The average attention span is just eight seconds and with your website being the first point of contact, concise copy is no longer enough to keep your audience engaged. As a result, imagery places more importance on your website than ever before, but there’s a problem. With a variety of stock libraries available, images are lacking personalisation. Here, we explore the importance of custom photography on your website and how your business could benefit from it.
Firstly, it’s important to understand why good imagery is needed on a website. To begin with, humans are very visual and tend to look at images first and ask questions later. Think about it— if you click on a blog article or any item that’s shared on social media, do you look at the image or the headline first? While some may argue that they’re more drawn to the headline, on a biological level, our brains store images in our long-term memory, whereas text is stored in our short-term memory. This means that images register much faster than words do— and they stay in our brains for much longer too.
Good photography on your website is used for many purposes. It can be used to showcase your work, reinforce a point you’re trying to make or advertise a service. Photography contributes a huge part of your brand’s overall identity and the imagery used on your website can be used as a selling point for your product or service, but what makes a ‘good’ image?
We’ve all seen it. An obviously-posed businessman shaking hands with a woman, while smiling at the camera at the same time. Stock imagery isn’t difficult to spot on a website.
When using such images, it encourages feelings of distrust for your name and your product, especially when the images aren’t of your products, customers or your staff. How will people know this is a real company? Are there real people working behind the scenes?
You also risk repeating images that have been used on several websites from the same industry. What makes you different? If you’re using stock imagery on your website, you’re not standing out from the crowd, resulting in your audience not getting a complete feel of the product or service you’re advertising.
When it comes to brand recognition, the first thought that may come to mind is product photography, but sometimes this isn’t enough. Great images show substance— they show the faces behind the brand, the workspace and most importantly, give an overall feel of what the business looks and feels like. If you’re going to include imagery on your website, it needs to show personality.
As we’ve said before, great photography has substance and part of this comes with using images to tell a story. Interesting angles, colour and location choices all tell the story of your organisation.
So, with all this in mind, what can a professional photographer do that stock imagery or my iPhone can’t? Here are some of the benefits:
While hiring a professional photographer has many advantages, if professional photography isn’t an option, here are some tips for finding the right stock imagery for your website:
While stock images can be a quick way of finding imagery for your website, hiring a professional photographer can provide your business with that extra personal touch. A professional photographer will help your business stand out from the competition, by not only ensuring that the images you use are not used anywhere else, but will effectively communicate your business and the people behind it.
Are you looking for professional photography for your website? To find out more, please contact the team at [email protected].