Why is Product Photography so Important

Why is Product Photography so Important

Are you a product-based business? Do you take your photos with your mobile phone? Then this blog post is for you, grab a cuppa and read on.

Who is product photography for?

Product photography is for all businesses selling a product. From simple studio product images to lifestyle product images.

First impressions count, and even more so today, everything is online and we live in a fast-paced world. We need to grab the attention of our clients in milliseconds before they move on to the next website. So how can we do this?

Professional photography for your website and business is a must. You want to let your clients know that you are serious about your business. A professional photographer will invest time getting to know you and your brand and discuss styling options that will enhance your product.

There are two types of product photography for you to consider.

 Product Photography

Usually photographed on a white background in a studio. Your product is the hero. Clean minimalist style of photography ideal for the your product page listing.

Lifestyle Product Photography

Lifestyle product photography shows your product within a curated and styled scene, sometimes featuring models, to introduce your potential customer to the idea of a specific lifestyle in keeping with your brand. Lifestyle product photography will be photographed on location or in a mock upset in a studio.

Perfect for the Etsy and Not on the Highstreet seller, and to use as a photo in addition to your product image.

I really enjoy shooting styled product photography, telling the story of your product, learning about your brand and ideal client are all important factors when I am shooting products for my clients.

When you book a product photography shoot with me, I will arrange for an in-person chat or skype, depending on where you live. I will send out a questionnaire for you to fill in for me to understand the requirements of your shoot. ie: where the images will be used, the orientation of images for example. I like to gather as much information about your product and brand for your product to stand out and attract your ideal client to buy from you. At the end of the day, this is what your end goal is.

If any of this has resonated with you, please reach out, send me an email, or drop a comment below and let’s have a chat about how I can help make your product stand out and sell.

How to grow your following on Instagram in 4 easy steps

How to grow your following on Instagram in 4 easy steps

Did you know there are over 1 billion users on Instagram? Over half of those users are on Instagram daily. That’s a lot of potential customers and also a lot of people that will not be your client, so you need to reach the right audience. Think of your Instagram feed like a magazine, you want your audience to know exactly what you do at a glance.

So how do we do this;

Banging Bio

You have 150 letters to let your audience know who you are, what you do, how you can help them, and where you are based, don’t waste it.

Your profile picture should be a photo of you facing the camera, we want to see who we are investing our time and money in.

I highly recommend changing your account from a personal to a business or creator account. This will allow you to add a contact email and link to your website, as well as access analytics.

Consistency

There is no point just uploading here and there with no plan I’m afraid. Consistency is key, whether that is 3 times a week, every day, or even once a week, just be consistent. Show up the same day, same time and your audience will too. I choose to post Monday – Friday 7.30 am. I use Planoly a free app for my phone and computer to schedule my posts daily.

Captions

You need to grab your audience before they scroll with your caption. Engage from the first line, use a call for action at the end of your caption. Engage with your audience and keep the conversation flowing.

Hashtags

You can use up to 30 hashtags, use them! Choose hashtags that are relevant to your caption and photo. Do some research on your hashtags as well. Using a hashtag like #photography has over 600million tags. It is going to be impossible to be seen with such a high number. Be more niche, ie for me, I would select #brandphotography. This hashtag has 152k tags, a much lower number and I am more likely to appear when my ideal client searches for this hashtag. Also, use location tags ie #bristolbrandphotographer would be a good one for me.

What hashtags is your ideal client searching for?

I hope this has given you a few pointers to start attracting your ideal client.

Let me know in the comments

 

 

 

 

 

36 hours in Luxembourg

36 hours in Luxembourg

36 hours in Luxembourg
Back in 2018, a client invited me to Luxembourg to photograph a family christening and a family shoot. It really was a flying visit, 36 hours in Luxembourg but we managed to see some beautiful sites that I wanted to share with you.

To be honest I knew nothing about Luxembourg and struggled to find much online to guide me. Luxembourg is a small European country, surrounded by Belgium, France, and Germany. It’s mostly rural, with dense Ardennes forest and nature parks in the north, rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east, and the Moselle river valley in the southeast. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is famed for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs.

 

 

 

 

 

With such little time to explore, as I was working both days we were there, we stayed in the city for sightseeing. Getting around the city is easy using the tram service which we find reliable and cheap. In fact, at the weekend it’s free to travel to the city by tram!

Luxembourg is a UNESCO World Heritage City and I could see why it is so pretty with its pastel-colored facades and chimney rooftops. Travel to the Chemin de la Corniche, which literally translates ” the most beautiful balconyfor stunning views of the city and canal. There is a bench at the top to sit down and take in the breathtaking views of this fairytale city.

 

36 hours in Luxembourg

Head back down into the city and enjoy wandering around the streets and back alleys of the old city. You will be greeted by beautiful architecture and pink and lemon houses, cobbled streets and open squares where you can sit back and enjoy a drink or two people watching

36 hours in Luxembourg
36 hours in Luxembourg

Whilst in Europe never pass up a patisserie, these window displays of macarons of every color of the rainbow were calling my name!

If you have time, grab a bus up into the woods for a hike. I was up on the German border to photograph the christening and the scenery was breathtaking! I wish I could have stayed longer to explore a bit more

I would definitely recommend visiting Luxembourg for a weekend break, so quick and easy to get too from the UK. The price of food and drink is typical European city prices, the locals speak English, French, and German.

Have you visited Luxembourg, would love to hear your thoughts in the comments

I flew British Airways from LHR to Luxembourg

I stayed in the Sofitel Luxembourg City

NB: All photos and opinions are my own

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Vegan Banana Loaf

Vegan Banana Loaf

The infamous banana loaf must be the most baked cake whilst we have all been on lockdown. We buy those bananas to be healthy and start a new diet, and before we know it, they are turning black and the diets on hold whilst we bake a banana loaf to use them up! We’ve all been there, haven’t we!

Browsing one of my favorite Instagram accounts the other day @foodie_yuki, I spotted her vegan banana loaf with a chocolate topping and decided to give it ago. I changed up the flour as I am gluten intolerant.

 

Vegan Banana Loaf

Dry ingredients
190g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
5g (1 1/2 tsp) baking powder/ gf option available
1,5 g (1/4 tsp) baking soda
3g (1/2 tsp) salt
1,5g-3g (1/2 to 1 tsp) ground cinnamon, optional

Wet Ingredients

3/4 cup / 150 grams light brown sugar
70g (1/3 cup) neutral oil
120 ml (1/2 cup) plant milk (I used almond)
1 tsp pure vanilla bean paste or extract
220g (about 2) overripe bananas
1/2 cup of blueberries (optional)

Chocolate glaze
140g dark chocolate, chopped
1 tsp coconut oil

Vegan Banana Loaf

Method
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) degrees, position a rack in the middle of the oven. Grease and line a  9 x 5-inch loaf pan. {My loaf pan dimensions- 25.5 cms x 11.5 cms (10 x 5 inches), height of 7 cms}. In a medium mixing bowl, sift all the dry ingredients. Set aside.
Place all the wet ingredients into a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and fold gently just until combined and no more flour pockets are visible. Do not overmix the batter.
Add the chopped walnuts or other add-ins and fold them into the batter.
Pour the batter into the baking pan. Gently tap it on the counter 2-3 times to remove the air bubbles. Bake on the middle rack for 45-50 min or until a toothpick inserted near centre of the cake comes out clean.

Cool the banana bread into the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely before frosting or slicing.
To make the glaze: melt chopped chocolate and coconut oil over a double boil. Let cool down a little, then pour over the cooled cake.
Set aside to set for a couple of hours.

Recipe credits Yukiko Tanzi

10 Ways to use Styled Stock Photography

10 Ways to use Styled Stock Photography

With the “opening” of my Style Stock Studio the other week, selling styled stock imagery for creative female entrepreneurs ( boy that’s a mouthful), I thought it would be a good idea to show you 10 ways you can use stock imagery in your everyday business. Not everyone has the budget to hire a Personal Brand Photographer, this is where styled stock photography is a great alternative. It can be personalized and is an affordable option when budget is tight.

Instagram

Trying to come up with fresh imagery 7 days a week can be stressful and ever so time-consuming. Stock imagery is a great way to fill in those gaps on your feed when you are lacking in creativity, or/and time. Style Stock Studio images allow you to crop, add filters that fit with your feed colours. In this example of my feed, I have used a quote from the Green and White Bundle V.1 and a coffee image from the Coffee V.1 bundle. 

 

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Facebook/Twitter

We have all heard the quote “a photo is worth a thousand words”, the analytics show this on our social media accounts too. People are much more engaged when there is a photo to grab their attention, and are more likely to read what you have to say. Use styled stock imagery to add to your Facebook and Twitter posts for maximum engagement

Newsletter

How often are you sending out a newsletter? Monthly, weekly, maybe daily. Finding images to place into your newsletter can be time consuming. Another great example of when using styled stock photography can really help you concentrate on talking to your clients instead of searching for the right image.

Advertising

This image is from my Tulips and Coffee collection,  I added graphics and text to make a Facebook advert that stands out. I have kept to my website fonts and colours to keep on brand.

 

Stories

Sometimes we want to make our stories look a tad more polished, use stock imagery to get a message across and why not use a Canva template (see below) to elevate that little bit more. Here I have used a template I have made on Canva with one of my Style Stock Studio images for Instagram stories to the run up of my launch. Canva I love Canva, and if you don’t know what I am talking about, click here. Canva is available on desktop and mobile, a great resource for making templates for all your social media, advertising, logos, newsletter, stories, the list is endless. Use a Canva template and pop in a stock image from any of my collections to take it from boring to exciting!

Marketing

I love using Stock Imagery to keep my brand on point when designing my marketing literature. Whether this is to be printed or a digital version. Here I have used images from Style Stock Studio for my Personal Branding digital magazine that goes out to my clients. Imagery that tells a story to my clients is so important. Choose stock imagery that resonates with your brand is key.

 

Pinterest

Pinterest is becoming a massive part of marketing today. I use Pinterest as a search engine more than I do Google. Pinterest is a visual platform, and it is important to have good imagery to encourage people to pin, save to a board and the end game to click the link to the article you are promoting. Gina from Limitbreaker uses stock imagery very well for her Pinterest graphics. This image is from my Eucalyptus and Coffee bundle. Adding your own graphics and text makes the stock image fit with your brand.

 

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Website

Styled stock photography is very handy when filling in areas on your website, especially when it comes to the contact me/us page. I have used an image with a laptop from the Eucalyptus and Coffee on my contact me page. I needed an image that had a device in and this image was perfect, representing contact by email.

 

Blog

I love the way Gina from Limit Breaker has used one of the stock images from the Eucalyptus and Coffee bundle on her blog. Gina has used the image as a header for her blog post.

 

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I hope this has been helpful and given you some ideas and how and where to use Style Stock Studio images in your business.