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
Below is the 3000th sale.
Photo credits: Retina2020.