Why I Started Using Stock Images On My Blog
Hey hey hey gals!
If you haven’t noticed, recently I have started using stock imagery on my blog, as opposed to my own images. I started doing this a little over a month ago when I started revamping my blog and post style to fit my theme of productivity, cleanliness, happiness, etc. I debated using my own images vs using stock images for the longest time but finally decided to give stock photos a try!
So far I have absolutely loved it, but a few months ago I would have never made the same decision. Today I wanted to share with you all my reasons for switching, how happy I am with my decision, and some things to keep in mind for my blog moving forward. I’m also going to talk about a misconception of not using your own images, and where I get my stock images! I know some of you are curious about this topic, so I hope you enjoy!
Photos are a big part of blogging. Images allow your blog to be more visually and aesthetically pleasing, they help readers understand/relate to posts better, and they overall allow for you and your audience to enjoy your blog more. After all, people eat with their eyes; having good photos that you love on your blog is a big deal. That’s why I wanted to make sure I was including photos that I genuinely loved, and matched what I wanted for my blog and its theme. Now that I have started using stock imagery, I feel much more confident and happy with my blog. The photos match up with my content, my theme, and I am loving the way my blog looks!! The combination of content you are proud of, and images that light up your blog is absolutely amazing.
What inspired me.
In the past couple of months, I have started using Pinterest, and reading blogs I find on there. I started noticing that most of the bloggers on Pinterest used stock photos and not their own photos. I didn’t start using stock photos because I saw other bloggers doing it, but it certainly planted the idea in my head. The bloggers I have found on Pinterest continuously inspire me, and are just so different than bloggers on Instagram!
Why for my blog?
For the entire time I have been blogging, I have used my own photos. So why did I start using stock images?
I was unhappy with the photos I was taking and using for my blog.
I constantly was putting work into taking photos that weren’t that great, and they were not what I wanted to have on my blog. At this point in my blogging journey, I don’t think I am going to be able to take the kind of photos I want for my blog. There is a certain quality and aesthetic that I am just not able to achieve currently. I lack the resources, lighting, props, and time to take photos that match my vision for my blog. Why would I put so much effort into something that wasn’t what I wanted for my blog? I’ve mentioned before on my Instagram that I want my blog to be an inspiring space for me, and although I liked my content, I was not happy with my photos. Making sure that you are happy with your blog plays a huge role in your productivity levels and success!
So, when I saw all these other bloggers using stock images, I decided to have a browse at some stock image sites. I instantly found a ton of photos that were exactly what I was looking for! Bright, white, aesthetic, girly, dynamic/creative, and amazing quality. I have also never struggled to find photos that match the content of the post I am writing.
In addition to being able to create a digital space that makes me happy, stock photos have allowed me to get more done, and be more creative/free with my blog.
I don’t have to worry about making time to take photos, gathering props, waiting until there is good lighting, going through them, etc., and then still end up not liking them. Now I can write a post whenever, pick a photo I love, and have that post scheduled all in one sitting. It takes a lot of stress off of blogging, and I am overall much happier with my content! Sounds pretty good right?? So in theory (I’m still busy with school and I procrastinate), I am able to post more often and focus more on other aspects of my blog, such as Instagram and Pinterest.
Also, right now my content is transitioning from what it used to be into a niche I am more comfortable with. I used to post more personal/specific posts, for example, “monthly favorites,” or “my favorite three dresses.” Those types of posts require my own imagery, because I am discussing things I own, or they are more personal if that makes any sense. Now I have started producing content more like tips, how-tos, etc. So, I do not technically need my own photos to convey the points I am trying to make in the content I am putting out.
– A FEW THINGS TO NOTE –
this isn’t forever
I don’t want to always use stock images for my blog, but like I said, right now I don’t feel that I have the right resources/materials to take the kind of photos I want for my blog. However, when I buy a camera, have a better place to take photos, have props that I like, etc., I could and will take my own photos. I will also still use my own photos in posts in certain situations, usually depending on the content. For example, in my rambly update blog post, I used pictures of myself because it fit the situation. You probably won’t find my own photos in posts about tips/advice. Anyways, I look forward to the day when I can take photos I love for my blog, but for right now this is what works for me. I will also obviously still be taking and using my own photos over on my Instagram.
I am not putting less effort into blogging
I got a comment on my Instagram talking about how using stock images vs your own images might come off as being lazy with your blog. I completely disagree with this! Because I am no longer taking my own photos, I am able to spend more time focusing on the content I want to produce, using Pinterest, working on my Instagram, and various other aspects of my blog. It is one less thing I have to manage, but that is not why I started using stock images. I did it so I could create a digital space that made me happy and inspired me. I also don’t just throw a random photo in my post. I take time looking for one that will suit the post well, will go well in a Pinterest graphic, etc. Also, photography is a huge way of showing your creativity and personality through your blog, but I am still expending just as much creativity and personality into my blog!
– WHERE I GET MY STOCK IMAGES –
Last but not least, I wanted to share where all of the brilliant images I feature on my blog come from!
I have been using Unsplash, and I love it! There are tons of different types of photos, anything you can imagine. There is an abundance of images in different colorings and styles, niches, themes, etc. There are images suitable for blogs, and super random images that could be used for other projects.
I prefer to use flat lays and sometimes lifestyle shots like coffee pics, etc.,
just because those are the pictures that match my blog aesthetic. You can save the photos you like into collections, and come back to them. This is a great site because you don’t have to worry about licenses, crediting, etc. You can use any of their photos for your blog, for free!
I hope you all enjoyed this post
and enjoyed learning a bit about why I made this switch. I know using stock images are not for everyone, but I wanted to share with you all what’s going on with my blog. Using stock images has been a game changer for me. I am much happier with my blog overall, and there are so many ways that using stock images has worked out for me! I hope that this post answered all of your questions, feel free to contact me if not.