Thanks for joining Anne and I for another week of Blogging Basics! Next week we’ll discuss how we create and edit graphics, but to keep this post under one million words, we split the image discussion into two parts. I think all posts need images (you have to be Pinterest-worthy, remember?), but not everyone is blessed with professional styling and photography skills. What’s a girl to do? Here’s where I find the images I use in my posts:
While there are lots of awesome resources out there, my current favorite resource is ME. I like to create my own images. We’ll discuss this more next week, but I have a DSLR and have been experimenting with styling and props and adding text and overlays in PicMonkey. It takes time and I need lots of sunlight, but, at the end of the day, the images belong to me and I can do what I want with them. They’re certainly not perfect but I love the freedom.
I discussed this in our button post, but, it’s one of my favorite sites. There are so many images at your disposal and you can edit them (add text, etc.). There’s something for everyone, made especially easy given their search feature. Most images are free, while some cost $1. Still incredibly inexpensive!
If you’re looking for gorgeous styled stock photos and don’t mind spending a little money, this is the place to go. I ordered a photo a few weeks ago and had trouble downloading it to my computer. I sent the company an email about my issue and they emailed me two free photos in return! Beautiful photos and fabulous customer service can’t be beat, and you can use the photos for all of your social media accounts. Plus, they offer a monthly stock brand subscription for $29!
A quick signup on this site guarantees free themed photos will be sent to your inbox once a month. Simply download the packet and you’re ready to go! Free and uncomplicated are my two favorite things.
Searching “Stock Photography” immediately opens thousands of options at every price point. You’ll be amazed by all the choices and gorgeous work.
I’ve barely scratched the surface, but those are the resources I use at this time. Where do you find blog images? Any sites you recommend?
Make sure to check out Anne’s thoughts on blog graphics! She has a great eye!