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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.


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)


  • 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


Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 5, 2012

The Miss Wantagh Pageant has been a tradition here on Long Island, New York, since 1956.

Kelly Garland Miss Wantagh 2010 at Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Wantagh School, New York, USA. Hailey Orgass is Miss Wantagh 2012. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Kelly Garland, Miss Wantagh 2010, at Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, an Independence Day tradition on Long Island, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, New York, USA. Hailey Orgass is crowned Miss Wantagh 2012. (© 2012 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Soon after yesterday’s Wantagh July 4th Parade, a large crowd gathered on the front lawn of the Wantagh Elementary School on Beech Street to find out the results of this year’s Miss Wantagh Pageant:

  • HAILEY ORGASS – Miss Wantagh 2012
  • ALYSSA KELLY – 1st Runner Up
  • PAULINA RENDA – 2nd Runner Up
  • ALYSON HOPKINS – 3rd Runner Up

Miss Wantagh 2011, KARA ARENA, sang two patriotic songs in such a lovely voice it was easy to mistakenly assume artistic talent is one of the qualities contestants are judged on. In fact, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, crowns a high school student based mainly on her academic excellence and community service.

Other participants in the ceremony included former Miss Wantaghs KELLY GARLAND (2010) and EDEN HELD (2009); ELLA STEVENS, the Coordinator of Miss Wantagh Pageant; Nassau County Legislator DAVE DENENBERG, who announced the 1st Runner Up; and Nassau County Clerk MAUREEN O’CONNELL, who announced Miss Wantagh 2012.

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Photos Captured with iPhone 4S

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 15, 2011

Yesterday, October 14, 2011, at 12:24 PM I signed for my iPhone 4S, my first iPhone ever.

Young boy at Long Island Center of Photography's Family Portrait Day gallery reception at African American Museum, Hempstead, New York, USA, on October 16, 2011. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. October 16, 2011. Family Portrait Day gallery reception at African American Museum. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

iPhone 4S photo: I took the above unretouched photo on Oct. 16, 2011, during Long Island Center of Photography‘s Reception for the Family Portrait Day exhibit at the African American Museum in Hempstead, NY.

When the doorbell rang and I saw the UPS delivery person with the smaller-than-a-brick-size brown box, I smiled, rhetorically asking, “Is that it – the iPhone?” I explained I was happy to see him, since I’d planned to stay home that day until I could sign for the phone, however long it took. He laughed, saying I sure wasn’t the first to tell him that.

After listening one last time to voice messages on the 2+ years old LG Dare and backing up Contacts, I connected the black  iPhone 4S to the Mac via USB, followed easy directions to activate the phone, synched it with my apps, music, books, enabled iCloud and iMessage, downloaded the Verizon Contact Transfer app… in short, I was adding a tiny computer to my network.

The least fun was after I synched apps. I ended up with 11 screens of apps, so – from iTunes on my Mac – I spent about 20 minutes organizing the apps onto 2 screens. Then when I hit “synch” a message asked if I really wanted to delete a particular app, and I wasn’t 100% sure, so I hit “cancel.”  But that didn’t just cancel deleting the app (which it turns out I did want to delete), but I was back to 11 screens of apps! So I had to start all over again.

The second least fun was when I synced Contacts.  I over-synched, using gmail, Calendar apps, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange…,  and ended up with up to 6 duplicates of certain contacts. Less (synching) would have been more (efficient).

photo of Singapura cat taken with iPhone 4S the first day it came out, October 14, 2011. As is straight from camera, unretouched, full-resolution, 3264x2448, sRGB, 72ppi, f/2.8, 1/15, ISO 800, AWB.  © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved, Ann-Parry.com (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

October 14, 2011.  Singapura cat photo captured with iPhone 4S the first day it came out. As is straight from camera, unretouched, full-resolution, 3264×2448, sRGB, 72ppi, f/2.8, 1/15, ISO 800, AWB. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

iPhone 4S photo: I captured the above photo the night of October, 14, 2011, in a  corner of room, with lens inches from cat’s face. Auto white balance is great.

Siri seems promising, though I haven’t given it much of a test run yet. When I asked it, “What will tomorrow’s weather be like?” it said “It looks windy” and showed the week’s weather forecast for my town on the screen. The biggest iPhone 4S fun I’m looking forward to is having face time calls with my brother’s family, once their iPhone 4S phones arrive later this month.

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Keeping Up with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Memorial Day

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 2, 2011

By mid-morning on Monday, May 30, the rain and lightning stopped, and gray skies slowly turned blue, so it turned out a better day than expected to photograph two New York Memorial Day parades – first in Merrick and then Little Neck.

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MAY 30, 2011 - Little Neck, New York, U.S. - New York Governor ANDREW CUOMO stops to speak and shake hands with MARK KOPPELMAN, a U.S. Army veteran wearing US Press Corp Photographer Pass, of Oakland Gardens, during Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, on Northern Boulevard on May 30, 2011. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Little Neck, New York, USA. May 30, 2011. – NY Governor ANDREW CUOMO speaks with MARK KOPPELMAN, a U.S. Army Press Corp Photographer veteran, of Oakland Gardens, during Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Photographing my hometown parade was like a pleasant, festive stroll up Merrick Avenue, with plenty of time and room to go wherever needed along the two-lane street.

However, on that hot and humid afternoon, photographing Governor ANDREW CUOMO and his fellow marchers in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade felt more like participating in an extreme sport. A brisk walker, Gov. Cuomo frequently went from side to side of vast Northern Boulevard to shake hands or chat with Veterans and other onlookers; plus, I was surrounded by innocent people and banners best not to slam into.

Loved every minute of it.

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