In an ideal world, every project would involve a full photoshoot to get an in-depth glimpse at a brand. But sometimes it just isn’t possible. That’s where stock photos come in.
Stock photography doesn’t have the best reputation in the world. It’s known for being corny, awkward, and sometimes straight up weird. Luckily, stock today is more authentic and diverse than it used to be.
It can also be expensive. The truth is, sometimes it just isn’t in the doable. So if you’re looking for photos of something other than a woman laughing into her salad or a creepy man smiling and giving you a thumbs up, here are some of my recommended go-tos for fully free for commercial use stock:
Unsplash is a great site for finding beautiful, free photos. Thousands of new photos are added to their library each day, and all are free for commercial use. This site is hands down my favourite. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me post photos from Unsplash – from flatlays to interiors.
Pexels is home to over 40,000 stock photos, with 5 new photos being added each day. Every single photo on their site is licensed under the CC0 license, which means they are free for commercial use, and no credit is required.
Death to stock
Death to Stock sends free and unique photo sets straight to your inbox once a month. They also offer a premium membership. The photos you receive in your inbox might not always be your cup of tea. However, I’d say it’s worth the subscription.
Stocksnap adds hundreds of high-resolution, free for commercial use photos weekly. And of course, no attribution is required.
Pixabay offers thousands of options for hi-res photos. All are free for commercial use.