Stock Photo Gems

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When I start writing a new book, I like to peruse stock photo sites to find images of my main characters. I have an idea of what they look like, but having a photo gives me something to reference, and it’s something I can send to my publisher when they ask for descriptions. But because I have a picture in my head, it means I have to spend quite a bit of time finding just the right image. (Yay, procrastination!)

And sometimes, while doing a deep dive of a stock photo site, I find an image that’s pure gold. I am now the proud owner of a license to use “Young attractive couple and british [sic] cat in a dark room.” Click through for the unblurred picture, but be warned it’s NSFW because it shows a woman in lingerie. Don’t click through on your work computer!

A man in a suit staring at the camera with a cat photo behind him. The bottom of the photo is blurred out.
Click to reveal, NSFW (lingerie)

Every single element of this photo is *chef’s kiss*. The framed cat in the background (apparently British). The man staring intensely at the camera and ironing the woman’s stocking while she’s wearing it. Her balancing atop what must be the world’s sturdiest ironing board. The longer you look at it, the more you see.

There’s another photo in the series that I didn’t buy, but it’s worth a look, too (also NSFW). This artist has some really beautiful, unique shots, but a lot of them are deeply weird. I love it!

Now I have to get back to work on book three in the Starlight’s Shadow trilogy. I hope you have a good weekend!

4 thoughts on “Stock Photo Gems”

  1. Very thoughtful of the man to support her leg while ironing her stocking TOO – he might be a keeper! And I’m afraid I’m not cultured enough in feline affairs to have identified the cat as British at first sight, but now of course I see it. These are awesome pics! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Chiming in on the cat (we all know the important issues) – who appears to be a charming example of the British Shorthair breed, in the classic British Blue mode. The British Blue may be found internationally in the homes of feline fanciers and is generally a charming companion with a tendency to get a little hefty over time.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Shorthair

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