Bad stock shots. They make me want to cry… and occasionally laugh.
I know it’s cheap, looks reasonably professional and I know it’s difficult finding good images. But, images are so important in creating the right look and feel to your marketing material. It’s well worth spending a little more on stock shots if that’s your only option. But if you can, commission a photographer and get your own images shot.
I’ve rounded up a few examples. Feel free to contribute as you see fit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibit #1. The classic
He’s dynamic! She’s having a great time at work! She’s lots the contents of her files. Someone has left a window open. They’re both wearing cheap suits from the 1980s!
Entry level stuff, just to get you warmed up.
Exhibit #2. Creepy
Is it cute? It’s not a modern take on a Athena poster? No. It’s just terrible.
And when I look at the child, all I see is the American comedian and TV actor David Spade (left). In fact, the tag for the image in the stock library points out it’s little Girl [Multi ethnic family african father caucasian daughter].
Exhibit #3. Keith Lemon meets Potter’s Lion
I know, I know… so many questions and where to start…
- If you’re going to paint someone’s face, take more than sixty seconds to do so.
- When casting a lion, pick someone that doesn’t need hair plugs.
- Why is he tearing his shirt off?
- Who is searching for balding lion face topless teenager ?*
- For the love of God, why?
* I didn’t search for that by the way, I just happened to find it… honestly.