10.000 $ … stock .. Now what?

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!

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July 28, 2016


Wow! I am fascinated by your talent and sense of purpose!

February 02, 2016



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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July 11, 2014


Nice article. Nice number, fabulous photos. Simple as that.

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 :)

January 10, 2014


Nice post, great numbers and images!!

November 04, 2013


thats great

October 25, 2013



August 31, 2013


Wow! Fabulous number! :) Congrats! Well done! :)

August 28, 2013


Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.

August 19, 2013


A dream! :) Congrats!

June 04, 2013



May 31, 2013


Well done!

May 28, 2013


Fabulous achievement! There is a lot to learn, in thinking photo "stock" :)

May 27, 2013


Congratulations and great work

May 27, 2013


Congratulation! and thanks for sharing your experience!

May 26, 2013


Congratulations :)

May 26, 2013


Inspirational... Thumbs up

May 26, 2013


Congrats! keep up the great work and looking forward your $20 000 blog...

May 26, 2013


Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.

May 25, 2013



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

May 24, 2013


congratulations, great photos!

May 23, 2013


congratulations, great photos!

May 22, 2013


Congrats! All I can say is "Wow!"

May 21, 2013


....uhm....now You can tell us Your secret ;)

May 16, 2013


congrats! keep it up.

May 16, 2013


Congratulations Asterixvs!! You deserve it!!

May 16, 2013


Congrats on your success! Well deserved :) Girl with the money is really cute! ^_^

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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Photo credits: Valentin Armianu.