When planning photoshoots to create stock images, it’s essential to consider who will be purchasing your photos, what types of images they’re looking for, and how they will be used.
There are two main categories of images that users purchase: images with people and images without people. Read on to learn about the types of photos Noun Project customers are purchasing and downloading across these two categories.
Note: images in this post are among the top-selling photos at Noun Project
Photos With People
At Noun Project, our customers include designers, creative directors, business people, educators and medical professionals. These customers are typically looking for images that feature diverse groups of people and, to date, 69% of the top selling images on our platform include people that have traditionally been underrepresented in media.
Images that include people in settings such as offices, at leisure, and in educational and medical situations are among the most purchased and downloaded.
We’ve made it a top priority to curate authentic photos that celebrate diversity and inclusion at Noun Project. 74% of the images in Noun Project’s collection feature people from underrepresented communities, defined here as:
- People with a disability
- BIPOC people
- People in the LGBTQ+ community
- Women in leadership roles
- Older people
- Older women in leadership roles
- BIPOC people in leadership roles
- Intersectionality within these groups
In our Noun Project Originals image collection, the top selling photos include people from the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC people across genders, people who are Indigenous Central American, Asian women and Black women– many in leadership roles such as CEOs, creatives and medical professionals.
A large sector of our customer base is made up of educators. Images with diversity in people in school settings are very popular.
Educators also value photos that illustrate concepts, flat lays with copy space, and still life photos that represent education and learning.
People who work in business lean toward images with multi-ethnic groups of people or people who are traditionally underrepresented. Photos that illustrate concepts such as “collaboration” as well as technology are popular.
Photos Without People
Images without people are also very popular, representing an average of 26% of Noun Project’s photo library. Top sales and downloads of images without people are images of food and technology, as well as photos that illustrate the concepts such as “success,” “idea” and “money.” Copy space in these images are highly valued.
Photos that feature animals and nature are also images that our customers regularly purchase.
Seasonal images are popular with our customers. When considering creating images for photo submissions, a good practice is to submit seasonal images several months ahead as many customers purchase images 4-6 weeks ahead of the holiday, which will increase your sales year over year. For example, if you are creating images for winter holidays, a good time to submit photos would be in early October.
Use this post as a helpful guide when planning photoshoots with images for submission to Noun Project’s photo collection to increase your sales with stock photos.
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