http://amzn.to/1CO8QVZ If there is one thing that I love, it's pretty pictures. But to be honest, that's most of us. That's why we follow the people we do on Pinterest. And Instagram. And why we buy the magazines we do. Oh, stop it. Don't act like I'm the only one still buying print magazines.

But it's true. We, as humans, are drawn to things that are aesthetically pleasing. And as a blogger, it's one of my favorite things to do: taking & creating pretty images. As my brand has evolved, it's grown into more than just outfit posts and videos. Putting together little lifestyle vignettes versus using a photo via Pinterest or Google images gives me an advantage to personalize the look and feel of a post. That way, when readers and followers see my lifestyle posts they know it's unapologetically me & that I created it. Because not only have I gone out of my way to give them a pretty picture, but I've done my best to consistently curate my aesthetic. Has anyone ever seen a piece of clothing or jewelry and said, "this is very you." That's the whole point of creating your own pretty pictures. To make your blog, Instagram, Pinterest and/or Twitter very you.

For the most part, these are just photos you call flat lays. Flat lay photography is when you lay items flat on a backdrop and shoot them with your camera facing straight down. Very bird's eye view. Here's how I make mine:

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog & Social Media

WHAT I USE

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media Workspace isn't the most glamorous. Just my home office with the backdrop rolled out on the floor right in front of a large window.

 

Canon Rebel t3i with standard lens (the t5i is at a great price!) white backdrop paper (what I used for this post) my iPhone 5s & MacBook to edit flowers from Kroger anything pretty - notebooks, notecards, boxes, perfume bottles, pens, pencils, etc. natural light (so, so, SO important!)

START WITH BASE OBJECT(S)

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media

In this case, the base objects were these 3 notebooks (that I scored at TJ Maxx for $4.99 each!). While each of these notebooks aren't the same exact color, they have the same "feel". Two of them have gold text on the cover and two of them are pink (one light, one dark as you can see). The important part is that the colors are complement each other. And I have yet to see when pink and white (with a little bit of gold & black) don't work.

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media

This stationery box was also part of my base. It also had the same feel - pink & white with text - as the notebooks. And for the most part, I usually use my heavier or larger items as a base.

ORGANICALLY PLACE ITEMS

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media

You certainly want items to look "organic" - I know, what a facade - but instead of going for perfect, go for lifestyle. More lived in. With the notebooks I turned them and slightly stacked them on each other for a more lifestyle feel.

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media

Then I placed the stationery box next to the notebooks. Trying to stack it would've been too much as it's noticeably larger than the notebooks.

ADD COMPLEMENTARY ITEMS + LITTLE DETAILS

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media

For the complementary items aka the little details, I used some pretty notecards that I purchased when I got the notebooks. They're smaller and even lighter in color which contrasts perfectly against the notebooks.

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media

And of course, my favorite is live flowers. They ALWAYS make everything look better when used it the right way of course. Using tulips because they're in season and I love how the yellow petals pop against the white backdrop and pink shades of the notebooks. One of the steams broke, but versus throwing away the broken tulip I figured it could be used in solitary.

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media Added "Hello" cards.

 

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media Added "Thank You" cards. Placing them on top of the stationery box adds dimension.

 

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media Added single tulip.

 

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media Added the bunch of tulips. 

 

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media Cropped & edited for Instagram. (I just decreased the shadows + increased the brightness & exposure.)

 

And that's it. For the sake of creativity, I repositioned the items to give you an example of what the same items would look like a little differently.

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media

 

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog & Social Media An orderly approach. (Lost the dark pink notebook & floral bunch.)

 

Creating Pretty Images For Your Blog + Social Media Added perfume bottle while omitting dark pink and white notebooks, single tulip & stationery box.

 

And there you have it. How to create pretty images for your blog. Very simple but takes much effort. Are you going to give this a try for your Instagram or blog? Let me know. Tag your photos #livewhatyoulove on social media & leave me a link to your blog if you gave it a try for your post!