10.000 $ … stock .. Now what?

posted on 9th of may, 2013

After 2 years, 7 months and 9 days I reached the 10.000$. Now What?... I started submitting in a lucky day of September 13th and I got my first sale after 15 days….. 0.99 cents. …. For the rest of 9999.01 I did the following:

Upload every photo from my hard drive…. And got lots of rejections… sounds familiar? Rookie mistake.

Step two: research picture sales and take notes. After that: learn how to cook and shot photos. The biggest challenge here was not how to take photos of fresh and amazing culinary delight that I just prepared but to stop myself from eating everything before the photo session :-).

Travel, a lot and use my first earnings from Dreamstime. Sacrifices we make in the name of photography…

Upload photos with sunset and sunrise, my own CT scan…my wife, me again, my nephew, nephew’s girlfriend, uncle, friends, all the tools I could find in my house … food again and let’s not forget my cat, who got food only when his photos sold … that’s way now he’s overweight:-).

Between all this I participated at two assignments, and with the help of Dreamstime’s community, I won first and third place…. Thank you Dreamstime!!!

Through this all I learned the following:
If you are not committed to this full-time, get yourself engaged to be married to Dreamstime and stay faithful in their exclusivity.

If you get a photo rejected it is not the end of the word. Wait a day or two and take a look at your photo, if it still looks like a masterpiece, you can send a nice and warm message to the editor with your opinion about the photo- if you have good arguments they will reconsider it. (These good guys work really hard)

Stop checking the Dreamstime website every second, I lost sooooo much time doing that. This will not help your sales.

If you need help ask Dreamstime’s family

Upload, research, upload, research…

Pay attention to Keywording. It is as important as your photos.

If you get bored write a blog when you hit 10,000$! If you don’t hit 10,000$ write a blog anyway.

My next blog will be at 20,000$. Farewell (hopefully not in another 2 years!)

Thanks Dreamstime!

Comments (57)

Posted by Romancaffrey on July 28, 2016
Wow! I am fascinated by your talent and sense of purpose!
Posted by Bhabotoshchakraborty on February 02, 2016
Posted by Chicagokim on August 02, 2014
Dreamstime Photographer Valentin Armianu,

I wanted to let you know I used your photo (Abraham Lincoln memorial) in my new children’s book ‘Look Up’ recently out on Amazon. I thank you for your contribution to the book. I purchased the royalty-free photo through a subscription with Dreamstime. I wanted to send each photographer a copy of the book displaying their work but unfortunately with 71 photos used it is financially impossible for me to do so at this time. But I do not want your work to go unrecognized so I hope the book will bring people to Dreamstime to see the wonderful photos available there.

You can see more about ‘Look Up’ on my webpage


I hope it means as much to you as it does to me seeing your photo in the book and that you or someone you know will enjoy it!

Kim Thomas
Woodstock, Virginia
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Posted by Valentinacata on July 11, 2014
Nice article. Nice number, fabulous photos. Simple as that.
Posted by Mrwhite80 on February 13, 2014
hehe, I have to say that apart from having found your post very helpful, it was great fun, especially when you say that the cat is now fat :) congratulations :)
Posted by Glocoru on January 10, 2014
Nice post, great numbers and images!!
Posted by Didaso on November 04, 2013
thats great
Posted by Alexserg on October 25, 2013
Posted by Sebastiangh on August 31, 2013
Wow! Fabulous number! :) Congrats! Well done! :)
Posted by Qin0377 on August 28, 2013
Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Redcrow on August 19, 2013
A dream! :) Congrats!
Posted by Hunor83 on June 04, 2013
Posted by Preckas on May 31, 2013
Well done!
Posted by Teabum on May 28, 2013
Fabulous achievement! There is a lot to learn, in thinking photo "stock" :)
Posted by Mik3812345 on May 27, 2013
Congratulations and great work
Posted by Grafoo on May 27, 2013
Congratulation! and thanks for sharing your experience!
Posted by BCritchley on May 26, 2013
Congratulations :)
Posted by Hrlumanog on May 26, 2013
Inspirational... Thumbs up
Posted by Phoenixci on May 26, 2013
Congrats! keep up the great work and looking forward your $20 000 blog...
Posted by Onime on May 26, 2013
Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by smartview27 on May 25, 2013
Posted by Editor77 on May 24, 2013
I don't know if exclusivity is the point here. Good portfolios who have 1000-2000 pictures acquire more over 20k sales. And if u get 10k US dollars for 4000 sales think about 20k or 100k sales in 3-4 years what does it mean.

So to be exclusivity is not the first goal here. Good photographers are not exclusive photographers here they extend their work on other stock agencies too.

The key is simple ... practice, work and analyzes of other very good portfolios.

And travels also don;t represent a success. U can involve a lot of money in travels without good sales here. And for some of us to travel in different countries is pretty expensive.

Work on field is important and to be creative, and so on...bring the new ideas sometimes for what u see at others.

Good luck
Posted by Hanmon on May 24, 2013
congratulations, great photos!
Posted by Lsantilli on May 23, 2013
congratulations, great photos!
Posted by Suyerry on May 22, 2013
Congrats! All I can say is "Wow!"
Posted by Gheburaseye on May 21, 2013
....uhm....now You can tell us Your secret ;)
Posted by Infokus408 on May 16, 2013
congrats! keep it up.
Posted by Janaeken on May 16, 2013
Congratulations Asterixvs!! You deserve it!!
Posted by Keremgo on May 16, 2013
Congrats on your success! Well deserved :) Girl with the money is really cute! ^_^
Posted by Pindiyath100 on May 15, 2013
Wow!! $10K in 2 years!! That's truly awesome! Congratulations for this 10k and the next 10k coming up. ;) We've made till today $6939- (95% withdrawn already!) but then again we've been here since 2004 with inactivity between 2004-2009 :)

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