It seems like every single day I see fellow online entrepreneurs and bloggers looking for free stock photography to use in their blog posts. I totally understand that not everyone is a professional (or even decent) photographer and that having high-quality photography can make or break a blog.
Even I use stock photography. Now the photos I currently use on this site are from a paid stock photography subscription at Haute Stock, I have used plenty of free photos in the past.
If you don't think good photography is important, then think about when you browse Pinterest. Which images catch your eye?
Is it the too dark or out of focus, poor quality pin? Or is it the crisp, detailed and perfectly lit pin?
I'm pretty sure it's the latter.
So if you are not good with a camera or don't even have one at the moment, then that is where stock photography comes in. And you can find some pretty amazing and free stock photos. No need to pay for them in the beginning.
Free Stock Photography Sites
* A word of caution first … be sure to read the license agreements for each photo. I would create a file on your computer with the photo and a screenshot of the license. That way you will always remember (1) where you got it and (2) the license of the photo.
- Pexels – this is one of my favorite free sites
- Nappy – beautiful, high-res photos of people of color only!!
- Broadly – a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés
- Death to the Stock Photo – I was on their email list for quite some time, beautiful variety of photos
- Gratisography – they have an interest selection, but some good picks
- ISO Republic
- New Old Stock – vintage photos from public archives
- Cupcake by Jonas Nilsson Lee
- Life of Pix
- Little Visuals
- Free Refe Real Life Photos
- Foodies Feed – just like it sounds, all food photography!
- Snapwire Snaps
- Startup Stock Photos
- Jay Mantri
- Morgue File
- Travel Coffee Book
- Negative Space
- Free Nature Stock – pretty self-explanatory, all nature photos!
Do you use stock photography, take your own pictures or a combination of both? Let me know in the comments below!