I was reading other members' articles here and an idea came to my mind: how all of you began working with stocks? I know that many of us are not professional photographers or illustrators, and we have various kinds of education and professions. What was the starting point for you to come to a stock with your works? Who told you about them? When was it? And what were your first images uploaded? I'll be very glad if you tell me your interesting stories =).
Well, if I start this topic, I have to begin with myself.
As you can read in my Bio, actually I'm a Teacher of English and French. I graduated from a Teacher Training Institute, and worked at school teaching children the English language. Afterwards I worked at college and taught students the same subject. I liked my job though it wasn't paid enough (it's a common problem in our country). But I didn't want to change my job.
But the birth of a child changed my life greatly.
I was presented with my first digital camera, and I was extremely happy I could take pictures of my baby. I had to stay at home for 2 years, and I started studying Photoshop to postprocess my pictures. Then I found a photographer who shoot weddings, and started helping her retouch photos and make wedding collages. And afterwards I even managed to find a job in a magazine - I work as a color corrector and a retoucher.
I finally bought a good digital camera, and began taking pictures for the magazines I work for. That's how I learnt about different stocks, and began working with them.
I'm very happy now I have an interesting job and I can do what is really interesting for me. =)