The Aging Process
Bad Apple
Beat the Clock
Big Bang theory
Big Brother
The Bigger Picture
Blind Leading the Blind
Breaking the Ice
Burning the Candle at Both Ends
Calm Before the Storm
Can of Worms
Conquering Adversity
Couch Potato
Dangling a Carrot
The End
Eyes in the Back of Your Head
Food Chain
Fork in the Road
The Four Seasons
The Future
Go Up in Smoke
Golden Opportunity
Green with Envy
Head Above Water
Head in the Clouds
Head in the Sand
A Helping Hand
Hit the Nail on the Head
Home Sweet Home
Identity theft
I'm All Ears
In the Dog House
Ivory Tower
Jumping Through HoopsKey to Success
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Love at First Sight
Man in the Moon
Message in a Bottle
Mid-life Crisis
Mind Blowing
Mind Boggling
Mother Nature
New Life
Needle in a Haystack
Nest Egg
Off Target
Olive Branch
Out of Body experience
Out of Context
Population Explosion
Rat Race
Real People
Red Tape
Riding a Wave
The Seven Deadly Sins
Square Peg in a Round Hole
Stairway to Heaven
Stars in Your Eyes
Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Taking the Plunge
Team Work
Testing the Water
Things that go Together
Thinking Outside the Box
Time Warp
Tranquil Scene
Two Faced
Under the Thumb
Walking on water
Wasting Time
Watching the Grass Grow
White Lies
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
World at One's Fingertips
Young at Heart

Consumer Market



Cats and Dogs together (portraits and playing)--prefer natural settings

Maine Coon cats
DOGS (colorful shots of all breeds—can be alone, or groups, adults and puppies,

    Basset Hounds
    Bernese Mountain Dog
    Bichon Frise
    Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
    English Setters
    German Shepherds
    Labradors—all colors!
    Golden Retrievers
    Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    Shih Tzus
    Siberian Huskies
    Spaniels:  English Springer, Cocker Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles
    Terriers:  all kinds, especially Jack Russells!

RABBITS:  all breeds of domestic rabbits in colorful settings


Baby Animals—alone and with parents

Horses (wild and thoroughbreds)


Polar Bears

Primates –especially Chimps and Orangutans—can be taken in zoos or controlled settings as long as background is natural looking



(Dramatic scenery, cityscapes, bright and colorful, all seasons, no people)

Canada:  all the Provinces and Territories of the country:

    Nova Scotia
    British Columbia
    Ontario, Alberta
    New Brunswick
    Yukon Territory
    Northwest Territories


Greece (all islands)



United States coasts!  lots of great scenery, crashing waves, rocks, etc.


Islands –any location as long as they are clean, iconic shots of water, sand, trees, etc.



Photos of historic United States locations, monuments, etc.

Examples would be:

    Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln
    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    Monument to Martin Luther King
    Plymouth Rock
    Ellis Island
    The White House
    U.S. Capitol
    Congressional Buildings
    Vietnam War Memorial, etc.


colorful, clean images of people engaged in sports activities:  kayaking, rafting, canoeing, surfing (big waves!), hiking, mountain climbing, etc.

Can be serene, peaceful setting, or action shot.

Should be MR if person’s face is visible.

Human Behavior

For all lifestyle categories ethnic diversity is very important. Model releases are needed for all people who are identifiable. Please contact the editor before your shoot, to discuss current client needs.

    Education subjects
    Fitness subjects
    Everyday examples of science principles
    People sweating or very cold
    The big moments in life (graduation, wedding, birthday, awards, ethnic and religious coming-of-age ceremonies)'
    People doing healthy activities
    People using technology
    Diverse groups Education,all ethnicities, all levels and subjects, Pre-K through adult education
    Bullying, exclusion, and alienation
    Kids interacting excluding one
    Kids gossiping and excluding one
    “Name calling” bullying
    Physical bullying
    Extrovert in social situation
    Introvert in social situation
    Mixed teens hanging out together enjoying themselves: outside after school coffee houses, library, and school sports events
    Working in teams doing homework assignments
    Multicultural daycare: all activities
    Pre-school through 1st grade classrooms with kids using “independent learning centers” i.e. reading nooks, activity tables
    Pre-school through high school engaged in teamwork activities
    Clean images of school kids engaged in Physical education
    Track and field, gymnastics, sports inside (basketball, volleyball)
    Field days
    Runners passing baton (distant and c/u of pass)
    Several runners at start of race
    Runner passing finish line
    School aged kids of all ages with trophies
    Outside class, outside school
    In class
    Doing homework
    In libraries
    Raising hands
    Giving presentations
    Talking to principal, counselor
    Parent teacher meeting

    Families / Parents / All Ages / All Ethnicities
    Families cooking a meal together
    Families playing boards games, card games together
    Parents helping with homework: all ages
    Families sitting down and having a meal together
    Families cleaning kitchen together after meal
    Kids of all ages doing chores
    Families or one parent with child/children reading out loud
    Families/or one parent, grandparents looking at family photo albums (in albums or on monitors)
    Families working on family treesFamily eating at home, picnics, barbeque
    Parent measuring height on wall
    Family showing similar physical traits
    Extended families
    Parent as role model
    Children/teens watching parents fight
    Family watching TV
    Adult teaching cultural practice to child
    Family working together

    All situations

    Learning to walk

    Friends talking, walking, playing
    Communicating – phone, computer, talking, writing
    Picking apples
    At a pumpkin farm
    Playing indoors, outdoors
    Building a snowman
    Playing coed sport, esp. soccer
    Playing any team sport
    Doing an solo sport
    Winter sports, sledding
    Playground, including monkey bars and seesaw
    Biking, with helmets
    Rollerblading, with helmets
    Flying kites
    Washing hands
    Smelling (flowers), tasting (eating lemon and making face)
    Children in rain or snow storm
    Children with glasses
    Watching violence on TV
    Eating healthy meal
    Working together in a community garden
    Child washing hands

    Healthy, positive activities
    Same age, different height teen group
    Communicating – phone, writing, talking, writing
    Teens in sports, solo or team
    Volunteers (meals-on-wheels, Big Brother, tutoring, soup kitchens, feeding the homeless, painting mural)
    Delinquent behavior
    Parties, malls, clubs, on street, outside class, outside school
    Teens working
    Teen doing chores

    Communicating – phone, talking, reading, writing
    Exercising solo and in groups
    People being interviewed, exit poll, questionnaire
    Pregnant woman at 3, 6, & 9 mo, and not pregnant
    Couple sharing chores
    Speaking to a professional


    Additional Lifestyle
    Same person or family at different ages
    Ethnic groups - cultural activities, sports, families
    Speaker and audience, different views
    Romantic couples, all ethnicities, all ages
    Ethnic neighborhoods
    People in the Dead Sea & Great Salt Lake, Utah
    Marching bands
    Citizens being sworn in
    Twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc.
    Congress, legislatures in session
    State flags
    Geometric shapes
    Vietnam Memorial
    Food groups
    Industry & Transportation
    Police work
    Asian factory workers
    Job interview
    Outsourced industry workers, Bangalore call centres
    Heavy traffic
    Citrus groves
    Bridges, all types
    Assembly lines
    Trucks, all types
    Firefighters in a moving truck
    Firefighters battling flames
    United States Mint, interior
    Airport security, long lines
    Rock concert
    Airplanes in flight
    Graphic designers
    High speed trains
    New York Stock Exchange interior
    Small business owner in attractive shop
    Shopping mall, crowded
    Consumerism, shoppers with many bagsBaked potato with & wihtout toppings
    baked ziti
    Boiling water on a stovetop
    Chef with buffet table
    Chili peppers
    CU of stirring food
    Flame under a pot
    Ice sculpture, esp swans
    Italian food pasta dishes
    Microwave popcorn bag & popping
    CU of popcorn popping
    Salad dressing being pooured
    Alarm Clock
    Burning Embers
    Carpentry tools
    Diamond Jewelry
    Grandfather clock
    Lit candles
    Moorish sundials, all sundials
    Paint on a palette
    Star of David


  • Medical Illustrations
  • Whole body with superimposed organ systems:
  • Circulatory system
  • Nervous system
  • Digestive system
  • Endocrine system
  • Lymph system
  • Respiratory system
  • Sensory system
  • Reproductive syst
  • Female
  • Male
  • Skeletal system
  • Cancer (effecting multiple organs and systems)
  • Body types - mesomorph / ectomorph / endomorph
  • Circulatory System:
  • Heart
  • Blood vessels (arteries, veins, capillaries)
  • Coronary arteries (and coronary artery disease)
  • Valves (and valve replacement)
  • Blood cells (different types and formation sequence)
  • Blood – HDL/LDL/Cholesterol
  • Blocked arteries
  • Heart attack
  • Aneurysm
  • Digestive System:
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine
  • Appendix
  • Stomach
  • Esophagus
  • Glands
  • Colon cancer (polyps)
  • Endocrine System:
  • Thyroid (normal, overactive, underactive)
  • Pineal
  • Pituitary
  • Adrenal glands
  • Pancreas (insulin production, diabetes)
  • Excretory:
  • Kidney
  • Bladder
  • Dialysis machine
  • Immune System:
  • Cells (different types and cell formation)
  • Antibodies/Antigens
  • Phagocytosis
  • Lymph nodes
  • AIDS (virus/drug therapies)
  • Musculature:
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Back
  • Feet (all angles/include ankle)
  • Attachments to bone
  • Common sport injuries
  • Nervous System:
  • Cells (different types)
  • Synapses
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Pain pathways
  • Spinal cord (and spinal cord injuries)
  • Brain (drawn for easy labeling of parts – overlay or legend if possible)
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory System:
  • Lung structures (lobes/airway, etc.)
  • Bronchial system
  • Alveoli
  • Trachea
  • Nasal and mouth airways
  • Sinuses
  • Lung cancer
  • Smoking effects on lungs
  • Sensory:
  • Hearing (inner and outer/small bone structure)
  • Artificial ear implants
  • Hearing aids
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Skeletal:
  • Hands
  • Feet (all angles/include ankle)
  • Spine
  • Arthritis (hands and knee)
  • Osteoporosis (joints/hips/spine)
  • Tendons/Ligaments (normal attachments and damage due to sports)
  • Skin:
  • Structure (for labeling)
  • Glands
  • Cancer
  • Acne
  • Burns (1st, 2nd and 3rd degree)
  • Reproductive System:
  • Female
  • Whole abdominal area with organs (for labeling)
  • Follicle development
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Cancer
  • Breast implants
  • Male
  • Whole groin area with organs (for labeling)
  • Sperm cell development
  • Penile implants
  • Fertilization of egg (multiple sperm/one sperm)
  • In-vitro fertilization techniques
  • DNA/Chromosomes/Chromosome abnormalities/Telomeres
  • Fetal development
  • Medical Instruments/Symbols:>
  • Multiple (common) medical devices (alone and in collage)
  • Common medical symbols
  • Medical waste
  • Cellular:
  • Whole cells (both plant and animal) with major organelles depicted (surface and cutout views)
  • Mitosis/Meiosis
  • Major organelles
  • Reaction to drugs
  • Bacterial reproduction
  • Antibiotics (reaction to and resistance to)
  • Recombinant DNA research techniques
  • Other Illustrations:
  • Wildlife
  • Fossils
  • Dinosaurs
  • Prehistoric Life
  • Geologic Era


X-rays, micrographs, illustrations, photographs, video, endoscopy, clinical and gross specimens:

-macular degeneration
-age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
-wet AMD
-diabetic retinopathy
-detached retina

-pulmonary embolism
-cystic fibrosis
-smoker's lung

-peptic ulcer
-gastric ulcer

-multiple sclerosis


Quick Top 5 (in no particular order)

1. tropism in plants (phototropism, geotropism, thigmotropism, etc), both before and after

2. invasive or problematic alien species (feral pigs, rampaging rabbits, more in list below)

3. cut and uncut precious gems, especially famous ones, large ones, rare ones

4. bioluminescence, fluorescence, phosphorescence, in animals and rocks

5. global warming consequences (see below for details)

Earth Science:  identified minerals and rocks, both close-up on neutral backgrounds and cropping out in their environments.  Also rock layers in road cuts and cliffs, showing folds, faults or unconformities.  Landforms, including river valleys, especially in comparison to glacial valleys, plus drumlins, eskers, fault-block mountains and the basin & range area.

Ecosystem/Food Chain:  rainforest with lots of different plants and animals in the same photo is always the request, but hard to come by.  Try to have a colorful, charismatic something in the corner (flower, butterfly, frog, birds, jaguar?) to make it say both "double-page spread" and "look, kids, biodiversity!"  Food chain is also tough.  Plants, herbivore eating plants, then something eating that herbivore, then that animal eaten by a bigger predator.  Hard to do in one photo, but sequences or illustrations can make it work.

Global Warming:  anything that will illustrate the consequences of our changing climate.  Drought in California; trees killed by spreading insects, adding to increased fire danger; melting glaciers and receding snowpack; rising sea levels swamping low-lying islands in the Pacific; polar bears on thin ice, ice floes or swimming;  other animals dealing with temperature changes.

Invasive Species and Spreading Pests:  all the boring insects eating our trees (emerald ash borer, sirex woodwasp, Asian long-horned beetle, adelgids and bark beetles) the escaped plants invading our forests and parks (garlic mustard, japanese knotweed, mile-a-minute vine, cogon grass, giant hogweed), and the bilge-water stowaways invading the seas (zebra mussels, quagga mussels, chinese mitten crabs, round goby, tunicates and seaweeds).  There are more and more examples every day; keep an eye on the news, and check out the nice lists at

Endangered Species:  especially newly-listed species (either by the US or IUCN), critically endangered species, recently extinct species, or newly-discovered species.

Baby Animals:  generally clients want the post-newborn, clean and fluffy stage, but it is always good have a few newborns and hatching hatchlings, too.  Both wild & domesticated species/farm animals are welcome.  Also, tiny baby marsupials in and out of the pouch, especially kangaroos and other unusual/Australian species (we have many Virginia opossums).  Don't forget parents taking care of their young - especially the hard-to-get happy family shots of both parents with the babies/chicks.

Animal Life Cycles:  mostly animals that undergo some kind of metamorphosis (frogs, salamanders, butterflies and other insects), but we've also been asked for the same puppy at a variety of ages up to a year, as well as fish (salmon/trout, always popular) and even reptiles (iguanas, pet snakes, etc.).  A good insect sequence would be egg, hatching egg, early instar, late instar, pupa/chrysalis, emerging adult, and then adult.  Mating adults and a female laying eggs would be helpful, too.  For frogs/toads/salamanders, it would be similar:  eggs; hatching eggs; early larva with no legs; two-legged tadpole; four-legged tadpole/froglet; adult; and then mating adults spawning.  For the fish, eggs, hatching eggs, young fry (with yolk sac), older fry and then adult fish. 

Intro to Botany:  plant life cycles, too, from seed to plant to flower to fruit, unripe, ripe, then cut open to show the seeds again (and then made into pie, in the case of the perennial favorites, apples & pumpkins).  Also popular are oak trees, showing an acorn, a sprouting acorn, seedling/sapling, and then a mature tree, all of the same species.  Seeds and acorns should be close-ups, of one or a few, on a neutral background or maybe in a clean hand.  Also needed are sequences illustrating growth like phototropism, with before and after photos of the plant bending towards the sun/light/window, or plants opening & closing their leaves in response to touch, light or water.  Another favorite is one plant, like a tulip, daffodil or other garden flower familiar to kids, showing the whole plant - leaves, stem and flower (and sometimes even roots, with the soil cut away), to illustrate the idea of "plant".

Sequences:  not only plant & animal life cycles, but also the same place or tree in four seasons, a tree casting different shadows over the course of a day, a park before & after litter clean-up, high and low tide in the same location, the desert (or anywhere, really) before and after a good rainstorm.  Anything you can think of, as long as they are clean, colorful and dramatic, showing a sense of passing time, aging and growing, or whatever the concept may be.  More than 10 images is usually too many, and the client gets overwhelmed, so pick the best ones in which you can see that something is happening.

Action:  birds in flight (especially songbirds and colorful parrots), monkeys swinging in trees or dangling by their tails, elephants and rhinos charging (but don't annoy the wildlife), slithering snakes, peregrine falcons or water birds diving, big cats chasing prey (or small cats, for that matter), frogs and grasshoppers jumping and other exciting activities are all welcome.  Especially popular are images where the motion is toward the camera, and/or with eye contact.  John has technical advice:  Motion can be frozen by using flash or a hight shutter speed, blurred when using a slow shutter speed, or ghosted by using a combination of flash and slow shutter speed (preferably with rear-curtain synchronization).  if you can shoot all three ways, so much the better.

Behavior:  exotic charging elephants are all well and good, but don't forget our common backyard species.  Every fall clients want squirrels burying nuts, and every spring they need groundhogs coming out of their dens and robins building nests and eating worms.  Also popular are woodpeckers pecking, opossums playing dead, skunks spraying in your general direction, and raccoons/deer/bears/coyotes rooting around in your garden and/or trash (but again, don't annoy or bait the wildlife).  Horned lizards that squirt blood from their eyes and chemical-spewing bombardier beetles are on every defensive-behavior list we get, and we can still use glowing fireflies and floating water-striders.

Miscellaneous:  close-ups of animals (eyes, ears, noses, feet/paws, etc); beautiful, clean fish tanks of tropical fish; goldfish in bowls; terrariums with plants and/or exotic pets (lizards, spiders); things that live under rocks, with the rock flipped over, showing them as a community; bird eggs (please don't pillage the nests); close-up, silhouettable, single insects (especially bees, ants and ladybugs) to illustrate their various insect parts, and individual plant leaves, for identification purposes.  Also, plants and animals that are being investigated for medicinal use, both live in their habitats and close-ups of the parts used medicinally.

Science and Green Topics

Dermatology: pathologies such as psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, dry skin, aging
Cellulite - clinical images
Rheumatoid Arthritis x-rays / scans - hands
Heart defibrillator being used on a patient
Handicapped person in wheel chair using access ramp
Visually impaired person with Seeing Eye Dog
Current MR images of people taking a Breathalyzer test
Medical consultation in hospital room / Doctor reading chart to patient
EMR - Electronic Medical Records
DNA microarrays
Bio / Pharma research labs
Cars: Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, all electric. Current models only. Fuel cell cars
Natural gas powered vehicles.
Recent image of a person in a Faraday cage (museum lighting shows)
Acoustic dead rooms
Climate change research
Severe air pollution, esp. in developing countries
Alternative energy sources for the home / car
Children/Teens working on projects about saving energy, and class lesson
Congested highways
Illegal steroid use
Functional MRI
Brain scans showing additions / drug interactions
Vaccination lines / flu vaccine stills
Special needs education / therapy / Autism
Diabetes type 2 (causes / treatment)
Skin cancer / dermatological conditions (dermatologists / cancers)
Cancer therapy
Stem Cells / Stem cell research
Meteorologists / weather stations / weather research / weather radar
Elder care (home nursing / nursing homes / assisted living / hospice care)
Body types - mesomorph / ectomorph / endomorph (illustration or photos)
Chemistry: reactions in studio setting (basic reactions as found in typical HS or 1st year college textbooks)
Physics: basic lab setups depicting concepts in motion, optics, thermodynamics, magnetism (appropriate for HS and college textbooks)
Electronics: basic components in studio setups (motors, diodes, capacitors, switches, transistors, etc.)
Thermometers: medical / cooking / weather (all types and sizes in all situations and studio shots)
Meteorological equipment: weather stations with all equipment shown, and individually barometers, thermometers, hydrometers, etc.
Augmented reality (real world environment mixed with virtual reality overlays / HUD's for personal use)
Depletion of oil, one drop out of a gas nozzle, out of a barrel
Depletion of water, conceptual shots, drops from faucets, drop falling onto parched earth
Energy conservation; lowing thermostat, hands turning off light switches, energy efficient lights in use, CF, LED and any newer technology
Energy-efficient appliances
Farmers markets and Organic markets, emphasizing organic, non-GMO, cage free, ethical, or biodynamic practices/produce
Biodiesel, ethanol, and other types of renewable fuel production
"Clean" coal, scrubbers, anything else to illustrate this
Genetically modified fields of crops, and product shots of GM crops
Gold mining
Fracking, fracking equipment, fracking protest
Tar sands, Canadian oil, Keystone pipeline
Thermal pumps / heat-sink technology (household or commercial buildings)
Organic farming, sustainable agriculture, ELISA, Biodynamic farming
Overheated people
People littering, conceptual and straight pictures
Plastic bottled water, the volume and abuse of
Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Recycling: modern, including electronics, tires, and other unusual items
New products made from recycled materials.
Solid waste management, especially the newest methods and equipment
Water treatment and testing, newest equipment and methods.
Artificial sweeteners - packaged and raw crystals
Drones / robotics - personal / commercial / governmenta


  • Here are some ideas for subjects to submit:
  • Plant and animal mitosis
  • Flower, plant growth
  • Fetal development
  • Human reproduction (sperm/egg, early cell division)
  • Metamorphosis
  • Cell division
  • Replication
  • Illustrations of human body (moving, rotating in space)
  • Human organs: brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys/bladder, pancreas (rotating in space to view all angles all surfaces)
  • Human, animal birth
  • Bypass surgery
  • Phagocytosis (unicellular life, immune system engulfing pathogen)
  • Athletes in motion: track & field, sprinters, hurdlers, pole-vaulters, golf swing, weight lifter
  • Gravity demonstrations
  • Illustrated heart beating
  • Digestive track (with nourishment passing through)
  • Nerve impulses traveling
  • Blood circulating
  • Joints flexing
  • Blood traveling along inside vessel
  • Blood traveling along and reaching a blockage
  • Blood clot forming
  • Zoom-in on an organ revealing a particular ailment, blockage, clot, tumor
  • High speed video of animal motion such as frogs leaping, birds flying, flying squirrels, bats, insects, etc.
  • Surface tension (water strider, Basilisk lizard, water droplets, etc.)
  • Solar, lunar eclipse, other illustrations of planetary motion
  • Tree or scene going through seasons
  • Sleep research sequences of sleepers
  • Oceanographic research, particularly deep-sea
  • Predator-prey interaction
  • Extreme weather (tornados, hurricanes, etc.)
  • Natural disasters (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, avalanches, etc.)
  • Thunderstorm
  • Clear pot on burner; demo water boiling
  • Tick feeding to engorgement
  • Chemical reactions of all kinds
  • Kids on a seesaw...going up and down and up and down!
  • Kids and adults playing tug of war
  • Shrinking ozone layer
  • Rocket Launches
  • Laboratory procedures - pipetting / petri dish / etc.
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing