Say Cheese!

But don't waste time getting photo subjects to say it-use stock pictures.
Magazine Contributor
Writer and Author, Specializing in Business and Finance
2 min read

This story appears in the June 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

They say a picture's worth a thousand words-but is it worth the thousands of bucks spent on models, lighting, props and other shoot-related expenses? For small businesses wanting high-end photography for a shoestring price, stock photography could be the answer.

The use of stock photos is definitely on the rise, according to Allen Russell, president of the Picture Agency Council of America. "That's because the quality of photographs has risen, while technology has allowed prices to go down," he says. "Now, [Entrepreneurs] can pick the image, and we send it to them."

Prices start as low as $100. For photos that are "rights-protected," fees are largely based on the reach of the medium in which they're to be used. In other words, using a photo in a national ad campaign would cost far more than running the same photo in a local brochure. Generic "royalty-free" photos, on the other hand, command a flat fee.

Bahar Gidwani, 45, CEO of New York City-based Index Stock Imagery, which has more than 400,000 downloadable images on its Web site (, insists stock photography works for entrepreneurs. He works with reputable stock houses that ensure their photos come with proper releases, which protect small-business customers.

"With the tremendous range of material available, you can usually find the photo you need," Gidwani says. "You can get a production-quality photo almost instantly, without leaving your desk."

Gwen Moran is president of Moran Marketing Associates, a public relations and marketing communications agency in Ocean, New Jersey. She is currently completing a marketing workbook titled Promote Your Business. E-mail her at

Contact Source

More from Entrepreneur

Get heaping discounts to books you love delivered straight to your inbox. We’ll feature a different book each week and share exclusive deals you won’t find anywhere else.
Jumpstart Your Business. Entrepreneur Insider is your all-access pass to the skills, experts, and network you need to get your business off the ground—or take it to the next level.
Are you paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.

Latest on Entrepreneur