28 Jul 2009 25 Microstockers I Watch and Why

I keep an eye on the portfolios and progress of lots of microstock photographers. The reasons vary from sales success to liking their style. Some of them do something interesting in the industry, and others I just like the person.

Here’s my list in no particularly order. Check them out:

Ron Chapple Leading traditional AND microstock photographer
Andres Rodriguez Among the top sellers with great concepts & illustrations
Kelly Cline Microstock’s most famous food photographer
Rasmus Rasmussen Microstock blogger and consultant
Yuri Arcurs World’s top seller
Tyler Olson Owner of Microstock Group forum
Josh Hodge Former Crestock staffer turned pro microstocker
Jack Hollingsworth Top traditional stock photographer
Robert Davies Creator of picNiche and the picNiche Toolbars
Jonathan Ross Traditional stock photographer, entrepreneur and speaker
Sean Locke Outspoken top performer
Lise Gagne The first microstock superstar
Steve Gibson Author of Microstock Insider
Christian Wheatley Lives and shoots the Carribean
Nicole Young Prominent blogger at TWIP and Photofocus
Alexander Hafemann Creator of istockcharts.de
Paulus Rusyanto Author of Dphotojournal
Monkey Business Images Microstock business from Cathy Yeulet
Matt Antonino Author of NiltoMil microstock blog
Trinette Reed Traditional stock photographer and agency owner
Robert Kneschke Well known German stock photographers and blogger
Chris Gramly Traditional RM photographer
Tom Grill Well known traditional stock photographer
Kirsty Pargeter Top selling microstock illustrator
Holger Mette Traveling the world with microstock

Who do You Watch

Which microstockers do you watch and why?

  • plrang
    Posted at 09:38h, 28 July Reply

    Interesting list, will study it.

  • Steven
    Posted at 09:42h, 28 July Reply

    Thats one heck of a list! I’m surprised you get time to do anything else if you keep any eye on all those guys!

    I watch Matt at NiltoMil too as well as glimpse at some of the well-known top microstockers such as Yuri and Andres. I just have a gander at their SS ports every know and then.

    Thanks for providing that list though. I think i will refer to it from time to time.


    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 10:13h, 28 July Reply

      Thanks Steve, keeping a page like this makes it quicker. Plus I don’t do it too frequently. This way it’s not a great time waster, though it could be without a little discipline.

      I referred to this list myself from time to time, so I figured I might as well share it.

  • Josh Hodge
    Posted at 09:56h, 28 July Reply

    Thanks for watching Lee!

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 10:16h, 28 July Reply

      No worries Josh, I like your work.

  • Yanik's Photo School
    Posted at 11:11h, 28 July Reply

    Darnit! I didn’t make your list! 😉 Maybe next year. Hehehe

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 11:32h, 28 July Reply

      Hey Yanik, yeah, you’ve been out of radar for a while. Where have you been? You need to comment more. 😉

      • Yanik's Photo School
        Posted at 10:47h, 29 July Reply

        Yah, I pop buy often but I’m more of a lurker. 🙂 My blog is keeping me super busy + all these pesky photo contracts get in the way of my retirement! 😉 I do post a lot on Twitter (yanikphoto) though! At least 1 IPhone photo a day….

  • Nikita Buida
    Posted at 11:19h, 28 July Reply

    Thanks for the list. I don’t have time to watch them all closely but I like to take a look at portfolios of top-selling guys to get idea what are the trends now.

  • Rahul Pathak
    Posted at 15:36h, 28 July Reply

    Great list Lee – thanks for sharing!

  • MikLav
    Posted at 07:42h, 29 July Reply

    I keep an eye at many from your list and a few others:

    John Lund (http://www.johnlund.com/blogger.htm, http://twitter.com/stockphotoguy)

    Forgiss (http://twitter.com/forgiss)

    and occasionally few others

    and http://fashionphotographyblog.com/ is worth mentioning – not related to stock but interesting reading

  • Sean Locke
    Posted at 08:58h, 29 July Reply

    Thanks Lee! (I think 🙂 )

  • Orson
    Posted at 09:03h, 29 July Reply

    Wau! nice list, I will look at their sites soon.

    Some of them I know, and I think, that I visited some of their portfolios (when I was browsing on some microstock site). But regularly I’m visiting only portfolios of my friends 🙂

  • Josh Hodge
    Posted at 09:24h, 29 July Reply

    Definitely should watch this guy too, his name isn’t known yet, but will be.


  • mystockphoto
    Posted at 12:10h, 29 July Reply

    Thanks Lee for the precious list and your readers for the suggestions, so I’ll have a look to the work of:
    – Forgiss
    – Laflor
    – Yanik’s Photo School

    – John Lund stockphotoguy highly recommended!


  • Danie Nel
    Posted at 01:50h, 26 August Reply

    I watch Yuri Arcurs for obvious reasons.

    Hopefully you’ll be watching me soon, too. 🙂

  • R. Kneschke
    Posted at 05:04h, 25 September Reply


    Looks like Laflor went through the Yuri Arcurs school… 🙂

  • Jamie
    Posted at 02:33h, 23 February Reply

    Great list!! I am an exclusive illustrator for istockphoto with about 35000++ downloads. Still far from being microstock celebrities but I am working my way to the top! One fine day, I shall be in your list 🙂

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 23:40h, 26 February Reply

      Jamie, your success at iStock is impressive. I might have to do a similar list for illustrators!

  • edinburgh fashion photographer
    Posted at 20:57h, 27 March Reply

    Excellent list, thanks! I will be sure to check them all out.

  • Christopher Futcher
    Posted at 02:57h, 31 March Reply

    Thanks for the great list. It is fun to follow what the top contributors are submitting.

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  • Hasloo
    Posted at 18:20h, 19 October Reply

    From your list i`m also watching Yuri Arcurs (for 1,5 years) – he makes really positive cheerful shots – i like it, it is like you are in unexisting world of Arcurs Dreams without wars and exidents – only happiness and so on. And Jonathan Ross (for about 4-6months) – he has great ideas, i like light on his works and colors are deep.

    Also i`m watching and fan of Konrad Bak. I think he has very strong portfolio of great fashion shots – you should only add your contact and logo and you have very nide advertisement banner))

    I like mood of his shots! I like effects, color pallete, models are brilliant.. And sometimes i don`t even know how photo was made)) Hi`s shots making me freeze and when i see it my look stoped and heart is beating fast.

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