Why I starting taking my own photos for my blog with my iPhone (and why I shy away from stock photos)
Over the past couple months, my Instagram and Pinterest have grown by over 300%! My numbers are still small compared to some, but hey, I’m not comparing, because I’m headed in the direction I want to go! And that spells s.u.c.c.e.s.s. to me!!
I attribute this growth to two things: Consistency and Improved quality.
Okay, so again, I don’t consider myself a pro in this area by any means! But I have had LOTS of fun improving my skills using just the tools I have in my hands, and I hope
Why take your own photos for your blog?
I started out using stock photography for a lot of things. I still use it for some things, but VERY rarely now. Don’t get me wrong, it can be great, but it isn’t what I wanted. I started noticing other bloggers using the same stock photo for their stuff all too often and I just found that annoying. I wanted to be able to create my own content from start to finish. But I needed to make it happen on a shoestring budget, without super epic photography skills!
So I started getting creative.
Look for inspiration and follow aesthetically similar boards
I have some FAVORITE bloggers and Instagrammers I follow, and when they’re stuff pops up on my feed it’s always inspiring to me. Sometimes it’s directly related to my niche, other times I’m just attracted to the colors they use! I follow a lot of creatives so I can get better ideas for styling. Honestly, the creativity of styling makes me giddy. I’m ALWAYS looking to improve and get excited when I see improvement in my skills – so stay inspired!
Disclaimer: Don’t get caught in the comparison game. Look for inspiration just for that purpose – to be inspired! Don’t be discouraged when you start noticing all these great feeds that look immaculate, especially if you’re just starting out.
My favorite entrepreneurial/blogging/just because advice from this year is from my husband, he always reminds me “make your own rules!” (within reason) which applies perfectly when starting something like a blog – because your blog or your insta profile will be uniquely yours. Your situation will never be the same as someone else’s. Especially if you don’t have a big “Business budget”, much like me, and everything you do needs to be cheap or free! You’re gonna need to get CREATIVE!! And make your own way some times.
Free Photo Editing Apps I Recommend
I love these two apps – they’re so so helpful and totally free. A Color Story and Snapseed. I haven’t even bought any of the extension packages yet, although you totally could. I stick with one or two filters I use on a regular basis to keep my aesthetic consistent. If you’ve noticed, I even have started getting waaay more consistent with my color scheme. It may take a lot of editing before you come up with a fun editing system you like that consistently delivers good results for you.
Plan and INSTAGRAM/BLOG PHOTO SHOOT!!
I started out just taking photos of everything before I ate it… the photos weren’t good quality, the colors were weird and unattractive, and it was annoying!! When I decided I was ready to treat my blog like a business, I starting planning Instagram photo shoots during the kids’ nap times. 🙂 If it’s a food shoot, they’re excited when they wake up and “snacks” have already been prepared!! haha. And then I edit all my photos in bulk and save them in a designated folder for later posting. Do I still take some photos on spur of the moment? Oh yes. Of course. Maybe too many. It’s just so so fun. 🙂
What I have planned next:
I work in baby steps. This is something I’ve taught myself over this year of having my business. I easily overwhelm myself with a million and one “great ideas!!” and have trouble implementing them because there are just too many. You know what I mean? This applies to this topic of iPhone photos, too! Get good at one to two techniques before moving along to another. For example, I feel more confident now in flat lays with white backgrounds, maybe I can start adding some more interesting surfaces, and some more props! But it has taken me a little while to get comfortable with lighting and using my favorite editing apps. There’s an art to all of it, even though these tips make it a LOT easier! Give yourself grace and time, and HAVE FUN!!
One step at a time, I’m still learning, so are we all, so cheers to fun, new creative things to do!
Want to learn more about taking your own photos with your iPhone?
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Seriously, sign up for the e-course, copy my process, which I learned from a combination of others before me,
and lets have some fun.
So till I see you in your inbox,
Be well and keep creating!