Free Stock Photos & Images - 20+ Resources

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Posted By Rebecca Kimber

Looking for beautiful photographs to spice up your site? Here are the best places to get amazing stock photography and images - completely free for your website.

Using professional images can really make your website stand out, but finding good stock photos for free can be time consuming and costly. Many businesses use stock images for lots of different purposes from advertising, print, blogs, graphics, websites and much more and we’ve put together some great resources where you can find professional images for free.

It’s incredibly important to use images that you have the rights to, using someone else’s image without permission can incur legal action and costly fees from the image owners. If you’re looking for some professional images to add to your site or for any commercial purposes, ensure you have checked your sources and got any necessary permissions

All of the resources we’ve included provide photos and imagery which fall under the Creative Commons Zero license or similar. CCZ is something that you should look out for when selecting images, it means that you can use the images for personal or commercial purposes and modify them to your requirements. You may need to reference the photographer or the site you found it on, so check the details on their site.

Where To Find Free Stock Photography 

 

Unsplash

Beautiful photo of flowers to use on your ecommerce store

This great website gives you hundreds of beautiful images in high-resolution at your fingertips. Browse easily with the search function and enjoy 10 new pics every 10 days. This site is particularly good for nature images and breathtaking landscape shots - ideal for the header of your website, for blogs, or for finding a background to add to your own graphics.

 

Pexels

Stock Photo of desk for your website

Pexels is one of the most user friendly sites for stock images. It combines and shares images from other sites that are free to use and with over 2,000 photos to search through there is plenty of choice! Browse anything from stunning close-ups to grand cityscapes and enjoy 70 new high resolution photos every week that are hand-picked from free image sources!

 

Gratisography

Quirky shoes

If your brand is fun and colourful, this is a great place to start searching! All pictures are photographed by Ryan McGuire and you’ll find his photography style quirky and humorous. He also offers his photos under the CCZ license and new images are added weekly, they can be great for a blog post to catch someone's eye or to tell a story! Gratisography is ideal if you’re looking for something a bit interesting to inject humour into your site. 

 

Stokpic

woman with confetti

One of the most eye-catching sites on the list, Stokpic is packed with bright, summery photography. Explore the ‘Latest 100’ free photos on offer or browse the easily navigable categories; from ‘Abstract’ to ‘Life Events’, there’s plenty of clean and colourful images to suit the needs of any site.

 

Foodies Feed

Stock image from Foodies Feed of a croissant, tea, flower and book

The clue is in the title for this one, photography of food with delicious imagery. This site is a little different from the ones  mentioned above, here you can either use a single image, or subscribe to download a photo package that includes multiple stock images, perfect for a big project. Here you will find images from Exotic Cuisine to Grocery & Ingredients. 


FreeImages

Summer evening sunlight shining through an old Edwardian window onto a potted plant

FreeImages hosts a huge array of free photos - according to the site, almost 400,000 are available - across a wide range of categories. Just sign up to explore everything from Architecture to Home Designs to Textures and Patterns - there’s something for everyone.

 

Picjumbo

Colourful photograph of fresh salmon fillet with cherry tomatoes, lemon, seasoning and veg

Super easy to navigate, Picjumbo is brimming with beautiful photos with an edge. Less generic than a lot of stock photos, the food and drink pics are particularly good - ideal for a cookery blog!

 

RawPixelsFlowers Vector

Alongside a great selection of free photographs, Rawpixel have loads of free vectors and mock up imagery you can use to make your design and visuals a bit more custom. They have free content and paid plans, and you do need to sign up to use their resources.

 

Stocksnap.io

Low shot of the sun setting behind trees

Dive into this easily searchable catalogue of hundred of detailed high res images Stocksnap has to offer. The nature photography is particularly beautiful.

 

Negative Space

Cosy image of a table scattered with pine cone and fronds, fake snow and baubles

A carefully chosen selection of lovely pictures on an easy-to-use site - check out their cosy Christmas pics - ideal for a festive freshening up of your site!

 

Fancy Crave

Closeup image of a chameleon on a branch

Enjoy two free photos every day from this trendy and slightly alternative site. Fancy Crave specialises in less generic stock images - the animal pics are particularly striking so go on - have a little scroll.

 

Picography

High res photo of pale pink almond blossom against blue sky

A simple, fresh site featuring a collection of expressive photos from a selection of professional photographers. There is no search function, but this is a great site to browse for inspiration.

 

Freerange

Women exercising

This site requires you to sign up but has a wealth of useful images - from cityscapes to optical illusions, there’s something for every kind of site.

 

Kaboom Pics

Spanners hanging on a wall

Kaboom Pics offers a wide range of beautiful images - from stunning nature to abstract photography. It is a fun and easily navigated site for all your image needs. The Food & Drinks section is especially eye-catching.

 

New Old Stock

Vintage photo of MOSTEIRO DE SANTA MARIA DE BELÉM, LISBOA, PORTUGAL

Enjoy delving into history with this vast collection of fascinating vintage photos from the public archive. You can spend hours browsing through these charming old pics - completely free for use!

 

Life of Pix

Apple Watch and books

One of the most modern sites on this list, Life of Pix adds a more interactive approach to discovering new photography. Here you can follow your favourite photographers, browse through the ‘Photographer of the Week’ section and receive weekly updates - all with completely free photos for your site!

 

Getrefe

Atmospheric photo of a darkening road lined with trees

Getrefe requires email signup to access its simple, easy-to-use layout with a carefully chosen selection of tasteful photos. If you’re looking for beautiful travel photos, this is the place for you.

 

Skitterphoto

High res photo of food for a caprese salad - fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella
Skitterphoto is bursting with colour and energy. All photos are originals from the site’s creators and free for public use.

 

Flickr Creative Commons

Yellow, cyan and black butterfly perched on a leaf

Many Flickr users have offered their photography up for the public to enjoy for free. Explore hundreds of amateur and professional photographs - just make sure to check the specific licensing requirements as some ask for attribution.

 

Jay Mantri

Coffee cup with foamy coffee on a wooden table

Jay Mantri is a California-based designer with a stunning back catalogue of travel photos, all free for public use and updated every Thursday.

 

ScatterJar

Stock photo of a blueberry pie

ScatterJar is a free resource of delicious high-reolution food pics. If you're looking for sumptious imagery, ScatterJar is a great place to start.

 

SplitShire

Stock photo of boat ladder and cool blue sea

SplitShire is a personal photography portfolio provided free for commercial and personal use with the aim of making it easy for everyone to have great imagery to use and be more creative.

 

JESHOOTS

Stock photo of pumpkins, autumn warm tones

Jan Vasek is the photographer behind JESHOOTS, a collection of stock photography and mockups which can be freely used for commercial use. Jan shares a wide variety of imagery which can be easily browsed or searched through.

 

StartUp Stock Photos

Man at a desk with laptop

StartUp Stock Photos provide a selection of tech / work related stock photography, all free for commercial use and great if you offer business services. 

 

 

So there you go - happy browsing! Share how you've used images you've found on your website in the comments below..


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