Sharing your story with images.
A big part of creating a gorgeous website is having great imagery.
As we hone in on what pages will be included on your site, you'll need to start gathering imagery for each page. The more images to begin with, the easier the process is!
Depending on your preference, we can either share a Google Drive or Dropbox folder to pass images back and forth. As you gather images, you'll place them into one of these locations.
Please note, when titling your images, only use letters, numbers, underscores or hyphens in the names, and it's recommended to have images that are between 1500-2500 pixels wide.
Here are a few options for gathering imagery.
Taking your own pictures.
Tips for styling your own photo shoot:
1. Shoot in natural light: If you’re shooting from home, study the light and where it’s brightest (but not uneven). Choose the shot locations based on bright and even light and you’ll find your pics look amazing. Often, this can be right near a window.
2. Cohesive color: Pic a color palette to weave throughout the image. It helps the image to look more cohesive and visually harmonious.
3.. Go Low: Squat down to get to the same level as the vignette you’re shooting. It makes for cleaner lines and a stronger focus on the object.
4. Shoot from different angles: Shoot from a bird’s eye view, from straight on and at a corner angle to see which angle works best for the product that you are shooting. (This is one of my absolute favorite tips.)
5. Get up close and personal: Sometime a detail is enough to tell the whole story–You don’t need to see the whole scene. (Think up close images of your brushes rather than the whole table spread).
(Tips from Justina Blakeney at The Jungalow)
Using free stock imagery sites:
You can find some really stellar free imagery online for all sorts of different creative outlets.
Once on these sites, trying searching different key words such as: writing, painting, tea, etc.
A note about using these sites for stock imagery: Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
Exercise: Image + color Inspiration
Let's share a Pinterest Board! Pinterest is a great resource for collecting graphics, images, colors, fonts and styles that you love. I'll send along an invite and we can share a mood board to collect inspiration for your website. Don't overthink, just follow your cravings and pin away.