Foto Sushi: New Stock Image Library

Posted on 9/15/2016 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

A new stock photo source called Foto Sushi, LLC has launched a custom library of unique portrait photography suitable for any project. This small collection of what many photographers will classify as very simple images is interesting because it was created by Jon Anderson, a seasoned Art Director and Creative Director, who believes he has identified an unfulfilled need of his colleagues – image buyers.
Anderson say, “For years the stock photography industry has misunderstood the needs of designers when it comes to people images. I’ve spent countless hours searching in vain for quality people images. The truth is that most of what’s out there is completely wrong for a designer’s needs. We set out with one goal; treat designers the way we would want to be treated.”

It took two years to develop Foto Sushi, LLC from the initial idea to the refined product being offered. To realize his vision, Anderson recruited veterans from the creative world that shared his pain in the hunt for elusive, usable stock portrait imagery. Foto Sushi provides designers with the freedom of choice and creative flexibility that traditional stock agencies simply don’t deliver. “Sometimes I find an image I like, but I can’t find two more to match. Or, I find an image where the model is cropped, so I spend valuable hours rebuilding the side of the model’s head or shoulder. That’s time that most designers consider wasted,” says Anderson.

Foto Sushi has created its own library of authentic, never-before-seen models that come from all walks of life. Designers can choose between about a dozen expressions per model, and each model was shot under consistent lighting schemes so they can be easily grouped together. Each full-sized, high resolution image has been beautifully retouched to save designers more time. The canvases are large, but the models are always in focus (no soft depth of field) to make it easy to clip people out using programs like Adobe Photoshop. Lastly, Foto Sushi models are never cropped, so designers will never be inconvenienced with rebuilding an image. All of these features come with a simplified licensing agreement of $400 for unlimited future use.

The models are divided into the following categories. The relative numbers of images in each category may be an indication of what Anderson believes is the relative demand for each category.
    Male (705)

    Female (637)
    Asian (202)
    African American (299)
    Caucasian (529)
    Hispanic / Latino (144)

    Indian (79)
    Middle Eastern (30)
    Multi Ethnic (80)
    Confident Smiles (218)
    Bright Smiles (419)
    Thoughtful / Neutral (551)
    Prideful (119)
    Teen (45)
    Young Adult (681)
    Adult (517)
    Mature Adult (141)
    FREEBIES (11)

Copyright © 2016 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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