The first time we found a styled stock photography shop, we had a big slap-hand-to-forehead “oooh, so that’s how it’s done” moment. Before then, we thought maybe there was some required course in setting up beautiful, perfect desktops that we’d missed out on in school. But no! The internet is fancy, and we’re all just a few clicks away from access to these beauties. If you’re new to these shops, we think you’ll find they're quite useful.
So what exactly IS styled stock photography?
Unlike traditional stock photography, styled stock photography is usually designed around a color palette and/or theme to help you display your own work. These images are generally created with clear areas to insert your designs or text and are usually highly-staged setups, like tabletops or desktops.
If you’ve seen these styled photos around but are wondering how to use them in your business, there are so many ways! Use them for:
- Creating blog post images
- Making images for landing pages for new products and/or services
- Sharing images of your newsletter on an iPhone via social media
- Showing off your ebook on a tablet or Kindle
- Displaying a styled laptop scene displaying your latest e-course
- Showcasing your design work on a photo of a mug or print
If you’re not sure where to find these types of photos, we’ve gathered up some shops we adore to get you started.
Specializes in “mixing business with pretty.” We're especially lusting after her fall stylings, like this glam pumpkin!
Perfect for all you pink and gold lovers out there. Plus, donuts almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Filled with gorgeous choices, like this fun desktop party and so much more.
Many fantastic options in this shop -- take note of their bundle deals in particular.
A modern and practical shop with stylish options perfect for products or blogs.
A small but impressive collection of hip, modern styled photos.
A lot of to choose from in this shop, like this pretty accessories scene below. Also check out this fun holiday photo!
A great shop with adorable photos that will make your site or products look fantastic.
We hope you check out these shops and they give you some rad ideas! Do you already use styled stock photos in your business? Have you ever tried using stock photography to spark your imagination? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!
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