How I Create Styled Stock Photo Packs: My Step-by-step Creative Process
Thanks to the past couple of crazy weeks, things have been a bit silent here on the blog. A few unexpected, but fun travel plans have thrown my schedule off track! No I am not complaining at all, I absolutely believe in the power of relaxing and rejuvenating. Hopefully after next week, things should settle down and I should be back on track :) Mean while, I am excited to share my new photo pack - Creative Minimalism with you! If you are on my newsletter, you should have already received the photo pack but if you aren't yet, click right below to download the fresh photo pack!
Theme : Creative Minimalism
They say, less is more. And as I dive more into my entrepreneurial journey, I have realized that being minimal enhances creativity 'cuz when there are fewer distractions, we have more time and energy to dream and create. And so, the new photo pack, Creative Minimalism showcases a creative vibe with a minimal aesthetic.
Here are a few photos you can find inside the photo pack:
My Step-by-step Creative Process:
I follow a pretty standard process while creating each of my photo packs. So today I am taking you behind the scenes of the photography process for Creative Convex - I hope you enjoy this peek into it!
1. Gathering Inspiration:
As with every creative project, every photo pack starts with an inspiration board on Pinterest. Once I come up with a theme for the photo pack, I gather photography inspiration for the photo pack on a secret Pinterest board. I use this as a reference throughout the creation process to make sure every image in the pack is consistent in terms of style, aesthetic and the mood of the photo pack.
2. Planning Photos:
Once I put together a mood board, I plan out each photo in the photo pack in Evernote. I sketch out the photos in words and write notes that I can refer to while doing the photoshoot. By planning everything in advance, I avoid wasting time during the actual photo shoot. Since I live in Seattle (Hello, rain!), I have limited hours of sunlight, and every saved minute is golden (literally!).
3. Putting together props and backgrounds:
During the planning phase, I list down the exact backgrounds and props I would need for the photos. Most of the times, I use whatever is available in the house but sometimes I go out and buy something that I think will enhance my photos. Props can be used over and over again in different photos, so I consider it a good investment for my business. Plus, these props always brighten my home as little decor pieces as well!
However, for this particular photo pack, I used very few props as I wanted to keep things very minimalistic. My main props this time were the pink flower, coffee mug and the little green wooden plant.
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For the background, it was mostly the simple white table I got from Ikea and the white wooden background that I put together on my own at home as a DIY project.
P.S: If you are interested in creating you own photography wooden background, you can find all the details here.
4. Set up + Photoshoot:
I usually shoot the photos during weekends. I also plan according to the weather so I get adequate natural lighting for all my photos. This is really important for me as I don't use any artificial lighting - natural light works best for me. With the mood board and my notes as reference, I start shooting photos one by one according to the plan. I don't have any fancy shooting setup, I shoot everything on a simple white Ikea table next to the window and use a foam board (on the right) to reflect the incoming light back on to the scene I am shooting. I compose the shot, adjust the settings on my camera and start clicking away. I click a lot of photos from different angles so I have a lot to choose from during the editing process. I click both horizontal and vertical versions for each shot so they can be put to use as required for the application. Although I try my best to stick to the plan, many times I do change up things with the composition, props etc. at the last moment and that's good - that's the beauty of creativity!
5. Editing process:
This is probably where all the magic happens. My most favorite phase of the whole process has to be the editing which is a simple two step process. Usually I have anywhere between 300 - 500 photos to choose from. So first, I use Adobe Lightroom to import all the photos and select the ones with the best composition, lighting and mood. Once I 've chosen the top 10 photos (Portrait and Landscape) I import them into Adobe Photoshop where I edit them. To make my editing process faster and easier, I record a photoshop action while editing the first photo. Since all the photos are taken in a similar lighting setting, more often than not, the same edits are required for each photo. By recording these edits into a photoshop action I can reuse them to edit the rest of the photos with the click of just one button. If required, I do minor adjustments but the photoshop action does most of the work and saves me a ton of time.
I really hope you enjoyed this little peek into my process. I've received the most amazing response so far for this photo pack, here's what some of my readers are saying!
Lovely photos! Thanks so much! I'm starting a new blog and I much appreciate the time and effort you put into these beautiful photos! - Shyannah
Thanks I love this pack. Minimalism always wins me over. I heart your work and services. - Chandra Scott
So go ahead and make sure to download the photo pack right away!
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I do this for you, my friend! So comment below with what you think of this photo pack? Also, I'd also love to hear your ideas for the next photo packs so I can create exactly what you want!