10.000 Sales and My Story

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

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

And the future, what it brings to me? I don't really know, just know that I

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!


Photo credits: 3dm1983, Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes, Carlos Caetano, Jovani Carlo Gorospe, Masta4650, Pressmaster.

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December 21, 2015


Great photographs!

July 04, 2013


Thank you Seanvantonder, I am glad you liked my story.

July 04, 2013


An inspiration indeed.

May 10, 2013


Thank you Janeken, I am waiting for your images to see what you are coming up with!

May 09, 2013


What a story! You inspire me to continue in this new journey with more enthusiasm. I really enjoyed reading your story. I wish all the best for you!

April 16, 2013


Robinstockphotos, if you have been there, its just a matter of coming back, I have visited many countries before start taking photography more seriously myself, but, hey, what can we do about the past?
Just look to the future! At least you already know where the hot spots are!

April 16, 2013


Nice to hear others' tales. :)
Travel gave you plenty of opportunities. I have been to all over India but last year I got some serious interest in photography after an incident. So I lost almost all opportunities of shooting travel photos, I really regret that now because there are comparatively very few Indian images and they are great demand. I'm yet to upgrade to a DSLR. But hearing your story, looks like it isn't too late. People will need stock till they can see. :)

Guys like you participating in the message boards is a VERY big positive point for all of us and no amount of appreciation is enough. The experience of 10,000 sales is obviously something very few have and still spare time to help us out. I especially like your welcoming newbies in.

April 16, 2013


Thank you Labrynthe

April 16, 2013


Nice story! Thanks for sharing it and congratulations.

November 25, 2012


Very nice blog and story.Thank you for shared.

November 22, 2012


GOOD for you. Good luck in all your future adventures.

November 19, 2012


David, its a competitive marketplace for sure, but still pays to be in it.

November 19, 2012


Well done Afagundes!
being a relative newcomer of about 9 months or so i have, on some occasions, felt beaten down by rejections and low sales. it's uplifting to see someone with your success and that it is indeed possible...even in the last couple of years with heavy competition.

November 19, 2012


Not fully David, 40% of my total sales were made in the last two years and I am here since 2006,
The database was already large in 2010. Yes competition is tougher now, but there are many more buyers as well, the market has grown.
I believe in developping a brand, a well known name people will look for when they want to buy a specific type of images, thats the only way I see that your images will be chosen from the 16 million images database.

November 19, 2012


I think you had a distinct advantage by starting early when the database was small. Its much harder to sell now as each image is one of around 16 million. Am I right on that point ? David

November 14, 2012


Thanks for sharing your story.

November 14, 2012


10000 sales in less than 10 years! It's a dream for me! Congrats ;)

November 14, 2012


Great milestone!

November 09, 2012


wow, inspiring story, nice shots

November 06, 2012


Thank you guys, you have been quite supportive to me all of this time and this helps me going on, even when times were complicated.
Have a great day!

November 06, 2012


Thanks for your story! Really like some of your photos)
Hopefully, I will have a nice story to tell in 7 years.
Do you like full frame more than a cropped one? I really want to upgrade, but my sales are not there and do not know when they will get there.

November 05, 2012


Nice and uplifting story Afagundes! Thank you for sharing it with us. Tudo de bom para voce.

November 04, 2012


Hold on!

November 03, 2012


Congratulations, Afagundes! You have always been an inspiration to me. Now, even more so. Thanks for sharing with us, and best wishes on achieving your next milestone, whatever that may be. :)

November 01, 2012


Never give up, great attitude! Inspiring story indeed.

October 31, 2012


Congratulations ! Beautifull image.

October 28, 2012


Your my new microstock inspiration!

October 27, 2012



October 27, 2012


You inspire me !

October 26, 2012


Thank you guys, you have all been very supportive, I hope I will stay here for a long time and manage to catch up with you many times more.
It has been a pleasure to me.
The nice environment here at DT for sure is one of the reasons that kept me going all this time.

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