I’m always on the hunt for new visual resources to share with you. Here are 9 resources for beautiful, free stock photos you can use on your blog and more.

1. Barn Images

Barn Images
license: Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license details here.
subjects: nature, city scenes, landscapes, lifestyle
search: by keyword, tags and categories

2. Cupcake

license: Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license details here.
subjects: small collection of landscapes, animals, lifestyle shots
search: no search just scroll or click “archive” to see selection

3. Fancy Crave

Fancy Crave
license: Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, details here.
subjects: wide variety of landscapes, lifestyle shots, objects; all high resolution
search: by keyword, or use “grid view” to see full selection

4. Jé Shoots

Jé Shoots
license: Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, details here.
subjects: animals, architecture, city scenes, device mockup shots, food, lights, nature, people
search: grouped by categories

5. Photo Collections

Photo Collections
license: Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, details here.
subjects: architecture, nature. Great for moody wilderness shots and wild animal shots.
search: by keyword and categories

6. Shutteroo

license: custom license, details here.
subjects: bright travel photos, sunsets, beaches, nature
search: by keyword and categories

7. Snapwire Snaps

Snapwire Snaps
license: Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, details here under “why free” tab. Site also offers royalty free photos for purchase and option to request photos from photographers.
subjects: nature, landscapes, city scenes, 7 free each week or for purchase collections
search: by keyword

8. Skitterphoto

license: Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, details here.
subjects: animals, plants, landscapes, low light, people, transportation, urban.
search: by keyword and sort by popular, newest, and categories

9. Tookapic

license: Check individual photos for usage. Some photos are CC0 license, others are available for royalty-free purchase, details here.
subjects: a wide range of subjects all taken by photographers participating in Tookapic’s 365 day photo project and offering their photos as stock.
search: by keyword and categories

For more free for commercial use stock photo resources check out this post: Where to Find Free Stock Photos: 36 Sites and for one-on-one help finding the best stock sites for your brand, grab a Photo Picking Power Session with me!

Learn more about Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licensing here.

The number of sites offering beautiful, free photos for you to legally* use in your business branding, marketing, and blogging projects just keeps on growing! Hurray … the more resources the merrier, I say, because it means better visual communication for everyone!

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Watch the resource slideshow or view as a list below. Grab the printable version of the list to keep this info close at hand (you’ll also get a series of tips on how to make searching for stock photos easier)!

1. Compfight


Compfight helps you search the photo sharing site flickr for images that are available for commercial use and licensed through Creative Commons. Always check licenses and attribution requirements. Photo Credit: gertrudster via Compfight CC

1. Compfight


Compfight helps you search the photo sharing site flickr for images that are available for commercial use and licensed through Creative Commons. Always check licenses and attribution requirements. Photo Credit: gertrudster via Compfight CC

2. Crow the Stone


Crow the Stone no longer offers photos.

3. Death to the Stock Photo


Death to the Stock Photo offers free monthly packs of images from photographers Allie and David. Bonus packs and extended access available for $10/month.

4. Foodie’s Feed


Foodie’s Feed offers free, high resolution food photos. Yummy!

5. Foter


Foter helps you search for free Creative Commons images from several online sources. Always check licenses and attribution requirements. Photo credit: mysza831 / Foter / CC BY 2.0

6. Free Images


Free Images offers a gallery of more than 350,000 stock photos.

7. Free Pixels


Free Pixels offers more than 5,000 images. Photo credit: Free Pixels

8. Free Range Stock


Free Range Stock offers high-resolution stock photos and textures.

9. Fresh


Fresh is no longer offered.

10. GetRefe


GetRefe Free offers high-quality images of people interacting with technology (free and for purchase).

11. Gratisography


Gratisography offers free high-resolution photos by abstract artist and designer Ryan McGuire.

12. IM Free


IM Free offers a curated collection of images, icons, templates, buttons. Photo credit: PhotoEveryWhere.co.uk

13. ISO Republic


ISO Republic offers high-resolution images.

14. Jay Mantri


Jay Mantri offers free photos to use as you wish.

15. Life of Pix


Life of Pix offers high-resolution public domain photos created by Leeroy Advertising Agency to use as you wish.

16. Little Visuals


Little Visuals offers 7 high-resolution images per week to use as you wish (no longer updated).

17. Magdeleine


Magdeleine offers a curated collection of Creative Commons licensed images. Some require attribution.

18. Morgue File


Morgue File offers high-resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs.

19. Moveast


Moveast offers photos from the journey of a Portuguese guy moving east to use as you wish.

20. New Old Stock


New Old Stock offers vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions.

21. The Pattern Library


The Pattern Library compiles patterns shared by designers for you to use freely in your own designs.

22. Pexels


Pexels offers a curated collection of Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licensed images.

23. Photogen


Photogen offers high-resolution stock photos.

24. Picjumbo


Picjumbo offers totally free photos for your commercial and personal use. Premium packs available for $6/month.

25. Pickup Image


Pickup Image offers free stock images and public domain photos.

26. Picography


Picography offers high-resolution Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licensed photos.

27. Pixabay


Pixabay offers more than 310,000 public domain photos, vectors and art illustrations.

28. Public Domain Archive


Public Domain Archive offers a public domain image repository. Premium membership available for $10/month.

29. Raumrot


Raumrot offers 544 handpicked hi-resolution stockphotos for personal and commercial projects. Photo Credit: Markus Spiske / www.temporausch.com / CC-BY 2.0

30. RGB Stock


RGB Stock offers more than 100,000 stock photos.

31. Split Shire


Split Shire offers photos by Italian photographer and web/graphic designer Daniel Nanescu.

32. Startup Stock


Startup Stock offers free “start-up” focused photos by Iowa City-based social media marketing agency, Sculpt.

33. The Stocks


The Stocks compiles several of the sites on this list into on one site for easier searching.

34. Super Famous


Super Famous offers images by Folkert Gorter CC 3.0 license.

35. Travel Coffee Book


Travel Coffee Book offers travel photos via CC0 license.

36. Unsplash

Unsplash offers free high-resolution photos via CC0 1.0 license.


Get photos from these free stock photo resources in your Twitter stream by following my list of sites here.

*Be legal: always check usage licenses! These sites offer free images for commercial (for your business) use. Exact licenses and attribution requirements vary by site and sometimes by image, and are subject to change, so always check usage licenses! Make sure what you plan to do with the photo is within the license granted and that you attribute (give credit) as required.

Many of the questions I get about DIY design and branding center around what resources, tools, and software to use. Here are answers to 5 questions I get asked all the time.

PDF Design Software

Q: What software should I use to create my pdfs (freebies, worksheets, ebooks)?

A: Short answer: Word, Pages, InDesign, or Canva. Read 4 Software Options for Creating Beautiful PDFs and Documents for full details.

Fillable PDFs

Q: How can I create pdf worksheets will fillable forms?

A: Short answer: Acrobat Pro, PDFPen Pro, PDF Escape, Nitro Pro, CutePDF. Read How Can I Make Interactive and Fillable PDFs? for full details.

Stock Photos

Q: Where can I find inexpensive stock photos?

A: Short answer: Creative Commons, no-cost commercial use sites, Little Visuals, PicJumbo, Death to Stock Photo. More resources here under “Images” category.

Brand Colors

Q: I found a color I love online how can I get the color codes I need to use it on my site?

A: Short answer: Digital Color Meter (Mac) or Instant Eyedropper (PC). Read What’s That Color? for full details.

Brand Fonts

Q: I found a font I love! How can I figure out the name of the font?

A: Short answer: What the Font or Identifont. Read 2 Free Tools to Help You Identify Fonts for full details.

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