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June 17, 2019

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I'm Dustin Steller. As Editor-in-Chief, I strive to give you lots of eye-candy & let you get to know me a bit. Oh! and I love me some comment love, didn't you know?!

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Steller Photography is based in Kansas City and primarily produces artistic photography for weddings & seniors...high school seniors, not old people.

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Published: Relevant Magazine
PhotographyPublished // Twitter / Facebook / Delicious / StumbleUpon / DIGG / Reddit

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Many of you may not realize that I own a busy design studio as my day job. During the day, you can find me always working on various projects (web, print and logos). I use commercial photography and illustrations daily. In fact, it is the whole reason I got started with photography to begin with. Commercial Stock Photography.

Stock photos are images you buy with the intent of using them for design (or other purposes, but primarily design). I started with iStockphoto as a buyer many years ago. Back when I started buying, photos were only a quarter each. I think they had around 1,500 images to choose from (now they have over 2 million images to choose from!).

Over the years, it grew into a real business and more talented photographers joined up. Image prices were raised and the selection and overall quality improved. I was still buying a lot. About 3 and a half years ago, I decided that a lot of the photos I had purchased, I could probably shoot better myself, so I got a digital camera and so began my game of commercial stock photography and also began my steep learning curve into the photography world as a contributor.

I grew and learned and grew and failed and grew and learned some more. Completely self-taught (wth the help and support of friends) I submitted image after image and slowly built a small library of my own work on iStockphoto. As I got better, my sales increased and my monetary income from the site began to pay for better equipment and for more time for learning.

To date: I have had over 23,000 stock image sales all over the world… I see them in use from time to time and often I am really shocked and surprised at where I hear about them. Billboards, magazines, TV shows, online ads, newspaper ads…everywhere.

Today, I am sharing a Dustin Steller image in action that I was ecstatic to find! It is of my good friend, DJ Rouse, who is a talented actor/model/singer and trained dancer who is fun to shoot with and makes a great friend as well as a model. I was flipping through my Relevant Magazine that I received in the mail. I have a subscription because I love their editorial photography and the content is great, too.

On page 19, I was shocked to find one of my images of DJ in use (available for purchase here). I shot I took specifically for the reason it was used for, describing “worship”! Cool, huh?

Show comments (6 Comments so far. Add your comment!)

  1. Denise

    I love hearing stories of how people got started. It’s really encouraging! I’m happy things are going well for you!

  2. Dale Hogan

    Awesome! Congratulations Dustin! I’m so pleased to hear about this. What a wonderful use for a great image. It’s way cool that it ended up being used in just the way you had envisioned it; that’s rare.

  3. Jan

    Nice! That’s so cool. I’m willing to bet there will be many more to come 😉

  4. Michelle

    That is totally awesome! I’m glad I came and read the story. The image is totally perfect for an article on worship. Love it. Congratulations!

  5. Luke

    Great photo in a great magazine! Awesome work as usual. Thanks for your encouragement to continue taking photos!

    Luke

  6. Rachel

    That is so exciting! That is an awesome magazine, and it is always fun to see stuff you shoot in use. Congrats! I’ve enjoyed following your blog quite a bit, and enjoy your work!

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