I always tell my clients over and over how important it is to include photos in the work they do. Like no excuses, you have to have pictures. We are a visual society. This is why Instagram exploded as big as it did. Images help to tell your story and are essential for engaging with their readers and/or customers. It can be difficult trying to find that perfect image and some of us just don’t have the time or money to dig out our fancy camera and set up a photoshoot to achieve it. That’s okay boo.
Any blogger or social media manager will tell you that one of the hardest parts of the job is finding the perfect image to accompany a post. Photos bring your website engagement, but unless you’re willing to pay some hard cash to access a royalty free database, trying to find great free social media images can be incredibly time-consuming and tedious at times. Especially photos that don’t suck.
I’m got you. That is just the type of person I am. To make your life just a sliver easier, I have put together a list of 25 free stock photo sites that you can bookmark for easy reference whenever you’re having trouble getting the right picture. These are from my personal stash, so consider yourself in my close circle of friends now. Initiation handshake instructions to follow.
Creative Commons Zero
Before sharing this valuable stock photo list, it’s important to understand what is meant with the different licensing and copyrights of images available. It can be hard sometimes to know what exactly you can and cannot do with someone else’s image. The Creative Commons Zero license is especially valuable for this.
The official Creative Commons website says that the license “enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.”
Um what the hell does that mean? Big words! Essentially it is saying that you are free to use that amazing beach sunrise photo you found under the CC0 license for any purpose, including your next Instagram campaign. SWEET!
So yeah, here is my pick of the best free stock photo sites that comply with the Creative Commons License. Some might require you to drop an email and sign up to get them sent to you directly. If this still seems like too much work for you and you just don’t have the time, send me a message and I can compile Stock Photo Packs for your brand.
25 Free Sites for Awesome Stock Images
Flickr (search under Creative Commons images)