Getting reimbursed for the true cost of supplying stock photos and images has become a major headache for freelance designers and other creative professionals in recent years. Thankfully, the number of clients who pretend to believe that photos ‘downloaded from the internet are free’ has diminished these days, but that hasn’t removed all the convenient blind spots. We even had a client complain recently that he thought supplying stock photos had become a ‘profit centre’ for us. When asked what this meant he simply replied that he was unhappy at the idea of designers making a profit on supplying stock photos, as they are so cheap to buy these days. Happily we came to a quick and easy solution, we asked him to research and buy the photos and supply them to us instead, thus saving himself lots of lovely money. Needless to say, we now research and supply all photography for him and he no longer asks any questions!