Having great photos on your website is a must! We live in a highly visual world and most people decide whether they like your site enough to stay and poke around in about 3 seconds. How do you invite them in and engage them?
If you’re a DIY or a food blogger, most likely you’re taking most of your own photos. There are loads of tutorials on how to up your photography game and make your blog shine through your photography skills.
But for the rest of you…you’ve got to find photos that go with the awesome content you’re creating. Taking the time to make your content visual is a huge part of establishing a social media presence for yourself.
To get started, you’ll need great photos…that’s only the first step though, so be sure to tune in all week to learn how to rock your visual content!
Here’s a list of some of my favorite resources for where I find free public domain photos. Beware of the cheesy stuff! (Always make sure to check the creative licenses and DON’T steal the work of others! Not only is it unethical, it can land you in some big legal troubles.)
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Psssst…I like to save the best for last, y’all…
21 Free Stock Photo Sites
- MorgueFile (This one gets a meh from me)
- Death to the Stock Photo
- Jill Levenhagen
- Creation Swap (Christian)
- Freely Photos (Christian)
- Freepik (check attribution requirements)
- Gratisography (Fun & Quirky)
- Lime Lane (check attribution requirements)
- Negative Space
- New Old Stock (Old B&W photos)
- IM Free
- creaTTor (photo collections, check licensing)
- Public Domain Archive
- Stocksnap (This one’s my favorite because it pulls in the best of the best from the other free sites!)
- Ashley Ella Design (She’d appreciate attribution and I’d say it’s worth it!)
- Creative Convex (She offers free bundles of girly stock photos for free once in a while. Or you can pay $5.99 to get access to all of her free packs-60 photos!)
- Fancy Crave
Haute Chocolate styled photography ($24/month to access the entire library) This one was my resource for my #write31Days photos and won’t be on my permanent list of expenses. But I have sure enjoyed it and gotten a good collection of photos to work with in the future as well. New photos have been added regularly since I joined, so maintaining the subscription would be worth the expense if that’s in your budget.
Turquoise and Palm ($19/month to access the entire library) This site is a fabulous resource for creatives and lifestyle bloggers who aren’t ready to take and edit their own photos yet. She’s got an eclectic collection of all kinds of different photo subjects!
- If you use stock photos for your site, pick five of your favorite free ones and bookmark them for easy reference.
- Do you have old photos that are poor quality? Pick one to replace today!
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