Three years at Dreamstime

Exactly 3 years ago I signed up with Dreamstime!

If it hadn't been for Dreamstime I'd maybe have given up trying to get into microstock. While I was faced with applications elsewhere that were almost impossible to pass for beginners (x out of y images need to be great or wait another month till ya may try again... and stuff like that), Dreamstime just rejected my bad images and accepted the good ones :)

So I kept shooting and uploading! Soon I got my first download and then the second one... Wow, that felt just awesome!!

And then I bought a new camera and suddenly my acceptance rate together with my fun went skyward! :)


My number of downloads increased and so did my motivation. I started participating in the assignments and in September 2009 this image of mine won the assignment!!

That was during the time I was working on my Physics diploma. I finished that in January last year and decided to take a break from science and try to do something completely different and live from my images for one year. I'm a digital artist as well so microstock wasn't supposed to be my only income, but a good part! :)

And it worked. I uploaded a lot last year and I have been making a living of my images since then :) When I signed up here I never expected this to become more than just a little fun with a little profit. But it seriously changed my life!

Funny easter eggs

Thank you Dreamstime, thank you buyers and thank you community and have a wonderful Easter everyone!!

Photo credits: Inga Nielsen.
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May 22, 2011

That`s a great story! You had a great courage to give up your regular path and try living only from stock photography! Good luck for the future and congratulations!


May 21, 2011

Good portfolio !


May 16, 2011

I always wish I can make a living from microstock. Congratulation on your achievement. Great milestone.


May 16, 2011

Thank you very much for sharing your "Dreamstime" story with all of us. It's very inspiring.
You have very nice portfolio, and hopefully many of us will reach your numbers one day too.
Till that time comes I'll improve my technique, equipment and the way of thinking.
Again, congrats for your success.


May 15, 2011

Congratulations! you have a very nice porfolio


May 05, 2011

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments!! If this can encourage you, that makes me happy!! :)


May 03, 2011

Congratulations! Patience and hard work paying off! :)


April 28, 2011

Thanks for sharing your experience. I assure you will have much more satisfactions


April 27, 2011

Thank you so much for sharing, your story as well as your successes. I will definitely remember your words, when I am having a "down" day:) Congratulations on your milestones--I wish you many more.


April 27, 2011

Thanks a lot everyone and I'm glad you liked my in-short-3-year-résumé!! :)

Have a wonderful day and many more wonderful days with lots of downloads ;)


April 27, 2011

Thank you for your testimony and inspiration!! It sure gives hope and encouragement!! Sometimes we need to know it really does work for those who hang in there!! Congratulations!!!


April 27, 2011

Thank you for your story. It gave me hope and inspired my optimism for better days and greater ideas! Thank you... and congrats on your accomplishment!


April 27, 2011

Great! Many years to come ;)


April 26, 2011

Your story is just great. I am at the end of the first year at Dreamstime, I just bought my first DSRL, I sold my first photo a few days ago - I found myself a lot in your story.:)))) Keep up the good work. Congratulations!:)))


April 26, 2011

You started a month before me, and I've been following you from the beginning. In the beginning I tried to compare to you, but you very soon turned out much better quality than me. Now you are a big inspiration. Good luck in the future!


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April 26, 2011

Congrats - I just noticed that we signed up on the very same day ! I too was floundering a bit with microstock, and losing interest until I found Dreamstime... Thank goodness I did - it was certainly worthwhile for me :)


April 26, 2011

What a wonderful success story!


April 26, 2011

Great story Inga!!! Congratulations, and I wish your success to become even greater!!!