Ladies, are you ready for this?!
We all know that 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. That’s all you get for a first impression – pretty rough. So, how do you invite your readers in and engage them?
- Clear, uncluttered site design
- Engaging blog header
- Fresh, clear content
- Professional looking photos
I don’t know about your photography skills, but mine are a work in progress. I do need to take some photos myself, but for the most part I rely on stock images. It can be time consuming and tricky to find photos that go with the content I am creating. But, to establish a social media presence and engage your readers, it a non negotiable.
So, I have compiled a list of my favorite websites to get FREE, beautiful stock images that you can use for your websites and social media platforms.
Shay Cochrane – Stockshop
Gorgeous styled images, bright colors, new designs constantly. She will even send you free stock images monthly if you sign up as an Insider.
Haute Chocolate – Rachel
I think many bloggers know about Rachel and her awesome stock library. The photos I use on my blog are mostly free photos I have received from signing up for her newsletter. You receive free stock photos along with branding tips in your inbox every month. Easily one of my favorites!
Helen In Between – Helen
LOVE these! You’ll get 15 FREE photos!! These are bright, crisp images to use to your heart’s content. They are all high quality, high resolution images. Feel free to add text, your logo, whatever you want! The only thing she asks is that you share her post!
Simply Embellished – Cindy
Join the mailing list and she will send you a FREE styled photo EVERY MONTH! Cindy also has an Etsy shop where she sells stunning stock photos.
Ivory Mix – Kayla
Kayla offers an amazing library of over 100 free stock photos, and send you about 10 free photos a month! Crazy generous! You’ll want to go sign up for this, trust me. She has such a great variety of images, they will appeal to everyone. She lets you use these personally and commercially.
Creative Convex – Chaitra
Download a whole pack of beautiful floral images, with an option to share and get another pack! Caitra gives you a whole selection with portrait and landscape images that you can use on different social platforms.
Wonderfelle – Elle
Elle offers 10 gorgeous stock images to use for free! She also has a monthly membership option that is ridiculously affordable, where you can download 25 photos each month. Amazing.
Wonderlass – Allison
I feel in love with Allison and her amazing style. She offers 15 free stock images, and they aren’t your run of the mill floral mix. Allison goes for color and vibrancy and I just love these images. The only thing she asks is that you watch an Oprah video in exchange 😉
Kreanille Designs – Annamari
10 free bright and beautiful designs for female entrepreneurs. Her images and classic and feminine and she offers other freebies as well for being a subscriber.
A Prettier Web – Mel
Mel offers 7 free styled images as well as free styled desktop photos you are free to use as you wish. Have you heard me say “beautiful” yet?
This is a French website, but it is worth the time to sign up for these free images – over 100 photos in exchange for your email. Crazy goodness!
I stumbled upon this designer blog and I am so glad I did! They offer multiple images for free in all different colors and patterns, along with some free fonts and textures and wallpapers galore. No sign up required at all, just enjoy!
Mara Burkes – Haley
Amazing! Download over 100 beautiful (have I said that yet?) images to use for free! All in exchange for an email! I just adore Haley and her site, she is full of inspiration and just makes you feel like you are best friends.
JacQue of All Trades – Jacque
Again, beautiful photos! You don’t need to sign up for these, she just lets you download. I got 6 free stock images that I love. The only thing she asks is that you link back to her when you use her photos. That’s a sweet deal if you ask me!
Enjoy creating! Do you have any other favorites?
Remember to always read the Terms and Conditions for each photo pack you download. Some require attribution, while others don’t want you to profit from their images, others are a free for all. Please be courteous and read first.