February 11, 2021 at 3:36 pm #59120
Hi there, fellow photographers! I’m running a website that is particularly aimed at Christian homeschool families, but I’m having a difficult time locating pictures for my site that show individuals and families who reflect the conservative values of both myself and my audience. Does anyone here know of any site that might have pictures for purchase, that would be a little more wholesome than things I can generally find on the average Internet stock photo site? Better yet, are there any photographers/contributors from Lenspiration that have portfolios of work that might fit the needs of my website? I’m specifically looking for pictures of families/siblings/individuals who are praying/reading the Bible/singing/doing other activities together, but I’m open to anything that anyone would be willing to share. Thank you so much! Looking forward to hearing from everyone!
ChristianFebruary 11, 2021 at 6:07 pm #59130Blessings CapturedParticipant
The stock site called Lightstock has a lot of pictures of praying and Bible reading and I’ve sold pictures through them.
I’ve only done a few shoots of individuals reading the Bible/praying/homeschooling. But here’s a collection I have of Bible reading and prayer and then one I have of homeschooling.February 11, 2021 at 7:22 pm #59131Caitlin ComptonParticipant
I understand your frustration! There’s a definite need for more photographers that seek to uphold Godly standards in their art! Lightstock.com can be a good tool, though there’s still quite a few photos to weed through like other stock sites. I have a portfolio on there that you can take a look at, if you’re interested, with some photos in the categories you’re after – https://www.lightstock.com/users/creative-clicks-photography Hope that helps!February 11, 2021 at 7:44 pm #59132
Hi Hannah and Caitlin, thank you so much for these! These are exactly the kind of material I’m looking for. @James Staddon had actually mentioned Lightstock to me; but when I did a quick search in there, I didn’t see even half of all these. You’re right, Caitlin; there still seemed to be a lot to dig through. But I’m bookmarking all of these links so that I can explore them in more detail this Saturday when I have a day off work to work on my website. 🙂 Very much appreciated! Have a great evening.
ChristianFebruary 13, 2021 at 9:36 am #59506Lydia BParticipant
I have a few photos that sound like they fit your description; I don’t have them up on Lightstock just yet, but you can view them here, from a Lenspiration Shoot to Serve assignment they were submitted for.
My personal portfolio consists primarily of family photo sessions, and my photos on Lightstock don’t primarily include families, but you can feel free to browse either or both and see if any photos would be a help to your ministry!
Let us know if we can be of any further help!February 13, 2021 at 3:55 pm #59507
Hi Lydia, thank you for your links as well. I’ve bookmarked them and will look through them this afternoon!
ChristianFebruary 18, 2021 at 9:55 am #59695James StaddonKeymaster
There are many reasons why I think it’s hard to find wholesome family photos online, one of the main reasons being that families with conservative values tend not to want the likenesses of themselves or their families to be available for sale online for any purpose. Discussing the reasons for this would make a great conversation, but I think the best way to get what you’re looking for is to go with custom photos. Stock photos are always going to follow the trends of the culture. What’s popular is what sells. So if you’re looking for stuff that’s not popular, I’d recommend you find photographers to work with, families who understand your purpose, and create the custom photos you need!February 18, 2021 at 2:33 pm #59776
Agree with you @jamesstaddon! One family I know very well is very particular against their family photos being online in any form (not even social media), and I respect that. 🙂 My photo needs are very much counter-cultural… 🙂 So I’ll be taking your advice and looking for custom shots — although the folks that have commented above do have some pretty good portfolios that I will very likely be drawing from, too, as soon as I get my Lightstock subscription set up. 🙂 Thank you everyone for your input!
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