Where to Find Free & Creative Stock Photos
Between the pressure to post perfect little images on Instagram (daily nonetheless) and wanting your brand imagery to look flawless, there’s no doubt having professional photos is important for any business. At the same time, it can be quite the investment, and while having high-quality and unique photos are totally worth it, sometimes it’s just not in the budget. Here are a few of my favorite resources for quality photos that you can use for free!
Unsplash is my number one go-to, absolute favorite source for free photos. With a wide variety of styles and subjects, you can find the perfect image for any brand or business. And yes, the images are really free. Plus with their search and collections features (to save your favorites), it’s definitely a resource you can keep going back to.
I only recently discovered Pixabay, but I love that they offer free illustrations and vector graphics in addition to their photos. All images are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.
What I love about Death to the Stock Photo is their photos are far from "stock-y", hence the name. By subscribing to their mailing list, you'll get free photos sent to your inbox every month. I also subscribe to their premium service for just $15/month (or $145/year) to access their archived photopacks, which are totally worth it.
StockSnap has a great variety of high-quality and unique photos, all licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 license (aka free to use, even for commercial purposes). One of my favorite features is you can browse photos by categories, such as business, food, coffee and more — making it easier to find images specific to your business or industry.
TwigyPosts: Jana's photos are some of my favorites — I love the variety of styles, colors and props she uses! You can sign up for the mailing list to access freebies, but images for sale are affordable (and yes, I've snagged a couple for myself!)
Create HER Stock: This site offers images curated for female bloggers, creatives, and online influencers of color with free images through the mailing list or a paid subscription.
SC Stockshop: If you follow a lot of "heavy hitters" in the creative industry, chances are you've seen Shay's styled stock. Subscribe to the mailing list to access monthly freebies. This month's photo pack was a $196 value — yes really!