I don’t submit to Fotolia anymore, they didnâ€™t make me enough money. But I do submit some of my stuff to Shutterstock and Isctock. I make roughly 1700.00 American a month with them and I don’t plan on cutting them out of my income flow. Just an avenue to selling things that I don’t sell other ways.
I also sell Fine Art type photography here in Okinawa through various local businesses. Standard stuff, restaurants, libraries, wedding shops, and other places people frequent hang my work with contact info and I make regular sells or recruit models.
For the Fine Art portraits, I find local models and shoot their portfolio images at no charge. For their time, they get a CD, sometimes prints. For my time, I get a model release. I shoot about two models a month for free, the long term financial rewards are more then the what those models would pay for a portfolio. Pretty much like my “volunteer” assignments.
The editorial stuff I shoot from these type of assignment are sold to magazines and newspapers. Often with a story to accompany the photos, but sometimes independently. My work has appear in Chinese, American, Japanese, and various expat publications. Just had a front page with â€œStars and Stipes.â€ The pay was crap, but the exposure resulted in some sales.
Last year, I took two of these assignments and the sales from photos and stories reached 20,000 American to date. When you consider I was gone less then 30 days on the assignments combined, it was lucrative.
I am not sure why so many of you are worried about my income anyways. Trust me when i say I am not starving. I am selective of my clients. I tend to shoot these for organizations that couldnâ€™t afford my or your services otherwise.
Next month I will be accompanying a local Missionary group to Vietnam. They will be providing medical and dental service while they do their mission work. I am going on the trip with expenses covered. One week with them, paid, and four days on my own after they leave.
It’s a win situation. They get quality images at a cost they can afford, and I get to grow my portfolio at little to no cost no out of pocket expense.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a website, but I am currently designing one. Hope to have it up and running before August. If I don’t, I will outsource it.