Beautiful photos are an essential ingredient in any successful website. If you’re not a photographer or don’t have the funds to hire one, high-quality stock photos can fill the gap and make your website and social media feeds pop. Here are my top 12 favorite sources of premium stock photos.
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Unsplash offers the world’s finest collection of 100% free stock photography. Unlike the cookie-cutter photos you might expect to find on mainstream stock photography sites, the photos on Unsplash are beautiful, artistic, dynamic, and anything but ordinary.
Pexels offers a wide selection of gorgeous free stock photography that doesn’t feel sterile or staged. Pexels is a great option if you need lots of photos from the same photoshoot. Unlike Unsplash, which focuses more on standalone images, Pexels attracts many photographers who upload whole photoshoots for free use.
Stocksy is the world’s premier marketplace for artistic, out-of-the-box stock photos. Their pricing structure is simple. They offer four standard royalty-free licenses ranging in price from $15 to $125 depending on the size you want. Extended licenses are also on offer for product makers or those who want to use images exclusively.
Creative Market also offers a wide selection of gorgeous stock photos. Photographers set their own prices, so photos range from $2 to $500 but the majority are less than $10, so it might be a better option than Stocksy if you’re on a tight budget.
Floral Deco is a shop on Creative Market but I think it deserves its own listing. I use Floral Deco’s photos constantly on social media and all over my website. They have such a gorgeous style. Floral Deco sells their photos in bundles, which range from $11 to $89 depending on the number of photos included.
Moyo Studio specializes in designing photo mockups for creatives but they also offer a range of still life and flat lay stock photos. I use their mockups on my own website and they are sooo good. The mockups are particularly well-suited for brand, graphic, and web designers.
Jana Bishop’s photos are known for their light, airy aesthetic. They mostly consist of flat lays, florals, and interiors. She sells her photos in $47 bundles. She does have a membership program but it’s closed to new members right now.
Stocklane is a stock photography membership site that offers a $49 monthly plan and a $197 quarterly plan. With Stocklane, you’ll have access to over 3,000 gorgeous stock photos designed for entrepreneurs, influencers, and lifestyle bloggers with 30 downloads allowed per month.
Kate Max Stock
Kate Max Stock offers a massive collection of brightly lit stock photos for women bloggers and entrepreneurs. There are stock photos and mockups for virtually every color palette and occasion. You can buy photos individually for $10 each, in bundles ranging from $19 to $69, or you can purchase a membership plan for $29/month.
Haute Stock is a library of stock photos, mockups, graphic packs, and social media templates for female entrepreneurs. You can access the library via a $99 quarterly membership or $299 annual membership. You can also sign up to receive 21 stock photos for free!
Her Creative Studio
Her Creative Studio offers a selection of over two thousand feminine, modern, and seasonal stock photos and tech mockups. What really makes this collection stand out is how beautifully the photographer captures light and shadow. You can buy photos individually for $19 or buy a membership. A 6-month membership is $127 and a 12-month membership costs $227.
Styled Stock Society
Styled Stock Society offers a large selection of feminine stock photos for your blog and business. There are three membership plans. You can sign up for a $75 quarterly membership, $225 annual membership, or $395 lifetime membership. If you’re afraid of commitment, you can purchase photo packs in the Creative Market shop*.
Do you have a favorite stock photo source that’s not on this list? Share it in the comments below!