Overall, I didn’t even make the $2000 benchmark, with sales ending the month at $1966.
And that was after I continued to add more and more images to the various agencies:
I keep this chart because Zoonar gets all my images, Editorial and Commercial, Shutterstock is indicative of the general level of commercial images, and iStock is a harder to use site!
What really continues to impact me is the lack of enhanced and single sales on Shutterstock. No sales above $12 in the Singles category and I was lucky to get three EDs this month otherwise it would have been a poorer performance than I am reporting. One of them was for $13.99 – which is a new record low for me. Overall, Shutterstock came in at $606. iStock’s partner program seems to have fallen victim to the same malaise, adding just $130 to September’s earnings, so I don’t expect much from October. Alamy improved for me, with four sales in October after a period where nothing seemed to be happening. Adobe Stock continues to perform nicely – not growing like it did, but solid at $235. Canva is down a bit (probably lots of new contributors), but still $185. The rest were all under $100 – which adds up, but not a very exciting performance.
On the positive side, I was approached by ImageBrief to extend the licensing of one of the shots that had been purchased in the past. The client was offering $250 (of which I get $125), which is probably low if they are really extending a successful advertizing campaign, but I didn’t feel like rejecting the offer. Perhaps that shows how beaten down we are as photographers!
On an even brighter note, I went on a photography trip with my local camera club to the New River Gorge area of West Virginia last weekend. Lovely fall weather and many photographs still to process, but as I said a couple of weeks back, photography is also about enjoyment and being out and about, and stock photography definitely enables that for me. Here is one shot from a sunrise shoot at GrandView: