In a perfect world, we could all take amazing photos, edit them scrupulously, and somehow manage to have enough props and stylish flair to snap the exact image you need to illustrate your post.
In the real world, we have access to other talented people who do that instead!
I’ve lost count of the posts I’ve pinned, sent to Evernote, or emailed to myself that round up great places to find free images on the internet. To save myself that headache (and hopefully you too!) here they all are, finally, in one place. Pin it for yourself!
from their site: All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So thatattribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.
Getty Images has more than 50 million embeddable images – just hover over an image and click the </> icon to get the code to paste into your post.
Public Domain Archive
Public Domain Images are bloggers who have curated all the images in the public domain they’ve come across in one handy place. Both modern and vintage images to choose from.
Free Images (previously stock.XCHNG) have stricter requirements with their licensing, so do check each image before use. Option to purchase other photos as well.
Open Photo has plenty of images, vectors, and even video to choose from.
New Old Stock
New Old Stock is full of vintage photos from public archives, free of known copyright restrictions. You could scroll for hours!
As Picography says: Free high resolution photos. Use them however you like.
Creative Market is a paid service, with a weekly grab-bag of free images, fonts and other goodies to use on your blog.
Stokpic not only has beautiful images totally free to use for personal or commercial use, they will also email you a package of 10 every two weeks. Their image categories are listed right at the top so you can see at a glance if they have something you’re looking for.
A great selection of images, to which 10 new ones are added every 10 days. There isn’t any search function or categories list, which can make it hard to find something specific, but the current images are laid out in a grid format for you to view.
Photopin has free photos for bloggers and creatives, which are accessed from the search bar on their home page.
A Prettier Web
A Prettier Web has beautiful (and quite girly) free images for bloggers and creatives.
Picjumbo has categories of free images on the left-hand side to help you find what you’re looking for. Everything from abstracts to weddings.
Click the menu box on the upper right-hand-side of SplitShire to find the categories, otherwise, scroll through the offerings.
Death to the Stock Photo
Death to the Stock Photo has a bundle of free images that get sent to subscribers each month, usually in a theme.
If you’re looking for something quirky and fun, you’ll find it at Gratisography.
To use some of the images at Morguefile, you’ll need to ask permission and link back to the creator, but they’re free and hi-res.
An easy-to-use list of categories shows itself when you are on the “free images” section of the Dreamstime site.
Pixabay has tons of public domain vectors, drawings, and photos – all for free. A captcha is necessary prior to download, or you can sign up.
FreeFoto has 132549 free images to use with attribution and linkback.
Part of Getty Images,iStock has free photos, illustrations, video, audio, and editorial files in weekly batches.
Boss Fight has one mission: To be your final “Boss Fight” when it comes to finding completely free (do whatever you want) stock images, photos, and photography.
Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr Creative Commons is constantly updated with people all over the world sharing their photos for use. Do check each attribution licence, however, as some are stricter than others.
StockSnap also has royalty-free images with no attribution required.
And not technically photos, but Entypo has 411 pictograms for use on websites. Fun!
Where are your favourite places to get images? Are you a photographer yourself?
Stacey is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: a writer, blogger, and full-time word nerd balancing it all with being a stay-at-home mum. She writes about all this and more at Veggie Mama. Chat with her on Twitter @veggie_mama or be entertained on Facebook.