Contributor Spotlight: Aleksey Teksomolika
Aleksey Teksomolika (who goes simply by Teksomolika on Adobe Stock) is a wedding photographer whose stock portfolio is full of warm, authentic moments and connections – something we’re all gravitating towards to during the holiday season. We spoke with Aleksey about how he got his start in stock and his advice for budding stock contributors.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
I started my career as a wedding photographer in Ukraine. After 4 years, I became pretty skillful. But I had always a dream to travel, and travel and booking wedding gigs didn’t work out so well. I had a friend who was always traveling and made a lot photos of people and landscapes during his trips. He told me about stock and the possibilities it gives you. So here I am, 3 years later, making money from it and traveling the world.
How did you find out about the stock marketplace, and how did you get started?
Stock has been my main work for last 3 years, but now I have new goal. I am making Youtube videos and hope I will be successful with that too. So at the moment I split my time 70 percent on Stock and 30 percent on Youtube. I also shoot a handful of weddings throughout the year.
What are the biggest advantages of selling your work on Adobe Stock?
The biggest advantage is integration. I love Adobe software (best software on the planet is Lightroom and Photoshop!). And the integration is so global that any designer can get images right from inside the appa, and sales are increasing. I bet on Adobe as my favorite in next couple years! And one more small bonus – I got a free year of Lightroom and Photoshop for being a contributor.
How was your stock portfolio and career grown since you started?
In the beginning I was trying to make as many images as possible. I was shooting anything around me. But now my goal is quality. A single good shot can make 1000 sales, so now what I’m trying to do is shoot that one perfect shot!
What are some of your best-selling images? Why do you think they have been so popular with buyers?
One of my most popular images is a photo of a mom and two kids cooking. They made a huge mess, but there are two reasons (in my opinion) why it is popular. First, they’re doing something real, and they’re totally in the moment. Second, you feel real emotion with the people even from behind the monitor – this connection is key.
Do you have any advice for people who are just starting out in stock?
My advice for beginners is to try to shoot something close to you. Maybe that’s your job, or maybe you have a friend who is a doctor or works in a butcher shop. Go to these places and capture real and authentic moments and processes. Stock buyers loves when the images are real.