- How "ordinary" photographers are making Big Money shooting for small stock agencies:
Jaimie Duplass, the 38-year-old mother of three from Russellville, AR, often uses her son James as a model. At the age of three, he’s already appeared on several magazine covers and the Wal-Mart website.
“Stock photography is whole new level of quality, and I really got a slap in the face,” recalls Duplass of her first attempts. “It was miserable—I probably worked 18-hour days with a baby in my arms to make 10 cents a day.” Now, however, she can afford to rent a studio, and buy her kids new clothes. “I plan to be in a new house and a new studio even one year from now. This is living comfortable. A year from now, it’s going to be more like luxury."
With her photos now on Shutterstock.com, iStockphoto, and a few others, Duplass estimates that she sells at least 600 images daily. Jon Oringer, president and founder of Shutterstock, estimates that the “sweet spot” for his site’s shooters is $500 to $1,000 per month, though some make as much as $4,000 monthly.
PopPhoto in "25 Cent Fortunes" (three pages), an article which sounds at first like Dostoevsky´s "Notes from Underground".
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