You've heard the blogging kings and queens say: using your own professional photos on your website is the best.
But sometimes you don't have a photo with the right theme that fits your blog post. Or you need something different for your ebook or course.
That's when you go and find (free) stock photos on the internet.
Don't worry, everybody uses stock photos.
Just make sure you go to the quality sites and choose the right, high quality photos.
And forget about the weird stock photos with business people in suit.
In this post I've collected 39 sites that have breathtaking free photos. (Click on the site name after each number to go to the site.)
[Looking for feminine styled photos? Check out this post!]
Free (do whatever you want) high-res photos. 10 new photos every ten days.
Picjumbo has free images for personal and commercial use in more than 10 categories.
Kaboompics is a collection maintained by a Polish webdesigner, Karolina. She offers high-res photos for free use. You can browse using categories and tags too.
On Pixabay you can find public domain photos in different resolutions, from various photographers.
On Stocksnap you can find curated stock photos with CC0 licence - you can use them absolutely free anywhere.
This site offers a limited collection of techy photos, but if you're searching for images of Macs and people working in offices, you might find suitable photos.
All The Free Stock is an aggregate site founded by Saijo George. You can search not only in dozens of free stock photo sites' collections but also among videos, mockups etc.
8. Jay Mantri
Jay Mantri has mostly travel photos and indoor close-ups. The site is not very user-friendly, but worth browsing if you're looking for these kind of images.
9. Stock Up
Stock Up is another site that searches among others' photos. (At the time of writing this post, among 11,160 free stock photos across 25 websites.)
A collection of free photos from various photographers in different categories.
A smaller collection of hand-picked free photos from different photographers, mostly about nature, architecture, animals. I like that there's a color palette next to each image.
No categories but search is possible. There are tags next to each photo too.
The site is owned by a web designer and his firm. One new high quality, high resolution photo a day. Browse by categories.
A smaller, searchable collection of high-res photos.
A small collection of free stock photos added every week, with CC0 license. You can browse by category too.
16. Life of Pix
Free high-res photos with no copyright restrictions. They add new images weekly. Maintained by a Montreal advertising agency.
A smaller collection of free for commercial use photos by Jeffrey Betts with CC0 license. You can filter by categories.
Silliness alert! Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New pictures added weekly by Ryan Mcguire. He has a lot of crazy photos, don't tell me I didn't warn you!
Photos for personal and commercial use. Check the license of each photo, they usually ask for attribution. (Photo above by Alagich Katya.)
1000+ free food images. You can also buy bundles. After signing up you receive a free bundle every month.
Another food photo site with a smaller collection of handpicked high-res photos.
22. Fancy Crave
Free high resolution photos from professional photographers. Two new images every day.
No surprise: these are free travel photos from all around the world.
New free photos every week by Daria, a Dutch designer.
A collection of high quality, high resolution public domain and Creative Commons licensed professional free stock photos. They have about 27,000 images from Flickr. Check the license, as you might need to credit the author. (Photo above by Osvaldo Gon.)
26. Little Visuals
Unfortunately the site is not refreshed as the owner, Nic suddenly died. His family ask the visitors to donate for fundraising. The images are free, mostly closeups and nature photos.
Free photos by email every month. The site was created by Allie and David, two photographers.
Public domain photos, site created by Daniel Nanescu from Italy. Offers premium service as well, for $20 a year.
Free photos well categorized. Check the license, attribution might be required. (Photo above by Marius Boatca.)
A few dozens of images with CC0 license.
PickupImage offers public domain photos from various contributors. You have to create an account to download images.
32. ISO Republic
Free and premium photos by Tom Eversley. You can browse through different categories.
Photos for business or personal use in high resolution for free, by Jan Vašek.
34. Snapwire Snaps
7 free beautiful photos every 7 days from the photographers of the premium site Snapwire.
35. Get Refe
Free and premium photos from Lithuania. You literally buy the free photos for $0, so you have to use the checkout with an email address.
Royalty-free nature stock photos, you can use them however you want. Created by Adrian Pelletier, updated daily.
A public domain image repository created by an American web designer and photographer. The images are updated weekly, you can buy premium bulk download for $10.
38. Barn Images
Free images and premium photo packs.
4000+ public domain images for any use.
Phew! That's the end of the list.
Do you have any sites to add? Which one is your favorite?
P. S. If you're looking for gorgeous feminine styled stock images, click on the image below and check out my other blog post where I collected 18+ free and other resources.