Have you hopped on the styled stock bandwagon yet? I could spend all day drooling over the fabulous layouts, textures, objects, and surfaces in styled stock photography. My husband doesn’t get why I would honestly beg him to let me buy one of everything in the SC Stockshop, when we could instead take that money and fly to the moon. But you guys, it is seriously. so. beautiful. If I had a million dollars, I would dole out half on buying stock photography on Etsy. Unfortunately, we aren’t quite there yet and seeing as how I still need functional, clean, and appealing styled stock photography to display my designs, I’ve found quite a few free resources that are top notch.
In case you didn’t know, here’s the low down on styled stock photography: They are pre-made photographs taken on a flat surface, like a desk or countertop, that highlight a particular theme and color scheme. Basically, they’re way prettier than any surfaces in my house (which are all covered in sticky crap from life with a two year old) and include stuff I don’t have laying around like fresh peonies, gold scissors, and french macaroons. Most styled stock photos have a blank space to place your own work on top of, in a program like Photoshop. They take your design or blog post from “I designed this in my pajamas while hiding from my family in the bathroom” to “look how sophisticated and gorgeous these little birthday party invitations are.” Make sense? They’re also great for blog images, website design, and the display of other products, like for an Etsy shop.
Here are my five favorite resources for free styled stock photography:
1. SC Stockshop. While Shay’s photos run $59-$79 on her website, you can actually get some FREE every month just by signing up for her newsletter. Plus her newsletters are just plain amazing. The girl has some serious business sense. Here are a few examples of photos I’ve received this year from her.
5. Jenna Redfield is also a talented styled stock photographer. Her images can be purchased on Etsy, but she also sends out free ones when you sign up for her newsletter. Here’s an example of the photo she sent this month. Her instagram is really pretty too, just FYI.
From my experience, I’m not seeing as much free high quality styled stock photography available as there are free high quality fonts. But, you’ve got to spend money to make money and styled stock photography is something that can really take your business to the next level.