For the last three years I have been travelling all around the world taking photos. No ulterior motive. Just going out to enjoy life and capture awesome memories to share with people. It was after a backpacking trip around Europe in the summer of 2014 that a few of my photos managed to get featured on the popular photo site unsplash. Those photos have gone on to rack up over 41,000,000 views and nearly 600,000 downloads collectively. Pinch me if I'm dreaming!
It has been an amazing journey and I have made so many great memories and countless new friends since I started. Every day is an adventure and I can't say thank you enough to the awesome team at unsplash and to the millions of people around the world that have supported my work. For real guys, I'm even on a billboard in California.
I began to realise after another photo was chosen, and another, and another, that people really loved what I was doing. I remember when I got my first feature that I ran downstairs to tell my parents that I had a crazy 20,000 downloads on one photo! A few more zeros later and I still have the same excitement every time I see the stats. Or get an email about how people have used my photos. Or the messages I receive so often just to encourage me to keep going and to keep making awesome things! I get people that are so amazed that the photos are totally free that they want to double check with me that it's true. It's a true story guys, free to use however you want high resolution photos.
And so I kept wondering how I could keep it going. How could I keep the ball rolling and provide more and more of what people were so in love with. And more than that, how could I include the very people that loved the work in actually helping make the photos themselves. And then on top of that, how could I create an idea that would provide awesome photos for people but also have an opportunity to help make a difference at the same time.
So, after a few experiments and tests over the last year this is what I came up with...
Part 1 - The New Store
I have totally rebuilt my store. You can now choose from hundreds of exclusive photos captured during my adventures around the world. 11 countries and counting. I have worked hard to create truly unique and creative galleries that have detailed stories behind every photo. These aren't just your average stock photos. Whether you're looking for the perfect shot to compliment your blog or for your latest creative campaign feature, this is where you can find that extra special image.
Part 2 - making requests
One of the main reasons for building this idea was to include the people that loved my photos in making new ones. So, you'll see within the categories section a new block that asks you to make a request. If you think you have a great photo idea that you can't find in store just shoot me a message and let me know. I'll head out and make your ideas happen.
Part 3 - Choosing where your money goes
Here's where it gets a little more interesting! You can now choose exactly where your money goes. Every penny made from the photos will be put towards something of your choice. If you want to buy me a coffee (chai latte is my unofficial business partner), give towards one of the charities that I support, or donate to my next adventure, just tick the box and I'll make it happen! I want to make sure that every photo sold will make a difference.
PART 4 - See your money in action
Once you've chosen exactly where your money goes you can now follow it's journey. I'll be capturing exactly how your money is used and sharing the difference that your donation has made.
PART 5 - A thank you gift from me
Now that you've made it this far, thank you! Keep your eyes out on Unsplash for my latest additions and more free photos that you helped create. I might also send you over a little surprise. But I guess you'll have to wait and see what that is...
last but not least - help make more photos
I finally want to give everyone who visits the store an opportunity to help make more of the photos that they love. Not just to grow the store but to make more great photos available for free. However big or small the donation you decide to make, know that every penny will be put to use to help make more photos and better photos available for you all.
I'm so excited to share this with you and hope that you enjoy each part. Head over to the new store now to get started!