Do you need stock photos for your blog on a budget?
Dozens of sites offer free stock photos — unfortunately, most of them just don’t live up to your expectations. But you’ll be happy to know there are a handful of sites that offer high-resolution stock photos that don’t look like stock at all.
In this post, I’ll review 7 sites for curated stock images you’ll be proud to use on your blog, website, and social media.
Best for: Unique, urban-cool vibes.
The name says it all: Death to Stock is putting an end to boring images. Get a free photo pack emailed each month, or ‘go Premium’ and get access to over 400 cohesive images. Plus, founders David and Allie are the nicest.
Best for: Blow-your-mind image quality.
Unsplash adds 10 new photos every 10 days. It’s easy to get lost on the endless scroll of landscapes and architecture, but they’ve recently added a useful search feature to help you save time.
Best for: Startups, developers, techies, and creators.
If you need tech or business photos that aren’t cliché (AKA, two men in suits shaking hands) this is the site for you.
Best for: Foodies, restaurants, health and fitness experts.
Bright, mouth-watering images of all things food. Choose from individual images, thematic packages, or save time and download all 1,000 photos in one shot.
Best for: Beautiful photos for customarily “boring” industries like medical, financial, and industrial.
Because Stocksnap adds hundreds of photos weekly, you’ll always have new options to choose from. Search their huge library, and sort by date, views, trending, and favorites.
Best for: Finding an image fast. Images are sorted by category like fashion, people, or wedding.
What started as a side hobby for Daniel Nanescu turned into a full-time job creating copyright-free photos for SplitShire. These photos have been used on HuffPo, CNN, book covers, magazines, and have been downloaded over 600,000 times.
Best for: Hard-to-find images. It’s all here.
This is the site I turn to when I can’t find the right photo anywhere else. Though you’ll have to wade through a few lower-quality images, you’ll find plenty of exceptional shots to fit your needs.
What sites did I miss?
If you know of another great source for free images, please add it in the comments below.