Learning how to style your social media photos is a key factor in grabbing your audience’s attention and keeping them engaged. In this post, I will provide you 10 tips for styling photos that will save you time, money, and help keep your sanity.
Style Your Social Media Photos Like a Pro
Here are 10 Tips to help you style your social media photos like a pro. These tips will help you save time and money!Here are 10 Tips to help you style your social media photos like a pro.Click To Tweet
1 | Be Prepared
Do not go shopping blindly! Before you head out, come up with a plan. Write down your ideas and start listing out pictures that you would like to take from those ideas. Visually seeing your list will give you a good sense of what you can accomplish and what to look for whenever you hit the stores.
2 | Stay on Top of Trends
- Are you always a step behind on trends? It’s ok. To take some weight off your shoulders, simply rely on your local retail outlet to help. All of the big retail businesses are up-to-date with trends (some better than others). Target is really great on changing out their seasonal items and being on point with trends. The Nate Berkus office section is always a go-to.
- If you shop a lot of discount stores, YOU will need to be the one staying on point. Pinterest is a great tool to see what is trending in fashion and home design. Use that information to help you set the stage for your photos. Check out our Pinterest color boards to see what fun items you can get inspired with and use.
3 | Keep it Simple
Try not to overwhelm yourself. Keep it as simple as possible. Try to work with a handful of props and shoot them from different directions and angles. Group some of the items together and then take pictures of single items. You can also reuse props in other images just as long as you come up with a different idea and pairing of the item.
4 | Get Inspired
If you do not know where to start, find inspiration from businesses that you admire. DO NOT COPY. Be original! Go to Instagram feeds that catch your eye, and examine why those images made you stop. Pull inspiration and put your own spin on it.
5 | Have a Budget
You MUST set a budget and stick to it. Whenever you have a budget that is when you can start to get more creative. You really start to stretch your dollar. Pinterest is a great tool to use for tons of DIY projects. As your audience grows, your sales will grow, and then if you want to increase your budget (make sure it’s worth it) then go for it!
6 | Beg and Borrow
If you have super stylish friends, reach out to them! Ask to borrow items that you know would work well with your theme. Beg people on social media for items that they may be wanting to get rid of. You never know what you will find if you don’t ask!
7 | Recycle
If you are a pack rat like I am, then you already have a ton of items in your home that you can use as props. Start Spring cleaning early and go through your closets and drawers. Pull out anything that you think you could use for future use. After you finish raiding your house, go raid your family member’s houses and friend’s! You will probably find some amazing gems!
8 | Deals and Discounts
- Do it! You will save so much money by purchasing clearance items. Check end caps in all of your local retail stores for clearance items. Also, shop discount stores like TJ Max, Marshall’s, Ross, and Home Goods. Even those discount stores will have clearance items. Double deal! Don’t forget Hobby Lobby and Michael’s will always have a 40% off coupon. Very often Michaels will email out 60% coupons. If you are shopping at Target, make sure to check your Cartwheel app to see if any of your items are on sale.
- Thrift shop! Go online and find out where all of your local thrift and antique shops are located. You may have to do a lot of digging, but it will be worth it to find unique items at really great prices.
9 | Shop Online
Don’t have time to roam town looking for props? Shop online! Target, World Market, Pier 1, Zulily, Ikea, Amazon, Modcloth, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Wish, and Paper Source have some very cute and inexpensive items that you can mix in with props that you already have.
10 | Stay Organized
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With shooting props it can get a little hectic with storing items. You will have a lot of items that you may want to reuse to pair with different items on a later shoot. I highly suggest purchasing storage containers. I like to separate out my props by category rather than color. That way whenever I listing out props that I want, I can pull the category box to see if I already have the item. If not, then it will get added to my shopping list.
Take these 10 tips and go style your own social media photos like a pro!