The Best Sites for Quality Stock Photography

The Best Sites for Quality Stock Photography

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When I first started blogging back in 2012, I was intimidated by the number of other bloggers whose sites were adorned with beautiful, quality photos. Unwilling to drop $1,000 on a DSLR, and embarrassed by my grainy cell phone shots, I opted to forget about the visual side of blogging and focus on my writing - the important part, right?

It should come as no surprise that my blog posts were read by…no one. Because let’s face it: we are living in the age of Instagram and Twitter and 30,000-foot summaries that can be digested in 10 seconds or less. Candidly, it takes those shiny photos to grab our readers’ attention. You can be a regular John Grisham but if your content is visually unappealing, sorry, no one’s going to read it.

But I don’t have time to mess around taking pretty pictures, you say. I’ve got real work to do.

Yes, I agree.

Are you ready for the good news, though?

It’s never been easier to load your blog with high-quality, professional images, thanks to a tool called free stock photos. All you’ve got to do is download them and drop them onto your site. Even just one image will dramatically improve your blog’s visual appeal, inviting your readers to stick around and read your content. Not to mention, the inclusion of quality images helps your site feature more prominently in organic searches.

Here are a few of my favorite sources for free stock photos. Although many of these sites do not require image attribution, please be sure to read the fine print. When in doubt, include a credit or link back to the original source.

Pixabay.com. This site features everything from illustrations to crisp photographs, and it is incredibly easy to navigate. There is a search bar on the home page where you can type in the type of image you want. Your search terms can be as general as “lawyers” or as specific as “coffee cup beside laptop.”

Pexels.com. Pexels is an equally navigable site with a variety of styled-stock photos. The site also gives you the option to search by category if you aren’t sure what types of photos you want and you would like to browse their galleries.

LifeofPix.com. I’ve found the photos on this site to be less styled and creative, but they tend to employ textures and colors very well. For instance, this site features a lot of city skylines, office scenes, and landscapes.

Ivorymix.com. If you serve a largely female clientele, Ivorymix offers a beautiful selection of feminine styled stock photos. However, their selection of free images is somewhat limited. To have access to a full menu of photos, you will need to purchase a subscription. If your website or blog is very image-heavy, a subscription may be worth the cost.

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