Joining Stock Photography Agencies – A Helpful Guide

It’s Time To Join An Agency

Joining stock photography agencies, at first, is just like signing up for any other website or social media site.

Sometimes the hardest part of any venture is just starting. Straight up, if you’re a photographer, it’s time! Choose an agency, and sign up!


Joining an agency grants you access to enter the site and peek around.

Let’s look at what you can learn after you sign up…

Photography Agencies Have Help Pages

After you join, dive into the agency help center and frequently asked questions pages. New photographers can find answers to most questions there.

Learn everything that you can about commission rates, subscriptions, pricing and end users.

Who visits the site looking for images? What are they looking for? Do your images contribute to the market? If not, find another agency. There are many.

Recognize The Stock Photography Agency Culture

Every agency is going to be a little different. Each agency has it’s own photography culture and market. After joining, scroll through photos and figure this out. The more you know about an agency the better.

It’s possible that an agency doesn’t have any market for your style of images. Maybe not good fit for you.

No worries! It’s good to figure this out sooner rather than later.

Dive Into Stock Agency Help Forums

Forums are topic threads and q&a pages created by the photographers/contributors of a site. It’s important to realize that all the comments and answers there are from other photographers that have joined the agency. Just like you!

You will find nuggets of information there that will save you time and make you money!

Keep in mind, forums can be a place for people to vent and complain. Be careful. Double or triple check the advice you get. Don’t take advice from someone who is failing. Find photographers and mentors that are successful. They will push you to be great.

Your First Batch Of Images

In order to add images and start earning income, an agency will ask you to submit samples of your work.

It’s important to put together a powerful batch of images and submit them.

The Articles On This Site Will Help You Through The Process.

If you follow the guide, you’ll be up and running in no time!

After Joining Stock Photography Agencies, Fill Out Their Forms

Your agency will ask you to fill out some tax forms. In addition they will probably look for a bank or PayPal account to deposit your earnings to.

This is just like any job you accept. Expect ten minutes of paperwork! Have a coffee and get this done.

It’s time to earn income doing the thing you love!