Where to find paid and free images for your blog Kaleidoscope Blog

We are all visual creatures, and that is why it is so important to include gorgeous images in each and every blog post you produce.

Of course in an ideal world we would all produce our own images and they would be unique and utterly amazing, but the truth is, many bloggers don’t have the time or skills to pull this off – myself included.

The solution for these bloggers is to find fabulous images online, but where do you look? Where are the gorgeous, styled, on-trend images hiding?

I am asked this a lot, so, I have compiled a list of 17 resources where you can find awesome images for your blog for free, or for a low-cost.

1. Stocksy (Paid) – I had to start with this one, as it is my favourite resource right now. Stocksy is a site where photographers upload their work so we can purchase it for use on our blogs or anywhere really. Images start from $10 for web quality and the catalogue of images is vast! The search options are easy to use and make it so simple to find just the kind of image you need!

2. StokPic (Free) – A site full of high-resolution pictures for personal and commercial projects for free. The style of the images here are awesome and high-resolution means they will be big enough for blogs with large image areas!

3. Creative Market (Paid or Free) – I have sung the praises of Creative Market before – it is such a great resource. Once you sign up for a free account you will be sent free products each week, which often includes gorgeous photos. Or you can search the site for images and purchase them.

4. Pexels (Free) – A huge, searchable, collection of images that you can use in any way you like, all for free!

5. New Old Stock (Free) – For something a little different, Free Old Stock consists of vintage photos from public archives that are free of any known copyright restrictions, so you can use them at no cost to your heart’s content.

6. Death To The Stock Photo (Free or Paid) – Join the email list and you will receive a pack of fresh, free photos each month. A great way to build up your own collection, but not as useful if you are looking for a specific image in a hurry. Or choose to go “pro” and have access to the full archive and exclusive access to premium images.

7. Flickr (Free) – Flickr is such a huge source of images – however you must make sure you are only using images that are marked “Creative Commons” as to not breach copyright. If you find an image you love and want to use that is not under Creative Commons, then contact the photographer and ask for their permission to use their image, Never use an image without written permission first!

8. Unsplash (Free) – Full of gorgeous images that are free to download and use however you like. 10 new images are added to the site every 10 days, however with no search function, it can be difficult to find the right image if you need something very specific.

9. Mophoto (Paid) – For just $5 a month you have access to their full range of images which have been specially curated for the use on blogs and social media. Gorgeous images that will add personality and style to your blog and help you keep within your brand, without having to take the photos yourself.

10. Foodie’s Feed (Free) – If you’re a food blogger, this site is for you! Simply stunning, beautifully styled food images that are free to download and use on your blog, social media, ebook and more!

11. Little Visuals (Free) – Another subscription style service where 7 new images are emailed to you every 7 days after sign up. The images are high-resolution which makes them super versatile too.

12. Stock Vault (Free) – Not the prettiest of websites, but there is a good range of images in a variety of styles and subjects available for free download and use.

13. Dollar Photo Club (Paid) – Pay just $10 a month to download 10 high-resolution photos and vector images. If you need more than 10 a month, any extra images are only $1 per image, always! The images are royalty-free so there are no restrictions on how you use them.

14. A Prettier Web (Free) – A Prettier Web is a blog that offers a limited range of images you can download for free. It may be limited but that perfect image you are looking for might just be there!

15. Kaboom Pics (Free) – A large catalogue of images that are free to use for both personal and commercial use. The search function will help you find just the right image.

16. Gratisography (Free) – Photographer Ryan McGuire has put together a large collection of his images that are free to use in a personal or commercial way. New images are added each week and there is a huge range of subjects to choose from.

17. Picography (Free) – A site full of fabulous high-resolution images that you can download for free and use however you like.

I hope that list is helpful to you! There’s no excuse for ugly images, or a lack of images on your blog now that you know where to find images for your blog!

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Image from StockPic


Amanda Fuller

Founder at Kaleidoscope
Founder of Kaleidoscope - facets of blogging, womanhood and life, Amanda is on a heart-led quest to create a savvy resource for the modern day woman — a one-stop-shop overflowing with real life, been-there-done-that wisdom and curated inspiration.