How to make money from your photography with Dreamstime

Last weekend I did something I haven’t done in a very long time. (No sniggering.)

I went to Boots with a disposable camera that Belle took on school camp about a year ago. Two days later and £4.99 poorer we had one of those cardboard wallets containing 24 negatives, 3 half decent pictures and 21 snaps of the sky/blurry thumbs/close up faces that were unrecognisable.

Those were the days weren’t they?

*sighs nostalgically in that ridiculous way that old people do when they are remembering something that was clearly much lower quality than what we have today*

Nowadays of course it’s all phones. How many photos did you take on your phone last month do you reckon? 50? 100 maybe? 200 if you spend a lot of time around cute babies or attractively styled cakes? I had a quick browse and have taken pictures of things I would never have wasted a disposable camera shot on, like jars of biscuit spread and my restuffed teddy in a pair of new dungarees, giving you a glimpse into just how rock and roll my life is right now.*

Biscoff spread


If you find yourself posting lovely pictures to Instagram that aren’t of your dog or your children crying, and feeling quite pleased with yourself, you might be wondering whether there is anyway that you can turn your talents into cash.

There is!

(You knew I was going to say that didn’t you?)

I’ve just been playing around with Dreamstime. Dreamstime is worth knowing about even if you aren’t a great photographer, as it’s a massive bank of stock images and videos that you can download from as little as 12p to add to your blog or website. There is a section of free photos too if 12p is a bit out of your budget.

What’s even more interesting though is that you can also upload your photos, straight from your phone and via things like Instagram, with the new app – Dreamstime Companion. It’s designed for people who might not have much experience of selling stock images, and so is really simple to use and navigate.

Dreamstime Companion

If you love taking pictures on your phone it’s a bit of a no-brainer to earn a bit of extra cash into the bargain isn’t it?

Do you have any other tips for making money from your photography or have your tried the Dreamstime Companion? I’d love to hear from you!

*And by right now I mean always.

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  1. 6 August, 2014 / 4:48 am

    Now THIS looks interesting! I do have my fair share of jars of peanut butter and teddy bears ;) but once in a blue moon I think ‘Oooo that’s a good shot!’ so I’ll definitely be checking this app out. Thanks x

  2. chris
    30 April, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    nice. how much it took to you to sell your first one? I’m on Dreamstime for about one week…i have uploaded around 50 great pic…

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