Shamia Casiano is creating diverse stock images
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CREATING STOCK IMAGES THAT DON'T SUCK, #MagicalBlackGirlStock


Hi there!
 
Thank you so much for checking out my Patreon page! I appreciate you! 

I'm Shamia, born and bred Jersey girl from Newark, currently living outside of Philly! I'm a photographer, designer, gamer, food and meme lover! I’ve been in the digital entrepreneurship sphere for nearly five years and one thing remains the same: it’s white as hell.

Not to mention:
Cis AF.
Straight AF.
Patriarchal AF.


After pivoting my business to focus on photography, my mission was clear: create a stock image library like no other, using a bit a magic (and elbow grease! I’m running a one woman show here afterall!) And thus, the idea of Magical Black Girl Stock was born.

But there was a problem: it was a bigger financial investment than I had ever imagined.

*cue sad trombone* 

// BUT WHY PATREON, THO? \\

I've never been someone who let things like money or location or anything of the sort keep me from accomplishing what I set my heart out to do. So instead of following in the footsteps of giants like Getty and Shutter, I decided to fully lean into the 21st century and create a Patreon-based library! What a time to be alive, right?!

Right now, I'm limited in what I can do, where I can shoot, and who I can shoot with. I have big goals of traveling all over and hiring models/real life people of all shapes and sizes to shoot with. I've been running a one-woman show - every black girl you see in these shots are of me: hands, arms, feet, etc - it's all thanks to selfie timers and blue tooth remote controls from Ebay. But I want to shoot other women of color, queer couples, Latinx women of all shades, afro-Latinas, etc. 

I can't do it alone, though. That's where YOU come in.

By becoming a Patron, you'll not only help me make Magical Black Girl Stock a Patreon-based reality, you'll also be in for some sweet rewards, too!

 
// WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN YOU BECOME A PATRON \\

In this part of the digital sphere, you will find images featuring predominantly WOC doing cool shit like yoga, laughing, drinking smoothies and living their best life. You’ll find people of all shapes and sizes because thin, white people aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good cup of coffee or, you know, swimming. We do that shit, too. And it’s time to normalize POC bodies, not only in Hollywood, but right here on the interwebs.

By becoming a Patron, you'll gain exclusive access to stock images not sold anywhere else.

So if you're tired AF of the lack of diversity within stock photos, check out the sweet rewards you'll have access to when you sign up as a Patron! 


// Tier 1: For $1/Month \\
Your support means everything and this tier allows you exclusive access to my patron-only feed where I will share snapshots of upcoming stock image releases, behind-the-scenes exclusives, etc!


// Tier 2: For $9/Month \\
Every month, I’ll be releasing 60 exclusive stock images for you to use however you see fit: social media, blog, FB ads - literally whatever your heart desires! 30 images will be part of a theme, while the other 30 will be miscellaneous.


// Tier 3: For $15/Month \\
Every month, you’ll get to vote for next month’s photo set theme! I’ll be posting up to five categories for Patrons of this tier to vote on - and whichever wins will become the theme for the next month’s stock images! This is your chance to get in on the process in a fun, democratic way!


// Tier 4: For $35/Month \\

One of my most popular stock styles are text-based ones using Scrabble pieces. When you sign up at this tier, you’ll get a custom stock print of a word or phrase of your choosing! If you’d prefer to save trees, I can also create a custom digital wallpaper instead that you can use as a background for your phone - just let me know before the month is up!


// Tier 5: $100/Month (limited to 5) \\
At this tier, I basically become your personal stock photographer:
  • Each month, you’ll get 10 totally custom stock images for your blog, brand, or social media.
  • Direct email access to me so we can discuss your branding, stock image themes, etc.
  • Turnaround time is around 2-3 weeks, sometimes faster depending on what we discuss

// FAQ
(updated frequently) \\

How does this work? When and how will I receive the stock images?
During the first week of every month (every 1st, unless I'm behind on deadlines!), you'll receive a link to download this month's stock photo set: 30 themed images, 30 miscellaneous images! It'll be either a Google Drive or Dropbox zip file! It will expire within 48 hrs, so make sure to download it ASAP! If you fail to do so, please message me and let me know! 

If you're in the Watcher's Council (Tier 3), then you'll be able to cast your vote two weeks prior to when the sets are schedule to launch, in order to give me plenty of time to organize and create next month's themed set! 

If you're a Chosen One (Tier 4), prints will be sent out by the end of that month/beginning of the next month and I'll send out a message beforehand in order to gather info for your custom word or phrase! 

If you're a part of The Scooby Gang (Tier 5), then we will be discussing the terms and conditions during our email exchange! So all will be handled personally! 

How long have you been pursuing photography? How did you get into stock photography?
If I'm honest, I've always had an interest in photography, but I grew up poor and I never thought I was creative enough to pursue it beyond just an outside observer. It wasn't until my husband bought me a camera in 2011 for Christmas that I started to give photography some serious thought. From there, I would do engagement shoots and I've shot a couple of weddings as a second photographer. But I quickly learned that I was too anxious to be a wedding-focused photographer. (The thought of having a corrupted memory card or losing it or accidentally deleting wedding photos and relaying that information to a bride is something my nightmares are made of. Hahah.) 

However, it wasn't until last year that I had the idea to enter the stock photography game, after I was looking for images for my own branding/design business and having a talk with my mentor and biz coach, Erika Ashley Couto. It was very apparent that stock images were not only cheesy, but completely lacking in diversity. So my coach encouraged me to put my stuff on sites like Creative Market, Pexels, and Unsplash. I got featured on every single site I put my photos on, so I took that as a sign that this was something I could actually pursue. Plus, not for nothing, it gave me such a huge confidence boost as a creative. I still struggle with feeling less-than because a lot of my friends that I admire are some of the best photographers I've ever seen and it's strange to consider myself any where near as good as them.

What do you shoot with? 
You might be surprised to hear this, but I shoot mostly on my iPhone 7s! I shoot, edit, and upload all from my phone! I own a Canon t2i, but unfortunately, it's too bulky and it doesn't have wifi capabilities, which isn't something I was looking for when I first started shooting. However, now at this level, I realize how important it is for me to be able to upload my photos to Google Drive or Dropbox in an instant. I hope to upgrade my phone and storage space once I meet some of my higher Patreon goals!

Will I be getting hi res images to download if I become a Patron?
Yes! Each month, I'll be sending a zip file of each stock image pack for you to directly download! Instead of searching through a stock library, you'll be able to quickly search your own personal files for the perfect image! And if you become part of The Watcher's Council - Tier 3 - you'll be able to vote on what next month's theme should be, which will be great if you have certain images created for you! But the ultimate way to get the exact images you want for your blog or business is by becoming part of The Scooby Gang - Tier 5 - but be sure to get in ASAP, because I don't have plans to take on more than 5 Patrons at a time, to ensure that the quality of my work remains high! 

What are some other projects you're working on?
Beyond photography, I'm also a gamer and a creative writer! I would love to grow this patreon so that I can also stream more! Right now I barely have time to play games, unless it's with my husband for a few matches! Hahah. I'm also working on tv pilot series that has similar themes of diversity and addresses a lot of the problems plaguing not only black women, but inner city communities and society at large. But you'll just have to wait until it comes to a silver screen near you to hear more. ;) 

What's up with those Tier titles, tho? 
Oh hey, thanks for noticing! I'm a huge nerd, if you couldn't tell - and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer is my number one fandom. So it felt only appropriate to name my tiers after a show that's had a huge influence on my life. It's definitely not without flaws and in hindsight I can see where it's super problematic and where it's creator has failed all of his fans by being a performative feminist ally to further his own selfish agendas. But I'll always support SMG, Charisma, Alyson, etc. regardless - those are the people I choose to focus on instead. 
Tiers
The Slayerettes
$1 or more per month
Your support means everything and this tier allows you exclusive access to my patron-only feed where I will share snapshots of upcoming stock image releases, behind-the-scenes exclusives, etc! 
The Powers That Be
$9 or more per month
Every month, I’ll be releasing 60 exclusive stock images for you to use however you see fit: social media, blog, FB ads - literally whatever your heart desires! 30 images will be part of a theme, while the other 30 will be miscellaneous.  
The Watcher's Council
$15 or more per month
Every month, you’ll get to vote for next month’s photo set theme! I’ll be posting up to five categories for Patrons of this tier to vote on - and whichever wins will become the theme for the next month’s stock images! This is my way of letting y’all in on the process in a fun, democratic way!  
The Chosen Ones
$30 or more per month
One of my most popular stock styles are text-based ones using Scrabble pieces. When you sign up at this tier, you’ll get a custom stock print of a word or phrase of your choosing! If you’d prefer to save trees, I can also create a custom digital wallpaper instead that you can use as a background for your phone - just let me know before the month is up!  
The Scooby Gang
$100 or more per month
At this tier, I basically become your personal stock photographer: 


  • Each month, you’ll get 10 totally custom digital stock images for your blog, brand, or social media.  
  • Direct email access to me so we can discuss your branding, stock image themes, etc.
  • Turnaround time is around 2-3 weeks, sometimes faster depending on what we discuss
Goals
23% complete
I'll be able to start paying my models in cash money instead of food (of course, I'ma still feed them, tho!). 
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CREATING STOCK IMAGES THAT DON'T SUCK, #MagicalBlackGirlStock


Hi there!
 
Thank you so much for checking out my Patreon page! I appreciate you! 

I'm Shamia, born and bred Jersey girl from Newark, currently living outside of Philly! I'm a photographer, designer, gamer, food and meme lover! I’ve been in the digital entrepreneurship sphere for nearly five years and one thing remains the same: it’s white as hell.

Not to mention:
Cis AF.
Straight AF.
Patriarchal AF.


After pivoting my business to focus on photography, my mission was clear: create a stock image library like no other, using a bit a magic (and elbow grease! I’m running a one woman show here afterall!) And thus, the idea of Magical Black Girl Stock was born.

But there was a problem: it was a bigger financial investment than I had ever imagined.

*cue sad trombone* 

// BUT WHY PATREON, THO? \\

I've never been someone who let things like money or location or anything of the sort keep me from accomplishing what I set my heart out to do. So instead of following in the footsteps of giants like Getty and Shutter, I decided to fully lean into the 21st century and create a Patreon-based library! What a time to be alive, right?!

Right now, I'm limited in what I can do, where I can shoot, and who I can shoot with. I have big goals of traveling all over and hiring models/real life people of all shapes and sizes to shoot with. I've been running a one-woman show - every black girl you see in these shots are of me: hands, arms, feet, etc - it's all thanks to selfie timers and blue tooth remote controls from Ebay. But I want to shoot other women of color, queer couples, Latinx women of all shades, afro-Latinas, etc. 

I can't do it alone, though. That's where YOU come in.

By becoming a Patron, you'll not only help me make Magical Black Girl Stock a Patreon-based reality, you'll also be in for some sweet rewards, too!

 
// WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN YOU BECOME A PATRON \\

In this part of the digital sphere, you will find images featuring predominantly WOC doing cool shit like yoga, laughing, drinking smoothies and living their best life. You’ll find people of all shapes and sizes because thin, white people aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good cup of coffee or, you know, swimming. We do that shit, too. And it’s time to normalize POC bodies, not only in Hollywood, but right here on the interwebs.

By becoming a Patron, you'll gain exclusive access to stock images not sold anywhere else.

So if you're tired AF of the lack of diversity within stock photos, check out the sweet rewards you'll have access to when you sign up as a Patron! 


// Tier 1: For $1/Month \\
Your support means everything and this tier allows you exclusive access to my patron-only feed where I will share snapshots of upcoming stock image releases, behind-the-scenes exclusives, etc!


// Tier 2: For $9/Month \\
Every month, I’ll be releasing 60 exclusive stock images for you to use however you see fit: social media, blog, FB ads - literally whatever your heart desires! 30 images will be part of a theme, while the other 30 will be miscellaneous.


// Tier 3: For $15/Month \\
Every month, you’ll get to vote for next month’s photo set theme! I’ll be posting up to five categories for Patrons of this tier to vote on - and whichever wins will become the theme for the next month’s stock images! This is your chance to get in on the process in a fun, democratic way!


// Tier 4: For $35/Month \\

One of my most popular stock styles are text-based ones using Scrabble pieces. When you sign up at this tier, you’ll get a custom stock print of a word or phrase of your choosing! If you’d prefer to save trees, I can also create a custom digital wallpaper instead that you can use as a background for your phone - just let me know before the month is up!


// Tier 5: $100/Month (limited to 5) \\
At this tier, I basically become your personal stock photographer:
  • Each month, you’ll get 10 totally custom stock images for your blog, brand, or social media.
  • Direct email access to me so we can discuss your branding, stock image themes, etc.
  • Turnaround time is around 2-3 weeks, sometimes faster depending on what we discuss

// FAQ
(updated frequently) \\

How does this work? When and how will I receive the stock images?
During the first week of every month (every 1st, unless I'm behind on deadlines!), you'll receive a link to download this month's stock photo set: 30 themed images, 30 miscellaneous images! It'll be either a Google Drive or Dropbox zip file! It will expire within 48 hrs, so make sure to download it ASAP! If you fail to do so, please message me and let me know! 

If you're in the Watcher's Council (Tier 3), then you'll be able to cast your vote two weeks prior to when the sets are schedule to launch, in order to give me plenty of time to organize and create next month's themed set! 

If you're a Chosen One (Tier 4), prints will be sent out by the end of that month/beginning of the next month and I'll send out a message beforehand in order to gather info for your custom word or phrase! 

If you're a part of The Scooby Gang (Tier 5), then we will be discussing the terms and conditions during our email exchange! So all will be handled personally! 

How long have you been pursuing photography? How did you get into stock photography?
If I'm honest, I've always had an interest in photography, but I grew up poor and I never thought I was creative enough to pursue it beyond just an outside observer. It wasn't until my husband bought me a camera in 2011 for Christmas that I started to give photography some serious thought. From there, I would do engagement shoots and I've shot a couple of weddings as a second photographer. But I quickly learned that I was too anxious to be a wedding-focused photographer. (The thought of having a corrupted memory card or losing it or accidentally deleting wedding photos and relaying that information to a bride is something my nightmares are made of. Hahah.) 

However, it wasn't until last year that I had the idea to enter the stock photography game, after I was looking for images for my own branding/design business and having a talk with my mentor and biz coach, Erika Ashley Couto. It was very apparent that stock images were not only cheesy, but completely lacking in diversity. So my coach encouraged me to put my stuff on sites like Creative Market, Pexels, and Unsplash. I got featured on every single site I put my photos on, so I took that as a sign that this was something I could actually pursue. Plus, not for nothing, it gave me such a huge confidence boost as a creative. I still struggle with feeling less-than because a lot of my friends that I admire are some of the best photographers I've ever seen and it's strange to consider myself any where near as good as them.

What do you shoot with? 
You might be surprised to hear this, but I shoot mostly on my iPhone 7s! I shoot, edit, and upload all from my phone! I own a Canon t2i, but unfortunately, it's too bulky and it doesn't have wifi capabilities, which isn't something I was looking for when I first started shooting. However, now at this level, I realize how important it is for me to be able to upload my photos to Google Drive or Dropbox in an instant. I hope to upgrade my phone and storage space once I meet some of my higher Patreon goals!

Will I be getting hi res images to download if I become a Patron?
Yes! Each month, I'll be sending a zip file of each stock image pack for you to directly download! Instead of searching through a stock library, you'll be able to quickly search your own personal files for the perfect image! And if you become part of The Watcher's Council - Tier 3 - you'll be able to vote on what next month's theme should be, which will be great if you have certain images created for you! But the ultimate way to get the exact images you want for your blog or business is by becoming part of The Scooby Gang - Tier 5 - but be sure to get in ASAP, because I don't have plans to take on more than 5 Patrons at a time, to ensure that the quality of my work remains high! 

What are some other projects you're working on?
Beyond photography, I'm also a gamer and a creative writer! I would love to grow this patreon so that I can also stream more! Right now I barely have time to play games, unless it's with my husband for a few matches! Hahah. I'm also working on tv pilot series that has similar themes of diversity and addresses a lot of the problems plaguing not only black women, but inner city communities and society at large. But you'll just have to wait until it comes to a silver screen near you to hear more. ;) 

What's up with those Tier titles, tho? 
Oh hey, thanks for noticing! I'm a huge nerd, if you couldn't tell - and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer is my number one fandom. So it felt only appropriate to name my tiers after a show that's had a huge influence on my life. It's definitely not without flaws and in hindsight I can see where it's super problematic and where it's creator has failed all of his fans by being a performative feminist ally to further his own selfish agendas. But I'll always support SMG, Charisma, Alyson, etc. regardless - those are the people I choose to focus on instead. 

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Tiers
The Slayerettes
$1 or more per month
Your support means everything and this tier allows you exclusive access to my patron-only feed where I will share snapshots of upcoming stock image releases, behind-the-scenes exclusives, etc! 
The Powers That Be
$9 or more per month
Every month, I’ll be releasing 60 exclusive stock images for you to use however you see fit: social media, blog, FB ads - literally whatever your heart desires! 30 images will be part of a theme, while the other 30 will be miscellaneous.  
The Watcher's Council
$15 or more per month
Every month, you’ll get to vote for next month’s photo set theme! I’ll be posting up to five categories for Patrons of this tier to vote on - and whichever wins will become the theme for the next month’s stock images! This is my way of letting y’all in on the process in a fun, democratic way!  
The Chosen Ones
$30 or more per month
One of my most popular stock styles are text-based ones using Scrabble pieces. When you sign up at this tier, you’ll get a custom stock print of a word or phrase of your choosing! If you’d prefer to save trees, I can also create a custom digital wallpaper instead that you can use as a background for your phone - just let me know before the month is up!  
The Scooby Gang
$100 or more per month
At this tier, I basically become your personal stock photographer: 


  • Each month, you’ll get 10 totally custom digital stock images for your blog, brand, or social media.  
  • Direct email access to me so we can discuss your branding, stock image themes, etc.
  • Turnaround time is around 2-3 weeks, sometimes faster depending on what we discuss