Finally! Moolah!

I finally crossed the threshold and reached my first payout on Dreamstime. I've had to cut back on the submissions because I got hired for a day job but I visit DT everyday, watching my portfolio of 85 photos drop coins into my DT piggybank a little at a time.

Today, two weeks before the first anniversary of my "first accepted image", my earnings reached $100 and how interesting that the image that got me through was my "nest egg" concept photo!

Story behind the "nest of coins and origami dollars" photo:

When we moved into our new home, my husband discovered an abandoned Mockingbird nest in the hedge next to the garage wall. I kept the nest in a safe place, not knowing that about three years later, I would decide to use it in stock photography (at that time I didn't even know what stock photography was!).

I set up the nest in my lightbox and filled it with assorted coins. Then I had the idea of adding origami birds made from dollar bills! Of course, I wouldn't be able to use real dollar bills because the crane origami requires a square piece of paper, so I photocopied a dollar bill to print an enlarged version, cut out a couple of squares, performed some folding magic, and click-tag-submit!

The photo got accepted, and 70 views later, a sale! And a payout! I'm so happy! Dance of joy!

Photo credits: Ruby B. Llamas.

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Go for it, Juvy! I'm sure it'll be "worth a million bucks"! ;)


Wonderful news, congrats!

Good tip about making copies of money--I actually thought about that the other day after receiving in the mail a fake $1000 bill, make copies so I can do a spread for background or somehting--now I just have to make those copies and proceed with the photoshoot!


Congrats !


....... talk about recycling used nests :-)




Thank you, everyone, for the kind words. Much appreciated! :)




It is a great concept. Good luck.


Great photo! Congrats!


Congratulations Ruby!




Congratulations! Very nice photo!

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