Searching for the right one

I’m in the process of re-doing my website and need to find some new banner images. Seems straight forward enough. But I’ve spent hours looking through so many photos that my head starts to spin and my eyes glaze over. And I still can’t find the right ones.

My problem is that while I have an idea of what the photos should look like (colours, format, style) I don’t really have anything specific in mind. And none of the photos that I’ve looked at have made me go “Eureka”.  Instead, I’m being like Goldilocks – this one’s too dark, this colour palette’s not quite right, that image isn’t really what I’m after etc.  

This, coupled with the fact that I’m also looking for specific images for a new website at work means that I am feeling visually overloaded. Sadly too, when I search through images on Google/Safari, they’re either too small or belong to other people’s websites or they’re they’re the wrong orientation or simply just don’t fit the bill.  Searching through stock photos can be more fruitful but again its so time-consuming:  one category can give you options of looking at photos in up to 100 pages. Who has the patience? Especially when there are so many other things I need to be doing. I start to scream and reach desperately for the wine bottle.

So unlike Goldilocks I remain forever trying, forever searching for the one that’s “just right”.  Who thought that finding images could be so hard.