5 Reasons Home Décor Companies and Bloggers Should Use Stock Photos
Hudson Home Decor Stock Photos for Creative Businesses
People often ignore the importance of photos when they are writing an article or publishing a blog post. When running a page that is related to home decor, it is important that a text-based post includes plenty of impressive visuals. Search engines like Google like pages with fewer bounce rates and relevant content. To keep your reader on the page longer you not only need good writing but good photos and graphics as well.
When people think about home decor, they are usually thinking visually. They will have a much harder time reading an entire article if there are no interesting photos to complement all of the text. Moreover, stock photos are usually the best way of achieving this goal, especially if you have issues getting great custom photos of your own.
Here are five reasons home décor companies and bloggers should use stock photos.
1. When You’re Short on Time
We all have those moments where we need to meet a deadline. A post has to get out by a certain time, and you are running a little behind on development. Other days you might just be rushing or have too many other items that are more important on your to-do list. This is where my stock photos can help you save time and energy.
You certainly cannot take a low light photograph and put it up on your blog and expect to do be pinned or shared on other sites like Google+. And having no picture is not a good look either. Adding stock photos would save you in those moments. There are some fantastic stock photos available online and work in a pinch, especially when the alternative is having no picture at all. And please do not just use your cell phone to take pictures and them over edit them. It does show and in my opinion make your site look less professional.
2. When Pictures are Not Readily Available
You may not have access to the exact picture that you think is the best fit for your home décor blog or website. Perhaps you are writing a home decor post or web page about a new style of kitchen island. However, you do not have immediate access to a model for a custom photography session. You may not have a clean kitchen to shoot the photos (that's usually my case because I have two small kids). Instead of having a picture-less post, you can use a couple of stock photos to illustrate the point of your text. Adding photos to a blog post will catch your readers eye and keep them engaged longer.
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"Visitors spend 2.6 seconds skimming a website before focusing on a specific section. Let's face it. Many readers won't hang on our every word. Instead, many readers will skim our content until they notice something that stands out to them."
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Or use for website banners, email opt-ins, Facebook photos or Pinterest grpahics
3. When You Need to Add Variety
It is common for home décor bloggers and companies to have multiple articles on a similar topic. Perhaps you are approaching the same topic from a new angle. However, using the same photos you added to a blog two weeks ago is not a great look. By using beautiful stock photos, you can avoid adding the same images to more than one blog in a short space of time.
One of the great things about stock photos is you can buy them as single photos or bundles. By buying them in bulk you save money and you also get multiple photos that are the same themes, colors, and aesthetic. For instance, if you bought this rustic stock photo bundle from my shop. There are 25 photos included in the bundle and the photos include oranges, body scrubs, spray bottles, and a cutting board.
You can use 4 to 5 of the images for 6 or so total blog posts. One post might be about a DIY body scrub and another about an essential oil diffuser blend for lifting someone's moods using orange or rosemary oils. Then you want to add a blog post about a recipe using essential oils all of the photos would work for that as well. Do you see where I am going with this? Twenty or so high-resolution photos can go a long way on one website.
Since they are all from the same bundle they are cohesive and people will start recognizing them from your posts and be able to remember you. Staying on brand is huge on social media. You can then post the same exact photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Bonus use them and add your own text to Pinterest graphics. Designing graphics for use is my favorite thing to do and you can read more about that here.
To see that photo bundle please scroll down to the bottom. I shared it for reference.
4. When Your Post is Coming Out Early to Beat the Season
Say you are planning a blog post about growing herbs in your indoor home garden. But it's December and you can't really plant anything yet to transfer in spring because it's too early. But you want to get the post going and the graphics for SEO reasons. So what photos would you use?
Your blog post or web page includes the information about the plants, as well as how to start growing them inside but you have no photos of actual herbs or plants once they grow because it is too early still. Or you have one or two photos of the process but no finished photos to showcase your grown herbs or spices.
Enter in stock photos. Some people only think of desk spaces or Ipads when they think of stock images. Not mine. I offer a huge variety of items including herbs. Yep, that's right my example comes back full circle!
I have a stock photo bundle you can view here that includes fresh rosemary, dill, and thyme. You could use these photos to add to your blog to display what you can get once the plants are grown. You are the pro telling them how to grow the plants and I am the pro supplying the photos to help showcase your work. The photo below is one I offer in the bundle.
5. When You are Simply Not the Best Photographer
We often underestimate the true impact of good vs. bad photos. When writing a blog about home decor, people will judge your post on its photos whether you like it or not. Moreover, if the readers are not impressed, they will not take your suggestions or tips seriously, let alone visit your website or blog again. Which if you own a home décor shop you need repeat customers to keep your shop open.
By adding HD stock photos, you can overcome the issue of not being a professional photographer - or not having access to a great camera - before posting your next industry-changing blog or launching a website. Again a cell phone does not count. Even the fancy new iPhones do not do what a larger megapixel or zoomed in lens can do. You cannot print and crop or enlarge cell phone photos. Any of the photos I offer can be blown up for advertisements or signs as well as website banners or backgrounds without losing any clarity.
Let me show a graphic I have from another blog post you can read in full here. The graphic shows how a feed is done with nothing but a cell phone can look. No bought images. This shows my clients before and after screenshot of her Instagram feed. She bought some of my stock photos to use and they turned her feed into one to follow. Before I would normally just scroll through the images on the left but the images on the right catch my eye more. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below, I would love more feedback.
All five of these reasons on why you should use stock photos for your home decor website or blog should make your overall appearance and growth that much easier. These styled stock photos can be easily implemented and can be reused over and over again. If you have any questions or would like me to take photos of a certain set of items or have a color scheme in mind please comment below and let me know. I do offer product photography as well just hit contact at the top of this page if you want photos of your own products.
Bundle Includes 25 Stock Photos
Want a Instagram with more followers? Or photos for your blog to pin on Pinterest? Images to add words and graphics to? You are in the right spot. Stock photos are images that anyone can use for creative use. Rather than hire a photographer, you can find photos here that work for your project.
Think that all the big businesses take their own photos?? Truth is - not all of those people are pro photographers. Actually, most of them are not...they buy stock photos!
An easy way to have a cohesive brand and have plenty of photos for social media sites like Instagram Facebook and Pinterest.
High resolution images with multiple uses:
- Photos with extra space for your own work or text
- Vertical photos perfect for Pinterest
- Horizontal photos make great banners and have extra space as well
- Lifestyle and close up images are great for Instagram Photos
Possibilities are endless for designers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, website developers, store owners, advertising, magazines, social media, or emails
Once you purchase the listing you can download the photos instantly. Photos can be used for anything.
Brand your business or save yourself the time of having to take and edit tons of photos. Use on Facebook, Instagram, or your blog. Some photos have plenty of room to even add your own work or quotes.
I'll do all the work an you reap all the benefits
Need to change up the colors to match your brand? Go for it! You can use the photos any way you want. Add words or your own items to the photos too. I have spent countless hours taking and editing these photos and hope they save you time and make your business stand out and succeed.