10 Sep 2007 Amanda Rohde – Microstock Celebrity
More commonly known as Hidesy – her iStockphoto username derived from her maiden name – Amanda is another well documented microstock contributor. She has been contributing since November 2003 and at the time of writing has over 300,000 downloads from a portfolio of almost 9,000 photos.
High profile professional microstock contributor, exclusive with iStockphoto.
Born 1980 in Brisbane, Australia | Married | Shoots with Canon
Amanda grew up in various outback and tropical towns along the Queensland coast, moving around for her father’s work as a fish breeder. She earned a degree in Information Technology and joined the workforce with various jobs. Frustrated working for others, she became a freelance photo retoucher before discovering iStockphoto.
She soon wound down her photo retouching business to focus on microstock full time. Since then she has created many top-selling photos and built up her photographic resources, including studio. She is now ranked among the top selling contributors at iStockphoto.
Amanda is often asked why she remains exclusive with iStockphoto. Her response includes multiple reasons: [source: StockPhotoTalk]
- She feels a strong loyalty to iStockphoto for all they’ve done for her over the years
- As an exclusive photographer she earns double the royalty
- She’s comfortable with the legal backup at iStockphoto
- Being exclusive makes legal enforcement much easier
Signs of Success
Black Diamond canister level at iStockphoto
Over 300,000 downloads (as at August 2007)