$20,000 !!

posted on 18th of september, 2013

I have just passed a significant landmark today (Sept.18 2013).
My total earnings have just passed the $20,000 mark from just over 13,200 sales.
After a very slow start when I first joined DT in late 2009, my total earnings figure is now increasing by around $1000 every 5 to 8 weeks.

Most of the 5224 images in my portfolio are of travel and wildlife subjects. Both are types of work that people say will not sell well. I think differently. I earn my entire income from shooting mostly this type of work and I find it sells very well indeed.

DT account for only about 8% of my total turnover, the majority coming from my mainstream stock agencies.

These are a few of my recent 'Editor's Choice' images:

I know the first image is not travel or wildlife, it's a studio shot taken using 'light-painting' techniques. I've included it here because it has sold so well since being accepted for 'editors choice' in mid August. It has been viewed 2188 times and sold 18 times.
The hot air balloon has been viewed over 2500 times and made 28 sales.
All these images have sold very well, as I'm sure all 'editors choice' images do, because of the 'exposure' they get on the 'home page'..

Update 30th Oct 2013:
Just passed another small landmark - 21K - now at $21,038 total income and in the next few days I will also pass 14,000 sales.

Comments (61)

Posted by Deaconbrown on April 21, 2014
thanks for the info and your posts, excellent website!
Posted by Fike2308 on April 20, 2014
Posted by Mrallen on April 06, 2014
Hi Fike2308
I'm afraid I'm not allowed to go into details about other agencies on this site.
If you contact me by e-mail I can tell you more.

OR go to my website: www.steveallenphotography.com
then go to the bottom of the 'contacts' page to the list of agency links.

Steve Allen
Posted by Fike2308 on April 06, 2014
Which mainstream stock agencies do you use?
Posted by Hellen8 on November 06, 2013
Congratulations ! Amazing pictures ! :-)
Posted by Didaso on November 02, 2013
Posted by Jianbinglee on October 13, 2013
Amazing images and Amazing sales, congratulations.
I will learn to you.
Posted by Kgaither on October 12, 2013
Amazing. You have to be able to aford to travel to get these types of images though. It's difficult to do that for most of us. But congrats to you. Your images are worth everything you've earned and more.
Posted by Egomezta on October 10, 2013
Wow, congratulations, that's a great amount of money.
Posted by Filippa484 on October 09, 2013
Nice, congratulations!
Posted by Kbkgraphx on October 09, 2013
Steve, your work is obviously light years beyond the average DT contributor. Thanks for taking time out to mingle with the little people. I think it's safe to say we are all in awe.

PS: Has "National Geographic" called you yet?
Posted by Infokus408 on October 04, 2013
Amazing! Congrats! Great portfolio.
Posted by Gheburaseye on October 04, 2013
congratulations! This is GREAT!!!
Posted by Bluwarrior on October 02, 2013
congratulations! It shows that with work and determination everything is possible. Well done
Posted by Mudplucker on October 01, 2013
Great images ! And thanks for sharing the info regarding your income and the percentage it is of your total sales with us !!!
Posted by Lehmanphotos on October 01, 2013
Truly excellent work, Steve. Thanks for posting.
Posted by Famed01 on October 01, 2013
Wow! Congratulations!
Posted by Famed01 on October 01, 2013
Wow! Congratulations!
Posted by Fredbro on September 29, 2013
20 000$!!! That is just amazing! Congratulations! Your work inspires me a lot. Good luck for the next 20 000 bucks!
Posted by Miele on September 29, 2013
Wow beautiful pics... congrats
Posted by Maocheng on September 28, 2013
My god! I can not believe it! But, 4 years,13200 sales, 20000USD.
Posted by Mcjanice on September 26, 2013
wow magnificent portfolio!
Posted by Helgidinson on September 24, 2013
wow..congrats...we hope that one day we will reach the same miles stone where you are right now....very inspiring
BTW...your portfolio is superb...no wonder you got 13K sales
Posted by Sean2see on September 21, 2013
Congratulation and I love your portfolio.
Posted by Mrallen on September 21, 2013
Reply from Steve Allen......

Hi everyone, just wanted to say 'thank you' for all your nice comments.
If other photographers like your work, you can be fairly sure the buyers will too !
Posted by Henrymm on September 20, 2013
speechless!! It's amazing. I remember this photo "U Bein Bridge - Mandalay - Myanmar (Burma)" from your recent visit to Myanmar and now it is already downloaded 8 times. There are many similar photos and uploaded before you are not downloaded as many as yours.

So do you have any magic? :) [just kidding]

Thanks for sharing, lover your photos.
Posted by Wordplanet on September 20, 2013
Congrats Steve! Beautiful work - I always find viewing your portfolio an inspiration. As mostly a travel and nature photographer myself (with a still tiny portfolio) I too find that DT does a good job selling my images. Nice to be able to shoot what you love - your work is wonderful!
Posted by Drsmoky on September 20, 2013
Wow congratulations Steve. Very nice portfolio and sales i wish i could say one day I have similar sale. I wish you very best for the future. :-)
Posted by Gerrymphotos on September 20, 2013
Congratulations. Very impressive. You deserve it though. You're work is great.
Posted by Mangalika on September 20, 2013
Inspiring !

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I was a professional Industrial / Commercial photographer for over 26 years, before leaving commissioned work to become a full-time Stock Photographer. I first started shooting stock in 1972 as a supplement to my commissioned work, however, since early 2001 my entire income has come from shooting Stock images. I now have just over 100,000 image placements in my current multi-agency portfolio. Most of my income comes from the range of mainstream agencies I submit to. The 22 microstock sites I submit to now produce about 30% of my total income. Dreamstime sales account for abo... [Read more]

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