If you’re just getting started with your blog or online biz, you probably don’t have a lot of money to spend on stock photos for your visual content. Then you should be thrilled to know there are tons of FREE stock photo sites where you can find images in the public domain. There are tons sources that don’t even require you to give an attribution, although it’s always nice to “buy the photographer a cup of coffee” (if they ask!).
If you’ve been to our site before and are a friend of the “Muse Tribe” community, you’ve heard me talk about the importance of visual content. Having a file on your desktop of ready-to-go, quality images that you feel are on point with your BRAND is a must-have for your blog or business. You never know when you’ll need an image for a blog post, social media header or a design element for your website. Stock photos can also be great to use when creating your own marketing materials.
So clear an afternoon and prepare to be wowed, as you scroll through all 26 of these fabulous sites!
Happy photo hunting!
Photographer Jonas Nilsson Lee offers free stock photos to the public domain. That means no attribution ever unless, of course, you want to.
This is a free stock photo library. While you have to supply your email and wait for photos to be delivered to you once a month, they are all high quality, beautiful photos. I have subscribed to this service, and I am always pleased with the images. Oh, and you get a free photo pack when you sign up.
Photos found on DesignersPics are given free of copyright by photographer, web designer and developer Jeshu John. Attribution is requested but not required.
Epicantus is a resource provided by Visual and UX designer and Lean Startup coach Daria N. All images are free to use without attribution. You can also request specific photos.
If you run a food or recipes blog, then this could be a great resource for you. Photographer Jakob Kapusnak is the photographer behind all the fabulous food photos. While attribution is not required, he does ask for it. The only restriction is against selling the photos as if you own them.
Free Nature Stock is a brand new stock library from designer and photographer Adrian Pelletier.
FreePhotosBank offers a searchable database of free to use stock photos. Small thumbnails pose a challenge for easy browsing.
GetRefe mostly outdoorsy images of nature or urban vignettes.
Photographer Ryan McGuire offers images with a lot of humor with unusual composition. While attribution isn’t required, it is appreciated.
Tom Eversley has graciously allowed us to download his high-res photos for free.
This guy posts seven new high-quality free stock photos every Thursday.
Jeshoots hosts a small gallery of searchable high-res photos.
Life of Pix hosts images donated from the Canadian firm, Leeroy Advertising Agency.
The photographer for this site was named Nic. A talented young man, he died suddenly in 2013. Nearly 4 years later, his images live on and they’re still free. His family has a donation button that is NOT required of any guests but you’re welcome to hear his story and donate to his family’s charities in his name.
Jeffrey Betts is the photographer behind . They are mostly nature images, (lots of flowers, beware!) updated weekly.
New Old Stock is a great source of retro and historical images, put together by Cole Townsend.
While this is a small gallery, it is full of beautiful images.
Find both vintage and modern photos that are part of the public domain.
This site offers a searchable, medium-sized gallery for your stock photo needs.
Three Dutch photographers based in the Netherlands have kindly allowed the world to have their high-quality photos for free.
Each week, you’ll find seven new photos for your use.
Photographer Daniel Nanescu provides us with super high-quality stock photos.
Need business and/or tech images? This gallery has images of startups for startups.
This site happens to be my personal favorite! Instead of telling you why….just go there and see for yourself!
Stockvault has an expansive library of over 50,000 images, renders, objects, and textures.
Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. 10 new photos (sent right to your inbox if you sign up) every 10 days.
What are some of your favorite sources for free stock photos? Please share them in the comments section and we’ll update the list with your suggestions (we do this 4x/year), once the sites are verified!
Most of the sites on this list came from a Guest Post, originally written by Starratt Scheetz at A Freelance Way of Life and has since been edited by alegriasmuse.