Photography has always been an integral part of website design and graphic design. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing cheesy stock images of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are a lot of these stock photos tacky, but they cost a lot of money.
Thankfully, there’s been a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the world wide web. Best of all, they’re free!
In this blog post, I’ve curated a list of awesome websites for free stock photos.
Quick Note About Licenses for Stock Images
Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute, and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
However, some photos may require attribution. We’ve done our best to identify which license they fall under but we still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used.
With that out of the way, let’s dive into our top picks for free stock photos.
Unsplash has over 2 million free high-resolution images brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.
Their team hand-selects every photo and accepts only the best, so that no matter what you need—you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for on Unsplash.
Unsplash is home to a growing community of photographers—from hobbyists, professionals, emerging brands, and everyone in between.
Unsplash was born from the pain their founders had in finding great, usable imagery. And we weren’t alone. Which is why, today—millions of creators from around the world have downloaded over 2 billion Unsplash images to use to their websites and create presentations, artwork, mockups, and more.
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through their discover pages.
They have hundreds of thousands of free stock photos and every day new high-resolution photos are added. All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by their users or sourced from free image websites. They make sure all published pictures are high-quality and licensed under the Pexels license.
Only free images from their community of photographers are added to their photo database. They constantly try to deliver as many high-quality free stock photos as possible to the people who use their website.
They help millions of business owners, designers, developers, writers, artists, programmers and other creators to get access to beautiful photos that they can use freely which empowers them in creating amazing products, designs, stories, websites, apps, art and other work.
The stock photography websites listed above (and others not listed here) have become a blessing for small business owners, designers, marketers, and bloggers. No need to rely on cheesy stock photos anymore!
However, if you can afford to and/or you cannot find the types of images you are looking for, you can also hire a local professional photographer to take pictures of you, your business, your services, your team and etc. especially if you want to build a better-converting website to generate more leads and clients online.