Are Alamy stock photographers all ages? in Community support: ask the forum Posted 14 hours ago 3 hours ago, Michael Ventura said: I am sort of a hybrid of many of you. I am a "people person" but do love being alone at my home office, I keep myself pretty occupied. But my assignment work is 90% people shoots and I like that. I do love interacting with people I don't know and meeting people of all walks of life....from the famous and wealthy to the average "Joe". I think my success with people photography has been putting anyone at ease (or at least most people)...the more cantankerous, the more of a challenge...a little be like lion taming. Another thing that helps, in an odd way, is that I HATE being photographed so get the people, who I need to photograph, who feel the same way. I try to make a sometimes difficult process as painless as possible. I feel like a traveling dentist at times. Once shoots are over, I love to retreat to my humble home and not answer the phone or door! Photo editing is my therapy! Your ability to work well with people shows in your images, Michael. It's a gift. In my other "retirement" job, I tutor high school students, so I'm also interacting with people regularly. I guess that makes me a bit of a part-time hybrid. Having my picture taken is anathema to me as well, but this works in the opposite way for me -- i.e. I'm not very good at putting subjects at ease. I could never have been a portrait photographer.