How STRATEGIC brands are using styled stock photography | Video 2 of 2

How STRATEGIC brands are using styled stock photography | Video 2 of 2

Okay, Okay, I know. We're "creatives" and we own a business because it is our "passion" and we "just want to help people" by doing something that "sets our hearts on fire" (sounds painful).  Ahem.

Sound familiar?

While I do hope that there is a very strong WHY behind you owning a business and that it has something to do with truly loving what you do, here's the hard truth:

You can't say goodbye to the 9-5 and use your passion to help people, or stay home to spend more time with the kids if the business tanks because you don't have effective and strategic growth strategies - if the right numbers aren't increasing.

You have heard me say it before, a business that doesn't make a profit is not a business - its a hobby. And that's okay if a hobby is all you want - I just have a feeling that isn't your goal.

At the end of the day it IS about the numbers only because the numbers are what allow you to do what you got into business to do!

Last week we looked at how a few very successful businesses are building stunning brands around a set of styled stock images.  

Today's video takes it a step farther. We are going to look at how styled stock photography can strategically be used to:

  • Gain engagement on social media

  • Increase newsletter subscribers

  • Increase blog traffic from Pinterest

  • Increase online shop sales with just a single styled stock image

We will also talk about:

  • How portrait photographers can use styled stock too!

  • How to build your business's most profitable asset

It's amazing what a little intentionality and a few stunning images can do for your business. Let's get started!

 A huge thank you to all of the crazy talented business owners and SC Stockshop clients that we featured in today's video.  You ladies are crushing it in your respective industries and we are just thrilled to have played a small part in your success story!

Check their awesome sites out for yourself:

Lauren Heim Studio

Heart Love Always Blog

Simply Jessica Marie

Amanda Holloway



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3 Responses


July 05, 2017

Thanks for sharing. These websites are branded beautifully.

Shay Cochrane
Shay Cochrane

April 04, 2017

Hope, we are so glad you loved this video! You can still access the first video, one post back or head to this link:

xoxo, The SC Team


April 03, 2017

I enjoyed the video and it is exactly the type of information I am looking for, but hopefully one favor? I seen the tile states second videos from two, so can I still read, view or find the first video, in which Shah mention( in this) she speaks on Framebridge,(sry that is the inly clue or reference back to the first that I can tell you)… From your loyal consumer, Hope, owner of

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As an entrepreneur yourself, you know how frustrating and discouraging it can be when people misuse, steal, giveaway or alter your work. With that in mind, please don't change the colors or move the props around - it just doesn't look as good (and infringes on the usage terms)!  

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