My journey to 3000 sales reached today.

Wow. It just seems like yesterday when I started at Dreamstime and enter the world of microstock photography. I remember vividly saying to myself, it's worth a shot (pardon the pun) since I already enjoy taking photos anyway. What can a lose? Almost 5 years later, I finally reached 3000 sales. To many, this may not be such a significant milestone since it took almost 5 years to achieve. But considering my portfolio size is only 252 photos, I'm very proud of my achievement.

I remember the time when reaching my first $100 payment seemed like forever. Almost 6 months to be exact. But I told myself then that I would try to learn as much as possible to achieve sales even with a small portfolio since I knew I would never have enough time in my hectic life to develop a large portfolio like others. So it was critical to figure out what is needed to make each and every upload sell.

Today, I am going to share with you what I have learned here over the 5 years and how I got to this point. I have written a few blogs over the years that goes over my learning process and my milestones and a will list them here for everyone. Hopefully they will be helpful and give you some better insight.

My general advice is:

1) Continue to love photography no matter what level of success

and failures you have with stock photography

2) Strive to always improve on your photography skills.

3) Love what you shoot, and eventually they will sell.

4) Don't treat photography as a way to make money. The money is just a reward for your passion.

PS: I would like to thank Dreamstime and all the members who have helped me over the years. :-D

small PORTFOLIO, BIG returns

Doodling Ideas before shooting.

https://blog.dreamstime.com/2008/04/11/reached-my-first-payout-:o%29_art26076

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Estatic about Reaching 1000 sales today!!!

Reached $2000 Today!!!

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Wow. I've reached 2000 sales! Yippy!

Below is the 3000th sale.

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July 20, 2012

Retina2020

Thanks Enrique. You are doing very well also. Soon you'll reach this milestone also.

July 20, 2012

Egomezta

Wow, you are doing great, thanks for the tips, I have always like your images...

July 19, 2012

Retina2020

Thanks Christian. I'm glad you found this useful. Cheers.

July 19, 2012

Rigsby8131

Great advice. Congratulations on your success!!!

July 19, 2012

Retina2020

Thanks for the words of encouragement Igor. Cheers.

July 19, 2012

Retina2020

Your Welcome Edward and Jonkio4.

July 18, 2012

Igordabari

Congrats! And your jorney is not over - you still continue to go toward 400th sale... :) Good luck!

July 18, 2012

Peanutroaster

Thanks for the tips!

July 18, 2012

Jonkio4

thanks for sharing :)

July 18, 2012

Retina2020

Thanks Fotoeye75. You have a great portfolio and I definitely can learn from you. Cheers.

July 18, 2012

Fotoeye75

Congrats on hitting your 3K milestone. :)

July 18, 2012

Retina2020

@Claudio - All the best on your journey as well. Cheers.

July 18, 2012

Retina2020

@TMarchev - I'm glad you found this useful. Cheers.

July 18, 2012

Retina2020

@David - thanks for your gracious comments. As for my day job, I am seeing patients in a busy optometry practice from 10am to 8:30 pm.

July 18, 2012

Baldas1950

All very true what you said.
Congratulations for your past and future journey!

July 18, 2012

TMarchev

Good blog:)

July 18, 2012

Davidwatmough

Yes the quality of your images speak volumes for your skills and perserverence. What is your day job........ I'd love to know that. David.

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