Let's talk stock! We've all found ourselves on some kind of stock photo website sometime or another. Maybe just to find some gorgeous styled stock for your next Instagram post.
Or maybe it was to laugh at hilarious photo shoots surely no one would have a real use for with your friends.
Seriously, have you SEEN some of the stuff on the "weird parts" of Shutterstock? Anyway...
Stock photography is a brilliant way to get the nice crisp image you need when you just can't do it yourself or don't have the time to. There's lots of free resources these days as well as paid ones, which I've compiled a list of below.
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Ultimate Stock Photo Resources
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How to Download Stock Photos the Right Way
Before I get to the list, I do want to go over a few warnings about photos on the internet and making sure you have the correct licensing. Follow these tips to keep yourself in the legal side of things and to protect yourself should anyone question your source.
Never use Google image search as a source. There's too many factors in play to be absolutely sure a photo is freely available.
Pay Attention to Licensing
Look for terms such as "royalty free", public domain, and CC0 (Creative Commons Zero).
Royalty free is usually for paid photos, meaning you pay for them once rather than paying for each view of the photo.
CC0 is for photos released under a special do-anything-you-want (within reason) license.
Most websites also prohibit use of photos on websites promoting hate speech or that are pornographic in nature. Pretty basic stuff there.
Be sure to check the license page for each website just to note their individual terms.
Take This Extra Step
You also may want to screen shot or record yourself downloading photos so you have proof that the source of your photos listed them as free. This isn't a loop hole to say you can use any photo you want for free, but may aide in protecting yourself against photographers who target bloggers.
This is a great reason to purchase from fellow bloggers when you can rather than just download free images.
Okay, enough of the heavy stuff, let's do something fun now. Here's the list!
Websites with Stock Photos
This is a great place to look if you need photos styled up in flat lays or other ways that are popular with bloggers. Many of these store owners are bloggers as well.
You can actually find some great deals here. Some shops have monthly unlimited download memberships that you should definitely check out.
If you're looking for free photos, these stores often have either free one time download or free monthly downloads available as a thank you for signing up up for their mailing list.
I'd love to add your stock shop as well! Please comment with the URL to your store or send it to me through my contact form.
Color U Bold
Turquoise & Palm
SC Stock Shop
Create Her Stock
Dear Miss Modern
Rosemary Waston Productions
Place of My Taste
White Hart Design Co
Studio Chic Designs
Blue Print Society
Her Creative Studio
Made by Kasia
Miss Poppy Design
Say Hello Photography
Jenna Redfield Designs
Styled Stock Society
Show some fellow bloggers some love and receive some free photos!
If you have a post with free stock photo downloads, let me know in the comments or through my contact page so I can add it to this list.
Solopreneur Sidekick - 10 free
Wonderlass - 15 free
Market Beautiful - 90 free!
Gold and Berry - several posts with freebies
Shafaq Omair - Free stock updated regularly
Wonderfelle - Free stock every month
Ashley Creates Things (10 Free + 10 Free)
Finding stock photos featuring a diverse set of people can be really difficult. These websites have set out to change that.
While I welcome additions to this list from any stock website, I'd really love to fill out this section with more sites! Fill free to drop a link through the comments or use my contact form.
These photos are listed on the Creative Commons Zero license I mentioned above. You can use these images in personal or commercial projects, but remember you may want to document your downloading process just in case.
Death to the Stock Photo
The Light Painter’s Loft
Photos Public Domain
picxclicx (or $5 for no attribution on ALL photos)
Your typical, high quality stock photo websites, bringing photos to both businesses and the masses. Sign up for a membership or buy credits to trade for photos.
What to Do with All These Photos
Once you HAVE photos what do you do with them? How do you edit them? How can you fit them into your branding?
If you've been counting, you've noticed those websites above only account for 84 resources. These next 7 websites will put us just over 90!
These blog posts should be enough to get you started! Happy blogging
- How to Edit & Use Stock Photography for Your Blog Using Canva
- How to Use Stock Photos for Your Blog
- Easy Ways to Customize Stock Photos for Your Brand
- How to Use Stock Photos on Your Blog
- How to Quickly Put Text onto a Photo in Photoshop
- How to Create Branded Blog Image Templates Using PicMonkey
- How to Use Free Stock Photos for Your Blog