the way.
We will stop at schools to meet the charismatic children.... here with a Castro wall mural.
I love these images of a farmer in the field and an older woman with a cigar. Everywhere you look in Cuba is unlike the USA.
I can’t say enough about Cuba and the local people. I have traveled in over 170 countries on all 7 continents and you would think I would be bored going back to the same country each year. But I sure haven’t been bored. Each of my 7 other visits I have fallen in love with the people and the places. The pace, the energy, the music, the drinks, the food, the old cars and the beautiful majestic buildings -- suggesting a time long ago -- all speak to us as travelers. Travel to Cuba has been banned for all Americans for over 50 years and only now is it opening for a small amount of special interest groups to have the opportunity to go the 90 miles from Miami to Havana. Most of the time in my travels, I have to fly for 20 plus hours – and suffer through the jet lag!—to find a place this forbidden, hidden, and spectacular. This trip is less than a one hour flight from Florida and NO JET LAG!
Three of my beautiful women who traveled on one trip with me to Cuba take a break in Havana to relax.
I love the local flavor everywhere in Cuba.
If you like old cars, Cuba is the place to be.
Cuba will open soon to the USA and I will not want to return. I know for sure all the old US cars will be gone to investors in Miami who will sell them for a huge profit. McDonalds, Pizza Hut, WalMarts, KFC etc will be everywhere (think of San Juan, Puerto Rico). Along with that many of the old wonderful buildings will be torn down in the name of progress, replaced by Marriotts, Hiltons, and the many US businesses that want to come and get market share immediately.
I am stopping after this 2014 trip for two reasons. I have a travel group that I take 2 places on Earth each year and they all have been to Cuba with me once or twice, and they now want to go other places. Also, with more companies like National Geographic bringing groups every week (costing $1000 more than our trip for 6 less days!), it has become harder & harder to get the hotels and the guides we want, etc. So this will be my last trip to Cuba.
Take a look at our exciting itinerary: www.billbachmann.com/cubamission
At this link you will find the information you will need to make a decision. This should fill up rather quickly, so I hope that you can decide and send in your paperwork. There is a 2013 registration form (my Dreamweaver is acting up, so I can not change the dates to 2014) that you can print and send in to me. You will also see the schedule, the exact dates and the price. If you know me, the trip will be special indeed.
The best part is that you are also bringing medical items to people who desperately need them to survive. They can NOT get vitamins, even if they had the money. You will feel so good in helping local Cubans in addition to seeing places all over this wonderful country. You will not return the same person, I promise.
Giving a simple bottle of Aspirin to a local brings smiles and often big hugs. They are so appreciative.
We will visit real Cuban tobacco fields. And later you'll see so many characters with cigars.
I like the contrast between this old Ford Edsel and the horse-drawn carriages going by.
TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW YOU WILL BE MORE DISAPPOINTED IN THINGS YOU DID NOT DO THAN ANY OF THE THINGS THAT YOU DID DO!
Let me know via email if you are interested in coming with us. I know this trip will be terrific and I hope to include many of you. I can not recommend a trip any more than this one for anyone that wants to see Cuba before it changes overnight and becomes Americanized. Now is the time to go and see it for sure!!
A young boxer practices in a local gym. One of many cowboys we see along the way.
Black & White images of a Santeria religious voodoo woman and also a hard-working sugar cane farmer.
We get dancers to pose for us. I love this old man who sells donkey rides for 50 cents.
©All Photos Copyright Bill Bachmann/All Rights Reserved
The colorful Old Square in Tallinn has a storybook feeling.
Among all the former Soviet Bloc Republic States, one of the brightest in today’s world is shiny Estonia. A Baltic state in Northern Europe that borders Latvia and Russia, it is closest in character to its neighbor across the water of Finland. I have done the short ferry trip between Finland and Estonia several times and each time I visit it seems Estonia is newer, shinier and more successful.
Estonia is one of the smallest countries in Europe with only 1.3 million people in the country. The language is Finno-Ugric and it is very similar to Finnish. In spite of its size, Estonia has the highest gross economy of any of the former Soviet Republics and this robust economy is because of the close trading ties with its three main partners - Germany, Finland and Sweden.
The colorful wooden buildings in the old parts of towns look similar to old Russian houses.
A typical small farm home in Marjamaa.
In the pictures I have taken in the Capital of Tallinn and throughout the country, I can see how interestingly they mixed the old buildings with the new shiny ones. New buildings and color are everywhere and the people know they have a future that is both free and prosperous.
As a photographer traveling with camera in hand, I found the people in the cities and villages very approachable. They posed for me and signed model releases freely and they also wanted to know so much from me about America. The food, the drinks and the beautiful woman everywhere made my photography and travel a wonderful experience. I wish more countries had warm people eager to talk and pose for photographs.
The new and shiny bright buildings are everywhere.
Beautiful woman are plentiful in Estonia
After so many years of Soviet domination, when the USSR started to break up in 1989 Estonia started a famous “Singing Revolution” of 2 million people -- forming a human chain stretching through Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. It worked for these three Soviet Bloc countries as they received full independence in 1991.
As a newly free and independent leader, Estonia forges into the future with bright prospects. If you get an opportunity to travel in the Northern Baltic States, try to schedule some time in this gem of a country with its spotless capital Tallinn. You will come back with a new appreciation of a former repressed government that now sees the future brightly.
Interesting churches in Estonia include a Russian Orthodox Church in Tallinn and an old painted one in Pernu Jaagupi.
The most famous church in Estonia is the white Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The Old Fort Tower and wall in the capital downtown
A fast and modern ferry travels the short waters to and from Finland.
The spectacular city of Perth. All the way west in Australia and one of the most isolated big cities in the world.
My latest trip to Australia was my 8th visit there. I simply love the country and the people Down Under and could easily live there. So far from home, but so very comfortable.
This last visit was indeed special to me. I usually go all along the fabulous East Coast, from Cairns in the North (with the Great Barrier Reef) all the way down the entire east coast to Brisbane, and Sydney, continuing on to Melbourne and even as far south as Adelaide. I have great friends in all of those places and relish the time I spend there. I usually give a lecture or two and often shoot assignments along the way somewhere.
I have also explored the real Outback in the middle of the country several times in Darwin, Ayer’s Rock, the town called Alice and the other treats in the middle of nowhere. And it really is nowhere!
On this eighth trip, I decided to also go out to the far West, to what I thought was the frontier in the state of Western Australia. I had only spent one day out West once and it was mostly to change planes in Perth so I really did not explore then.
The main city out in the state of Western Australia is Perth. It dominates the culture and city life in all of Western Australia as no other cities of any size are in the entire state or region. It is a really dynamic city, full of art and culture. This surprised me greatly as I envisioned it being a real rough frontier town.
Bell Towers "sail boat" modern building. Mixing the old with the new in Perth -- the famous Miss Maud Swedish Hotel landmark.
The beaches of Western Australia are wonderful and perfect for one of Australia's favorite activities -- surfing.
Instead, it is a city of 1.9 million people, very modern and exciting. The prosperity of Perth carries the entire state as workers fill the hotels every other week and then go off to work a full week in the mining industries. Perth is a major export city in all of Australia – and the Pacific Rim – for gold, iron ore, alumina, diamonds, coal, oil and natural gas. Wages are high indeed as the world desperately needs these resources and pays top dollar for them.
Driving around Western Australia is very similar to the famous Outback -- lonely and deserted.
When driving in the Outback of WA you must be careful of the strange Australian wildlife near the roads!
I explored both North and South of Perth for four days each way. I traveled many rural areas that reminded me so much of the lonely Outback in the middle of this fun country. I visited wineries, famous beaches, storybook small coastal villages, great surfing beaches, and mysterious places.
Australian wines are distributed all over the world. Capel Vale Winery in Bunbury was a wonderful afternoon of relaxation.
The famous rock formations called "The Pinnacles".
One of the more famous mystery places is called The Pinnacles, a remote moon-like rock formation far north of Perth. It looks like the badlands or even more like the moon surface. I was able to drive a four-wheeler around these miles of strange rocks to take photos of the formations. A fun day indeed.
I hope this blog has inspired you to visit the Land Down Under and love it as I do. You will feel totally comfortable with the Aussie way of life – active, sporty, genuine and fun. Make sure you allow some time to travel all the way West in the far away Western Australia country. You will not be sorry.
Are you on the Moon? Or at The Pinnacles?