Ultimate Guide to Blog Photos with a DSLR for Bloggers and Creative Business Owners

I’m so excited to share this blog mini series.  I hope this Ultimate Guide to Blog Photos With a DSLR helps enhance your photo skills and helps your business and blog along the way.

The Ultimate Guide to Blog Photos with a DSLR



I absolutely love photography.  I believe great photos only enhance your business.  

I’ve always been the kind of person who loved documenting my life.  I went every where with my point and shoot camera, and then transitioned to a big girl film SLR camera in college.  

Spending time developing film and photos felt like magic to me.

I became interested in photography as career when I was planning my wedding, but I didn’t start with my first DSLR until I had my kids.  Then I felt the strongest desire to document our world with photos in an authentic and beautiful way.  

Once I had my camera I knew I wanted to be able to do for work.  I photographed family and friends.  I realized documenting couples love for me was one of the most magical things I could do.  So I started my Photography business.


I found in my wedding photography career I love styling photos.  So I created my Palm Dreams Stock Photo.  There are so many reasons why I created it but ultimately it comes down to great photos only help your business.  

I’m hoping this series for will help you take on brand photos with DSLR.  Brand photos can help with so many parts of your business.


I’ve already talked on the blog about what to do once you have stock photos.  This guide leads you step by step through everything you need to know for setting your blog up with awesome photos.  The series takes you through why using a DSLR will help you right through taking photos, editing them, and saving your images.  

You will have all the details you need to get your blog photo game on point.  Make sure to check in every week for the next post in the series

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Sunrise North Avenue Beach Engagement | Brian & Brandi

We met at sunrise for Brian and Brandi’s North Avenue Beach engagement session.  While it felt a bit chilly out, it was still a gorgeous day to be out taking pictures.

North Avenue Beach Engagement

Also North Avenue Beach has one of the most beautiful views of the Chicago skyline.  The light from the sunrise left a beautiful glow over the city and them.

It was such a privilege to get to take their engagement photos.  Brandi and Brian are so sweet as a couple.  They love was so evident when they looked into each other’s eyes that I couldn’t just help smiling as photographed them!

Enjoy the photos from our early sunrise session!


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North Avenue Beach Engagement
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North Avenue Beach Skyline
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12 Different Places to Use Styled Stock Photos

There are so many places you can use styled stock photos in your blog and business. I can’t share enough how great brand photography and stock photography are as an investment in your business.12 Different Places to Use Stock PhotosI’ve already shared how to work with your stock photos, but at times people get lost about where to use them.

There are so many ways you can use your stock photos or brand photos once you have them. There’s also a lot of versatility in the use of one photo, which is why I share how to work with photos.

12 Different Uses for Styled Stock Photos


Visual posts get so much more engagement than posts without graphics. So it’s smart to use stock photos with your social media posts because beautiful professional styled photos help you build brand credibility. There are so many places to use great photography on your social media accounts.


Instagram is a great place to use stock photos because it’s completely visually driven. You can use a phot by itself or you can overlay text to share a message. This one I think is a pretty obvious location. When you have quality photos it enhances your brand and business.


Facebook also has many places you could use styled stock photos. One place to use stock photos is the header image on your Facebook Page. Another place stock photos can be used is on your posts. Engaging images can entice people to pay attention. Also great photos can be used to enhance your Facebook Ads and posts.


While twitter is super chatty don’t discount the power of using photos make your posts stand out. It’s also a great place to use stock photography because most people aren’t pulling through images as often so they really draw attention to your posts when you do!


Pinterest is another one of huge places to use styled stock photos because having kick butt blog graphics draws readers in. So you want to make sure you’re using fab imagery that you can then pin to your Pinterest account.


List building is an essential part of business and marketing.  It is especially important if you’re running a business online.  There are two key places to use styled stock photos if you’re working on list building.

Opt-in Graphics

Visuals will help draw readers eye so that they look at your opt-in more closely. With strong visuals your opt-ins are more likely to gain attention.

Opt-in PDFs

When you’re creating pdfs it can be nice to have beautiful images in it to go along with all the knowledge you’re dropping.


Your website is the place where you can use styled stock photos the most.  It’s a great way to refresh a website and add style.

Sidebar Graphics

Using pictures to make your sidebar pop can be an easy way to make your website look even better!

Website Header

The header is the first part of your website people see. You want it to bring people in immediately. This is where great stock photos can do the heavy lifting.

Blog Post Graphic

This one I think is the more obvious one. People often use photos and graphics to make a feature graphic for their blog posts. It really is a great way to draw in readers by featuring gorgeous stock photos at the front of your post.


Widgets are often those graphic representation of organization on your website. You want to share about other parts of business, then there’s often a widget for that. Using stock photography can be a great way to dress up your widgets to make them look that much better.


Like I’ve said before marketing with styled stock photos adds to your brand.  It helps establish your style and can set you apart.

Webinar Slides

Using stock photos for webinar slides or as graphic additions to your slides can make your presentation more interesting to watch. Having great stock photography throughout adds reasons to stay and pay attention to the webinar.

Printed Materials

Great photography only enhances a brand. Having great designed marketing materials with stock photos throughout can only add to the visual appeal.

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