Happy Birthday, Babystock! You are not 21 anymore! I remember perfectly how you came about — it was during a conversation with Tom, and we were all in the car, with Anna, driving home from our summer vacation in Montreal. I had taken the new Getty contract with me to read during our trip. It was outrageous! It sucked! Getty changed the rules on everything — our commission was cut down and we didn’t even have rights as they were our agents, because they cut that out too. I didn’t want to feed their unfairness with my artwork anymore. They no longer deserved it. So Tom said, we really have to get our own licensing website, let’s call it babystock.com.
We rushed home and I ran to the Internic website to register the domain name. Miracle of miracles, the babystock domain name was free for us to own!
And miraculously, I won an award for “best website” from the photo industry trade magazine, PDN, for my other website, gentieubabies.com. Babystock gained immediate attention from the full page article, which helped, together with my promotions, make babystock an overnight success, and Newsweek was my first babystock client.
22 years later, the world has changed, and clearly stock photography has changed (for the worse) but we’ve kept babystock “as is” — exclusive, respectable, and a pretty great collection of distinctive baby photos that still resonate with freshness and individuality today.