I get a variety of questions about stock photos and I think sometimes we're thinking about questions, but not always asking them. So I wanted to outline some of the most common questions I hear about stock photos. If you have ever been on the fence about investing in styled stock photos I hope these questions and answers win you over. Styled stock photos are maybe one of the easiest and pretties things you can do for you brand!

Q: Can I crop stock photos?

A: Yes! Absolutely! You can crop vertical and horizontal images into squares. You can crop square images vertically or horizontally. You can crop images into to banners for Facebook. You can crop images to highlight the details. You can crop images for your website. The great thing about cropping images is that you can make them even more unique to you. 

Q: Can I edit stock photos?

A: Elah Tree stock photos come with limited editing rights. This means you can overlay text, you can overlay filters, you can paint over props, you can crop, you can add text, you can overlay screenshots for mock ups, you can add products for product mockups. You can basically overlay anything over the photo you can think of. The main editing limitation is that you can not actually edit or manipulate the original photo. 

Q: Can I use stock photos for print media? 

A: Yes, absoluelty. This is one of my favorite ways to see our stock photos in use. You can use your stock photos for printed promotional materials; flyers, business cards, even greeting cards! Stock photos are a perfect idea for creating holiday cards to send to your customers and clients!

Q: Where can I use stock photos? 

A: Anywhere you like. You can use them on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, your website, your newsletter, Instagram stories, promotional materials. Anywhere you can think of.

Q: Am I supposed to provide credit when using stock photos? 

A: When you purchase your stock photos those image are yours to use in the normal course of your thriving and kick-booty business. ;) You do not have to provide credit when sharing and using your stock photos. We love it when you tag us and give us a shout out on social media, because we love celebrating you, but providing credit is not required. 


Q: Will stock photos make my business seem fake? 

A: No way. I strive to create images that are down-to-earth and authentic. Stock photos are meant to highlight and elevate your brand, not replace it. The perfect thing about stock photos is that you can pick out the photos that suite your brand perfectly. The other thing to remember is that you and your brand are unique and you'll pick out photos specific to you. And then next person will pick out photos specific to them. :) 

Q: Can I share my stock photos? 

A: Your photos are just for you. We know that sharing is caring, but in this case we think you are doing yourself, your brand, and other small businesses an injustice by sharing. I want your photos to be specific and unique to your brand. Sharing them with others means those images that you picked out just for your brand are going to pop up other places. Sharing photos also takes away from this small business because if you are sharing your photos with other people that means they didn't pay for use of them and you and them are breaking the licensing term outlined in your purchase.  

Q: Is your Instagram bundle only for Instagram or can I use it for other things?

A:  You can absolutely use it for other things. I created the Instagram bundle as an affordable way for you to snag a bundle of images that are pre-cropped and ready for Instagram. My hope is to make your life easier so you can do what you do best. Stock photos in the Instagram bundle can be used for anything you like; Facebook, Pinterest, your website. 

Q: Do you offer a class to help me learn how to take better photos? 

A: I'm always so excited to hear this question because the answer is... it's coming! :) I wish I could say yes right now, but it's in the works and I want it to be the very best it can be. Make sure to sign up for our email list if you want to learn more! You'll receive FREE monthly stock photos and you'll hear about all of our new products and courses! 

Do you have more questions about styled stock photos or photography in general?! Send them my way and I'll answer them too! xoxo. Samantha