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I'd really like to know if all the hard work is worth it and if anyone makes money off Alamy?

I am wanting to invest time and energy into Stock photography being a new stay at home mother. I have been shooting for 15 years and don't want to loose my mojo. Income is an important factor for me so I would appreciate any tips or advice. Even recommendations for other European and American Stock sites you use and find ok. 

Alamy looks to be a fabulous platform - I only wish for recs because like anything it is good to diversify. 

 

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Hannah Millerick

Australia

www.hannahmillerick.com.au

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FYI - we are not allowed to discuss other stock agencies / Alamy competitors in this forum.

 

Re income, you might find it informative to look at the monthly posts 9n this forum on sales/revenue that some contributors report.

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Your experience of sales, being based in Austraila may differ to other contributors who are based in different parts of the world, but have a look at the threads suggested by Phil for some broad guidance.  Alamy has an Australia office and the Aussie content team frequently tweet content requests - not that it is a great help to you if you are the wrong side of the continent and have a family to care for :).

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Hannah

 

Sure people make money off Alamy, but it does require time and effort.

 

You will need a lot more images than your current portfolio size to see regular sales though.

 

But as a mum you have a lot of areas to photograph, new baby clothes, nappies on a supermarket shelf, bay food etc

 

I would suggest focusing on getting around 2000 images on Alamy in the next few months and reassess sales and income at that point

 

 

Martin

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People do make money but it is pretty much impossible to judge how much by looking at what other people are earning. 

 

It is a story of extremes with the very top contributors earning thousands of dollars each month, while a very large number (I believe) making crumbs. 

 

It is a big investment and it takes a long time before you will know if you are successful or not. 

 

Good luck. 

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You say you've been shooting for fifteen years, so perhaps begin by going through your files and selecting the best and/or most applicable to an editorial database such as Alamy. That way you could build up your numbers with the minimal of effort. Bearing in mind that you are unlikely to see any significant sales until you are well into four figures of images on sale then it's worth taking any short cuts that you can.

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Interesting question and one I'm pondering at the moment. I'm 5 months in and have uploaded around 550 images which I acknowledge is very little compared to many here. I have also uploaded a similar number of images to a couple of other sites. The impression I had was that sales on Alamy might well be fewer but would be worth more. Other sites have produced sales, mainly for very small sums but occasionally for a few dollars. I still wait for my first sale here and I find it concerning that the sales fee reported frequently here in recent months is very similar to those from microstock sites. For the effort involved I am personally unclear (at least for the sort of portfolio I have - I don't shoot live news) that any significant income will result.

 

I have found that posting to POD sites has produced more interest and more sales value for fewer images than the microstock / Alamy route and that is where I am likely to concentrate my efforts for the main part.

 

I appreciate that my experience may be atypical but my sense is that we are entering a very crowded market and that significant returns are unlikely unless you have a particular specialism or a large volume portfolio (or preferably both).

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It is possible as a part-timer to make regular monthly income on Alamy, but it's a long haul. You really have to keep at it.

 

I started submitting in 2007, and I'm closing in on $75K gross income. My monthly payouts certainly aren't huge, but they do help pay the bills. However, I'm over 65 and have pension income, plus I have a part-time teaching gig. Not sure if I'll make it to the Alamy $100K club, but I'm going to keep working at it

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It is a lot of hard work, and a long haul to get a reasonable income from stock on Alamy. Of course, it depends what you mean by a reasonable income!

 

I reckon that on average I currently receive, net, about £0.15  per image that I have on sale per year. This ratio could be a bit higher if I eliminated similars, culled poor images (but which ones?), increased the proportion of News etc. But it might give you a basis for some ballpark estimates.

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On ‎07‎/‎02‎/‎2019 at 05:59, Hannah Millerick said:

I'd really like to know if all the hard work is worth it and if anyone makes money off Alamy?

I am wanting to invest time and energy into Stock photography being a new stay at home mother. I have been shooting for 15 years and don't want to loose my mojo. Income is an important factor for me so I would appreciate any tips or advice. Even recommendations for other European and American Stock sites you use and find ok. 

Alamy looks to be a fabulous platform - I only wish for recs because like anything it is good to diversify. 

 

Kind Regards,

Hannah Millerick

Australia

www.hannahmillerick.com.au

Shoot lots of mother baby stuff, not portraits but activities, learning, growth, play, feeding, screaming, look at baby/parenting magazines and see what images they are using . You have a free model for a long time to come.

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