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!

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

Photo credits: Inga Nielsen.

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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!


Good portfolio !


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


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.


Congratulations! you have a very nice porfolio


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


Congratulations! Patience and hard work paying off! :)


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


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.


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 ;)


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!!!


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!


Great! Many years to come ;)


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!:)))


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!






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 :)


What a wonderful success story!


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


Thank you, Jdanne! :)


Wish you much more success! You have a very impressive portfolio.


Thank you guys!! I wish you AT LEAST the same success!! :) And again a happy Easter with lots of chocolate eggs sunshine and creativity!! :)


Always nice to hear success stories like yours, it's very inspirational. Your portfolio is wonderful.


What a great portfolio! Congrats and have a happy easter time! :)


Inganielsen, I've always loved your images since I saw that honeymoon image (it was in an assignment contest, yes?). I think your success story is amazing, and inspiring. It's so wonderful to read positive stories like this. I wish you every continued success! Well done!!!


Thank you thank you thank you :))


love your portfolio! congrats on your accomplishments


A story that fits all defiant artists. Happy Easter to you too, Inga!


congrats and happy easter

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