Money for Old Rope

Money for old rope.

That’s a UK phrase for financial gain at little or no effort. I first heard it from another photographer. He lives in Belfast and makes his living selling high-quality photographs of Irish hotels.

When he has a sale from his archive, that’s when the phrase is trotted out.

The stock photography business is exactly the same. In 2019 I sold a photo from my stock collection that I created in 1991. I am amazed that such an old relic is still an earner.

This portrait is of a friend of mine. The session was from 2015 and this one was the lead photograph for his company’s website. At the moment, his graphic designer is updating the site and suggested that we shoot something new.

Naturally, I was all for it and checked in with my friend for his availability. He declined and said that we should just use one from the 2015 batch.

I was sad that we couldn’t do a new one. However, when I dug back into the portraits, there was one that we all missed.

It turned out that these ropy old photos still have some life remaining.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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