Tired of Soulless Stock Photos?
We’ve all seen them– the sterile corporate handshake, over-saturated green fields under a blue sky, a confused-looking woman staring into the distance. Stock photos.
Images are powerful tools. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and they’re not wrong; even one ill-fitted photo on your site can greatly diminish the tone or overall feel. They’re the first bits of content a user will notice upon landing on your page and they will likely help determine within seconds whether or not said user wishes to remain engaged with the site.
That’s pretty heavy stuff, right? Don’t stress! We’re here to help.
We’ve compiled a list of websites offering quality stock photos for free. Take advantage of these wonderful resources to make your site stand out in the best way possible.
The following stock photo websites and suppliers have made these images available for anyone to use. Some are free to use without requiring you attribute it to the artist (such as Unsplash). And some of the stock photo providers require those who use their images to credit the artist (such as Superfamous). Keep an eye on each site’s requirements.
Free & Classy Stock Photo Sites
The holy grail of beautiful, free, artist-contributed images for any genre.
A collection of stunning stock photos free to use anywhere and by anyone.
A stock photo collection started by an artist and now maintained by their family in memoriam.
Stunning photography free to use with due credit to the artist.
Free stock photo archive from the image editing powerhouse, Canva!
Brilliant vintage images from public archives.
Artist contributed stock photos, royalty free!
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