Last week, my photographer friend Sarah Ehlen applied and got accepted into her first stock agencies. She shared a few starter tips for folks who are giving it a go for the first time, too. If you missed last week’s issue you can find it here.
Depending on the agencies you choose, getting your first sales in stock can happen quickly. Let’s check back in with Sarah a week later and see how her sales are doing, so far!
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Quick Rewards for Starting in Stock – Part 2
By Fine Art Photographer and Lightroom Instructor, Sarah Ehlen
Last week I mentioned I finally got my start submitting and selling images through these agencies: Shutterstock, Bigstock, istock, Dreamstime, and Pond5.
Since I wrote last week, I’m happy to report I’ve made a total of $2.50 at Shutterstock.
It’s a small amount of money for sure, but not bad for having only 10 images online for one week.
This gives me great motivation to keep submitting images and building my portfolio! I definitely know what I’m going to be doing in the week ahead.
Here are the two images I submitted that are selling right now:
This is exciting! I’m already looking through my images for the next batch to upload so I can increase my sales.
In the meantime, here are some tips I discovered along the way:
1. Be prepared to wait. It can take up to two weeks to go through the initial application and approval process. After that, images generally take anywhere from a day to a week to get approved.
2. Check out the FAQ’s. Most of the agencies have terrific Frequently Asked Questions pages or contributor areas of their websites that are very helpful.
3. Expect a learning curve. It can take time in the beginning to learn how to navigate around each agency’s website. Stick with it — it will get easier!
Another thing to expect is rejections. They happen… to everyone. Next week I’ll share which of my images got accepted and which got rejected, so stay tuned!
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The Latest from Your Breakfast Stock Club Facebook PageFrom Theresa St John:
Aaaaaahhhhhh. Feel accomplished. Lately, so busy that I have only been able to upload 10 images a day to stock sites. This morning, I actually uploaded 30 to three different places.