Rolf and Michelle Hicker are a husband and wife photography team shooting nature, wildlife and travel, and whose website generates in excess of 8,000 visitors a day!
*My Two Cents on Agencies. Certainly I have to agree with Rolf that many images are being drastically underpriced. I too get those $2.00 (and less) sales through agencies and also feel that the agencies are often benefiting at the expense of the the photographer. But for some of us, at least for me, agencies do have a viable function. I know that I could not and would not want to handle the hundreds of stock sales I make each month.
Also, as part owner of Blend Images (which is in turn is part owner of SuperStock), I have to say that I believe Blend is treating photographers well and working hard to achieve a balance that enables them to serve both the photographers and clients in these difficult times of transition in the stock photo industry. SuperStock, under new management, is also making moves in the right direction (stay tuned for more on that soon).
I do believe that it is important that photographers who want to thrive in stock for the long term put the necessary work into creating websites that both bolster their agency income and provide an option should they find the agency model not working for them, and Rolf and Michelle are a good example of how such an approach can succeed.