100 photos uploaded! Perspective from a passionate photographer

I have slowly been uploading images over time, with no real goal in mind. I just enjoy taking pictures. I am mostly a wildlife photographer, focusing on the things that are all around, but always seem to be missed. I mean the reptiles, amphibians, insects, and arachnids. I do take photos of larger animals as well, but my forte is in the smaller things, the things that generally are scoffed at or go completely unnoticed (which I suppose, is horrible for stock photography.)

Here is my 100th photo, a western coachwhip snake, from Oklahoma

Western coachwhip portrait

I have 18 sales so far, so I am glad someone finds my images useful. If you are in a rut on getting images that are a little less that "typical" when it comes to stock photography, just sit back and take your time. Follow whatever passion you may have, and your passion will show through your images. That doesn't always mean they will be accepted, especially in wildlife photography. But, I feel that isn't really the point. Do what drives you, enjoy yourself, and in good time, you will accumulate a decent portfolio that is (hopefully) enjoyable to view.

My 99th image. A western diamondback rattlesnake guarding her wild flower garden

Western diamonback rattlesnake

All I can hope, is that my passion shines through on my images, and that you lovely people enjoy them. If that means a sale, great. If not, I hope you still enjoyed the viewing.

Perspective from a herpetologically driven, passionate photographer

Macro blotched watersnake

Photo credits: Samuel Brown.

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July 13, 2016


I think this is a great way to enjoy photography and sell some pictures now and again. I just started on dreamstime and try to get through over a decade of nature photography. But just do it with babysteps. Just sold my first picture! Yeay!

Love the snakes and that you have an eye for the less cuddly!

July 10, 2016


Awesome pictures!

June 27, 2016


Lovely photos keep doing what you enjoy :)

June 27, 2016


Wow, your pics and your snakes are terrific! :)
So you do not care about sales? Well, I do otherwise I would not upload my photos here!
And I am still waiting for my very first sale, sigh sigh!
Keep up with your great work!

June 25, 2016


Its tough work taking certain types of photos. I sure hope people intending to buy the photos appreciate some work photographers do.

June 25, 2016


Great snake photos! "Herpetologically driven" made me laugh :D
I agree with Martin. . .my approach is to take photos of subjects I enjoy and am passionate about, and while I'm out there take photos of thing I have seen historically will sell. (I had planned on blogging about this next week!) Nobody is right or wrong on this, there is room for everyone to do what works for them!

June 25, 2016


Great friend...i am fully agreed with you what you said..

I like the your way because expecting a sale of image makes not a good sense when you see from the way of selling but when you see this from another angle doing your work in a greater way is very happier than sale..

June 25, 2016


I totally agree with "do what drives you" - and some of my good sellers are many of those pics (as my no.1 topseller) - but I also reckon that while I'm out there taking pics of what drives me I can also take pics where I know they have potential to sell because they are stock orientated (my no. 2) - that's what you find in my portfolio - nature, what drives me and the world around me what approaches me - that also give me more uploads and sales - and: Your snake pictures are awesome!!!

June 25, 2016


I feel similarly and just made it to 500! Keep going and taking beautiful photos.

June 24, 2016



Nice work

Great pics,

Good luck with sales.

June 24, 2016


Thanks for the blog post, and nice photos. I grew up in western Oklahoma, so I appreciate seeing some of the familiar wildlife from my youth. Keep 'em coming!

June 24, 2016


It is a lot easier than most realize. Just take your time, move slowly, stay low and non threatening, and most of the time, the snake will run away, but sometimes it will sit still for a few pics.

June 24, 2016


How do you get so close to the snakes ?

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