Find Great Stock Images

Find Great Stock Images

Images can make or break your blog or website

Images are so important to your website, blog and social media. Your message is important don’t get me wrong, but readers are drawn to your site by the visuals first.  Your images convey the feeling of your overall site and brand before your message is even read. Think of how you behave on Instagram. You are scrolling, scrolling, and scrolling through many images until an image pops out and makes you stop your scrolling, then what do you do next, you read caption right?

Think of how you behave on Instagram. You are scrolling, scrolling, and scrolling through many images until an image pops out and makes you stop your scrolling. Then what do you do next, you read the caption, right?

Websites are the same way. You have about 5 – 10 seconds to captivate your visitor enough to keep interested. You can do this with the power of images. You don’t have to hire a brand photographer right out of the gate or even struggle with your own images. You can use stock photography to give the feel to your brand you are trying to convey without even breaking your iphone or camera out.

Stock Images from Creative Market

Stock Images are great for anyone not ready to add custom images to their brand and social media. I typically get most of my photography from Creative Market!!! I like using creative market for so many different things, they have amazing fonts, patterns, and stock photography. Purchasing is easy and with a quick search, you are more than likely to find exactly what you need! The best part creative market host tons of talented photographers so you are bound to find the perfect match for your style!

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Here are a few of my favorites!

Styled Ellie - Product Mockups - 1

The Sampler Header Image Bundle - Product Mockups - 1

Felt Letter Board Mockup PSD - Product Mockups

Good luck with your image search! I can’t wait to see what you find!

3 Tips to Master the Creative Industry with Lauren Connelly

3 Tips to Master the Creative Industry with Lauren Connelly

In this creative industry, it is hard to meet people where they are at. We are intimidated by the number of followers others have, the number of comments on each post, or even the quality of images on their feed.

So instead of reaching out, starting a conversation, and learning from them, we envy from afar. We soak ourselves in this envy assuming no one else struggles the way we do.

I’m sharing with you my 3 tips that help me praise and value the creative industry without devaluing myself.

Jot your thoughts down!

Your first thought is probably, “Lauren, I don’t even have time to shower every day. How will I find the time to write?” Trust me, I get it!

Jotting down your thoughts is important because you need to cherish the process. You aren’t going to gain 1,000 website views within a month of starting your business. Starting out with an empty website is something to be proud of. You took a leap of faith, now write about it! i.e how you got started, what website platform is the best, or tips for building a website. Maybe the next day you write about struggling. In the end, find the beauty in starting something and watching it flourish. Even if it includes a few dead flowers here and there. If you can’t find inspiration anywhere, start by writing down a quote on a post-it note every day. Occasionally look back at the quotes that helped you keep going! Starting is the hardest part.

Reach out to other creatives in your area.

Honeybook. I talk about this all the time because I’m so grateful for this space of the internet. Honeybook is a one-stop shop for creatives. In addition to managing the financial side of your business, you can also find people who are also photographers, writers, graphic designers, jewelry makers, etc. Honeybook allows you to connect with people near your city or another city. Send a message and ask if they want to meet for coffee. There is even a place to find collaboration opportunities near you!

Schedule out your day.

Whether this is your full-time job or a side gig, schedule out what the week looks like for you. Are their deadlines coming up? Do you have a collaboration you need to photograph? Write down everything you need to do and then plan out your week. Not having a boss or set job description makes it hard to not say “yes” to every opportunity. It’s okay to say “no” to a lunch meeting if you know it’s going to take all day to finish a project. Remember that you are your best self when you aren’t stressed. Planning out your week helps make sure you’re always prepared.

Meet Lauren!

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Hi there! I’m a midwest girl, turned Floridian, and now living in the South. South Carolina to be exact. At 22, I’m holding onto a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, working retail to pay the bills, and running my own business as a content writer and product photographer. And loving every second of it, I must add. I hope one day to inspire people to do what they love. On a day off, you can find me walking my pup, Wilson, all over my little town in South Carolina.

You can find me on Instagram @Lauren_Connelly or through my website www.writerLaurenConnelly.com. If you have any questions, please email me at writerlaurenconnelly@gmail.com. I’d love to chat!

 

Build Your Own WordPress Website | Day 3

Build Your Own WordPress Website | Day 3

welcome to day three

That’s a wrap, folks! We made it through the free course! If you missed Day 1 or Day 2 catch up here: Day1, Day 2

Below is access to the last video of our course and the links to where you can purchase your hosting and theme. Please feel free to reach out with any questions! Thank you so much for letting me be apart of your new website journey. I have really enjoyed teaching you and I hope that I have been able to help you!

links

Here are your links we spoke about today in this video!

Hosting & Domain: Siteground

Theme: Divi by Elegant Themes 

Image Size For Theme

Plugins:

Use Any Font

Bloom Optin

Duplicate Post

Divi Booster

Build Your Own WordPress Website | Day 2

Build Your Own WordPress Website | Day 2

welcome to day two

I am so happy you guys are back for day two! If you missed Day one here it is: Day One

Below is the access to the second video of our free course and the links to where you can purchase your hosting and theme.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

links

Here are your links we spoke about today in this video!

Hosting & Domain: Siteground

Theme: Divi by Elegant Themes 

Image Size For Theme

Ready to jump forward to the last steps! Day 3

Build Your Own WordPress Website | Day 1

Build Your Own WordPress Website | Day 1

Days one Let’s get started!

I am so excited you guys are here and I hope you have the best time design your very own wordpress website!

Below is access to the first video of our free course and the links to where you can purchase your hosting and theme.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

links

Here are your links to purchase or download any product we spoke about today in this video!

Hosting & Domain: Siteground

Theme: Divi by Elegant Themes 

Plugins: Coming Soon Page Seedprod

If you are ready for the next step skip to Day 2