I produce a lot of content for this website so I am constantly on the lookout for the some good stock photography. But one of the hardest things to find is a photo of a private investigator that doesn’t look absolutely ridiculous or cliché.
Here are some gems that I wanted to share with you.
At the conclusion of this post, you should be able to spot a private investigator from a mile away. Either by their long lens camera sticking out of a vehicle; their fedora, pipe and loaded (sometimes smoking) handgun; or by the classified documents stuffed in their jacket pocket.
Private Investigator Photo #1
If you are on a surveillance, trying to take secret photos of someone, and you go through all the trouble of tinting your windows so that nobody can see you in your vehicle, it’s probably best to keep the windows closed.
Private Investigator Photo #2
Hanging out of the window of a vehicle with a telephoto lens is typically not the best idea if you are trying to stay under the radar. A grey suit is probably not the smartest choice of attire either. Of course, you never know when you may have to go to a business meeting, but comfort usually trumps style when you are stuck in a car for a 12-hour day.
Private Investigator Photo #3
Magnifying Glass? Check.
Briar pipe? Check.
Inquisitive look? Check.
No need to check his identification; he’s definitely a private investigator.
Private Investigator Photo #4
Here is one of the rare stock photos of a female private investigator. She has been careful to coordinate the colors of her leather jacket with her handgun. And the smoky background is a nice touch. She looks like she is ready to intimidate some witnesses or rough someone up. At the very least, she is not taking any crap from anyone. Because that’s just what private investigators do.
Private Investigator Photo #5
How would you ever know that this guy was a private investigator?
Did the black fedora give it away?
Or the smoking pipe?
Or is it that befuddled look on his face?
Private Investigator Photo #6
When you need to transport important documents, it’s always best to mark a bright yellow folder with the words “CLASSIFIED” and ”TOP SECRET” just in case they get into the wrong hands. And always carry them inside your suit jacket where absolutely nobody will notice.
Private Investigator Photo #7
When speaking to anyone by telephone, it’s typically a good idea to have a camera with a large telephoto lens at your fingertips in case you need to take some quick snapshots.
Having a handgun within arms length is always a good idea as well. It’s a well know fact that private investigators are distracted when they are on the phone and it’s an excellent time to engage in a sneak attack.
Private Investigator Photo #8
I am at a loss of words here. From the 1980s walkie talkie, to the bow tie and jacket, to the perplexed look on his face. I think this guy might need a makeover (and some new equipment).
Private Investigator Photo #9
The good ‘ol “looking through the blinds” photo. I can’t for the life of me figure out why he is sitting on the ground. Or why his phone and briefcase are on the floor next to him.
I’m not sure what he’s looking for, but there is a good chance that his leg is going to fall asleep sitting in that position. Those pins and needles are a pain.
Private Investigator Photo #10
What would a collection of private investigator photos can never be without the classic deerstalker hat made famous by Sherlock Holmes. And you can never leave home without your trusty magnifying glass.