Relationship between portfolio and sales

posted on 24th of november, 2008

I want to share some data and analysys that I think can be of some interest to all.

In this 2008 alone, I've raised my portfolio of almost 100% to a total of 2690 images online (and the year is not over yet!).

I can testify that also earnings were also growing, going up 100 % - comparison October 2007 - October 2008.

During this year the approach was one of full commitment to microstock - new camera (Nikon D300), new equipment for studio, production of more images with more careful choice of subjects and quality.

Since end of 2006 (first year at Dreamstime), my earnings have improved a lot, around 4 times, with an increase of portofolio of almost 3 times (by this year end).

Something has been done thanks to some increase in commissions (also the subscriptions scheme), but I think I have sufficient proof that portfolio increase alone will do well, providing your portfolio is one of the two:

- highly professionally specialized or
- with a wide variety of themes (better if creative and original)

(Note: good quality and saleable images are obviously the first thing to consider)

This one below is the first image I have sold at Dreamstime... my very first microstock earning!

Comments (15)

Posted by Seema_illustrator on March 25, 2009
Thanks for the info.Interesting observation.You have a great portfolio.
Posted by Cleaper on March 24, 2009
Thanks for the info...I really need to work on my uploads I think! Your portfolio is great - nice work.
Posted by Jacetan on March 24, 2009
thanks for sharing
Posted by Saniphoto on December 22, 2008
Thank you, Katarina. I wish you great success and satisfactions in microstock and in life.
Posted by Koriolis on December 21, 2008
you have a great portfolio. thank you for sharing your thoughts and for the inspiration :)
Posted by Karldavis on December 14, 2008
Thanks for writing a insightful article. Being new to Dreamstime, I am still learning the ropes and you have provided some good guidelines that I know, over time, will serve me well.
Posted by Nicemonkey on December 09, 2008
great portfolio Saniphoto!
Posted by Saniphoto on November 27, 2008
Thanks Dabobabo... you have good artistic talent as well, as I said to you last time we were in touch .-)
Posted by Starblue on November 26, 2008
Very useful statistic, thanks!
Posted by Saniphoto on November 25, 2008
Thank you Rebecca and Helen, glad it was useful to you.
Posted by Helioshelen on November 25, 2008
I find it interesting your information of statistics...
Posted by Rebeccaosborn on November 25, 2008
thanks for the info, good luck
Posted by Websubstance on November 25, 2008
Thanks for sharing and congrats!
Posted by Saniphoto on November 24, 2008
Hi Brad,

Thank you very much. I see you started this year at DT, so wish you to built as soon as possible that bigger portfolio that will bring in more success (read: sales! :-)

I have the media room still rotating in the main page by the way! .-))
Posted by Roberto1977 on November 24, 2008
Your portfolio is really fantastic! Congratulations!! Bye, Rob.

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I'm a professional photographer with 20 years of experience in photography and almost ten in stock photography. I Photograph with all kind of cameras (even film cameras occasionally!), but normally I use a Nikon D300 for microstock. I want to thank you for visiting my portfolio and hope you'll came back often to check my new work and evolution as stock photographer.

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