Category Archives: Stock Photography

Cactus at Sunset

Photographing Mesa, Arizona

In mid March, while it was still below freezing in Kirksville, I flew to Mesa, Arizona where the weather was perfect in every way. The trip was for work, but it was not without it’s fun times. I spent my last evening there at a local park and captured some photos of the desert landscape at sunset.

Although I only spent about 45 minutes shooting photos, I got some keepers.

You can check out more of my desert & cacti photos on iStock – where you could even license them for your own use!

Two days ago I began selling photography and illustration exclusively at I’m ecstatic! This means I’m no longer selling photos at all the other stock photography websites. I’m consolidating my efforts and becoming a more focused creative in the process. You can check out my portfolio here.

A little over 3 years ago I purchased my first DSLR camera and began learning the in’s and out’s of photography, while simultaneously signing up for I was slowly uploading and selling photos as I learned more and more. Of course, my skills were honed that much quicker because my friend, Jamie Carroll was going on shoots with me and teaching me everything he knows. I can’t thank him enough for teaching me much of what I know today. In fact, I’m still learning new things about Photoshop and photography from him almost weekly.

I’ve also enjoyed success at other stock photography websites, like having one of my photos included in’s  Graphic Designer’s Bundle, and being featured in a monthly blog series where creatives are interviewed. I previously contributed & sold images through many of the other microstock photography sites (shutterstock, dreamstime, fotolia, etc) and found that it was simply too much work to continue contributing everywhere as a ‘non-exclusive’ contributor… so I choose to become exclusive to just one of them. That choice was!

Enjoy some of favorite photos that I’ve shot during my 3-year journey to this point (some aren’t necessarily for sale on iStock)

As you may know, I sell stock photos and raster illustrations through many of the top stock photography websites. I sell on iStockPhoto, Shutterstock, and PhotoDune (among others). It’s been a cool way to hone my photography skills and make some residual income.

This morning, I browsed to to check my stats… and what do I see? One of my illustrations in use on the iStock homepage! Check out the screenshot and then the illustration that they used. It’s an honor to see that the creative folks at iStockPhoto liked my work enough to use it on their homepage!

Click through to see the iStock homepage

Here’s the illustration that they used. Click through to see the illustration for sale on iStock.


This year’s Graphic Designer Bundle from PhotoDune & Graphic River is pretty awesome. There are so many useful photos, fonts, icons, graphics, etc. I was lucky enough to have one of my photos included in the bundle (below).

You might remember that I was also recently interviewed on the Envato blog. Well they also recently made one of my other photos the free file of the month for October (shown below). Let’s just say that I’m feelin’ the love from Envato/PhotoDune lately!

Chicago Skyline Panoramic
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If you would like to purchase the above image, I’m selling it here.