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Amazing stock photos can be hard to find, even when not free.

How many times have you written the perfect blog post, only to wait to post it until you find perfect photos to accompany the mood? 

You’re also like me, on a budget. Between new glasses + paying off some debt, what funds are left over to splurge on gorgeous images for my blogs?

You also appreciate everything that goes into a beautiful picture.

It helps to have expensive equipment, although isn’t always necessary. Photography is a skill that appears to be effortless + easy to the untrained eye. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, though. Artists need to make a decent living, too. It’s not fair, ethical, or legal to steal another person’s images. Where do you go to find quality, royalty free images?

This post is designed to be a comprehensive post on the best sites to find amazing stock images. I use these sites regularly + adore them. Perhaps you might know some of them already?

If you know of any others I might have missed, please let me know in the comments section!

Burst by Shopify

Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

Totally new to me is Burst by Shopify. From what I read, it seems that Burst is great for people selling on Shopify. However, you don’t need to have a Shopify store to use the images.

Design Rush


Design Rush is new to me. I noticed that a potential issue + the site doesn’t have the most intuitive UI/UX.



Food photographers from all around the world share their photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license to help accomplish the ultimate goal of Foodiesfeed, to make the online space related to food more beautiful and eliminate all the ugly sterile stock photos that people still keep using.

Foodies Feed is the first site mentioned here with free stock photos of delicious + amazing food! I can almost smell the salmon through the screen.

Courtesy of

FreePhotos is another new resource. One unique thing about this site is there is a free online photo editor!


Courtesy of Gratisography

Gratisography doesn’t have as many photos as the aforementioned resources. Nevertheless, there are several categories where you can find some gems. Check out the whimsical category, for example.



ISO Republic provides free stock photos for creative professionals. Since launch, we’ve published over 3,000 CC0 licensed images, with more being added every single week.

It’s good to note that they too have a free stock photo site for food called Foodie Factor.

Jay Amantri 

Courtesy of Jay Amantri

Two interesting things about Jay Amantri: it’s a Tumblr + doesn’t appear to have been updated in 3 years. Doesn’t matter though as the pics speak for themselves.

Life of Pix

Courtesy of Life of Pix

Life of Pix is created by Leeroy Design Agency + has partnered recently with Adobe Stock. Their images will still be free. Major parallax + all the bells and whistles is on their sites, which unfortunately might slow down some computers.



Magdeleine is my current favorite place for free stock photos. I love the photo a day concept!

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Negative Space

Courtesy of Negative Space

Negative Space is a newer resource to me. They feature a lot of photos in the technology + travel categories. Check out their About Us page. You’ll find helpful resources linked within for web designers + more.

New Old Stock

Courtesy of New Old Stock

New Old Stock is a collection of antique photos (that are mostly in black in white) that may be used without licensing or attribution. The majority of these photos were recovered from government agencies or stumbled upon in estate sales. If you need some stock photos for an old-fashioned themed website, this would be an interesting choice.


Courtesy of Pexels

Pexels provides high quality + completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable + also easy to discover through our discover pages.

On the about us page, they mention that free photos are sourced from Pixabay, Gratisography + Little Visuals, which I will also include here.


Courtesy of Picography

Picography has been providing stunning images to millions of people for the past 3 years. It is now one of the top sources for gorgeous, high-resolution, free photos.

Picography  is a site I haven’t checked out in a while.

Scatter Jar

Courtesy of Scatter Jar

Scatter Jar offers free stock photos of food. I’m getting hungry just looking at them!


Courtesy of SplitShire

There are nearly 1,000 free photos available on SplitShire. I did encounter several 404 errors, though. Warning, these images are super hi-res + the original of this image is almost 20mb!

Courtesy of StockSnap

StockSnap is built on a very simple premise:

We promise our users an ever-expanding collection of the best, most beautiful stock images for free. And we offer these images under a single, simple CC0 license that lets you do what you want with all our photos, with no attribution required.

StockSnap has more ads than any other free stock photo site. Shutterstock is one of their advertisers. There are also some duplicates of pics that I also saw on Unsplash.


Photo by Dominik Scythe on Unsplash

Founded 4 years ago as a humble Tumblr blog, Unsplash has grown into an industry-leading photography community. It’s become a source of inspiration for everyone from award-winning writers like Deepak Chopra to industry-titans like Apple + millions of creators worldwide.

That’s good enough for me!

So there you have it, friends.

These sites should be enough to keep you busy for a while!

Honorable mentions include:




The Pattern Library

How are you going to use some of the pics that you find on these sites? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!