Photographers Direct Newsletter: December 2008


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Newsletter December 2008


John Kelly, John Kelly Photography (UK), United Kingdom
Becky or Joe Gibbons, AmericanScapes, Inc., United States
Heidi Laughton, Heidi Laughton Photography, United States: California
Mike Grandmaison, Grandmaison Photography, Canada
John Lander, John Lander Photography, Japan
Johnathan Esper, Wildernesscapes Photography, United States
Vladimir Sidoropolev, Vladimir Sidoropolev Photography, Russia
William Paris, William Paris Photography, United Kingdom
Michael DeFreitas, Travel Snaps, Canada
Jurgen Otto, Jurgen Otto Photography, Australia
Olaf Protze, Travelbild, Switzerland
Fenneke Wolters-Sinke, PictureNature, United Kingdom
Laura Cotterman, Learn To Take Photos, United States
David Smith, Interface Images, Canada
Susan Evans, Dynamite Stock Images, United States
Mohamad Itani, Mohamad Itani Photography, United Kingdom
Mark Hampton,, United Kingdom
Paolo De Faveri, Paolo De Faveri Photography, Italy
Peter Langer, Associated Media Group, Canada
Alf Jacob Nilsen, Bioquatic Photo, Norway


All these contributors and thousands of other sources of professional images can be found on the Photographers Direct website.

photo by John Kelly

John Kelly has a great passion for night-time photography. When dusk falls, the light changes, the country and its landmarks take on a completely different perspective as streetlights are switched on. John already has a good selection of night-time images of Scotland and he is currently expanding his portfolio, actively looking for new events to cover and projects in this field to work on.

The picture shown here is featured in the Scots Magazine Calendar for 2009. Prints of this image and others are available directly from John’s website via selected print providers. You will also find a comprehensive portfolio of nature, wildlife and landscape images.

If you are the owner of a property or business in the UK and would like to have it photographed by day or by night for a brochure or advertising and marketing purposes please get in touch with John to see how he can help you.


John Kelly
John Kelly Photography (UK)
United Kingdom
phone: 01340 881623


photo by Becky Or Joe Gibbons features the work of published photography/writing team, Joe and Becky Gibbons. They offer stock images of the American Southeast and photo/text packages per your request. State coverage includes Florida, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Maryland.

In order to meet your image needs, offers the convenience of a keyword search and electronic stock list. New images are regularly added. is based in Central Florida and willing to travel for assignments.

Becky Or Joe Gibbons
AmericanScapes, Inc.
United States
phone: 407-929-6273


Heidi Laughton is an Advertising, Lifestyle and Editorial photographer based between Los Angeles and London. Heidi is pleased to announce a new website with updated Lifestyle and Advertising portfolios.

Recent clients include Forty Forty Advertising. The shoot involved capturing active moments from well known surfers, mountain climbers, Polar explorers, kayakers and round-the-world Adventurers. Her forte lies in shooting for outdoor lifestyle brands and leisure magazines. If interested, please view the website link and contact Heidi for any commissions.


Heidi Laughton
Heidi Laughton Photography
United States: California



Canada's Mike Grandmaison Launches New Website

Renowned Canadian nature photographer Mike Grandmaison recently launched a new and elegant web site featuring a searchable database of premium quality images. Subject matter includes nature (landscapes, plants and wildlife), agriculture, architecture, fine art, industry and travel. Mike is a full-time, professional stock and commercial assignment photographer who travels across Canada on assignment for a broad range of clients.

Mike focusses his lens on the Canadian environment and was the recipient of a Northern Lights 2007 Canada Award in photojournalism for illustrating a story on Jasper National Park for Canadian Geographic magazine. In April, Mike also released his eighth coffee table book called “Georgian Bay”. “Canada” - a national bestseller - and “The Canadian Rockies” (also published by Key Porter Books) were released in 2005 and 2007.

A recent contributor to Photographers Direct, Mike also writes a feature for Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine called “Discovering Canada” and conducts nature photography workshops in the Canadian Rockies.


Mike Grandmaison
Grandmaison Photography
phone: 204.254.3131


photo by John Lander

Following a recent photo shoot in Kyoto, various collections by John Lander have been updated including:
Japanese Gardens and Japanese Markets. The main purpose of this shoot was the search for the many hidden Japanese gardens in Kyoto.

Last month's projects took place in Vietnan, especially the Mekong Delta, the Reunification Express train journey from Hanoi to Saigon, plus Hoi An and Sapa.

John's website host has been moved to PhotoShelter from DRR though the domain has remained the same: without any changes. He will spend the month of January in Nepal, and February in Burma and Thailand. In the event that you require images of these places, please ask and if at all possible he may be able to arrange custom shoots.


John Lander
John Lander Photography
phone: 046-876-2454



Specializing in panoramic wilderness photography and adventure photography, Johnathan Esper has a passion for exploring our world's wilderness areas. Johnathan has photographic collections of panoramic landscapes and rural scenes from New Zealand, Patagonia, and the Adirondack Park in the United States. He also specializes in high-altitude mountaineering photography, and has collections featuring mountaineering life and panoramic mountain environments on Mt. McKinley and Aconcagua, the highest peaks in North and South America. Larger photos help a viewer feel more in the image, and image resolutions often exceed 20,000 pixels on the longer side.

Johnathan is available for commission photography that will represent an excellent value to you, simply because Johnathan always returns with a plethora of images, regardless of the conditions, and he wild camps and keeps costs close to zero when in rural and wilderness areas (he has even bought and sold cars instead of renting to reduce costs on previous long-term foreign trips). Upcoming trips in 2009 include a month exploring Hawaii, and a 4 month photographic and hiking/mountaineering exploration in Iceland.

Johnathan's photography can be seen here and on his website


Johnathan Esper
Wildernesscapes Photography
United States
phone: 5186246675


photo by Vladimir Sidoropolev

Vladimir Sidoropolev is a photographer based in the south of Russia, Krasnodar krai.

He specialises in people, folk festivals, landscapes, air show, religion, sport and much more.


Vladimir Sidoropolev
Vladimir Sidoropolev Photography
phone: +7 918 46 26 837


photo by William Paris

William Paris has recently joined Photographers Direct and will be adding many new images to the site. Photography has been his life for the last 50 years, and is not interested in retirement.

Photography has never changed so fast.... a lot is happening and William plans to remain a part of it. As he says to his friends "From glass plates to digital, what is next?".


William Paris
William Paris Photography
United Kingdom
phone: 01698885528



Travel photographer Michael DeFreitas has just returned from China, Texas and the Turks & Caicos with more great topside and underwater images. Michael specializes in adventure travel images from around the globe and in October he received a SATW Bill Muster Silver Photography Award for a Native Pow Wow image. His work appears in many of the world's top travel publications.

Over the last year, Michael has also added images from Southern Chile, Texas Gulf Coast, Hawaii, Banff/Lake Louise, New Mexico, Northern California and Oregon to his 70,000+ stock library.

In the next three months Michael will be shooting in Israel, Egypt and Nevada. He is available for piggyback assignments in both digital and film formats.


Michael DeFreitas
Travel Snaps
phone: 604-946-5505


photo by Jurgen Otto

Nature photographer Jurgen Otto has now uploaded 120 images of the rarely photographed but very interesting and attractive Australian "peacock spider" (Maratus volans). Just type "peacock spider" or "Maratus volans" into the PD search field to view them. The male of this species has brightly coloured flaps on its abdomen, which are extended during the courtship dance to impress a female.

This breathtaking display, lasting only a few seconds, appears not to have been photographed before and none of his images of this spider have yet appeared anywhere in print. If you are planning to publish on spiders, want to be the first to print an image of a uniquely Australian animal, or are simply after something "freaky", here is your chance. Some info on this spider illustrated with some of Jurgen's images can also be viewed at:


Jurgen Otto
Jurgen Otto Photography
phone: 02 94402853


Swiss-based travel photographer Olaf Protze has just relaunched his newly designed website , featuring a selection of travel images of over 40 travel destinations worldwide.

Olaf has just returned from a tour to South Germany where he was covering well-and lesser known historical landmarks and towns, and will continue to travel there from Spring next year. His high resolution images can now be licensed and downloaded instantly and payments are accepted by credit card and via Paypal.

For image requests or travel assignments please contact him at:

Olaf Protze
phone: 0041-77-250 62 57

photo by Olaf Protze

PictureNature is a photo agency specialised in nature and human interaction with the environment and started its stock library in 2007. They supply rights-managed and rights-ready images of flowers, plants, landscapes, seascapes, abstracts in nature, wildlife, outdoor pursuits, architecture and (historic) buildings from around the world.

Although owner and photographer Fenneke Wolters-Sinke is busy managing the business and selecting high quality and artistic images from about 40 contributors, she always takes her camera everywhere she goes to express her own creativity and supply to her library. A recent trip to Gran Canaria gave her the opportunity to capture the stunning volcanic rock formations. In the new year she will be ski mountaineering in Austria, canoeing in Scotland and travelling to Marrakech.

PictureNature will be exhibiting in February during the Publishing Expo in London and in May during the BAPLA Picture Buyers Fair. Picture buyers are very welcome to visit their dedicated staff. Contact PictureNature to make an appointment and discuss your image requirements. They hope to seeing you there!


Fenneke Wolters-Sinke
United Kingdom
phone: 01330-820391



Improve your photography with an online photography course! Learn to Take is a new online photography school with courses taught by successful stock photographers Christina Handley and Laura Cotterman. Christina and Laura have over 40 consumer magazine and advertising catalog covers to their credit in 2008.

Visit the school site for free photography tips and view the list of online photography courses. The 4-week courses start on January 14, 2009 and the next round of short courses start on January 1st. All the courses are taught in a friendly, supportive online environment and the classes are active and fun. If you want to learn the basics or take your skills to the next level, they can help you do it.

Get a $10 discount by using coupon code "PhotographersDirect", expires Jan 17, 2009

There are currently four 4-week courses:

Creative Composition
Digital Photography Basics
Silhouettes & Black Shadow Backgrounds
The Business of Equine Event Photography

and 3 short courses:

Pet Photography
Winter Snow Photography
Digital Photography 101


Laura Cotterman
Learn To Take Photos
United States
phone: 877-867-7345


photo by David Smith

Visit Interface Images NEW stock photography archives with easy search, lightbox, comp, licensing & instant download features


- World Travel - Ethnic Life Style
- Cruise Ship Travel & Life On Board - Modern Life
- Postcards & Calendars - Just Glamourous!
- Human Interest - Photographers Choice
- Bizarre, Weird & Fun - Food, Drink & Fine Dining

Available for corporate, editorial & travel photography & travel writing assignments worldwide.

Interface Images' 2009 confirmed travel bookings include Brazil, Amazon River, Buenos Aires, Portugal, Spain, Mediterranean, Italy, Greek Islands and cruise ships.

See their brand NEW unpublished images from Asia, Japan, Shanghai, Viet Nam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Islands. Visit our archives today!


David Smith
Interface Images
phone: 604-818-7662



Dynamite Stock Images' new online stock site is now open to the public and high quality digital images are available for immediate download. They offer rights managed, royalty free and economical pricing. Images are from all over the world in a variety of subjects. Many of these images are unique and exclusive to Dynamite Stock Images.

Visit their site at


Susan Evans
Dynamite Stock Images
United States
phone: 360-752-4367


Mohamad Itani is an award-winning photographer based in Manchester UK, specializing in people and conceptual still life images.

Mohamed's collection is represented by several agencies around the world. Please visit his website to view his latest additions.

Mohamad Itani
Mohamad Itani Photography
United Kingdom
phone: +44(0) 7930 480325

photo by Mohamad Itani allows picture editors, researchers and publishers to view a cross-section of Mark Hampton's work.

Due to the very diverse nature of his images and existing stock library he is more than happy to answer any enquiries/requests in order to see if he can provide image solutions that match up with them. He regulary travels to Turkey and has a wide range of existing pictures associated with it.

He is available for commissions, subject to availability, and is more than happy to receive wish-lists of images needed for future publication.


Mark Hampton
United Kingdom


Northern Italy based landscape, nature and travel photographer Paolo De Faveri is pleased to present his recently updated and reorganised website.

Paolo has a unique style in producing dramatic, moody, and dynamic imagery and his images have an instant impact with viewers.

The new site features some of the most appealing and worldwide renown natural environment of Italy and France, such as the wild areas and parks of the Western Alps, the enchanted villages of Cinque Terre and the surrounding rocky coast, the serene rural sceneries of the plain at the feet of the Alps and the untouched natural environment of the alpine glacial lakes. And then again, the breathtaking cliffs of Etretat and the huge Mont Saint Michel bay rich of mistery and mood, the jagged coastline of the Cotentin peninsula and the medieval architecture of the Norman villages. The online portfolio showcases almost 400 images organized in 8 thematic galleries, personally chosen by Paolo among the thousands of pictures available in his archives.

Paolo De Faveri clients include worldwide renowned magazines and publishers such as Popular Photography Magazine (USA) and Digital Photo Magazine (UK), as well as prominent advertising agencies as DDB Nouveau Monde.

Paolo De Faveri
Paolo De Faveri Photography
phone: +39 348 2458867

photo by Paolo De Faveri
photo by Peter Langer

Peter Langer - Associated Media Group has a library of over 250,000 images featuring 156 countries and all continents. Aside from travel photography, the library contains about 50,000 images of local people & 100,000 images of Art History, Archaeology and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All images are fully captioned and keywords relevant to historical periods and geographical information.

Peter Langer's photos have been published in Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveller, Oxford University Press, Cambrige University Press, several Travel & Tourism brochures and by several educational publications.


Peter Langer
Associated Media Group
phone: 1-604-984-2811


photo by Alf Jacob Nilsen

New and exciting Website!

Bioquatic Photo launched their new website on December 5th 2008. New photos will be added on a regular basis. At present Bioquatic have more than 4000 pictures online, including some exciting new material from Svalbard, safari photos from Kenya and a lot of animal, bird and invertebrate photos. Please do not hesitate to contact them for special requests. Check it all out at and please register on the new site.


Alf Jacob Nilsen
Bioquatic Photo
phone: +47 38372256




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