THE AMERICANA COLLECTION + MY PRE-PRODCUTION METHOD

Americana Styled Stock Images

It's launch day and I've been dreaming up this collection for the last few weeks. You may or may not know, but for each collection, I thumbnail every single photo. Thumbnails are small sketches and these small sketches keep me on track while I photograph each collection. I used to curate inspiration boards and photograph each collection that way, but that method just didn't work for me. I was spending too much time shooting each collection and not coming out with as much variety as I wanted. The art comes out through the thumbnail, through the thought, and creation of each sketch. I have to be able to think through ideas and inspiration before shooting. For each idea I have, I thumbnail how the photo will look. If I can't visualize the photo in my "mind's eye," then I won't be able to style that photo in the moment. 

For this collection, I thumbnailed about 25 photos. I spent a few weeks thumbnailing ideas, as I knew the type of feel I wanted for this collection, but I needed to allow myself time to generate ideas. The goal is to shoot all 25 ideas, plus a few variations as I create. I learned that if I didn't thumbnail each photo I would get stuck. For me, there is a difference between creating and shooting, the real work is in the pre-production. The photo session isn't actually where I create, it's where I produce. Each thumbnail is where I create. Each photo is a product of that creation. 

So, without further ado, let me introduce the Americana Collection! As I created this collection I had in mind lots of lifestyle images that would be perfect for Instagram, lifestyle posts for blogs and Pinterest and mockups for lifestyle products. I also wanted it to have the perfect homey American Summer feel. The Americana Collection has 29 styled stock images, perfect for an Americana Summer!

This collection has a variety of vertical images, perfect for lifestyle posts and Pinterest (my favorite social platform for driving website traffic,) plus each image is easily cropable for Instagram. I also include a few horizontal images and a few pre-cropped Instagram images!

THESE IMAGES ARE PERFECT FOR: 

  • Lifestyle bloggers
  • Designers
  • Hand letters/calligraphers
  • Artists
  • Educators
  • Photographers
  • Editors
  • Copywriters

Scroll through the gallery below to view the entire Americana Collection.

Did you know, as an Elah Tree Member, you get instant access to these images plus an additional 350 images in the Stock Photo Library! 

P.S Interested in snagging this individual collection? You can purchase it directly from the shop