How I Create Styled Stock Photo Packs: My Step-by-step Creative Process

Mar 16 2016

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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!

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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:

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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  • Really enjoy your photo packs. This is amazing that you share your process 🙂 Would like to add your post in my Love Link Sunday post this Sunday.

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    • Hey Jeanette 🙂 Thank you so much! Such an honor to be mentioned, thank you so much!

  • Katelyn

    I would love to download the photo pack, but the link isn’t working for me! Great post — it’s neat to see what goes on behind the scenes!

    • Hey Katelyn! 🙂 Can you tell me what link you are trying to download the photo pack with?

  • This was an awesome post to read, Chaitra! I love the theme of this pack and the photos are beautiful as always <3

    • Hey Jenn! How are youuu? Thanks so much! I am glad you like it – we need to catch up – its been so long!

  • I love love love your blog! I only read one article but I already like it now!

    • You are so kind Chelsea – thanks! I am glad to hear that! 🙂

      • You are welcome! You also inspired me to create free stock photo packs! Thank you so much! I linked you in my post about that <3

  • So glad you shared your creative process! I’ve been needing a tutorial on this for a while. I can’t wait to try it. I need to make a stop at Hobby Lobby and grab some white foam board!

  • This is such a great process Chaitra, thanks for sharing it! I just absolutely ADORE your photos!

    • Hi Marianne <3 Thank you so much! You are the best! x

  • Sacia Ashe

    Such a great post! This taught me a lot. You should do a photography course! Thank you.

    • Hi Sacia 🙂 A course is totally on the agenda – thanks so much! 🙂

  • Rocio

    you’re awsome, and your photos too. Greetings from Argentina! http://www.lapompolina.com.ar

  • Ginger Harrington

    This was really interesting. Enjoying your posts!

  • Love this – thanks! I’m just curious why you don’t edit your photos in Lightroom, given that you already use it to import them? I am relatively new to Adobe, and I just copy and paste the settings when I’m working with similar photos, but am curious about how others are doing things, as I don’t really have a sense of things yet. Thanks!

    • Hi Kristi! Great question! 🙂 I just like that I get more control over my photo editing when I use Photoshop. of course Lightroom is a great one, but I mainly use it for bulk photo editing. When it comes to single photos with editing nuances, I prefer Photoshop!

  • Sandra Garth

    You are so creative and generous. This pack is beautiful and I appreciate it.

  • Hi Chaitra! Your stock photos are so fresh and beautiful. Thanks for taking us through this creative process.

    • Hi Evan! So nice to hear that 🙂 Thank you!!

  • Nikki Dee

    Hey Chaitra! Thanks for this information. I have a sewing blog and I find the use of my own stock photos very helpful. I’ll definitely put your tips to practice when I do my next round of photos.

  • Nikki Dee

    Hey Chaitra! Thanks for this information. I have a sewing blog and I find the use of my own stock photos very helpful. I’ll definitely put your tips to practice when I do my next round of photos.

    • 🙂 yay! I cant wait to see your photos Nikki!

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  • Jamile Galtério

    I love the photos and I want to know how can I download the others photo pack? When i go to Creative Convex site I just see a link to download the latest one.

    • Hi Jamile 🙂 The previous photo packs are going to available as a part of the subscription library I am launching in just a bit! So stay tuned 🙂

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