Most people don’t realize how important photos are. The photos on your blog, the photos on your social media pages, and the photos you use to advertise your business…. they ALL either attract or distract. Most people are very visual; they will look at the photo before they will read the text or caption that you wrote. So the photo has to get the viewers attention (quickly!) AND then peak their interest enough to actually read what you wrote. Let me be really honest; you may have written the most useful blog post ever, but if you used a horrible photo, that post isn’t going to get the attention it deserves. Note: This post may contain affiliate links; however I only promote products I love, from companies I trust.
As a blogger, you are a writer. You have something to share with your readers and I’m sure that you take great pride in your blog posts. However, most bloggers are not photographers so finding the “perfect” photo for each post can be a struggle. Before I even launched this blog, I was thinking about photos and did a TON of research and looked at literally every stock photo website out there. Yes, you can get some stock photos for free however you get what you pay for (or in this case, didn’t pay for). The problem with free stock photos is the quality usually isn’t the best and the photos are inconsistent with each other. Your blog should feel like one cohesive brand, not a mish-mash of random internet photos. On the flip side, there are several stock photo websites that offer gorgeous photos but they are PRICEY, and when I first started my blog I definitely didn’t have a huge budget for photos. There has to be a middle-ground, right?!
Photos from the Blush and Black Collection
Thankfully, I stumbled upon Haute Stock (formerly known as Haute Chocolate) and instantly fell in love. Seriously, love at first sight. I know I’m being dramatic here, but after looking through TONS of other stock photos that didn’t get me excited at all, these gorgeously styled stock photos were EXACTLY what I was looking for! I browsed through the site, thinking there’s no way I would be able to afford a membership, and was beyond excited to realize that I actually could! Beautiful, styled stock photos at a price I could actually afford at that moment?! I felt like I had won the stock photo lottery.
Photos from the Brights Collection
Let me tell you how the membership works…you pay one flat rate for either a quarterly plan or annual plan and you get instant access to the ENTIRE LIBRARY of stock photos. Literally hundreds of photos and tons of collections! You can download all of them to your computer and use them however you’d like. The photos are high-resolution, meaning they look great whether they are printed or used online. Plus, they release new collections every single month so you will always have new photos to use.
Literally, at least twice a week, someone reaches out to me to ask how I take my photos….and I tell them I don’t! I use styled stock photos from Haute Stock. I have mentioned before that I believe in “community over competition” and I want to help other bloggers and entrepreneurs succeed, so I can’t keep this a secret. Several of my blogger friends spend HOURS taking their own photos and buying their own props, and there’s really no need for that. Use your time to write more content, and know that you have an entire library of photos at your fingertips. Plus, Haute Stock has a great blog of their own with useful tips and suggestions for how to use the photos, and great tutorials on YouTube.
Photos from the Relax Collection
Keeping with the theme of being 100% transparent, this post was in no way sponsored, and Haute Stock doesn’t even know I’m writing it (I will send them the link once it’s published). I honestly love blogging, marketing, and social media and I know how hard it can be to run a blog, be an entrepreneur, and still have a life. There’s ALWAYS something new to learn, always a thousand things on my to-do list, and I love it when other bloggers post their favorite resources and tools. So, I am just passing it on and spreading the love. That’s what my blog is all about – helping others succeed at blogging!
If you want to see the photos in use, just look around my blog, check out my Pinterest board, and look at my Instagram feed. ALL of the photos are from Haute Stock. They are stylish and affordable, and I can honestly say that my membership has been the best investment I have made so far in my blog. Plus, it’s technically a business expense and tax deductible, so that’s a huge win!
Photos from the Pink and Red Collection
So, here’s a quick recap about WHY I use stock photos from Haute Stock:
- They are gorgeous, perfectly styled, professional, and look cohesive; giving me the “look” that my brand needs
- At any given time I have access to hundreds of photos at my fingertips! Download them all, or download them one at a time as you need them.
- New photos and collections are released every month, so I always have access to new photos and graphics.
- Using these photos saves me SO much time! Who has time to take their own photos for every blog post and social media update?! Definitely not me.
- They are affordable (worth every penny!), you can cancel anytime, and it counts as a business expense for your taxes.
If you are looking for feminine, perfectly styled stock photos at an affordable price to use for your blog, website, social media pages, and/or advertising uses take a peak at Haute Stock. You’ll thank me later.