Three years at Dreamstime

posted on 23rd of april, 2011

Exactly 3 years ago I signed up with Dreamstime!

If it hadn't been for Dreamstime I'd maybe have given up trying to get into microstock. While I was faced with applications elsewhere that were almost impossible to pass for beginners (x out of y images need to be great or wait another month till ya may try again... and stuff like that), Dreamstime just rejected my bad images and accepted the good ones :)
So I kept shooting and uploading! Soon I got my first download and then the second one... Wow, that felt just awesome!!

And then I bought a new camera and suddenly my acceptance rate together with my fun went skyward! :)

My number of downloads increased and so did my motivation. I started participating in the assignments and in September 2009 this image of mine won the assignment!!

That was during the time I was working on my Physics diploma. I finished that in January last year and decided to take a break from science and try to do something completely different and live from my images for one year. I'm a digital artist as well so microstock wasn't supposed to be my only income, but a good part! :)

And it worked. I uploaded a lot last year and I have been making a living of my images since then :) When I signed up here I never expected this to become more than just a little fun with a little profit. But it seriously changed my life!

Thank you Dreamstime, thank you buyers and thank you community and have a wonderful Easter everyone!!

Comments (30)

Posted by Thanatonautii on May 22, 2011
That`s a great story! You had a great courage to give up your regular path and try living only from stock photography! Good luck for the future and congratulations!
Posted by TMarchev on May 21, 2011
Good portfolio !
Posted by Kenishirotie on May 16, 2011
I always wish I can make a living from microstock. Congratulation on your achievement. Great milestone.
Posted by Archangel72 on May 16, 2011
Thank you very much for sharing your "Dreamstime" story with all of us. It's very inspiring.
You have very nice portfolio, and hopefully many of us will reach your numbers one day too.
Till that time comes I'll improve my technique, equipment and the way of thinking.
Again, congrats for your success.
Posted by Titania1980 on May 15, 2011
Congratulations! you have a very nice porfolio
Posted by Inganielsen on May 05, 2011
Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments!! If this can encourage you, that makes me happy!! :)
Posted by Rubybayan on May 03, 2011
Congratulations! Patience and hard work paying off! :)
Posted by Arturoosorno on April 28, 2011
Thanks for sharing your experience. I assure you will have much more satisfactions
Posted by Adeliepenguin on April 27, 2011
Thank you so much for sharing, your story as well as your successes. I will definitely remember your words, when I am having a "down" day:) Congratulations on your milestones--I wish you many more.
Posted by Inganielsen on April 27, 2011
Thanks a lot everyone and I'm glad you liked my in-short-3-year-résumé!! :)

Have a wonderful day and many more wonderful days with lots of downloads ;)

Posted by Laqhill on April 27, 2011
Thank you for your testimony and inspiration!! It sure gives hope and encouragement!! Sometimes we need to know it really does work for those who hang in there!! Congratulations!!!
Posted by Joyb0218 on April 27, 2011
Thank you for your story. It gave me hope and inspired my optimism for better days and greater ideas! Thank you... and congrats on your accomplishment!
Posted by Mani33 on April 27, 2011
Great! Many years to come ;)
Posted by Laurasibiu on April 26, 2011
Your story is just great. I am at the end of the first year at Dreamstime, I just bought my first DSRL, I sold my first photo a few days ago - I found myself a lot in your story.:)))) Keep up the good work. Congratulations!:)))
Posted by Gaja on April 26, 2011
You started a month before me, and I've been following you from the beginning. In the beginning I tried to compare to you, but you very soon turned out much better quality than me. Now you are a big inspiration. Good luck in the future!
Posted by Almaterra on April 26, 2011
Posted by Patpat on April 26, 2011
Posted by Bradcalkins on April 26, 2011
Congrats - I just noticed that we signed up on the very same day ! I too was floundering a bit with microstock, and losing interest until I found Dreamstime... Thank goodness I did - it was certainly worthwhile for me :)
Posted by Tamarabauer on April 26, 2011
What a wonderful success story!
Posted by Alerizzo78 on April 26, 2011
Great story Inga!!! Congratulations, and I wish your success to become even greater!!!
Posted by Inganielsen on April 25, 2011
Thank you, Jdanne! :)
Posted by Jdanne on April 24, 2011
Wish you much more success! You have a very impressive portfolio.
Posted by Inganielsen on April 24, 2011
Thank you guys!! I wish you AT LEAST the same success!! :) And again a happy Easter with lots of chocolate eggs sunshine and creativity!! :)
Posted by Rosedarc on April 24, 2011
Always nice to hear success stories like yours, it's very inspirational. Your portfolio is wonderful.
Posted by Mariaam on April 24, 2011
What a great portfolio! Congrats and have a happy easter time! :)
Posted by Calyx22 on April 23, 2011
Inganielsen, I've always loved your images since I saw that honeymoon image (it was in an assignment contest, yes?). I think your success story is amazing, and inspiring. It's so wonderful to read positive stories like this. I wish you every continued success! Well done!!!
Posted by Inganielsen on April 23, 2011
Thank you thank you thank you :))
Posted by Mary981 on April 23, 2011
love your portfolio! congrats on your accomplishments
Posted by Littledesire on April 23, 2011
A story that fits all defiant artists. Happy Easter to you too, Inga!
Posted by lzf on April 23, 2011
congrats and happy easter

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