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Where To Find Styled Stock Photography

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Stock photography used to be a dirty word when I was starting out as a graphic designer, but lately the creation of feminine, beautifully shot and curated stock collections has been filling the internet and it’s all kinds of wonderful. Styled stock photography has taken off in a big way, and it’s an easy and affordable way for bloggers and small business owners to brand their company with gorgeous imagery across their website and social media platforms.

Where to find styled stock photography

So what is styled stock photography? They are pre-styled and shot photographs that tend to follow a particular colour scheme or theme and often include a screen which you can mock your artwork up on (such as an iMac screen or iPhone). A good stock photo is beautifully styled, well-exposed and suits the look and feel of your company or blog. There are more and more companies offering styled stock photos of varying quality, so I have rounded up my 8 favourites for you today!

1. SC Stockshop by Shay Cochrane

Shay Cochrane is considered the pioneer of the styled stock photography trend. Her images are bright, colourful and gorgeously styled. They are on the pricey end of the scale, but the quality is worth it.

SC Stockshop

2. Her Creative Shop

I love this shop for gorgeously styled desk flatlays and computer mockups. The images are minimalist with pops of colour, and often feature florals.

Her Creative Shop

3. Kate Maxwell Styled Photography

Kate’s images are bright and colourful and feature random props from gold pineapples and succulents, to donuts and laptops, making it perfect for a wide range of blogs and businesses.

Kate Maxwell

4. Haute Chocolate Styled Photography

Haute Chocolate is a subscription stock library, and after joining you get instant access to nearly 500 images organised in easy-to-view collections. This is a fantastic idea and all of their images are of high quality and beautifully styled.

Haute Chocolate Styled Stock

5. Design Love Shop

I love their super chic and minimalist layouts, often combining tech and fashion so effortlessly. They also offer several Custom Scene Creators which feature editable objects,  background and filters so you can personalise your own flatlay.

Design Love Shop

6. Dear Miss Modern

One of my favourite photography stylists, their range goes from super chic minimal desktop shots to bright and colourful tropical mockups (I can’t say no to anything with a flamingo in it).

Dear Miss Modern

7. Styled by Miss Poppy

Miss Poppy have recently branched out into styled stock photography and I am loving their colourful arrangements of stationery, fashion and accessories.

Styled by Miss Poppy

8. Carmen Creative Shop

Carmen Creative have a big range of mockups including computer screens, fashion and clipboards, all styled in a minimal feminine way. I also love her birthday range filled with colourful cakes and more!

Carmen Creative Shop

I hope this list is a big help next time you’re on the hunt for beautiful styled stock photography!

Have you used stock photography before? Where are your favourite places to find them?

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6 Comments

  • Reply Seana April 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Great roundup! I don’t use many stock shots but often think it would be a good plan to buy some in and lift my design game.

    • Reply Swah April 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Seana! They really are a cost-effective way to boost your design game :)

  • Reply Sandra May 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in your list! So excited I found you, I am such a fan!

    • Reply Swah May 16, 2016 at 8:09 am

      You are so welcome Sandra! Love your work!

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  • Reply Lisa Siefert August 26, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This list was a lifesaver! Do you have others – I love your style!

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