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This is 2016. If you’re an entrepreneur or fellow blogger, no one needs to tell you the importance of using good photos in your posts. They’re what attract people, get pinned on Pinterest and shared on Facebook. The problem though is how to get those big beautiful photos, and how to use them once you do.
If you’re a whiz with a camera that’s awesome! Most of us aren’t. In fact, I bought an expensive DSRL camera for my blog months ago and every time I try to figure out how to use it I get frustrated and end up taking photos on my iPhone instead. But that creates a whole other problem of how to take attractive photos that people will want to look at on Instagram and Facebook.
When I started my blog I’d post any photo I took, in all their ugly glory. No matter how good our writing is, or how helpful our information is, people will be turned off by bad photos. They are a direct reflection of our blogs and businesses and we need to make sure they reflect something good.
Where to Get Styled Stock Photography
If this sounds similar and you want beautiful photos but don’t feel qualified to take them yourself, that’s where the good news comes in. Oh Tilly has done the hard work for you with her collection of styled stock photography. In fact, all the photos in these post are from her site!
What’s great is that first of all, they are gorgeous, feminine and professional. Second, you can crop them anyway you like but I’ll get to that later. You can also choose which package you want to better fit your budget. We’re talking around $1 a piece!
Oh Tilly has it all from blueberries to succulents to gorgeous work spaces that can be used for a number of different topics, and in a number of different ways. So make sure to at least check out her styled stock photography. (Oh, and she gives free ones out too!)
Now let’s talk about how to style those photos. This is the really fun part for me because when I use Oh Tilly’s photos, half of my work is already done. I just have to worry about making it fit my post. So here are some tips after you find you have your photos done too.
How to Use Styled Stock Photography
- Crop your photo to the size you want. When making a photo for Pinterest, crop a vertical shape, around 735 X around 1100. And for Instagram and Facebook it’s even easier – just crop a square!
- Choose just text, or text and overlay. What I mean by this is, that pretty, translucent color block either over the entirety of your photo, or just the section where your text goes. Check out both below. You can make these in any editing program. I use Picmonkey and just choose “overlays” on the left hand side (the butterfly) choose my shape, drag it to the size I want and then on the “overlay” box that pops up, move the “fade” button until it’s just where I want it.
Check out the two below. The first I’d use for Instagram, and the second for Pinterest.
- When using fonts for your photos, pick two and be consistent. This helps with your brand. I’m currently using Smoothie Shoppe, Raleway, and ENGRAVERS MT. Try to mix up the fonts too, something Pinterest loves now.
- Choose your colors. I try to choose colors that match the photo I’m using, and my blog brand. That’s not always possible though because the two may be in conflict, but that’s okay! You wouldn’t want to use orange text on a red photo just because you use orange in your blog. (OR maybe you do?)
When possible, stick with colors from your blog, but don’t be afraid to choose different colors to match the photo instead. Side note: Pinterest loves warm colors now so you can just store that little tidbit away.
- Don’t forget to add your website URL at the bottom! That’s a great way to ensure no one steals your photos, and creates another way too drive more traffic to your blog.
Styled Stock Photography is a great investment in your blog. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!