Invite fall into your home and brighten up your walls with these downloadable photography prints.
These one of a kind prints are available in my Etsy shop. The prints are instant download and full resolution. You can have them printed anywhere you like at any size. It's a fun and easy way to decorate your home for the season!
Shop the fall and nature photos by clicking the button below or on the specific picture.
Business Facebook groups are a wealth of information and the number one task small business owners struggle with is creating social media content. The common complaint goes something like this, “I hate creating social media content. It takes so long to create content for social media. I just want to be creative, not be on social media all day.”
Often the solution that others in the group respond with is “I can help with that by managing your social media accounts for you.” The response is usually “I don’t have the money.” It’s true social media managers are usually pricey, but their service is indispensable for some. Don’t worry, there are other ways to save time posting content that is free or doesn’t cost you a fortune.
When creating content entrepreneurs often get blank page syndrome. Suddenly you don’t know what to post. Your mind goes blank. What do you do now?
Reuse Your Content
The blank page syndrome comes from the belief that you have to create new content for every platform you have. It’s not true. The best advice I have been given, and give to you, is reuse your content. If you blog like me use your weekly blog posts to create content on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Tik Tok and anywhere else you are social.
Creating brand new content for every platform is just a waste of time.
Break down your blog posts into smaller chunks to post on social media. If I were to use the content in this post from what I have written so far it would be about the common complaints entrepreneurs have about social media, then I would ask my audience about their complaints too. How simple is that?
Content Photo Ideas that'll Save You Time
Okay, so now you know how to reuse content across platforms. What other hang-ups about social media do entrepreneurs have? It takes too long to take photos and write captions.
There are two options to help you create photos in faster and cheaper way.
The first, buy stock photos. You could subscribe to shutter stock or big websites like that, but there are so many better and cheaper options out there.
There are photographers who sell instant downloadable stock photo bundles on Etsy, like me. I am working on bundles for those weird national days everyone posts about. National Chocolate Cupcake day is on October 18, so if you need some photos, check out my Etsy listing.
Many photographers also have their own member websites where you pay a monthly fee to get access to their entire library. A lot of those same photographers offer free photos monthly if you join their email list (like me as well) or see my Pinterest board on the subject by clicking here.
The second is to hire a photographer or friend to take photos of you. Come up with five different scenarios like working on your craft, having coffee at your favorite place or cooking with your family. Take a day to set-up and photograph all of those scenarios. When you’re done, you’ll probably have two to four month’s worth of photos to use. Block scheduling content like photos is one of the easiest ways to save time and have a plethora of content to use.
Or third, you could do a combination of both professional photographers and stock photos.
Concentrate on One or Two Social Platforms
Unfortunately, social media is a must for any business these days. So saying that it’s a waste of time and I just want to create is not very realistic. Marketing is an essential part of entrepreneurship, whether we like it or not. It takes time, but it’s worth it when you get those new clients or make sales.
If you’re still struggling with posting consistently to social media, then I would suggest pairing down how many platforms you are on. If you are a one person show, it would be hard to reuse content on five different platforms, especially if they are all different.
Concentrate on one or two platforms that you love using regularly. For example, I love Pinterest so I use it for my business and I also love the feel of Instagram because of all the pretty photos. I am concentrating on building my audience on these two platforms before moving on to any others. I just don’t have time, especially this year, to add any more to my entrepreneurial plate.
These things I have learned over the past five years running my business. Before I was a stock and fine art photographer, I photographed weddings and family portraits. I switched because I wasn’t interested in doing that type of photography anymore, but it taught me so much about running a business. These are the ideas I learned and thought of (if I had to start all over again).
I really hope this helped you realize that creating content doesn’t have to be hard and that you are a little more confident in posting to social media. Let me know what you think of this post in the comments below or if you have something to add that everyone can benefit from.
Are you planning for October, November and December yet on your feed or blog? I know I am and lots of other creative business owners and influencers. If you’re not ready and need content ideas I love this website nationaltoday.com.
National Today lists all those obscure national holidays that you see on everyone's Instagram feed, blogs and Pinterest. Even if you’re not into that kind of content the calendar is just fun to look at. It’s amazing what kids of things are now recognized as national days. There’s everything from National Fossil Day to National Text Your Ex Day. Why someone who ever want the latter day is beyond me, hahaha!
In order to help you create content for these crazy days I have been adding photos to my Etsy shop starting with national holidays in October. This past week I added National Chocolate Cupcake Day on October 18th and National M&M Day on October 13th.
You can grab the full sets on my Etsy shop or get a few free ones by signing up for my weekly email list, which gives you access to my free gallery that I am constantly building. Click the button below to sign up!
This post is to mainly let you know that I have an additional set of stock photos available in my Etsy shop. But I also wanted to take this moment to talk about using stock photography and the stigma around it.
I think stock photography has had a poor reputation for far too long. Look, I have preconceived notions about stock photography too. Stock photography I have seen in my lifetime is far too cheesy, not relatable, and frankly just unimaginative. Let’s use stock photography to make our Instagram feeds and blogs creative again.
I also think Instagram feeds and stock photos are going down a strange and trendy path where everyone is looking the same. White backgrounds, neutral or blush tones and pink everywhere! Why do we want to all look the same in business and personality? Let’s get creative, let’s get different and make whatever you use stock photography for stand out, especially for your business.
The most common comment I get about stock photography is “stock for are ugly and I can never find anything decent.”
Stock images traditionally are ugly, but usually the ugly stock photos belong to large stock photo websites. What most people don’t know is that Shutterstock and iStockphoto are not the only websites anymore to offer stock photography. Many photographers now offer their own membership sites or sell on markets on Etsy. Find out who these photographers are and use their stock directly from them.
Often when you buy stock from individual photographers, the images are at affordable prices. You are also supporting a small business, which always is a good thing. So why is stock photography more affordable through small businesses? Stock photography with bigger companies has a higher overhead cost. Think about all the website maintenance, people they have to pay and photographers associated with larger companies. With small businesses, you don’t have to spend a fortune to use their stock images, plus individual photographers will have curated content. With larger websites, you must sift through the images to find images that play well together.
Speaking of curated content, buying stock from one particular photographer makes your visual brand look more cohesive. This is because that photographer has a specific style which shows up in their stock photos repeatedly. As stated above you don’t have to search a large website for images that feel cohesive. Most photographers/small business sell their photography as bundles, giving you full access to a group of photos for multiple posts on blogs, social media, etc.
Stock photography is not just for social feeds, websites and blogs. It also makes for great DIY projects too (check out the poster I made for my kitchen here using my herb stock photos). You can make these photos into affordable art prints, collages and more!
So have I convinced you yet that stock photography isn’t all that bad. Save time coming up with content images by finding a photographer you like and buy their stock images. Get free ones (updated monthly, sometimes weekly) by joining my email list here. Or check out my Etsy shop for larger bundles to purchase.
Fine art photography is a funny thing in this present time, since everyone has access to a camera. I think what made photography fine art before the digital era was access to equipment and the time it took to learn it. But fine art photography is much more than that. It’s about taste, aesthetic and an understanding how to construct a stand out picture.
Access to camera equipment is no longer an issue. You can get a decent camera at very affordable prices. Used cameras work well too, and hobbyists are often selling them cheap, just to get rid of them. Also, I have seen incredible photos made with phones, so anything is possible.
Since having access to camera no longer makes you a fine art photographer, what does? Your imagination is the most important element with a passion for a particular subject, but understanding technique is also crucial. Also, the art of photography is developing every day and the art form now includes the manipulation of photographs. Photoshop has changed the game in so many ways. Some of those changes are positive and others are negative.
No matter what you use to make photos, the key to fine art photography is creativity. I love a well lit landscape or macro flower, but those images are done too often. So the question I always ask myself is how can I do the subject of nature differently? How can I do it in a way that’s never been seen before? Imagination is the only way photographers can stand out anymore, and I also think you have to have a deep connection with a subject in order for the viewer to relate.
Personally, there are five elements I like to focus on when creating fine art photos. The first is the use of atmosphere in my landscapes.
I live in the foothills of California, and summer is the worst time of year for me. It’s dry, hot and barren. There is no atmosphere happening. No dramatic clouds, no rain, no storms, no water. It’s just hot! Ugh! Sure evenly lit landscapes of beautiful places are always eye-catching, but that’s it. I like the drama of nature, the storms, when nature is in its full glory.
The second creative element I like to add is movement. A blurry flower in the foreground or blurry grass in the background creates the feeling of wind blowing through fields. If you use movement right, not everything in the photo has to be in focus.
The third element is color or the absence of color. Nature is full of brilliant color, using that as the central focus of the photograph can create mood and make photos really stand out. It also creates contrast, which is a key element in creating a successful layered photograph.
Also, the absence of color like black and white is rarely used in fine art nature photography anymore. I think using it in the correct situations can make nature photography stand out against the sea of the sameness. I think black and white photography is a lost art for many photographers.
There’s one more thing that is affecting fine art photography that I’d like to add to my reasons above and that is Photoshop. I use it to create photographs, but it’s very controversial within the photography community. The question that always gets asked is… Is it really photography when you are manipulating with Photoshop?
Purists would say no, but every medium grows. I believe this is just another tool in creating fine art.
For example, Brooke Shaden, is considered a fine art photographer. However, she uses Photoshop extensively to create her pictures. Her photographs are layers upon layers of other photographs she took, pieced together and manipulated to create something unique and original.
So if she’s not a photographer, what is she? An artist? I consider photographers artists. I’m curious if you do too? I feel like this comes down to accessibility again. When everyone has access to a camera, people value the art form less.
But I ask you, how many photos do you see a day of yours or someone else’s that you think are good? The stop you in your tracks kind of good? The pictures that make you stop scrolling and actually look at. My aim is to make those kinds of photos. That’s fine art photography to me!
Last, but not least, fine art and art are more relatable when the artist has a special connection with the subject. I am in love with nature. We live on two acres near lakes and hiking trails. We would love to move to a place like Montana one day for its beauty and a plethora of outside activities. I believe nature has healing powers both mentally and physically. Everyone should experience its awe-inspiring places at least once a week. That is why it’s the subject I mainly focus on in my fine art photos.
If you want to check out my fine art photos check out my gallery page or my Etsy shop. I add fresh stuff all the time! Also, if you join my email list, you get one free downloadable art a month and access to free stock photos. Yay!