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.


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.


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).


Lightboxes are a convenient way of saving photos that you may want to purchase. Anyone can create a Lightbox - click on the Lightboxes link at the very top right of the page. You can add images to your Lightbox by clicking on the tiny lightbulb icon you see below both thumbnail and enlarged images.

When finding suitable images for an artwork you have in mind, it's a good idea to save these to an appropriately named Lightbox. You can then add the images you want to use to your shopping cart when you're ready to order, rather than having to search again for suitable images.


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.