Take a look at three of my new favorite free stock photo websites worth checking out.
While I understand there are lots of experts who say, “avoid stock images at all costs,” I also know that for the solo entrepreneur this isn’t always possible. You know the value of good, clear and crisp images, but you are not in a place to pay for the photographer to get you everything you need. Which is exactly why stock images are so valuable. The trouble is you are not the only one who has realized this. You see those fabulous stock images you discovered adorning the pages of other websites on a regular basis. Being in the design business I am always on the hunt for fabulous free stock photo websites, and today I thought I would share with you three of my favorites that not everyone has discovered yet.
A one woman show put together by Karolina Grabowska who focuses much of her attention on Interior Design and Stock images. Karolina offers a wide variety of images from coffee to design, and outdoor fun. So it is pretty easy to find the perfect image for your website. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, her website is connected to iStock giving you even more options to choose from. Her photos have been downloaded more than 4 million times and have been used in many popular sites including BBC, CNN, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo, iSpot, BuzzFeed, Hubspot, The Huffington Post, and Lifehacker. The best part is that her photos are 100% free to use, even for business.
Here are a few of my favorite images from Kaboom Pics…
ISO Republic offers 1,000s of free high resolution photos and videos 100% free to use. They value the power of incredible photography and their mission is to provide “highly curated collections of stock images and videos that you can use both personally and commercially.” They have also connected their website to images from ShutterStock making it that much easier to find exactly what you are looking for.
Here are a few of my favorite images from ISO Republic…
Pexels offers incredible photos from photographers located all over the world. Their images are free to use for personal and business. They only ask that you give credit to the photographer. They also have a wide variety of free videos available for download, giving you even more options to choose from. Their mission is to “help millions of designers, writers, artists, programmers and other creators to get access to beautiful photos that they can use freely which empowers them to create amazing products, designs, stories, websites, apps, art and other work.”
Here are a few of my favorite images from Pexels…
Final word of advice
Having the opportunity to use gorgeous professional images for free is a luxury. Always give credit where credit is due, and don’t hesitate to show the love through social media.