The Best Places To Find Free Stock Photos

Before I was confident enough to use my own images, I needed access to good quality free stock photos for my blog graphics. From time to time I need inspiration for my own photography, and I still turn to stock images, drawing influences from ones I’ve seen. I searched high and low, compiled a huge list which has been sitting in my bookmarks forever, and have rounded up ten of my favourite sites to source images for you today.

The Best Places To Find Free Stock Photos

UNSPLASH

Unsplash is probably my favourite place to look for stock photos because they are all so beautiful and you can most definitely find the right photo for whatever you need. The photos are contributed by real photographers looking to showcase their work. All the photographs are licensed under Creative Commons Zero meaning that you can copy, change and distribute (basically anything you want) the photos for free.

The Best Places To Find Free Stock Photos
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FREEPIK

With Freepik, you download their graphics to use on your website or blog for free, but you must include the attraction line: ‘Designed by Freepik’. You can modify the graphics and use them alongside your own theme, but they must not be the only or main theme on your website. If you decide to purchase their premium service, you can use their vectors without any accreditation. Their full Ts & Cs are here.

COMPFIGHT

Compfight is an image search engine that you can use to find photos for your blog or website. As far as I’m aware, there are two types of licences on these photos – Creative Commons and Commercial. You can view the license agreement on each photo and even purchase professional photos to give credit to the photographers. Admittedly, you do have to pay for the better images, but they are very affordable.

The Best Places To Find Free Stock Photos

PIXABAY

Pixabay, another image search engine in which all photos are listed under the Creative Commons licence as public domain. You can do anything to these photos and use them anywhere: on your blog, Facebook, Instagram etc.

The Best Places To Find Free Stock Photos

JAY MANTRI

Through Tumblr, Jay Mantri showcases his beautiful work and offers all images under the Creative Commons Licence. If you need some landscape photos for your blog, these will be perfect. Check them out.

The Best Places To Find Free Stock Photos

MAGDELEINE

Again, Magdeleine offers their photos under the CC0 which means that we can use them for our blog graphics for free! These stock photos are truly gorgeous. You can search categories or by colour if you’re looking to create a particular aesthetic.

The Best Places To Find Free Stock Photos

MMT

MMT was created by Jeffrey Betts who loved photography and wanted to give back to the online community. These photographs are all listed under the Creative Commons Licence so again, you have ultimate freedom with them. They aren’t my favourite for quality, but if you did through, there are a couple of gems.

The Best Places To Find Free Stock Photos

PEXELS

Pexels collects great quality stock photos from all over the internet and puts them all in one place for you. There is a huge amount of images on this site so you are guaranteed to find something. Pexels is a good place to go for ease and all images are under the CC0 again!

PICJUMBO

picjumbo was started by a guy who set up his own site when another stock photo site rejected his images for their lack of quality. He is 22 years old and has proved to thousands of people all over the world that just about anything is possible. Every single photo is free to use unless you want to sign up to their premium membership which gives you secret access to even more images. This means there is lesser a chance of using the same old stock photos as other bloggers. Plus, you can sign up to their email campaign and get all their new images sent straight to your inbox.

The Best Places To Get Free Stock Photos

SPLITSHIRE

As if you didn’t need yet another amazing site with free stock photos, SplitShire was created to give life to photos that may have otherwise gotten lost. They exist for all creators.

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Well, I hope that helps somewhat! Do you use any other sites to get stock photos from? Have I missed your favourite site? Let me know below!

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  • I haven’t heard a few of these! Need to check them out.

  • Nice list 🙂 Try my website http://monisphoto.com/ there are totally free photos available for personal or commercial use.

  • I’m always searching for new stock photo websites! I use Unsplash and Pexels the most. I’ll check out the others! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Brittany Hamer

    These are great recommendations! Pinning! I’ve been using Pexels this whole time but need to branch out; these are fantastic and most I have never heard of!

  • I needed this SO much! I only knew about Pexels and Pixabay.
    I try to avoid using stock photos, because it’s kind of weird when you see the same photo used on other blog posts. I use them only if I don’t have an appropriate in my archive, or to find inspiration for new photos I should take.
    Thank you soo much for sharing this! L-o-v-e it!

    Cristina | *janded

    • Wow, I’m so glad I could help Cristina! I know exactly what you mean with seeing stock photos on other bloggers’ posts! I also collect them and try to recreate them at home. It gives a unique and personal touch that way x

  • Lisa

    Several of these are new to me! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you so much for featuring picjumbo.com! ❤️

  • Hello Emma,

    thank you for your list! I think you may also like https://avopix.com as a source of free stock photos (public domain, commercial use, no attribution required). We have more than 125 000 free photos, direct download, favorites, etc. What do you think about it?

    Best regards,
    Martin from Avopix.com

  • Katie Barton

    Hi!
    First off, I just discovered your blog about a week ago and I just wanted to say that I absolutely love it!

    This list was so helpful! I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog for a while now but I’m not exactly sure how to go about it. I have some mock posts that I’ve created that are just hanging out on my computer but I didn’t have any pictures to go with them! So thank you for this!

    Sometime in the future if you’re in a writing slump and don’t know what to write about, I’d love to see a post about how to set up a blog and sort of show how you went through setting yours up! That would be really cool to read!

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Katie,

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad that you found this post useful. You should definitely start your own blog! You can reach me by email (icon is top right of the screen) if you ever want to chat it through, and I will definitely think about writing a post on how to set up a blog!

      Thanks,
      Emma x