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A beautiful collection of modern glamour stock photo images to use in your blog posts, website graphics, or online products and programs by creative life coach and photographer Christine Rose Elle.

Belle Femme Stock Photo Collection www.ChristineRoseElle.com

A beautiful collection of modern glamour stock photo images to use in your blog posts, website graphics, or online products and programs by creative life coach and photographer Christine Rose Elle.

 

Q What is a girl to do when she wants to use beautiful images on her website?

A. Get my Belle Femme Stock Photo Collection.

 

A beautiful collection of modern glamour stock photo images to use in your blog posts, website graphics, or online products and programs by creative life coach and photographer Christine Rose Elle. www.ChristineRoseElle.com

One of the biggest frustrations I hear my clients struggle with is where to get images to make their awesome online content look beautiful.

If you have ever tried to find pretty images that are Pinterest worthy, and actually add value to your products and programs, AND support your branding, you know what a major time suck and chore that can be.

I have spent HOURS scouring various stock photo websites for my branding clients. And let me tell you, not only can it be a depressing waste of time, but the images are usually pretty bad, and the license fees are freaking expensive.

I know plenty of people who have tried to skirt around this problem by just going to Pinterest and taking a random image they like, and plopping it into their blog post.

This is a terrible idea.

Here’s why:

1. Someone owns that image, worked hard to create it, and deserves to be paid for it.

2. Playing that kind of roulette can get you into hot water. At the least you might get a pissed off email from the creative person behind the image, at worst you could get sued.

3. You are inviting a potential shit storm of drama, and quite frankly harming the brand you have been working so hard to build.

If you want to build a business that is heart centered with integrity, you can’t be ripping other people’s creative work.

Creating true beauty is a well rounded concept that means supporting and appreciating each other’s work.

 

This gorgeous collection of 15 images (plus 1 BONUS) can be used to promote your website, blog, or online products and programs. (Not all images are shown here.)

The basic license restrictions apply.

Basically you can’t sell them, say you created them, give them away for free, or use them to promote content that is harmful to people, animals or the planet.

What you can do is add pretty quotes with your brand fonts, add filters, graphics and change them up how ever you like.

If you need a few short but sweet tutorials on how to add text with Photoshop you can watch this:

If you don’t have Photoshop and need a free and easy solution for adding text, you can watch this tutorial:

You get instant access to the files that you can download and start using. All images are 1250 pix wide and 72 dpi for use online.

They are all super pretty too.

 

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If you want to play around with some fee images to see if you can get the hang of adding your own graphics and texts, you can click here:

Free stock images www.ChristineRoseElle.com

 

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Image inspiration

 

Why are beautiful and affordable stock photos and images you can use to promote your creative business so hard to find?

 

I have helped many people get clear about their business vision and branding, only to be frustrated by all the crummy, lame and expensive stock images that are available to small business owners.

If you are a Pinterest -aholic like I am, you see gorgeous, inspiring images and wish that you could use to promote your products and services.

The problem is, the images on Pinterest belong to somebody. Usually a hard working photographer, blogger or company and using their photos is not an option. Unless you want to take a risk of getting into trouble.

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If you have searched stock photos like I have, you know that they are usually crappy and don’t depict real life, especially the life of women entrepreneurs. Unless you work in an office and wear an unflattering menswear-style suit.

And purchasing the licenses can be super pricey.

You always feel like you are settling on your brand visuals. And it sucks.

So I am giving you 4 free Pinterest worthy stock photo images for creative women, solopreneurs, or coaches to help promote your business products, programs or online courses.

Free stock photos for women small business. www.ChristineRoseElle.com

All you have to do to get your free stock photos is click on the glasses above and fill in your email! Super easy!

 

Here is some inspiration for what you can do with your stock images to customize them to fit your branding, even if you don’t have photoshop!

 

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How to edit a beauty portrait in photoshop

 

What is the best way to edit a modern glamour beauty portrait in photoshop?

For the most part, editing modern glamour and fashion inspired beauty portraits in photoshop is one of those personal style preference sort of things. Even though expressing artistic style and branding is important, at the end of the day you want the person inthe image to love it.

I think the biggest issues are:

♥ How much to edit the skin?

♥ If the eyes should be lightened?

♥ Should every single wee freckle be maintained for authenticity?

♥ How much to whiten teeth?

What is most important to me is that the person in the pic loves the image. I want her to feel beautiful. I think the amount of photoshop you use to adjust an image varies in the personal preference of the subject.

I have had ladies who didn’t want a drop of shop, and other women who wanted the works. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, I think we can all agree that we like images that look authentic and show the person in a realistic way.

One of the reasons I love photoshop, is that it takes some of the pressure off me having to get the lighting and styling perfect. Knowing that I can go in a fix all my little tech mistakes has made it so I can focus a little more on getting gorgeous poses and connection.

I think at the end of the day, it is the connection that matters most.

If you want to see how my basic workflow for editing a modern glamour beauty portrait, check out my tutorial video below.

How to Edit a Modern Glamour Beauty Portrait in Photoshop

Here are some of the resources I mentioned for awesome Photoshop Actions:

♥ Floribella Collection.

♥ Paint the Moon Photoshop Actions.

Photography can be so freaking techie and complicated. The gear, the lighting, the styling and posing are a lot of factors in play that can people who want to give it a try on the sidelines, especially if you just want to take cute pictures of your kids. Throw Photoshop in the mix and overwhelm can happen quickly.

Honestly some of the real artistry comes out of what you do to your image in Photoshop. I hope this tutorial about how I edit my beauty portrait images gets you inspired to take some photos and share them on your own websites!

Top 5 Visual Secrets www.ChristineRoseElle.com

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Have you ever wondered how to take your hobby and make it into a business that you can do at home?

I thought for a long time that if I just made pretty stuff that people would just come and buy it because I believed the “Make it and they will come,” myth.

I followed my creative path for years, but stayed stuck and broke. It wasn’t enough just to make beautiful things.

I had to learn to make things that mattered to people. And not just any people, the people that got me. Who spoke my language of vintage prom dresses, millinery ribbons, and and polka dots.

Until you start making money from your creative passion, you are in the hobby zone.

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The hobby zone is actually great. I loved crafting and creating to my heart’s content. But it doesn’t always pay the bills. And there is no guarantee that it will matter to someone, help someone, or have a meaningful impact. It took me years to figure out how to create work that was meaningful and fun to me and mattered to other people.

When I chatted with my beloved friend Jennifer Hayslip we discovered how we had this struggle in common, and what it took to find our path.

Jenn and I also noticed that certain stuff we tried worked, and some stuff didn’t.

What Worked: 

♥ Staying in touch with our authentic strengths, such as love of learning and care of others.

♥ The passion and appreciation for creating beauty is at the foundation of our business.

♥ Identifying our values was key to the framework of our business.

♥ Feeling fear, but doing it anyway.

 

What did NOT work:

♥  Worrying about if we were doing things right.

♥  Being unsupportive of other creative women.

♥  Blowing off goals.

♥  Waiting for the ‘right’ time.

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We are going to share with you the 7 essential steps to create, plan and get what you want! Click the blue phone to register! It’s as simple as that!

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  • November 2, 2014 - 11:29 am

    Leah - Hello, I’m new to your lovely site and I like your emphasis on helping others go from hobby zone to making money. One thing I couldn’t find though is the hobby you turned into a business.

    What is it that you make that is now a money-maker? Or is it just creating products that are suppose to help others make money?

    I see this all the time-people who claim to be making money by turning their hobby into a business, only to find out that the reason they are making so much money is because they are selling “how to” books.

    I hope you are different?

    By the way, I love that beautiful picture at the very top! All your photos are lovely.ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2014 - 8:00 am

      Christine Rose Elle - Hey Leah!

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment and nice words. It really means a lot.

      To answer your questions, first my hobbies that I am now making money from are my photography:
      http://www.christineroseelle.com/beauty-portraiture-and-lifestyle-photography-portfolio/

      And now my life coaching:
      http://www.christineroseelle.com/coaching-for-the-creative-woman/

      I have been designing and creating my whole life, and though I was a successful stylist, I couldn’t figure out a way to make money making jewelry and art. Mostly because I didn’t understand the importance of branding, and creating for others instead of just making pretty things. It wasn’t until I learned that no matter what you create, if you want it to be a business, you must create for others in way that helps them, creates a memory, or is niched and positioned to target the exact person you intend. In other words, “build it and they will come,” is a long shot that probably won’t work. If you create something, and want to make a living from it, your business must have a model.

      As far as making money from this information, I have a few online courses that is a scaleable way to share what I know that can help other solopreneurs, life coaches, and creatives. In addition to dollars for hours exchange, my model includes several revenue streams that are scaleable. I think no matter what your creative thing is, it can be made into a thriving business as long as you build it as such and identify the revenue stream that will work best for your product.

      I do have a “how to” book about Organic Beauty products, which is sold on Amazon, which is another in multiple revenue stream.

      Here are the general rules for turing your hobby into a business:

      1. Make something that helps people, or creates a memory.
      2. Identify multiple revenue streams so that if one dies, you can support your business with the others.
      3. Create scalability in a way that serves your audience.
      4. Niche your product so that your offering can be priced for a premium market.
      5. Create a bread and butter revenue stream so that your dollars for hours art/service is at the top of your pricing.

      As far as being different, I am not exactly sure what you mean, but I will say that you seem to have identified a really important pain point that MJ DeMarco addresses in his book The Millionaire Fast Lane inwhich he calls out folks such as Suze Orman, and others who are on the “Fast Lane Model” while selling info about the “slow lane.”

      Great conversation, and a topic I think is a great one to bring to the table!

      Thanks so much, and please let me know if you have any questions or insights about my business!

      xoxo
      ChristineReplyCancel

      • November 3, 2014 - 10:57 am

        Leah - Okay! That all makes sense. Your hobby turned successful business is photography, which makes you an authentic voice when writing or speaking about how to turn your hobby into a business.

        There are a lot of voices out there that ring hollow because they have made a successful business out of the “how to make money out of your hobby” only to find that they didn’t make money out of their hobby.

        Their “hobby” that makes them money is simply in selling the info-products themselves. That’s what I meant. I hope I made sense that time?!

        I look forward to reading more.

        On another note, did you know that I have to check back here to see if you have commented in return? Your responses don’t go right to my e-mail. Just thought I’d let you know!ReplyCancel

        • November 3, 2014 - 11:04 am

          Christine Rose Elle - Thanks for letting me know. Must be a setting in WordPress that I haven’t figured out! Lol!

          BTW do you have a hobby that you have been trying to turn into a business? I would love to know what works for you, what doesn’t and what kind of things inspire you to bring your business online! It can be a real jungle out there. Please let me know if I can ever help you bring your dreams to reality!

          Sending hugs,
          ChristineReplyCancel

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Personal stylist and entrepreneur Hilary Rushford from Dean Street Society wants to show you how to simplify your life starting with you closet! She is my go-to-gal when it comes to feminine, uptown chic.

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Simple style comes alive with pops of pink and artfully placed flowers.

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Though I do more coaching than styling these days, I still love the feeling I get when I just feel great with what I am wearing.

I have always been a fashion girl, which is great but it has a dark side.

Fashion mistakes:

♥ Buying clothes that don’t fit. No, you won’t take it in to get tailored. It will end up shoved in the dark corners of the closet.

♥ Too many dinner shoes. (Read, so freaking uncomfortable that they only work going from valet to table and back.)

♥ Thinking white pants are an option. I applaud you if you are one of the few that can actually get away with them without dumping salad dressing down the front, or ending up covered in dog prints.

♥ Jeans without stretch. Just kill me.

♥ Bad vintage. I love vintage as much as the next gal, but sooo hard to find stuff that fits, doesn’t have pit stains, or make you look like a frump.

I talk about vintage style from the twenties with NY Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn! You are going to love what she has to say about the Queen!

 

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Part of my feeling great and overall well-being is about enjoying fashion, and loving what I wear.

Check out Hilary Rushford’s latest online course if you want to up your style game! She makes if fun, practical and simple!

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