Featured Contributor!

posted on 1st of november, 2013

So I log into Dreamstime today and am about to drill down into the site when I notice the "Featured Contributor" space had an image similar to one of mine. I click on it and sure enough, it was one of my images! Then I notice the name of the contributor is the same as mine. I click into his portfolio and there are all my images! This guy has stolen all my images and my nickname to boot!

I've sent an email to Support asking how this could happen because there is no way I could ever be the Featured Contributor. Maybe an imposter, but not me!

Seriously, though, I have been humbled by Dreamstime and the community for this special and unique recognition. All I can do is say Thank you!

I really don't consider myself to be a good photographer. I see so much talent with everyone, especially with many on the new Contributors. I think perhaps if I have any edge for competing in a tough business, it comes from working decades for American companies. I'm familiar with marketing and selling so perhaps the experience helps to overcome my lack of photography skills, at least when it comes to stock.

A "past life" has also given me experience in character development, story lines, and visual communication. A successful stock image should communicate a concept, have the right body language, and "pop." Most of my images actually fail in this regard but I strive to improve. Photography is a craft for which there is always a higher level of learning to achieve.

When it comes to the "business" of stock, it pays to be unique. It pays to put a fresh spin on old ideas. And you can have fun being creative by experimenting and trying new ideas.

So, thanks DT for this special honor, but I have to go now. My friends are coming for me. :-)

Comments (44)

Posted by Perstock on November 28, 2013
Thats great! Congrats!
Posted by Dressyourhorse on November 26, 2013
Well deserved! Love your images. Hope to see more :-)
Posted by Fredbro on November 11, 2013
Nice portfolio and very nice concept images! Many are very funny too! Congrats!
Posted by Dmccale on November 10, 2013
very well deserved,Congats
Posted by Peanutroaster on November 08, 2013
About time - congrats!
Posted by Harshvardhan on November 08, 2013
Congrats! Best of luck for future! I just want to know how much your sale boosted after becoming featured contributor?
Posted by Heathse on November 07, 2013
Well done and well deserved!!
Posted by Djk on November 06, 2013
Well done! Congratulations.
Posted by Gheburaseye on November 06, 2013
very nice post! Congrats ;)
Posted by Egomezta on November 05, 2013
Congratulations you deserve it.. Your images are amazing.
Posted by Fantasyart on November 05, 2013
Dreamstime makes recognition of the "originality" and "creativity" to choose you as a Featured Contributor. Very well deserved recognition, congratulations!!!
Posted by Justmeyo on November 05, 2013
Congratulations!You really got very nice images so you deserve to me there!
Posted by Francy874 on November 05, 2013
Congratulations! I always thought that you are one of those who truly understood what it is stock
photography and never gets tired of giving sincere advice to newcomers ;-)
Well deserved :-)
Posted by Adeliepenguin on November 05, 2013
Yeah, I thought someone had stolen some of your images and your name too. But then I figured no one could be that stupid:) I am really happy for you--you deserve the recognition. And hopefully you went out to celebrate, with your models. They look like a lot of fun for an evening out.
Posted by Lenutaidi on November 04, 2013
Very good! For me and I'm sure for many here you are the Master! Congratulations!!
Posted by Miraclemoments on November 04, 2013
A superb happening. Congrats and hope it brings many sales to you. Maybe a nice boost just before the festive season :-)
Posted by Georgeskyrillos on November 04, 2013
You had me for a minute! Congratulations!
Posted by Didaso on November 04, 2013
congrats, thats scare, thats internet and its always happend
Posted by Alvera on November 04, 2013
Yes, you deserve it! As photographer too, don't be modest, your photos are very good, at the same level as your concept. Keep on the good work!
Posted by Pindiyath100 on November 04, 2013
Huge Congratulations to you, Wisconsirart!! You deserve it very well!! :)
Posted by Martingraf on November 04, 2013
congratulations - and try not to be tooooo humble :)
Posted by Cammeraydave on November 03, 2013
Very Awesome ! Especially for someone from Wisconsin :) Congratulations Mate ! Your models rock, especially the old guy !
Posted by Infokus408 on November 03, 2013
congrats! great portfolio.
Posted by Sml on November 03, 2013
Love your article and yes well deserved.
Posted by Roberto1977 on November 03, 2013
Well deserved!
Posted by Chanevy on November 02, 2013
Congratulations! Well done and well deserved!
Posted by Marilyngould on November 02, 2013
Congratulations, a well-earned acknowledgement!
Posted by Clearvista on November 02, 2013
Well done and well deserved. You are also valued here for your "no nonsense" opinions regarding what is required to be a successful seller of stock photographs and also why so many photographers ask for you honest opinion as to why their images are not selling.
Posted by Lejoch on November 02, 2013
Posted by Rosariomanzo on November 02, 2013
Congrats, well deserved!

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My greatest passion is landscape and fine art photography. However, stock does provide a challenge in itself. I enjoy coming up with new ideas and concepts and learning new techniques. In the end, each compliments the other. The things you learn from one can apply for another and you grow with the craft. I have over 30 years experience with different kinds of art and freelance endeavors and have yet to become tired or bored with finding new ways to exercise the creative side of me. Thank you for visiting my profile and I hope your time here will be a reward in itself. I am located in Wisconsin... [Read more]

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