Stock Market, Stock Team, Stock Photography
Stock is actually my name and belongs to a family network spanning the U.S. and
possibly distant lands in other continents. That family would be people I don’t
know about and have never met. It’s not surprising, however. My father was one
of 10 children (they called them 10 head of “Stock”) and this means I likely
have cousins I have never met or haven’t seen in such a long time that I
wouldn’t know them if I looked them straight in the face. In my family Stock
takes on the meaning of whatever each Stock person does in life. Some build
bridges, some sell things, some import & export, others are artists,
photographers, promoters, entertainers–with hundreds of people, the list just
goes on & on. At one time I launched the Stockteam.com website to try to bring
the talents of so many family members together. But it became clear that they
were too diverse, too busy to be involved in such a project and I’d have to go
it alone on this venture. I developed Stockteam.com to reflect a local
geographic area (California) and to focus on lifestyle and my professional
photography. The site blossomed and grew its audience and even profited. In the
back of mind, however, I always had the nagging feeling that it best reflected
the stock market or something of that nature.
I saw recently that several Germans launched a stockteam site that appears to be
a marketing/public relations product for their company. In German, the word
stock supposedly means “stick” or “stone”. In English it can mean financial
investments, inventory, or be used as a verb such as “take stock of your
Whatever you story is regarding your name, it’s especially fun if the words in
your name are nouns representing physical things. You can take that name and
turn it into a business idea, or simply go through life enjoying the various
interpretations and things that people consider when they hear your name. They
may not be thinking of you at all, but instead conjuring up images of other
things the words represent. In my instance growing up, I will forever recall a
family reunion of all my dad’s brothers, sisters and parents and the theme of
the party–”10 head of stock and never a bum steer”. Someone actually painted
small ceramic bulls gold and each family member received on like a memento or
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Debbie Stock Photography
Debbie Stock has worked as a professional photographer, receiving her first paid
gig at the University of Kansas School of Journalism.
So you want to be a professional photographer? You can actually make a living
doing what you love in a field where “riches” and wealth are defined by
satisfaction for your trade. The easiest, best way to commercialize yourself is
to begin taking the jobs that are available, such as wedddings, engagements,
portraits and pet portraits. Oh, don’t forget about youth and adult sports
photography, as well. The world is inundated with photos of varying quality, but
exceptional work is needed when people invest time, money and emotions in major
life events such as marrying, having kids, recognition for feats and
accomplishments, and launching businesses. If you feel discouraged about
entering the world of professional photographer, these are some of the places
where you can look to make inroads either as an assistant, working for another
photographer, or launching your own business.
Like any business, you should have a marketing plan and study what other
photographers are doing to succeed. You can also survey the incomes of other
photographers to project what you can expect and decide if it will be enough to
live comfortably on.
When I graduated from college as a photojournalist the professors at my
university kept emphasizing that not all of us would find jobs on newspapers.
They kept urging us to look at trade publications as a potential source of work.
Networking is important in finding photography jobs, and professional
organizations can be helpful. In my particular instance I have been offered a
few jobs through National Press Photographers Association (nppa.org).
Networking in your community or places where you’re most likely to get leads and
find clients is also important, especially if you start at ground zero and
you’re not getting the jobs to help you move the business along.
Photography can be a fantastic hobby and you can even turn it into a break-even
proposition when you find niche markets for your work. But if you want to make a
living taking pictures, do some homework, identify your audience, and begin
marketing to those who will soon discover the quality of your product(s). Good