Starting a blog: How Your Photos Can Increase Your Traffic + Tips

Starting a blog: How Your Photos Can Increase Your Traffic + Tips

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I’m not a professional photographer and I’m not a professional model but creating unique, real and beautiful images can make a huge difference when starting a blog.

If you are reading this, you may be thinking about starting a blog or you may be blogging for a while.

Either way, I want to encourage you to get creative and take the initiative to consider using photography as part of your success plan for your blog.

Keep reading to find out the reasons why…

Starting a blog: How Your Photos Can Increase Your Traffic + Tips

Benefits of Creating Your Own Photos When Starting a Blog

+ You and your brand will be easily recognised

Your audience will have a face to associate your content and your brand with.

They will see you as a real person and it will be easier for them to trust you and what you have to say.

It will be easier for them to recognise you among many others and you will start claiming your spot as an expert in your field.

+ Each photo is an opportunity to brand your blog

When you create your own photos, you will develop your own unique style.

Because everything is made by you, it will have your brand all over it. This is a great opportunity to stand out, be real and let your audience visually see your growth over time.

+ You can complement the story you are trying to tell

When starting a blog. You are trying to convert people you have never met before into members of your tribe/ followers, and followers into customers.

People don’t buy goods and services anymore, they buy the stories you share with them. They buy from you because of you!

Beautiful and honest imagery can set you apart, it can be a great tool to help your message come to life in the mind of your reader. It also makes written content easier to digest.

*** For more tips to grow your audience, check out this great resource I created for you 😉

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Tips To Create Great Images When Starting a Blog 

 

Ailyn Martinez

If you are just starting out, you don’t need to create a brand new photo for each blog post you write. It can be time-consuming and is not practical.

But you can use a mix of royalty free images from the internet and also create your own ones. Just like I do.

For special projects that require a professional, I do use the services of my wonderful friend Moe Berjaoui Owner and creator of Fotogenique If you are in Melbourne you should check him out.

Otherwise, here are my tips when you DIY your photos:

+ Keep it real

I have nothing against photoshop or using filters to make your images pretty, but remember you want to be real, natural and relatable.

You want people to recognise you when they see you in person, don’t you?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m just like many other girls out there, if I can minimise little imperfections, why not? I don’t want a photo I don’t feel comfortable with going around the internet and social media.

But I do believe less is more and natural beauty needs to be celebrated, just as much and even more than the extremely modified pictures of people we see out there. Amen!

+ Experiment and learn

You don’t need to be an expert or enrol in an expensive course (unless you want to). You can teach yourself the basics using tutorials, a bit of imagination and creativity.

Don’t get too serious and have some fun.

You can invest in a tripod and remote control, but I have to admit that when I ask my friends and family to help me, it makes the whole experience more fun and the photos do turn out better than when I create them by myself.

Ailyn Martinez

+ Go Pro within your budget

Invest in a good camera but don’t spend a fortune to start with.

I use a Canon 600d, they don’t sell them anymore but there are great alternatives out there.

After doing some research, I decided that my go to lens was going to be a Canon 50mm f/1.4 so I purchased one and I love it.

It gives me a crisp and sharp image with a good depth of field and it’s easy to use. This lens is also amazing when photographing products and creating flat lays.

My research showed me the 50 mm lens was a favourite among fellow bloggers, so that was a good reason to get it too.

There you go babes, if you have other questions please let me know 😊

Do you have a photoshoot idea you would like to re-create? Let me know in the comments below. 

Thanks once again!

Love, Ailyn

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Ailyn Martinez
Creator of AilynMartinez.com, an online source aimed to help readers design and create powerful brands, profitable businesses and fulfilling lives. Ailyn specialises in personal development, branding, marketing and content creation. Ailyn is also an avid reader, shoe hoarder and handbag lover who is obsessed with making things beautiful. During her time off you can find her looking for images of llamas, alpacas, knitwear and home decor on Pinterest, watching YouTube tutorials or playing with her cat named Teddy.
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