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Prepping for Pintrest: Making Your Own Stock Photography

Sabra GilbertComment

Pintrest is a wonderful resource for blogging. It is a great way to get inspired, to get ideas, and to get seen by others. To be beneficial, we as bloggers have to use it correctly. One of the very first ways that you can make your post ready for Pintrest is to make a pinnable image!

But I know that sometimes, there just isn't enough time in a day to take brand new pictures for every single blog post. That's where stock photography comes into play. It's photos that don't have an exact purpose but can be used for many things, And you can keep your very own stash hidden away for times that you need a photo and you don't have time to take the photos and get the perfect one.

Step 1| What do you Need the Photos For?

           This is where having a list of your general topics comes in handy. Like here at Becoming a Gilbert, I write mostly about marraige, college life, my faith, photography & blogging, so I need to determine what would be the best backdrop for a title around those topics? Well for photography, I either should be showing off a technique or have a picture of my camera in the background. For my marriage posts, I use a wedding photo. College life can be a stack of books or my homework laid out on a desk. Just basic things that relate.

Step 2| Gather your Supplies.

           I try to do little photoshoot sessions and build up my collection over time. Like last week, I wanted photos for blogging and photography tips that would also work as decoration photography on my new MPD website (launching later this month!), so I grabbed my laptop, camera and some supplies that I might use in blogging. For college tips, I would use a stack of old textbooks or binders. To have the greatest impact, pick things with your branding colors. It really turns everything into a more cohesive look!

Step 3| Have the Right Background.

           Some people are blessed with the perfect spaces already in their home. Living in a basement apartment with a college student budget, big white spaces just aren't in the cards. My living space isn't the best decorated either. So I've opted to either go outside for photoshoots or use white foam board to create the backdrop that I would like.

Step 4| Pick the Right Time

            As I said, I don't really have the best living space for the best photos. But I know when the most natural light comes through my windows. So I try to schedule my little photoshoots for those times and also fake the right light with my foam boards and lamps in a million different directions.

Step 5| Have Fun!

             You might go into the shoot thinking you want one certain look at one certain angle, but you chould have a lot of fun changing the angles, focusing on different things, or trying different combinations. Your magical shot might be in one of those random changes. If anything, you have a lot of different shots that you could use and have built up a stock photography collection.

This is what I've done to save time in my blogging, and I hope that it helps you do the same! Blogging is so much more fun if you get to enjoy the community and writing more than worrying about Pintrest and making time for all the "things" that you "have" to do for blogging.

What are some posts that you can prep for today?

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