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Susan Montgomery

I'm a stock photographer, with focus on editorial, classic cars, travel, and nature.
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Fine Art America – First Sale

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Shutterstock Presents story submission

In the spirit of “can’t hurt to give it a shot,” I submitted my story to Shutterstock Presents, cross your fingers that they decide to feature me… Here’s what I submitted: My professional photography career started when my kids insisted I get a “real” camera before a 2004 trip to the Grand Canyon. Since then … Continue reading

Milestone – Canton Fine Arts Exhibition 2017, 2 sales!

I noticed recently that I never posted about the Canton Fine Arts Exhibition, which was quite a thrill, oops… I took a chance and submitted Paris Locks to the Canton Fine Arts Exhibition in 2017, which was accepted in the AAWA Summer 2017 Juried Show and in the 2017 Blueprint magazine, and it got accepted! … Continue reading

Milestone – Photos accepted by Blueprint 2019 (and 2018…)

Was happy that the University’s Blueprint magazine accepted three of my photos this year, and I had a lovely time at their Celebrate Creativity Art Show earlier this week. I realized then when I came to post it that I never posted the 2018 acceptances, so I’ll list them both here. In 2018 I submitted … Continue reading

Sony World Photography Awards and National Geographic Your Shot entries

Getting an early start on New Year’s resolution to enter more photography competitions to test myself further. I entered these three photos from our Machu Picchu trip to the Sony World Photography Awards : Best wishes to you in YOUR 2019 photography adventures, Susan P.S. Update, just submitted the shots to National Geographic’s YourShot , … Continue reading

I’m on Instagram now… Now what… ?

So I decided to explore the use of Instagram, with a goal to publicize my more editorial photos and make connections with other like-minded photographers, so I started an Instagram account and posted some of the editorial photos I’m most proud of. Check it out at https://www.instagram.com/susanmontgomeryphotos/. This made me think some more about what … Continue reading

Accepted by Pond5 stock photo site!

I recently learned of Pond5, a stock site that used to be videos but started accepting photos, so I thought I’d give them a shot.  I submitted some sample photos, including my best photos from Shutterstock and my favorite Detroit photos, and I was delighted to learn that all the photos were accepted!  You can … Continue reading

Milestone – Ten thousand hits!

As I’m posting the milestone article on having 2,000 photos on Shutterstock I noticed there is another milestone to mention, SusanMontgomeryPhotos.com has passed 10,000 hits! Reviewing other such milestones: August 15, 2014, 1,000 hits, so 5 years after I started, or avg 200 hits a year. August 24, 2015, 5,000 hits, so an average over 6 years … Continue reading

Milestone – 2,000 photos on Shutterstock!

I noticed an entry in my journal on July 19, 2009: “69 photos on Shutterstock!”  What a coincidence because today I noticed that, with the photos I submitted from the Chelsea Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights event I photographed last week, I just passed 2,000 photos at Shutterstock.  I’m thinking of what I thought … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – 4th of July Parade in Ypsilanti

Had a great time taking photos at the Ypsilanti Fourth of July parade Wednesday, shooting photos both for stock photo sites and to share with the community. Some things I’m happy I did: I got there half an hour before the parade started, tested out some shots, noticed things I wanted to include (such as … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – Roller Derby again!

(A special note for the folks I know through the University of Michigan: I’m a photographer in my other life and realized a few months ago that LinkedIn rules state you can only have one LinkedIn page, so I had to merge my UM and photography pages, so expect some photo related entries when I … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – Sometimes it’s not you…

I’d been having some tough times with the quality of my photos, after I thought I had learned so much about photography, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, been so happy with my success in terms of photos accepted at stock websites, framed photos sold, etc. , recently I just couldn’t get a photo I was happy … Continue reading

Milestone – My first press pass – Thanks AA Derby Dimes!

I got my first press pass! The ladies at Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, the local roller derby team, which I took photos off a few summers ago, were nice enough to contact me about photographing their bouts this summer. When I showed up last week they had actual media passes for us, cool! I’ll write … Continue reading

Common Cup exhibit in February, 2018

Not many updates since the summer, the day job taking lots of time this year, but I did want to share some exciting recent news:  I’m thrilled that I was selected for a solo show through February at the Common Cup Coffeehouse, a student-centered non-profit coffeehouse affiliated with the University Lutheran chapel, at 1511 Washtenaw, … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – Columbus, OH 2017

Drove to Columbus, OH for my day job, and had fun shooting stock photos while I was out of town, here are some reflections on the trip…  What I did right: Planned ahead by checking out popular locations and marking them on Googlemaps, which helped tremendously with planning – Once I was at one location … Continue reading

Milestone – Paris Locks accepted to AAWA Summer 2017 Juried show

I was thrilled that “Paris Locks” was recently accepted to the Ann Arbor Women Artists‘ Summer 2017 juried show: … and for the first time part of my photo was even included in the advertising postcard:   We were told that they received 120 entries, of which 64 were accepted.The AAWA selections are particularly meaningful … Continue reading

Milestone – Photos accepted by Blueprint 2017

This is another update, for the record… I had three photographs accepted by Blueprint, the College’s literary magazine for their print edition and for their show, in February 2017: The view from Notre Dame was a fun recreation of other similar ones I have seen over the years. Paris Love took me a bunch of … Continue reading

Impostor syndrome rears its head again…

In my day job I often do workshops on Impostor Syndrome, where you don’t think you are good enough, you’re a fraud, and you are going to be found out. I recently had something happen with my photography that I will be able to use as an example in future workshops, thought I’d share it … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – France 2016

Finally processed the photos I took on a trip to France last summer, yey… I had a few days on my own first, where I visited Giverny and Monet’s house and garden, then had a bit more than a week with my boyfriend, mostly in Paris but also a day trip to Normandy and Omaha Beach … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – Woman’s March in January 2017

Still catching up on old shooting adventures.  In January I participated in and took photos at the Women’s March in Ann Arbor, MI. I learned from past such occasions to get both long, medium and short range shots: I also have more confidence now to get in front with the other photographers and get close … Continue reading

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