Category Archives: Brooklyn

Meeting Alamy CEO James West, Brooklyn

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 2, 2014

In March 2011, I took the F train to Brooklyn to attend Alamy CEO James West’s meeting with a few dozen photographers at the stock agency’s Jay Street office, where we had a presentation and Q&A about Alamy’s past, present, and its plans for the future.

Bridal boutique front window on Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NYC, 2009 (Ann Parry)

Brooklyn, New York, USA. June 6, 2009. Bridal boutique front window on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill. (© 2009 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

We seemed a diverse group with a wide range of portfolio sizes and experience in stock photography.

Background

I joined Alamy as a contributor, not only because of its commission rates, but also because it donates the vast majority of its profits to medical research.

But I didn’t go to the Brooklyn meeting planning to cover it formally, since I don’t consider for-profit businesses the focus of my blog.

However, the more James West shared about Alamy, the more my respect grew for the man and the company. And though I didn’t take notes, photos, videos (sigh), here it is for you:

How Alamy Stands Out for Customers:

  • Library Size & Variety – Alamy’s encyclopedic library is edited for technical quality but not content – increasing one’s chance of finding that niche, obscure, just-perfect image needed.
  • Service – Alamy provides strong customer service, including speedy response time to customer calls and  requests for price quotes.

How Alamy Stands Out for Contributors:

  • Commissions – Alamy does not ask contributors for exclusivity, and pays 50% commission for sales through alamy.com, and 30% for sales through their distributors.
  • Control – Contributors may choose whether to make their files available in certain ways – such as in certain territories,  through distributors.
Brooklyn, New York, June 6, 2009. Artist selling his paintings and drawings outdoors during Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Brooklyn, New York, June 6, 2009. Artist selling his paintings and drawings outdoors during Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk. (© 2009 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

FYI

  • Quality Control (QC) –  Alamy determines which files are accepted in a different way from other agencies. Briefly, all of your files waiting for QC at the same time count as one batch, even if you submitted them at different times. Don’t expect each image to be checked, but if one image from that batch fails, the entire batch fails.
  • Sales: Images – Quantity is just part of the sales equation, so don’t expect great results from lots of average, similar images of over-represented subjects. Cover neglected niche subjects…  convey concepts in new, clear ways… take pictures that effectively tell a story.
  • Sales: Keywords – Keyword your images in an accurate and thorough way, making it as easy as possible for customers to find your images that fit their needs. | So, if you have an image of a girl holding a Singapura cat, and no other person or animal is in it, include relevant keywords, such as: girl, holding, cat, child, pet, happy, outdoors, young girl, pedigreed cat, Singapura, domestic cat, feline, one person, one animal — and avoid spamming, which is including irrelevant keywords, like: dog, bites, man.

Photography – mainly editorial (non-commercial) – on Alamy by Ann E Parry 

 NOTE: above Updated 2014 Post replaces my 2011 blogspot post


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Coney Island History Day 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
August 13, 2013

Where could you see a beautiful stilt walker from Lady Circus, magician Professor Phineas Feelgood, musicians Organ Grinder Lola & Master Bob, a face painter, flocks of seagulls, and thousands of people enjoying NYC outdoor fun last Saturday? At the Coney Island 3rd Annual History Day!

Brooklyn, New York, USA. 10th August 2013. BOB STUHMER, a member of AMICA, poses under the Coney Island History Project banner over the booth where visitors can get information about world famous neighborhood, beach and boardwalk and amusement park, during 3rd Annual Coney Island History Day celebration. (© 2013Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Brooklyn, New York, USA. 10th August 2013. BOB STUHMER, AMICA member, poses under Coney Island History Project banner over booth at 3rd Annual Coney Island History Day celebration. (© 2013Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The Coney Island History Project celebrated the past & present of the Brooklyn neighborhood, boardwalk and beach, and amusement park, and visitors were greeted with ocean breezes that helped make the summer day even more pleasant.

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2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, Brooklyn 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 31, 2012

When I heard that 13-year-old SHEIMYRAH MIGHTY, whom I first photographed singing at a 2008 rally at Long Island’s Eisenhower Park, would sing the U.S. National Anthem at the 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti on January 11, 2012, I looked into covering that Brooklyn Borough Hall event.

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January 11, 2012 - Brooklyn, New York, USA: Commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the Mw 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, people hold up glo-sticks at 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, Wednesday night at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Ann E Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Brooklyn, New York, USA. January 11, 2013. 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

I went with a friend and fellow-photographer, Mike Leverett Dorn, and since we were running a bit late, we rushed from the MTA Borough Hall subway stop into the Hall. And as we raced up the long flight of stairs I could hear Sheimyrah singing. Just (barely) in time!

New York City Police Commissioner RAY KELLY was the Keynote Speaker, and other participants in the memorial service included a variety of Haitian musical and literary artists (Sheimyrah Mighty is Jamaican Haitian American); politicians; architect Rodney Leon who designed the African Memorial Burial Ground in NYC; Christian, Muslim, and Jewish spiritual and community leaders; and providers of Haitian humanitarian relief.

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