Over 600 sales! Creativity never gets old!

Let me say upfront that I am not a full time photographer. (I wish!) I'm a science writer with a day job. I chose to go exclusive on DT to focus and build my stock photography work in one place. You can't beat folks who are helpful AND trying new things.

I've been a DT contributor for five years. Why? I love photography (and would be capturing images anyway) and I learn so much from contributors worldwide. DT encompasses one big, non-messy family of visual creatives!

Plus, every time I have a new sale, I stop and think about who might have purchased the image and for what purpose. My mental conversation goes something like this:

- Another image? Oh! Someone liked the Lone star garden pic too!

Lone star garden art

- I wonder if it will be used for an article, Texas themed garden book, or a blog.

- How many times has that image sold?

- Is it evergreen (can it be used year after year) or should I take another angle for a fresh take on the same subject?

- Is it a seasonal image? Do I have more examples of this seasonal subject?

Lone star garden art - snow horiz.

- Does DT need more of this subject? (Note to self: Search DT for similar subjects)

- Hmm...that image is not as sharp as I thought. I should visit that location at a different time of day. Different light.

- Wait, I took that image at home. It was one of my first uploads. I might improve on it!

- Is that bush still blooming?

- Where did I put that lens filter?

- Dinner will have to wait...

Photo credits: Linda Williams.

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October 22, 2019


Everyone's comments and input are much appreciated. Thanks for sharing the fun DT journey! I wish tons of future success to us all.

October 18, 2019


Congratulations ! You have beautiful pictures.

October 14, 2019



October 13, 2019


Thanks to Linda for the article. It is interesting to hear the experience of a person who is already five years on a Dreamstime. I upload photos to DT for only a year and many times thought to abandon this business. But this month, Dreams made me happy, I sold the photos on DT more than ******** and Adobe together.

October 06, 2019


Congratulations! I look forward to sharing the adventure!

October 05, 2019


A useful insight into how you work with some lessons for me. I rarely put much thought into possible use when pressing the shutter. I'm still too much focussed on what I like rather then what a buyer might like.

October 01, 2019


Hi Linda, congratulations for the nice blog, very positive. I also made the choice to work exclusively with Dreamstime, and for many years I have been very satisfied.

September 24, 2019


Thank you for your comments. I look forward to sharing the adventure!

September 21, 2019



September 21, 2019


Apollon 11 great theme for the fiftieth anniversary ,) 

September 21, 2019


Hello Linda your blog is very informative on how to ask the right questions before even taking a single photonbut in my opinion, if you want to live a life of your passionnalso look for which images are selling the most and not only in your porfolionin the whole worldnlook, observe the colors, the compositions, the subjects and so much elsenI am on the image banks for more than 10 years and hundreds of thousands of images on 9 stocksnand with the experience we realize that in the end it is not the prettiest that sell the most but those that correspond to a specific need at a specific time that speaks as well to a Korean than to a Spanish to a Texas or to a Russiannthen she can sell herself hundreds of timesnyour little texan star is very cute and your little story is very nicenbut little luck she's interested in a Chinese, an African or an ItaliannI even sought information in your titles (very complete) to understand what this star was doing in this gardennyou have your style, it's very pretty, at your level with your work daynbut I allow myself to give you this advice for the futurengood best regardsArnaud.

September 20, 2019


Thank you for your comments! Have a terrific weekend with lots of creative energy! :)

September 20, 2019


Interesting piece with useful ideas to think about and put into practice.

September 20, 2019


Congratulations on reaching a milestone! I too find posting on Dreamstime to be a lot of fun. There is always that little thrill when a sale comes through. I also try to "get into the head" of the buyer and figure out what they are using the photo for. Great work. Thanks for writing too! William

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