You’ve got a fabulous idea for your blog! You have everything set up and ready to go and you are writing some great content. Then all the sudden, you realize you don’t have any great pictures to go with it.
Enter stock photos!
Stock photos are professional pictures you can use for your blog and social medias. Quality pictures help your content stand out and look clean and polished. Finding great stock photos can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look, so I’ve compiled a list of the best sites to find real free stock photos.
Here are 3 ways to get stock photos for free:
- Stock Photo sites- sites like Unsplash and Pexels let you search for pictures by topic or subject.
- Premium stock photo sites that do free trials such as Adobe.
- Sign up for an email list to get free stock photos for your specific niche like Haute Stock or IvoryMix.
Free Stock Photos
If you are just starting out (or even been in the game for a while) , there’s really no reason to spend money on stock photography when there are so many available for free. No matter what your blog is about or the style (and I’ll even break some down into style), you are sure to find unique pictures from these free sites.
Free Stock Photo Websites
Directories are sites where you can go and type in a particular item and find hundreds of options. For example, if you need a picture of a coffee mug, you type in coffee mug and then an multitude of options will pull up for blue coffee cups, coffee cups with flowers, coffee cups on a desk, coffee cup with pretty foam, and so on. They are a great one stop shop when you need different items.
In 2013 Viktor Hanacek had a surplus of photos on his computer that weren’t being used in his work life. He decided to put them to good use and Pic Jumbo was born. You can search thousands of high resolution images for anything you might need for personal use or commercial purposes.
Take a look and you will almost certainly find images to use in your blog posts or for social media graphics.
Pixabay has over a million free images to choose from. They also have illustrations, videos, and vectors. So any type of picture or graphic you you need for your blog or business page, it’s likely Pixabay has it.
All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and personal use except in a few specific cases, which are mentioned in the “What is not allowed?” section of the Simplified Pixabay License.
Pexels is another great option for a directory of thousands of photos. One fun thing about Pexels is that off to the right, there is a leaderboard of the photographers that list whose pictures have been used the most. This also makes it nice and easy to find pictures by just that one photographer if you tend to like their work more. If you use their pictures and ever want to give them a shout out, I’m sure they would love that (but it’s not a must).
StockSnap.io adds hundreds of high resolution pictures to their database weekly. They have a variety of categories and pictures to choose from. Pictures include artsy colorful collages all the way to landscapes.
Every single image on StockSnap.io is governed exclusively by the generous terms of the Creative Commons CC0 license, which means you can do any and all of the following:
- Download the image file
- Publish, revise, copy, alter, and share the image
- Use the image in both personal and commercial contexts
Creative Market is exactly that – a market full of creativity. The offer everything from stock photos, to logos, to web themes. Every week they have a new collection of free items that anyone can download and use. The bundle pictured on the left below is one that I downloaded for free from the “Free Goods of the Week” page. You can see the all the free goods currently available below too!
New Old Stock has unique photos that are more antique in style. If you love vintage photos this is definitely where you need to be. The also have a pretty cool Twitter account that is worth checking out.
According to the rights and usage page, images curated on the site are available in the public domain and are at the very least available for personal and non-commercial use.
FREE NICHE STOCK PHOTOS
Ivory Mix is one of my favorites! Here is the review I actually left on their site:
“Just wanted to say thank you for the amazing free stock photos! They are on point for so many reasons – fresh, fun, and fabulous! I LOVE the variety, the colors and the cohesiveness of the brand packages. It’s easy to think of so many ways that they can be used – not only by bloggers, but for anyone on social media these days. With the current Pinterest craze and with everyone looking to build a brand on Instagram, your stock photos are one of those things that makes building your biz easy and fun. You are so generous, not only with your amazing photography talents, but also as a person. It is so obvious to me how you listen to ‘your people’ and give the gift of your photography abundantly from the heart. Thanks again!”
BEST PREMIUM STOCK PHOTO WEBSITES
Adobe is not only a PDF viewer, but also has great options for free stock photos. They also have great vector and illustration options as well. Adobe Stock will send you 10 free photos when you enter you email address, and then send paid options after your trial.
Limited time offer: Get 10 free Adobe Stock images
Deposit Photos provides royalty-free stock photos, vector images and videos. Their high resolution options will help you fill any creative need you might have.
Finding quality photos for free is not hard if you know where to look! One thing to remember is you should always check the rules on usage and licensing from each site or photo. Most will tell you right on the homepage what you can use them for or if you can use them royalty free. You don’t want to ruin your great posts because the pictures get taken down.
Free stock photos can do quite a lot for your blog, brand, and social media platforms. With a surplus of free or paid options, you should be able to find exactly what you need to fit your style and tell your story.
What is your favorite place to find free stock photos? Let us know in the comments!
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