Photos will help take your blog to the next level. And even if you’re a photographer, sometimes you just don’t have the opportunity to get the image that you’re looking for. That is where stock photo sites come in.
However, not all stock photos are free. And sometimes photos just aren’t in the budget. Especially when they can cost anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds!
I’ve compiled a list of the best FREE stock photo sites to help you get up and going.
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Free Stock Photo Sites
Whether you’re just looking into starting a blog or you already have one, stock photos may not be in the budget for you. And that’s ok! In fact, did you know that you can save a ton on hosting? Check out this post on How to Start A Blog On A Budget, so that you can get the best deal on hosting.
Burst is a stock photo site created by Shopify. They have thousands of photos all sorted by category. All their images are free to use for personal or commercial purposes.
Cooking or baking blogger? Foodiesfeed may be just right for you! They have over 1300 images to search through and they are all food and drink related.
Freestocks is a smaller stock photo site but their photos are still free. They have 7 photo categories to choose from; animals, city & architecture, fashion, food & drink, nature, objects & technology, and people.
This is another smaller stock photo site, with under 700 photos (at the time of writing.) Their images are separated into the following categories; animals, business, fashion, food, nature, objects, people, urban, and whimsical.
5. Jay Mantri
Jay Mantri is literally a single page with a bunch of images. There’s no way to sort through the pictures or to find anything specific. But if you aren’t looking for anything in particular, maybe head on over and check it out.
6. Kaboom Pics
Kaboompics has a significantly larger photo collection than a few of the previous examples. Especially since all the photos are taken by just one woman. Currently, the site has over 12,000 images to choose from all from various categories.
7. Life of Pix
Life of Pix has over 2,000 free stock photos to use for either your personal or commercial projects. The almost half of the images are nature and city photos but they do have other photos as well.
8. MMT Stock
Each week MMT is adding new free stock photos to the site. And all their photos, like the other sites, comes with a CC0 License. This means that they are free to use personally and commercially.
Pexels is one of my favorite free stock photo sites. They have hundreds of thousands of photos and they add new photos daily. Pexels also has an app for both iOS and Android, where you can download and upload pictures on the go.
Picjumbo has a bunch of free stock photos to choose from. They do have a premium option but you don’t have to have a premium account in order to download photos.
Picography has over 600 photos available to you for your project. All their photos come with a CC0 license, that will allow you to use the photo personally or commercially.
Another free stock photo site that is high up there on my favorite’s list. They have over 1 million stock photos and videos. Like Pexels, Pixabay also has an app for both iOS and Android.
On top of all the great photos on Reshot, they also have Quick Image Packs for you to download multiple related pictures at once. These packs are still free but they do require a tweet to download.
Skitterphoto has thousands of CC0 photos for you to use for both personal and commercial purposes. Their stock photos vary from many different categories; animals, architecture, business/finance, culture & art, decoration/seasonal, food & drinks, industry, misc., music, nature, people, sports, technology, textures, transportation, and travel.
Find thousands of commercial – and personal – usage photos on Stock Snap. Each week they have a weekly free photo bundle, where you can get last weeks top 10 photos. If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get it emailed to you every week.
16. Styled Stock
Styled Stock is a small feminine free stock photo site. They may not have a ton of stock photos but they are definitely worth the look. I also don’t think that they have updated the site in quite some time.
Unsplash has over 850,000 photos for you to use, with more being added daily. They have over 100,000 photographers and creators filling the site with great commercial-free content.
Summary: Free Stock Photo Sites
There are plenty of free stock photo sites out there. With all these options, you bound to find something that will fit what you’re looking for.
In case you were wondering, my top three favorite sites are:
They have significantly more photos to choose from so that I can always find photos similar to what I’m looking for.
Which stock photo site is your favorite?
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