Free Stock Photos to improve your Marketing Campaigns

Picture for Alastair Miller Alastair Miller

July 19th 2018

Blog 14

Photos have always been an important part of marketing, especially across social media. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to free stock photos being cheesy images of people in terrible suits, shaking hands on front of a fax machine. Yes, a fax machine. These stock photos look generic and at times outdated, but to get better usually came at a cost.

Thankfully, there’s a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the internet to save your online presence. Best of all, they’re free!

In this post, I’ve created a list of my five favourite websites for awesome, free stock photos. If you’ve got a go to site for imagery let me know in the comments below.

Important – Copywrite/Licenses

The websites within this list contain photographs that 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. I’ve done my best to identify which license they fall under, however I strongly advise that you double check the current regulations on a per site/image basis prior to use.

Drum roll please….

Free Stock Photos!

1. Unsplash

Unsplash 1

Unsplash has been my “go to” for free stock photos for the past 12 months, due to the sheer volume of stunning images. They have a huge bank of high- quality stock images that is always growing and changing. All photos from Unsplash are released for free under the Unsplash license, with a “click to credit the photographer” option when downloading.

2. Life of Pix

Life Of Pix

Life of Pix is an online photography resource created by LEEROY creative agency offering free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions. They select a Photographer of the Week and showcase 10 of their photos on the homepage.

3. Pixabay

Pixabay

Pixabay is a community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. Their image bank is huge, sitting at over 1.4 million at the time of writing this post. All images are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.

4. Pexels

Pexels

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 easily searchable pages.

5. Kaboompics

Kaboompics

This is one of my newer discoveries and it’s a treat! Kaboompics is one of the most popular sources of free images for lifestyle, nature, interior design and specialised bloggers in World. All photos on Kaboompics can be used for free for commercial and non-commercial use.

Which is your favourite?

Where do you get your stock photography from? Let us know in the comments below as we’re always on the lookout for new resources.

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