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3 Ways to Use Stock Photography and Mockups in Your Creative Business

When we think of stock and mockup imagery, we have the tendency to recall all of the light, bright, business-heavy flat lays. We also think of the endless photos we scroll through on Instagram and Pinterest of nondescript coffee cups, cozy throw blankets and pillows, and maybe a computer screen or two. So, sure, while those kinds of stock and mockup photos might be the right fit for a specific audience or brand - they aren’t necessarily right for you. Ringing a bell? If so, we want you to know this: not all stock photos or mockups were created equal. But the *right* art-forward, creative and eye-catching stock photos? Those can be used to bolster your own creative content, and even your client work. How, you ask? Well, allow us to play a little game of show and tell. Here are three scenarios (with visual examples) where you can use stock and mockup photography for your creative business!

1.4.22
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You can drop your products into the photo or stop motion to create your client’s desired content without having to buy more props, backdrops, or build out an entirely new set.

For Product Photography

If you’re a Photoshop and Lightroom wizard, this one will be a breeze. You can use stock images to build out mockups for your client’s shoot plan or initial proposal. Or, you might want to take things even further (and skip a shoot entirely) by utilizing a stock photo in your final image or stop motion delivery. You can drop your products into the photo or stop motion to create your client’s desired content without having to buy more props, backdrops, or build out an entirely new set.

Plus, you might find that you need to create something with a tight turnaround - in which case, a good stock photo will become your new best friend.

Featuring: a stock image from our Moodscape Carnival Pack. Buy now for $327!

For Brand and Website Design

One thing’s certain: if you’re a brand or website designer, you likely use more stock and mockup photos than many other creatives combined. Are we right?

As you likely already know, outside of utilizing stock photos in your client proposals, you can also use them in your mockups, and final project deliveries. But if you’ve got a client that’s a bit more artistic and creative in nature, you might have difficulty finding stock and mockup imagery that really fits their Mood. 

If that’s the case, we recommend checking out our Moodscapes in our small or large Carnival and Painted Ladies packs. Use them across your creative content, in your proposals, mockups or final project deliveries. They’re the perfect fit for those more art-focused and creative clients and projects.

Stock imagery works well for smaller, more art-centered spaces like bedrooms, studios or creative offices. 

For Interior Design

Not only can you utilize stock photography in your interior design business for your client mockups, but you can also print your favorite stock photos for interior decor, too. Stock imagery works well for smaller, more art-centered spaces like bedrooms, studios or creative offices. 

We love the punchier look of layering colorful stock photos over one another to achieve a bold collage wall. But, you can also keep it simple by putting them in classic frames. You know better than we do - you are the interior designer, after all 😉

Featuring: a stock image from our Moodscape Painted Lady Pack. Buy now for $327!

For your ads

Okay, this one’s a tip for everyone. If you run any kind of creative brand or business, you’ll need some beautiful, eye-catching imagery for your paid advertisements. Check out our Moodscape collection to select the palette and pack size that’ll suit your ad and content needs!

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