I do not personally have any experience with selling on stock photo sites, @tashavk, although I do use a fair number of pics from Lightstock. 🙂 I’ve been encouraged to put some of my photos up somewhere like that, but so far I just have not had the time to do so.
One thing that may or may not be helpful for you would be maybe to reach out to organizations or ministries that may need pictures for things like blog posts, emails, social media, etc. I’m not sure what your “niche” is; but brainstorming possible outlets like these that may already have a specific need, which you can help fulfill, may yield some results. Of course, some of these organizations may be financially obliged to only accept submissions on a volunteer system, especially if they are non-profits; but I would think there might be a few places out there that would be willing to pay, especially if they have someone who can help meet their specific needs that cannot always be fulfilled with the standard, generalized “stock” photography. Do you have any thoughts on this, @jamesstaddon?
For example, I run a website that primarily targets Christian homeschool families. With another full-time+ job, I simply cannot currently fulfill all my own illustration needs at this time in my life. Sometimes I really have to dig hard to find stock photos that are both wholesome and illustrative of what I am writing about. Being in this position, someone like myself would be happy to have contributing photographers who could assist them (for a modest price) with particularly challenging photo needs from time to time, that can’t easily be filled by stock. It likely won’t be a way to “get rich quick,” but it could turn out to yield some amount of benefit. And a lot of times, a word-of-mouth recommendation from one person to another can be the best way to get your name/services “out there” for similar ministries/organizations!
Just some thought from my own (limited) experience! 😊