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When Your Stock Photography Budget is Limited…Create Your Own Library! #resourcefuldesigner

All independent creative directors and graphic designers have been there… You have an awesome client and project that presents an opportunity for you to shine…however, your budget is little and your vision for the project is BIG. You have a minuscule or non-existent budget for stock photography… so what do you do? Instead of settling for mediocre…YOU create your own image library!  With a little resourcefulness you can save your client AND yourself hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and give your project a unique, custom look all your own.

After perusing Taekwondo stock images for a project that I am currently working on, (Ferkile’s Taekwondo in Saint Petersburg, Florida) and calculating the costs for the images that I wanted to buy, I determined that I could borrow props from my client and stage exactly what I wanted instead of settling and save money. I could also create a robust library for all future projects for this client.

Since I am also a professional photographer, I had a distinct advantage. You will, however, be surprised at how much money you can save, even if you are not a photographer, by thinking outside the box and hiring a professional photographer in your  network of resources to help you.  Many photographers will be willing to work with you at a reduced fee if you schedule a time that is convenient for them. Make sure you have your shots planned out and are organized. Not only will you be able to  create images that are EXACTLY what you envision for your project AND save money…you may also be able to “stock up” on images that you can bank for future projects.

🙂 It was a no-brainer for me.

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Charleigh Kate and Daddy Dwayne

Five of my favorite photos taken this past summer of my beautiful niece Charleigh Kate and her loving daddy, Dwayne. They were hidden in my photo vault. 🙂

MWN_0207MWN_0208Charleigh Kate, 1 month old and daddy, DwayneCharleigh Kate and Dwayne Askew. Michelle Nault PhotographyMichelle Nault Photography

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Kara & Will McClure Say, “I do!”

We watched the rain come and go all day long…but as I learned, rain and clouds make for some very beautiful and dramatic images.

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Making a So So quality image go POWIE WOWIE!

A photo saved with a Lightroom Plugin

Photo saved with a Lightroom Plugin


I snapped this photo at a wedding last year and discarded it initially because I had inadvertently set my camera (Nikon D200) image settings to “VIVID” and after capturing this image in horrible low flickering flourescent lighting using no flash, the initial result made little Elle look a little like a circus clown with bright exaggerated red cheeks, overall yellow skin and over dark circles under her eyes. I loved her expression, her beautiful eyes and flower in her hair…so I saved it for a later play session. Luckily, I was using my fabulous 50 mm 1.4 Nikon portrait lens, so all was not completely lost. The image had a nice soft quality to it with very narrow depth of field and at least one of her eyes was in sharp focus.
Photo of Elle before correcting and applying filters

Photo of Elle before correcting and applying filters

Using Lightroom 2.0 and some free Onone Software plugins, I applied a glow effect to the image, adjusted the red and pink coloring and desaturated the whole image slightly, decreased the black applied automatically from the glow plugin and then slightly increased the brightness to make sure her eyes popped. The result is this beautifully soft and sweet heirloom photo.

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