Design the Easy Way: Canva for Photographers with LaShonda Brown

Episode 31: Show Notes.

Today’s guest is LaShonda Brown, an award-winning corporate film producer and Squarespace expert based in Virginia. LaShonda is also an expert on Canva, a graphic design platform used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content. In this episode, LaShonda has some pertinent and helpful tips about how to use Canva, she shares the features that she believes are overlooked, and she also has some advice for creating stellar graphics. LaShonda is a firm believer that anyone can use Canva to produce high-quality graphics for their photography business without aero graphic design experience, which makes it an accessible tool for everyone! Tune in to hear about how photographers can up their Canva game using the animation feature, the number one mistake photographers make with Canva, and whether to choose the free account or Canva Pro.


Key Points From This Episode:

  • LaShonda introduces herself and shares how she came to own her own business.
  • As a web designer, LaShonda is able to help her clients tell stories.
  • According to LaShonda, Canva as a magical website that helps you create high quality visuals with no experience and a low budget.
  • The most common things photographers use Canva for, like Instagram story templates.
  • If Canva isn’t a tool you have in your tool belt, LaShonda strongly recommends you try it!
  • Commonly overlooked Canva features include the stock photo library or audio tracks.
  • How listeners can up their Canva game by making use of the animation feature.
  • The number one Canva mistake photographers make is not organizing uploaded content.
  • Pro versus free – LaShonda offers three reasons why photographers should upgrade.
  • Available training for those who want to learn about Canva is available on LaShonda’s YouTube channel.


“For people who are solopreneurs, or find themselves in the nonprofit world, or just really tight on cash, [Canva is] a great way to whip something together that looks really well done.” — @lashondambrown [0:04:09]

“There is a lot you can do within that platform and I would encourage you to just click around, be creative and, even if you haven’t used application within the last month or so, I guarantee you there have new features added that you didn’t even realize were there.” — @lashondambrown [0:10:53]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

LaShonda Brown on Twitter

LaShonda Brown on Instagram

LaShonda Brown

Bootstrap Biz Advice on YouTube

LaShonda’s Canva Tutorials

The Bootstrap Club



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