One of the things I do in my spare time is taking stock portraits for platforms like Gettys, ShutterStock and Adobe Stock. I avoided this for a very long time because what people looked for in stock in the past has tended to be very contrived and posed photos which is completely the opposite of my style. This has changed dramatically in recent times -- with the advent of smartphones and mobile photography and platforms like Instagram, people want more relaxed, candid and authentic photos. 

What is stock photography?

Stock photography is the supply of photographs for commercial use. For example, it might be used in business presentations, outdoor advertising, magazines, flyers and everything in between. There are different kinds of sub-categories of stock photography including higher priced macrostock to microstock which is low-priced and accessible. 

  1. A wonderful feature by Shutterstock, where I post most of my stock images.

  2. Click here to check out this interview with me by Deposit Photos

  3. Here's another feature on taking authentic portraits on Shutterstock. 

What you need to know as a stock model

Why you would do stock:

  • An opportunity to get a great portrait of yourself at a low cost

  • If you are a professional model, an opportunity to add more to your professional portfolio

  • It's fun! I often organize group stock shoots so you get to meet and chat with interesting new people

There are a few things that you need to know about being a stock model:

  • Be prepare to sign a standard model release form that is provided by a platform like ShutterStock

  • This basically consents the use of your image for business use

  • As the model, you may not have control over how this image is used ("Hey! I just saw me in an ad for wines in Romania!")

  • I might not be able to pay much (by way of discounts) for models since I sell Microstock which pays $0.25 per download

How to prepare for your stock portrait photoshoot

Here are a few tips:

  • Plan your outfits carefully

  • Avoid any distinctive logos or trademarks (e.g. Adidas 3 stripes, prominent logos on your clothing and accessories, etc)

  • Come to the shoot rested and hydrated

  • Think about bringing accessories that mean something to you (e.g. watches, spectacles, sunglasses, pocket squares, brooches, pins, scarves, favorite books, pens, etc) -- they can go a long way in making the overall ensemble "work"

Where can I view samples of your stock work?

You can view specific examples of my stock work at Shutterstock. Here is a gallery with a few select shots from recent stock shoots. 


[DGT] is a photographer to make you feel at ease and I’ve met some wonderful people through stock photography! The shoots are relaxed, efficient and a lot of fun! Because of the diversity of locations and settings DGT chooses, I’ve been able to use the photos for my website and also a variety of media publications I have been featured in.
— Jennifer Angela Lee
We met in Central Park in New York City. I was able to suggest a few suitable sites from local knowledge, and he spotted several perfect locations that I had missed. I found him to be highly personable and very professional in asking what he expected of me; he was also open to suggestions as to enhancing the shots. A mix of careful poses and improv shots led to an amazing variety of photographs.
— Nick Bacon, New York City
I don’t feel comfortable in-front of the camera but Gabriel makes thing simple and very natural. I just forgot that I need to pose and did usual things - smile, drink coffee, making a call... and at the end I had the best portraits! Gabriel sees the best places to shoot even though I didn’t see anything on the location. Very professional!
— Lucy, Brooklyn
DGT made me feel comfortable by his pleasant and easy-going personality. He loves to crack jokes and capture moments where his model is being natural and not expecting a photo to be shot. His photos have catapulted my career as a freelance model tremendously. Through DGT’s photos, I have grown a gorgeous portfolio with a diversity of shots. One of my best memories was when DGT brought together a number of models for a photoshoot. It was a new, exciting experience and I got to meet other amazing, talented people.
— Amrita K. Dhillon