10.000 Sales and My Story

posted on 22nd of october, 2012

It all started in July 18th 2005, my interest in photography was renewed after I bought a Canon point-and-shoot (my old SLR was stolen from inside my bags in trip to New York City 3 years before).

I moved to Sao Paulo and did a photography course, but didn't know what to do with what I´ve learned. I had done a fantastic trip to Spain and Portugal with my wife and thought some of the images turned out quite good and I´ve heard about this new microstock world and that you could actually do some money online.

I didnt know if anybody would care about my images, but decided to give it a try, so I uploaded some images. This was my first approved image.

It took some months for the first sell to happen, I got so excited! Somebody actually payed royalties to use an image of mine!

I decided to keep uploading, I had 156 images by the end of 2005, next year I uploaded 656 images. To be honest with you, many of those images are not in the database anymore, died in the 4 year no downloads rule, but some good images are still there, and some of my bestsellers,

I upgraded to a DSLR in 2006, did a trip to Italy, than Mexico where my best seller is from

By the end of 2008 I upgraded to a 40D with an L grade lens!

Then it hit me bad, my rejection ratio was awful and DT decided to do some constraints, it got so bad eventually I could only upload 4 images per week. I was moving so slow I thought I would give up.

Specially 2009 was a complicated year for me, I had to choose wisely so that my rejection ratio started slowly growing again. But even though it was slow, I never stopped uploading, some of my best sellers are from this period.

In 2010 I was in shape again, uploading and growing my income together with my portfolio.

2011 is my best year so far, I upgraded to a full frame camera! The image that was the 10.000th sale was uploaded last year and already has 32 downloads,

Now I know 2012 has been a complicated year, big world crisis, its probably going to be the first year where my revenue wont be larger than last year´s, but I am ok with that, last months have been of a nice recovery, September was actually my 2nd best month ever, so life is back to the microstock world. Besides that, many of my images escalate and are earning much more now, some images have accumulated more than $100 of earnings

And the future, what it brings to me? I don't really know, just know that I´ve never been so busy, I am quite close to 3000 followers in Google+, have been posting there frequently, linking back to collections here (also in Facebook and Pinterest), I really cant tell if sales are coming from there, but its seems like there is a good flow coming towards my portfolio, I can see that because some old images started to sell again, images that are in those collections...

Well, I hope you are all doing well, and hope you all are having fun at the same time. What I can tell you is that I never lost the passion (hope I will never will), never stopped trying to learn something new, and never stopped interacting with others in the forums.

Newbies and experienced photographers , I always learned something from you, and I think this share helped me be the photographer I am today. Still learning, way far from being a pro, but certainly better than the guy who uploaded his first images 7 years ago!


Comments (72)

Posted by Afagundes on October 23, 2012
Thank you guys, is really good to hear that, have agrear day!
Posted by Lejoch on October 23, 2012
Very nice blog and really beautiful shots!
Posted by Maxx71 on October 23, 2012
Great story, I really enjoyed your article. I hope that one day I can tell the same story :-) Keep it up!
Posted by Miraclemoments on October 23, 2012
You are an inspiration my friend...
Posted by Afagundes on October 23, 2012
Thank you guys, is really good to hear that, have a great day!
Posted by Roberto1977 on October 23, 2012
Nice blog and congratulations for your sales!
Posted by Parkinsonsniper on October 23, 2012
Great story...sharing the experiences, having hard days. "Never stop!" is the keyword in this industry. Congrats one more time :)
Posted by Jackbluee on October 23, 2012
Very interesting writing! You are encouraging me!
Posted by Bradcalkins on October 23, 2012
Congrats - couldn't happen to a nicer guy :)
Posted by Ninuscha on October 22, 2012
Posted by TMarchev on October 22, 2012
I like it:) Good milestone 10 000 congrats !
Posted by Cammeraydave on October 22, 2012
Nice story.. journey about your travels... travails. Thanks.

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