Do you find yourself swooning over images on your fav blogs? Yeah, I've been there too – and then I learned about how bloggers would get stock photos to use in the graphics they made for their blogs.
There are many, many places to get images you can use, but most of them aren't that great. At all as a matter of fact. And, lately, there have been many photographers with a great eye taking it upon themselves to help provide amazing photos for others to use.
Photos are an important part of a blog post:
- They can draw the eye of your audience
- Can convey emotion
- Can make a point
- If created poorly, they can be a turn-off
- A great photo can bring you readers
If pictures can say 1000 words, then it stands to reason that having a great image for your blog posts is vital.
Finding places you can get stock photos that are beautiful is like striking gold. The list below is not anywhere near all of the places on the internet that you can find stock images, but I think they're freaking awesome.
12 Best Places to Find Stock Images
This site is by far my favorite right now! She provides SO many beautiful images that are created and uploaded each month into the library. You can purchase in 3, 6 or 12-month subscriptions for access to the entire library. You're allowed to download as many images as you want as many times as you want.
When you sign up for their mailing list, you'll receive samples from the library.
In this blog post, you will find 11 stock images that you can download and use as you like so long as you give attribution to the creator. But, when you sign up for her mailing list you'll receive access to the library where you can get stock photos each month.
Aside from having great content on her blog, Elle has a post where you can grab ten of her stock photos for free. If you decide to use them and share on social media it isn't required that you give her a shoutout, but it would be nice if you did.
You also have the option to sign up to receive even more stock photos every month!
Be sure to sign up for this woman's email list! You'll get access to an excellent library of stock photos on a monthly (or more) basis! The images are clean, crisp and pretty darn impressive if you ask me especially when they're free.
Share this link with your friends and share the great find!
Unsplash is a fantastic place to find photos. They have such a wide variety of images that you can pretty much find a picture for anything you're writing about.
They're free to download and can be used for non-commercial use.
I found out about Jennifer's photos from another blogger and fell in love. When you sign up for her email list, you'll receive fresh, styled images each month straight in your inbox.
She also has a paid service where you can choose between purchasing from the stock shop or have her create custom images for you! How's that for nifty?
#7 SC Stockshop
This is what I would call the “cream of the crop” of stock photos. She curates packs of images that have a set amount of times they can be purchased before they're removed forever from her shop. Talk about not seeing the same image all over the internet – am I right?
However, if the price tag is a bit much for you right now, there's always the option to sign up for her email list to receive monthly doses of her amazing images. Be sure to share the love and tell others!
#8 Twigy Post
Again, another fantastic place to find free and paid stock photo options. They're lovely, minimalistic, bright and beautiful. These are bound to brighten anyone's day when they come across it in their feed.
Go take a look. I dare ya!
Free photos to use is one of my greatest weaknesses. I want all the photos! And this site doesn't make it any easier for me to keep the memory on my computer low. The photos are pretty awesome.
Don't believe me? Check them out for yourself!
#10 Amber Creative
Free, free, free when you sign up for her list. But! That's not the only thing you get when you sign up. She has some amazing resources in The Vault!
Check it out and let me know which is your favorite!
Ah, alas, we've come to Wonderlass! Let's talk about spunk right here… Cause this lady has some spunk going on! And check out those photos – pretty great right? They'll make your photos pop off of the Pinterest page with ease.
Check out her free courses while you're on her site. Oh, and her great content too!
They have some amazing photos on their site by photographers that want to get their names out in the world (not to mention want to be a part of the movement to end boring stock photos).
When you sign up for their mailing list, you will receive photos delivered every month to your inbox.
They also have a Premium version where you'll have access to a whole slew of other photos with more added on a bi-weekly basis.
Things I Recommend:
I use Tailwind to schedule out all my pins for the month. It takes a few minutes to get them all scheduled and I'm done. In the dashboard, you create the schedule of how many pins you want it to pin each day and then you can source them from Pinterest or even websites to save and schedule. I'm creating a How-To post for Tailwind soon (maybe next week) so keep checking back.
I use BoardBooster mostly right now for its pin looping capabilities. It's amazing in that it will take one (or more) of your boards and “loop” your pins from oldest to newest and then delete the one that's not performing the best. I'll be playing with this in the future and detail my strategy so you can copy it.
I tried to stay away from ConvertKit because Mailchimp is free and they just added in autoresponders, but ConvertKit is THAT much easier and better in my opinion. Again, I'll be writing a blog on this soon. But, in short, you can email your entire list at one time vs creating multiple campaigns for different lists. They make segmenting and tagging a breeze. And, they make using content upgrades a no brainer!
The best affiliate marketing training on the “market”. Michelle knows her stuff and has been doing this since like 2010. She grew her Aff marketing income to well over $50k per month and it keeps growing too. Check out her course and be sure to sign up for my email list below. I'll be sending out discounts to my list that you might otherwise miss.