Free Stock Photography, or “Shudder Stock”
To celebrate Labor Day Weekend, I share with you my free stock photography fail session, suffered while searching for images of the working man/woman.
In need of photos for a web design client with a temp agency, I went with Dreamstime.com’s free stock photography option first.
I’m so glad I did.
Free Stock Photography Keyword Search: “temp worker”
How did this photo even happen? Who puts a model in a 1970s (or current British) latex hooker dress and “Pretty Woman” thigh high boots and then thinks, “Hm… you know what we need? A shot of you with a laptop…”
This is not “sexy secretary.” This is “dominatrix train wreck.” What if you forget Secretary’s Day? She might not honor the safe word.
I was also offered this gem:
While she IS more appropriately dressed than her free stock photography temp counterpart, I don’t think this would make a good image for my client. Bragging that you offer temps who can’t differentiate between chairs and desks isn’t going to be a business booster. Plus, she looks pretty depressed to be scolded for doing it backwards AGAIN. That could bring down the whole office. Or she’s just imitating Kristen Stewart’s “happy face.”
Somehow, I suspect this temp would also be “inappropriate for the work place.”
Luckily, my client doesn’t just offer office workers. He also provides temp help for more industrial trades.
Free Stock Photography Keyword Search: “construction worker”
Free Stock Photography Keyword Search: “technology worker”
Or perhaps you prefer a recent graduate from Bob’s Calculator College:
But the one photo that appeared on almost every temp search was sure to solve ALL my free stock photography problems: