How it Works

This site is built specifically for artists needing affordable reference photos for their artwork.

Photos are stored in Galleries that can be accessed from the Gallery tab in the top menu, or from the Galleries link in the left column.

All the photos in each Gallery are displayed as thumbnails. By hovering your cursor over a thumbnail, a larger image in a floating window will open.

To view the photo at largest size, click on the thumbnail and the photo will open on its own page.

The previously available Subscription option is no longer offered.  Subscriptions required customers to create accounts and provide personal information including a password. We no longer store any personal data on the site for security reasons, hence no more subscriptions.

Instead, you can buy individual photos without the need to create an account or log in - simply add photos you want to your cart, complete the payment process, and download.

Individual photos cost $2 each. You can purchase these by clicking on the down arrow below any thumbnail image or the "DOWNLOAD" button below the large version. This automatically opens a pop-up window with the details of the image. If you're happy with everything, simply click on the "ADD TO CART" button.

BEST VALUE: If you add five or more images to the shopping cart (total of $10 or more) the price automatically drops by half. So five images will cost you $5, six will cost $6 and so on.

You can check what's in your cart by clicking on the cart icon at the top right of the page (to the far right of the Search Box), then scrolling down and clicking on "View Cart".  At this stage you can remove any images you don't want to order, update the cart and, once satisfied with your selection, proceed to checkout (click on green CHECKOUT button).


Once you've completed your purchase via PayPal, you will get the download link. This link will also be emailed to you using the email address you provide when completing your purchase. Please double-check it is correct.


Regrettably, the Lightbox facility has been disabled as this can only work if a user creates an account, including providing your name, password, and email address.

However, as the site no longer stores any user information for security reasons, without creating an account it's not possible to retrieve your Lightbox, which defeats the object of creating one in the first place. As an alternative (admittedly not a very convenient one) you can add images to your cart. Before checkout, view your cart and simply remove all those you don't want to order.


When buying photos, you will need to accept the Purchase Agreement. This is not an overly complex legal document; rather it tries to set out clearly how downloaded images can be used. You can view the agreement from any page by clicking on the Purchase Agreement link at the foot of each page.

When buying photos from this website, you are not buying the actual photo, but rather a Royalty Free License for Art Reference to use the photo in certain ways. The terms of the license are the same as those set out in the Purchase Agreement. You can view the license from any page by clicking on the "Art Reference License" link at the foot of the page.

You can print the license if you need to show anyone that you have the right to sell artwork based on a downloaded reference photo. Should you ever need additional proof, please contact me with details and I will send you a more customized, signed version that applies to the photo/s in question.
Please also see FAQ for additional information about this site.