Rejection sucks.

But you know what’s worse? Not trying.

Sure, you’re safe when you don’t try. You can’t get hurt if you don’t put yourself out there. No one can tell you that you’re not good enough.

On the other hand… you end up with nothing.

The trick with building a big, money-earning stock photo portfolio is not taking anything personally. Of course this applies to many things in life, from jobs to relationships to that jerk who cut you off in traffic.

But it especially applies to stock photo agencies.

You have to think of them as an un-feeling, non-judgmental entity. They take some things, they reject others. It has everything to do with the marketability of a specific image… and nothing to do with you.

The only way to get a bunch of photos up-and-selling is to submit them and see if they get in.

If they don’t… read the reasons why, learn, and move on to the next batch. Keep rolling forward. Keep trying. Keep improving.

Do that, and by this time next year, you’ll be way ahead of where you thought you’d be.

With that in mind… today is the end of Summer Sprints: WEEK 1. If you haven’t taken any “texture and pattern” photos for stock this week, get out and snap a bunch this weekend. The goal is to shoot 100 new photos this week, and 100 next week, so we can upload a bunch to our agencies by the end of the month.

— Bonnie

Bonnie Caton
Creator, Breakfast Stock Club

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The Latest from Your Breakfast Stock Club Facebook PageFrom Julie DP, via email:

 Well, Bonnie, after meeting you at the Ultimate event in April in Portland, and receiving this email for summer sprints, inspiration has taken hold!

I have captured textures and patterns and am actually submitting them to my agencies as we “speak”. I’ve been dabbling in stock photography for a number of years, but am now getting serious about it. In fact, I am establishing a routine procedure using Lightroom and Shelly Perry’s techniques for keywording.

I may well have more than 40 textures and patterns uploaded by fall. I am sprinting along with you now!

From Pj Eakins-Eagle: I love these challenges- they really help motivate me!

From Kim Nelson: I’m new to stock and to Breakfast Stock Club. The photography training program and the (premium) club have been very helpful and motivating to get me started.

From Molliann Stocks: I took my 100 photos this weekend, and came up with quite a few good texture and pattern shots – now to figure out which one is best – not easy!

From Eneida Gastal-Keith: Finally uploaded again, after around two years without doing it!! Eight pictures accepted by Alamy. Happy!

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