Finally! Moolah!

posted on 25th of september, 2011

I finally crossed the threshold and reached my first payout on Dreamstime. I've had to cut back on the submissions because I got hired for a day job but I visit DT everyday, watching my portfolio of 85 photos drop coins into my DT piggybank a little at a time.

Today, two weeks before the first anniversary of my "first accepted image", my earnings reached $100 and how interesting that the image that got me through was my "nest egg" concept photo!

Story behind the "nest of coins and origami dollars" photo:

When we moved into our new home, my husband discovered an abandoned Mockingbird nest in the hedge next to the garage wall. I kept the nest in a safe place, not knowing that about three years later, I would decide to use it in stock photography (at that time I didn't even know what stock photography was!).

I set up the nest in my lightbox and filled it with assorted coins. Then I had the idea of adding origami birds made from dollar bills! Of course, I wouldn't be able to use real dollar bills because the crane origami requires a square piece of paper, so I photocopied a dollar bill to print an enlarged version, cut out a couple of squares, performed some folding magic, and click-tag-submit!

The photo got accepted, and 70 views later, a sale! And a payout! I'm so happy! Dance of joy!

Comments (12)

Posted by Rubybayan on September 28, 2011
Go for it, Juvy! I'm sure it'll be "worth a million bucks"! ;)
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on September 27, 2011
Wonderful news, congrats!

Good tip about making copies of money--I actually thought about that the other day after receiving in the mail a fake $1000 bill, make copies so I can do a spread for background or somehting--now I just have to make those copies and proceed with the photoshoot!
Posted by smartview27 on September 27, 2011
Congrats !
Posted by Joezachs on September 26, 2011
....... talk about recycling used nests :-)
Posted by Iwhitwo on September 26, 2011
Posted by Rubybayan on September 26, 2011
Thank you, everyone, for the kind words. Much appreciated! :)
Posted by Nero67 on September 26, 2011
Posted by Egomezta on September 26, 2011
It is a great concept. Good luck.
Posted by Mariaam on September 26, 2011
Great photo! Congrats!
Posted by FabioConcetta on September 26, 2011
Congratulations Ruby!
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 25, 2011
Posted by Cmoulton on September 25, 2011
Congratulations! Very nice photo!

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Photo credits: Ruby B. Llamas.

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Life changes constantly; a moment you want to cherish forever vanishes in a split second. I am compelled to grab my camera to capture fleeting moments that I, and hopefully others, can relive anytime, all the time. Sans camera, I\'m a writer/editor. And crafter.

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