It’s been two years and one month and well over a hundred blogs written since I joined Dreamstime. But now it is time to say goodbye as I move on to finish writing a book that continues the themes of my blogs to be published by an imprint of Random House and to concentrate more fully on my busy consulting business.

In the beginning I thought that all the learning would be one-way: me passing on all I had learned in 30 years in the traditional stock photo business to the Dreamstime team and photographers. In reality I learned a great deal more than I taught, I have no doubt.

I’m privileged to being one of the very few individuals whose experience spans all business models in the industry and I have Serban, Dragos, Jeff and the rest of the team to thank for that. I also want to give a special shout out to Mihaela for all the assistance she gave me weekly, as I always needed her help to get the featured blog up and running. She was tireless and always complimentary and cheerful and especially good at finding absent participles and missing sentences.

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I have also learned from you, Dreamstime users and contributors, who have been generous in your compliments about the blogs and in offering suggestions and positive criticism. I have been blown away by the level of creativity and uniqueness displayed in so many images. I truly looked forward to my weekly search for images to illustrate the blog.

I have made many friends in the microstock industry and have also enjoyed their support as a consequence of being associated with this respected company. I learned a great deal from Lee Torrens and Yuri Arcurs. But most of all I have to reserve the most thanks and gratitude to Serban for the many hours he spent in helping me to learn about Dreamstime and its place in the future of stock photography.

Best of luck to all and thank you again.


The images here are a few of my favorite all time images.

Photo credits: Keith Livingston, , Lucian Coman, Robertplotz, Rui Vale De Sousa.

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March 04, 2009


Thanks for all your great advice. You will be missed!

March 04, 2009


What a kindful and professional advisor Ellen was.
Thank you.

March 01, 2009


hi ellen,

wwish u a lot success.....thanks for sharing info..:)

have a nice day!

March 01, 2009


Thanks for all; hope in your return when is possible.

March 01, 2009


thanks for your invaluable wealth of contribution ! your blogs will be missed!! good luck!

February 28, 2009


Thanks for your informative blogs, we all will greatly miss you. Best of lick.

February 27, 2009


Thank you for the informative blogs, Ellen! You leave behind a wonderful resource for us all to tap into when we need inspiration and guidance. Very best wishes with your book and for the future. You will be missed!

February 27, 2009


Thank you for your blogs, they were an inspiration and will be missed.

February 27, 2009


You will be truly missed. I always read your articles and found their content and subject matter to be a true source of inspiration.

Much luck and happiness on your new adventure.

Don't forget us Ellen!


February 27, 2009


Wishing you all the best, enjoy finishing your book. Thank you for your great articles!

Best regards,

February 26, 2009


Stunning news... I will miss your helpful guidance and great insight into this mysterious world of microstock. Thank you so much and I will keep an eye on your blog!

February 26, 2009


Goodbye and Good Luck Ellen.
And many thanks for your informative and inspirational blogs and your wonderful contribution to DT.

You shall be missed!

February 26, 2009


Hey Ellen, sorry to hear that you are leaving. Thanks for all the interesting bits of information over these two years, however I'll see you around in all the main photography events. Good luck :)

February 25, 2009


sad to hear this - but congrats on the prosperity and moving forward. will miss your articles. :)`

February 25, 2009


Best of Luck to you. I always enjoy reading your blogs and learning from your insight.


February 25, 2009


Your willingness to help others via your blogs will truly be missed by everyone. I wish you all the success you deserve in your future endeavors. Hopefully we'll will see you pop in DT once in awhile to say hi. Take care of yourself.

February 25, 2009


Good luck, my friend

all the best

February 25, 2009


Best of luck in your future projects and thanks for all your helpful posts

February 25, 2009


Ellen, I will miss your blogs and your cheerful and informative presence. Wishing you the best of luck with your book and your other endeavors. :)

February 25, 2009


Ellen, your posts have been both helpful and inspirational and I will miss them.
Good luck with your book and all the best!

February 24, 2009


Oh No, say it ain't so Ellen. What are we going to do without your amazing words of wisdom? I'm sure this is not a decision you came to lightly, so, I think I can speak for most everyone here, You will be missed, but, at the same time, you will be going off on your new journey with the best wishes and prayers for success of a whole lot of people. And please be sure to let us know when your book is published and where we can buy it. Good Luck Ellen and thank you.

February 24, 2009


Honestly it's a bad news for me. Wishing all the best!!

February 24, 2009


I learned a lot from you. Sorry to see you go

February 24, 2009


Ellen, I have bookmarked your website and will continue to seek inspirations from there. Many thanks and best wishes!

February 24, 2009


Thank you for everything,your articles blogs helped us a lot and gave us inspirations for photos.I wish you good luck with your book and good luck in your life.I will miss your blogs,Gabriel

February 24, 2009


Oh!!! Ellen, my favorit person, miss you and your useful articles. Good luck!

February 24, 2009


Thanks for everything, Ellen. your blogs have ALWAYS been though provoking and also helped me to focus my creativity. You have much to offer the world of stock. Peace be with you!

February 24, 2009


good luck with whatever future ventures come your way

February 24, 2009


I'll miss your blogs. They were a great inspiration and source of fantastic information. Best of luck to you and congrats on your book deal. :)

February 24, 2009


Thank you all for your kind words. I am overwhelmed by all your good wishes!

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