For a long time, I used Haute Chocolate Stock, which later became known simply as Haute Stock. I enjoyed the year or so that I was a part of Haute Stock, and Rachel, the owner/creator, is such a wonderful lady. She was always very accommodating and understanding when I did dumb things like lose my password or forget my email.
After a year, I canceled my membership because I simply wasn't using it like I should've been. By that, I mean I was BUSY. Blogging had taken a side-seat to my life, and so had social media. Since I wasn't actively using the photos, I couldn't justify the monthly expense of $99 for three months or $299 for a year.
Obviously, after a while, I picked blogging back up and needed a way to express myself creatively. After attempting to take my own stock photos for a while, I gave up in exasperation. It's not that I'm not a good photographer, because I am, but taking flatlays and using props is NOT my forte.
That's when I came across Meghan on Instagram. She's the founder of Girl Boss Stock, a library full of amazing flatlays and Instagram-sized images. She was JUST launching her website and needed beta testers. I signed up immediately and was impressed from the get-go.
If you'd given me an assignment to create a series of photos that represented everything I am, my photos would remarkably resemble Meghan's stock photos. Pink... lace... magazines... accessories... They are, well, me. In a nutshell.
Meghan separates her stock photos on Girl Boss Stock into "What's New", "Pinks + Peaches", "Minimal", "Blues + Greens", and "All." She's constantly adding more. In fact, at the bottom of the gallery page, there's a section that says "Coming Soon" and it gets me excited and eager to log back on every time! It looks like what's coming next is an addition to the pinks/peaches vault, because it's everyone's favorite, and then also some of the "out of office" type photos.
As I mentioned up above, Meghan also offers Instagram-style images in a completely different gallery on Girl Boss Stock. These images are already square and she picks them based off of what's trending/what's popular.
That isn't all that Girl Boss Stock offers, though, so buckle up, baby. Here's the coolest part:
There's an element gallery. *squeals*
Not sure what that is? Lemme explain. Meghan has created "Scene Creators", which each have TONS of elements, like pens and notepads and keyboards and magazines, that you can put on a background of your choice. Essentially, you can style your own photos.
A way I think this is handy is that occasionally I see a photo I'd like to put text on, but there isn't enough SPACE to do that on the photo without making it look crowded. In the case of the Scene Creator's Meghan has made available to us, I could just go into Photoshop and move around a few elements to create my OWN flatlay.
On the same page, she also offers backgrounds, which are super cute (everything from pink wood to blue pool water to palm leaves and brick walls), and a vintage effect creator so you can put cool effects on your photos without having to run them through an app on your phone (that probably wouldn't even have the flexibility of these effects!).
So, as you've probably guessed by now, I'm an affiliate of Girl Boss Stock. I'm also one of Girl Boss Stock's first members and plan to remain a loyal member for a long time. Lemme give you the 4-1-1 on the pricing before I end this review.
If you go to Creative Market, you can actually get like, one or two amazing photos for $29. Maybe even three. However, if you join Girl Boss Stock, you can get hundreds of images right away for $29. You can cancel anytime and there are also 3 month and 1 year pricing tiers. The 3 months membership is $72, which is pretty competitive in the current market, and a year is $239. Not bad, eh? I mean, you can brand your entire business with beautiful stock photos for $29. I'm kind of floored by that.
So get outta here, girl. Join Girl Boss Stock. I'll see you in there.