Wait to use photos on your blog until you are an affiliate?
I am new to blogging and I have created a few posts where I share items from my favorite stores explaining why I like them, where they are made, what their story is, etc.
Should I be posting each one without any photos since I am not yet an affiliate and when I'm ready to apply I will just add them to the posts when/if approved? (assuming they have an affiliate program)
Or do I still ask them permission to use the photos, then use them upon approval, then apply to their program when I feel I am ready?
Curious how new bloggers go about using photos from brands that have an affiliate program they plan on applying to, but they're in that awkward stage of not being old enough/having enough content to feel confident to apply quite yet.
I feel it will be hard to get much traffic without having photos to show what I'm talking about, but I feel it might be weird to ask permission to use their photos and then apply to their affiliate program a month later?
Thanks for reading!