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Annual Subscriptions!

You asked for it, so we’ve added it.

Annual Subscriptions

Over the last year, we have heard from many of you that you prefer an annual payment option. New plans may now be purchased annually. If you have an existing monthly plan and would like to adjust it to an annual plan, just reach out using the icon to the lower right and let us know. We will happily make the adjustment.

Happy searching!  

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Official Partner with Getty Images


Getty Images is one of the top image providers in the world. We know that a lot of our users not only want to use them but must use them.  So, we are very happy to announce that we are now an official partner with Getty.

So What Does This Mean?

It won’t change the way you work on iSPY. Search for the images you want. Don’t forget to use filters. If you want to use Getty Editorial, we have a filter for that. If you want to use Getty Creative, we have a filter for that.  If you want to use Getty Video – yep, you guessed it, we have a filter for that too. Save, share, comment and like, upload projects docs and more. When you are ready to buy, simply click Getty Images and you will be magically taken to the image of Getty’s site.

Working on iSPY and searching Getty Images will allow you to search their great content while using our great project and collaboration tools. No more downloading images or having to remember where you got them. No more trying to determine which project a lightbox was for. No more figuring out how to share a lightbox or how to get feedback.  You can do it all and more in iSPY.

Happy Searching!

Karen D’Silva is a founder of iSPY and employee number 2. D’Silva has more than 20 years experience in photography, creative and marketing. She has worked for and with photography agencies like Image Bank, Getty Images, Photonica, and Superstock. She has also worked with many top professional photographers and videographers.

In the time of COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19

Who would have thought that we would be grappling with a global pandemic in 2020!

We are now sheltering in place and no one really knows what is going to happen. People are working from home and Zoom stock has shot up!  We’ve all been looking for tools to make working remotely easier – like Zoom, MS Teams and project management tools.

iSPY is one of those tools for anyone searching for and working with images (stills and video). Not only can you access millions of images, you get an amazing, personalized collaboration tool and project management space.

Subscribe and get:

  • Unlimited search across platforms
  • Unlimited lightboxes
  • Collaboration tools that connect teams to projects and lightboxes
  • Project management tools to connect documents and lightboxes.
  • Document management where you can store image licenses and link them to a specific project
  • Unlimited storage
  • Communication tools to allow teams to comment and like images
  • Direct access to image providers to ask questions about an image
  • Click to purchase from your favorite provider.

No longer do teams have to download bunches of images to share, or create rogue, secret Pinterest boards for collaboration.  With iSPY, you can do it all.

For a demo, reach out to support@ispyvisuals.com.

Leslie Hughes is the CEO and Founder of iSPY Technologies, Inc. and iSPY Visuals, an intelligent search tool and workspace for visual content users. Hughes has over 20 years experience in digital media licensing, content production, and distribution, including having been President of Bill Gates’ Corbis Images, and President of the Markets and Products Group for Corbis Corp. She became an entrepreneur 10 years ago. Hughes has consulted or been part of 6 start-ups and 12 acquisitions.  She has an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, is the proud mother of two and lives and works in New York.

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Let’s talk about process…

Process. What fun, right? However, process can improve our lives with the right tools.


Looking for images takes too much time. In 2016 when we decided to create iSPY, creatives told us it took an average of 4.25 hours to find a single image. We thought that was incredible, and not in a good way. Imagine creatives and researchers that hunt for thousands of images a year.  Yikes!

In 2019, we asked creatives to once again tell us how much time it takes to find an image. Much to our surprise, the time had doubled to 8 hours. Editorial users push this number higher but even creatives in advertising agencies said it takes them an average of over 5 hours to find, review, select and license a single image. Again, we were stunned.


Part of the problem is that there is so much content and so many providers. The process to find an image, particularly if you are searching multiple providers, is anything but simple. A researcher must go from site to site to search for images. After searching, they must select the images they like, figure out how to share those with peers and track where the images are from. Do they create multiple lightboxes or download everything? Do they zip the files and email them or use Dropbox? Then they go to the next site, rinse and repeat. Even for those web designers that say they go one place to search, select, download and are done (and don’t need to collaborate) — what if they could go to 3 sites simultaneously and compare the results side by side.  Now that would simplify things.

iSPY is about making it simple and easy to do your work—  one place to search across multiple providers. Choose your favorites or see what great content you find in a random search. You can even search up to 4 agencies and compare results side by side. Use Projects to store information and link as many lightboxes as you need to the project. You can even communicate directly with providers from within the lightboxes.


On iSPY, we can save you time, money and a few headaches too. The key with iSPY is to consider us your workspace.  If you are starting a new and perhaps big project, hop onto iSPY and create a “project” folder.  Within a project you can upload documents (like a project brief or images for inspiration); you can create multiple lightboxes and choose who collaborates with you on each; you can create lightboxes by project,  provider, or media type; you can even upload licenses for each image, keep them attached to the project and monitor licensing and renewals. Once you’re ready to find content, you simply search on iSPY but when you are ready to purchase, you click over to your favorite provider to make the purchase.

So what’s your biggest headache — Searching too many sites? We’ve got that covered. Managing licenses? We’ve got that covered. What about storing images and licenses for easy access? We’ve got that covered too.

For any questions, click the icon in the lower right corner. We will get back to you as soon as possible.