Happy Holidays from Shutterstock Custom


The team here at Shutterstock Custom wanted to give big happy holidays message to our contributor network, and to all of the amazing creatives who make doing what we do possible. This year has been the most exciting yet, and the photographers and videographers on our network have been here through it all. In recap and celebration of the past year, here are a few exciting things that happened here at Shutterstock Custom.


Flashstock became Shutterstock Custom

New name, same great promise. After the exciting news that Flashstock was acquired by Shutterstock, a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality assets, tools, and services- we were thrilled to become Shutterstock Custom. 

A website and blog for our contributors

We launched our new website and blog for our contributor community to deliver learning content and a better user experience for our contributors around the globe. With over 50+ articles since launched, the contributor blog is a knowledge center for tips and tricks, as well as features on our global contributor network.

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We hosted our first contributor webinar

In September, we hosted our first webinar for our contributors on creating amazing Instagram Stories. Your response was absolutely fantastic, and we hope to move forward and host more webinars in 2018. Keep an eye on your inbox!

We upped our social media game

With over 600 posts to the #MyCustomView hashtag and daily posts from our community team, we will be continuing to grow our social media accounts into 2018. Interested in getting featured on the account? Add the #MyCustomView hashtag to your Instagram posts so our team can see the amazing work you do outside of Shutterstock Custom.

We created a Knowledge Centre for your questions

Located on your Shutterstock Custom profile, we launched a comprehensive FAQ on ZenDesk to answer everything Shutterstock Custom related. From getting started to advancing at Shutterstock Custom, the FAQ was built to provide you with the right tools for you to succeed as contributors in our community. 

This year, we put more emphasis on improving our contributors experience than ever. So- we wanted to ask you what you thought. Innovation is key in any industry, and here at Shutterstock Custom we always strive to make the experience of being a contributor with us continually better as we grow. And so, we asked five incredibly talented contributors why they work with Shutterstock Custom. These were their answers. 

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Why do you work with Shutterstock Custom?


Whistler, BC, Canada
“Working with Shutterstock Custom has given me the ability to spend less time at the desk, and more time doing what I love... creating photographs. I love that they are able to put me in touch with brands, create detailed briefs, and streamline the entire process for me.”

Bram vandermark

St. Louis, MO, USA
"For me, the opportunity to join Shutterstock Custom came at a crucial moment in my budding career as a commercial photographer. It offered me the access to shoot for established and notable brands as a relatively new photographer, which then enabled me to gain experience, self-confidence, and crucial portfolio pieces that opened doors for me with a variety of companies down the road."

kailee mandel

Toronto, ON, Canada
“I work with Shutterstock Custom because it gives me the opportunity to shoot with big brands that I otherwise wouldn’t get to shoot with on a day-to-day basis. I also love the versatility in what I am shooting, one day it’s food and the next portraits! There is so much freedom in customizing what I want to shoot and when I want to shoot it!”

lori baskin

Columbus, OH, USA
“I‎t has allowed me to have work life balance. I enjoy have the ability to run my own business and still photograph products for Shutterstock and the amazing companies.”

Please note: Some answers have been shortened for clarity.

If you are a current contributor with us, and have any stories you would like to share about your experience working with Shutterstock Custom- please get in touch with our Community Manager at elaine@shutterstock.com. We love hearing from you!

We’re so excited to enter the next chapter with our contributor community. Thank you again for a fantastic 2017, we can’t wait to create together in the new year.

We’re constantly on the lookout for new photographers and videographers
to join the Shutterstock Custom Contributor Community!

Apply to start creating stunning visuals for the world's top brands!

Stay creative!
- The Shutterstock Custom Contributor Community Team