Shoot 6 – Action Hero, Spy Thriller, and Apocalypse Hero

For this month’s shoot we focused on Action stock photography concepts, suitable for high-octane thrillers, spy sagas, and even horror too…

It’s crazy that these super-simple shots are severely lacking in the wider Stockosphere, but we’re doing everything we can at NeoStock to remedy that!!

The three concepts that we shot: Action Hero, Spy Thriller, and Apocalypse Hero are all incredibly versatile, and each set has the potential to cross-over into multiple genres. Exciting stuff, let’s take a look at the teasers from the shoot…

Action Hero:

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Bond Style

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The Classic ‘Sin City’ Pose

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Badasses Carry Two Guns

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Sometimes You Need a Sword Too…

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Kicking Ass. Taking Names.

Spy Thriller:

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Death From Above!!

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The Grizzled Detective…

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In Hot Pursuit…

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A Man on a Mission…

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The Standoff

Apocalypse Hero:

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Let’s go to work…

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Over the Shoulder Shot

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A Dynamic Pose

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Classic Hero Pose

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Sullen in Defeat

We’ll be shooting ‘Young Adult’ concepts at the end of this month, with a lovely blonde model, for a more innocent look, for your book cover art. Watch this space!!

Shoot 006 Shoot Credits:

Photography: Tom Parsons, Model: Geoff Rolph, Shoot Assistant: Leon King. Shot at Fire Eye Land studios, Margate.

Be sure to join us at the NeoStock FB Focus Group, where these images are NOW available, at a special early bird rate 🙂

— Team NeoStock

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NeoStock Mission Statement

We are NeoStock — a boutique stock photography company that produces figurative images for Cover Designers and Digital Artists worldwide.

Our aim is to produce cinematic photo resources, stepping away from the overtly sexualised / boudoir aesthetic that’s very prevalent in the stock photography sphere. That means gritty realism, PRACTICAL armour, and a sense of dramatic intensity in everything we do. Visual story-telling is our game, and we’re here to tell the best stories possible.

Through our Focus Group, a team of nearly 400 publishing professionals (cover artists, authors, publishers, and readers) assists NeoStock in developing these resources each month — driving the direction of the concepts / costumes / poses / props / and models. This is a truly community-driven endeavour, allowing us to eliminate much of the guess-work, and produce exactly what the market needs.

One of the major ‘time-drains’ in producing composite artwork is having to hunt through page upon page of search results on the major stock sites for resources. More often than not, you have to compromise / make-do with an inferior image — which in turn means you have to ‘Frankenstein’ your way to a desired result (an even greater hassle / time expenditure!!) All these hours build up, and results in a tremendous expense for the cover artist. With our entire gallery tailored for composite artwork, there will be less ‘noise’ to filter through, speeding up the ‘stock-hunting’ process immensely and leaving MUCH MORE time for the creation of artwork.

As genre-specialists we focus on most literary genres, however with one notable exception: Romance. The Romantic genre is currently very well catered for in the stock photography sphere, so we side-step that world in order to focus on other areas not so well represented, including: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic / Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy / Urban Fantasy, Western, Historical Warfare, Film Noir, Crime and many others. We take new suggestions daily and strive to cover all the woefully under-represented stock concepts that are desperately needed!!

We take production value very seriously, favouring ‘real’ props and costumes over replicas, and ensuring our costumes / models are suitably grimey and weathered, where needs be. Our characters are designed with practicality in mind, in respect to the ‘world’ they inhabit. That means we don’t rely on unnecessary sexualisation or gratuity to sell our stories.  Our shots are also composed with a ‘portrait’ layout in mind, ensuring easier integration with book covers and poster art.

We’re a young company (less than six months old), and I’m truly humbled to say we’ve made a phenomenal start thus far. The above represents what we believe in, and ultimately what we’d love to achieve.

All the best

Team NeoStock

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Shoot 003 – Urban Fantasy & Government Agent Stock Photography

The gears are really moving here at NeoStock… After many rounds of feedback in our Focus Group, we took onboard all the comments to make our next Urban Fantasy set even better than before.

The main requests were more ‘dynamic’ poses / facial expressions, inclusion of a bladed weapon, and a long trenchcoat. These suggestions definitely resulted in much more powerful shots, as you can see:

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Monster hunter

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Contemplating revenge…

Jade III Urban Fantasy Stock Photography

Summoning the mystic energies…

Jade I Urban Fantasy Stock Photography

Into the crypt…

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X-Men pose!!

The second half of the shoot was focused on a more sedate ‘Government Agent’ concept — a series of stock photography images that would suit Espionage / Thriller concepts.

We’re working on improving the tactical poses / trigger discipline for these shots. Not totally perfect yet, but getting there!!

Jade Government Agent II Stock Photography

Freeze!!

Jade Government Agent I Stock Photography

Danger is imminent

Jade Government Agent Stock Photography

Agent Jade, is on the case…

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The Detective deep in thought

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Action stations

 

Shoot credits:

Photographer: Tom Parsons, Model: Jade Reed. Shot at Fire Eye Land Studios, Margate.

Be sure to join us at the NeoStock FB Focus Group, where these images are NOW available, at a special early bird rate 🙂

— Team NeoStock

 

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