As bloggers and business owners, we are expected to showcase beautiful photos. We are here to “show em how it’s done” and make it look easy. Well, if you’re anything like me, you know that this is total balogna. Let’s just keep it real ladies. Most of the time, okay all of the time, my desk is overflowing with toys from the superhero – my always coffee cup – stacks of papers and planners – pens everywhere – and my plate from my late lunch. So I think it goes without saying, that y’all don’t really want to see my desk. Enter Haute Chocolate – my go-to resource for feminine styled stock photography. Today I want to share with you why you want to invest in styled stock photography and how to make multiple images from one stock photo. Investing while saving money right from the get-go! I call that a win-win. 😉
Get your big girl panties on, this will be fun…
So why does your biz need styled stock photos?
Um, why in the world not?! Just kidding, there are SO many reasons why your business needs styled stock photos. The main reason I swear by stock images are because they save me time, so I can focus more on my business. Styled images will also set your branding above others. You remember that saying that we have all heard, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” – yeah well, the person that said that probably wrote a sucky book, just saying. Your branding will be lit on fire if you use crisp, clean, bright, and branded stock photos. Imagine this beauty on your blog’s homepage and had coordinating shots throughout your site – so welcoming and intriguing, right?
Let’s start with this image from Haute Chocolate’s latest collection, BRIGHTS. I love the springy vibe of this series!
I was able to make six images from this one image, in less than 5 minutes. I could have easily made more images if I had spent more time on creating them. I used one of my favorite photo editors, PicMonkey to crop and edit these images.
See how easy and beautiful?
How to Make Multiple Images from One Stock Photo:
Crop, rotate, use your white space, paint over anything that you don’t want to use, and zoom in and out of your image. Personally, I use PicMonkey and Canva for editing my photos. When you are editing your images, just think of where you want to use them. Do you need an Instagram image? Crop it into a square! Pinterest image? Go vertical! Facebook image? Crop it to any size. Twitter image? Go horizontal. Using it to promote products, services, or on banners? Just crop it into the size you need. You cannot mess this up!! Don’t be afraid to play around with your images and see what beauty you can create!
Here is another image from Haute Chocolate – gorge, right? Give me everything on this desk!!
This once one styled stock photography image was cropped and made another five images! How pretty would these be on your Instagram feed?
The great thing about Haute Chocolate styled stock photos, is that they are high resolution so you don’t ever have to worry about editing your photos and them becoming blurry. Clean, crisp, and lovely images are all you can expect! Here is the last photo that I wanted to work with. It has a lot of white space, perfect for creating graphics, and it cropped beautifully.
Now we have five more images to add to our blog, social media channels, products, banners, etc…
The Results: 3 stock photos = at least 15 photos!!
Where to Purchase Feminine Styled Stock Photography:
As a woman entrepreneur, you know how important it is to instantly attract your ideal clients & customers when they visit your website. You understand the importance of using stylish and professional images on your site and in your social media. Unfortunately, it can be nearly impossible to find feminine and chic stock images that will enhance your brand. Haute Chocolate’s selection of styled stock photos were designed with the woman entrepreneur in mind. Their images are both stylish and affordable. Best of all, they’re all high resolution files so you can use them as large website headers, or small instagram photos without a hitch. Use them to easily and beautifully communicate the quality & creativity of work that you do.
By becoming a Styled Stock Library Member, you’ll have access to hundreds of professionally styled photos at your fingertips. Use the library as your resource when you’re branding your website, need an image for a blog post, creating social media images, or want a cohesive look for your online shop and products. Learn more by visiting Haute Chocolate – oh and be sure to subscribe to Rachel’s newsletter! You will get free images each month, and we now know that we can triple these images just by cropping and editing them ourselves! *mind-blowing*
Bonus: Every month Rachel launches hundreds of photos – hundreds.
Talk about never running short on images and content!! Thanks Rachel!! 🙂
What are your thoughts on styled stock photography?
Do you like to edit and create your own images out of them?
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