Where to find free images to use for your blog and social media posts

Where to find free images to use for your blog and social media posts

Morning friends! How’s your week shaping up so far?

If you’re just popping in and want to catch up on this weeks posts they can be found here and here. There’s an interesting discussion going on about morning routines so please feel free to join in if you haven’t already!

I’ve been receiving quite a few emails and comments about blog photography recently so I figured it would probably be  a good idea to write up a post about the topic if anyone reading is curious. Pictures are really important when writing up a blog post aren’t they? I feel like they add a certain visual element to the story you’re telling/information you’re sharing which helps the reader get a better visual of the nuances you are trying to communicate.

 

As much as I enjoy taking photos, there is simply no way that I could manage taking all original photos all of the time. When I do have a moment to snap some pictures I gladly share them here on the blog or on Instagram but generally speaking I don’t have enough free time to really focus on good quality photography (which makes me incredibly sad because this was a very dear hobby of mine!). When I first started this blog I was snapping photos with my iPhone and felt very overwhelmed by the quality of photos I was seeing on other blogs! The blog world is pretty intimidating isn’t it? Sure, some bloggers take their own photos but a good chunk do not which I discovered after doing a little googling after seeing a dozen or so bloggers use the same image. Did you know that there are royalty free images that you can use on your blog without attribution? If not, I’m about to share a few of my favorite sites!

Pexelswww.pexels.com

Pixabaywww.pixabay.com

Photopinwww.photopin.com

Stock Vaultwww.stockvault.net

Free Pixelswww.freepixels.com

These are just a few of the sites that are out there! If you google royalty free images I’m sure you’ll pull up a ton more options. Always have a good look at the conditions of use before diving in just to confirm they are in fact free and royalty free!

If you have any questions feel free to post a comment below or shoot me an email.

QOD

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  1. March 29, 2017 / 7:09 am

    I have run out of photos and was wondering where to turn next. Thanks your timing was spot on for me 🙂

    • March 29, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Enjoy! Glad it came at a right time for you!

  2. March 29, 2017 / 7:24 am

    This is SO helpful!! I am pretty new to blogging (and not so tech savvy….) and did not know this. I’m also just getting into photography so, while I love practicing, my photos sometimes leave something to be desired. Thanks for sharing these sites!!

    • March 29, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Glad you find it useful Christina! Enjoy!

  3. March 29, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Thank you for sharing! I enjoy your post. Wishing you continued success.

    • March 29, 2017 / 7:41 am

      Thank you!!

    • March 29, 2017 / 7:54 am

      My pleasure!😊

    • March 29, 2017 / 8:06 am

      Thank you for sharing!

  4. March 29, 2017 / 8:10 am

    My, my, you are a true life and time saver! Thanks a lot!

    • March 29, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Enjoy! 👍🏼

    • March 29, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Thanks for the share!

    • March 29, 2017 / 8:43 am

      Thank you for adding this! I didn’t know about this one!

      • March 29, 2017 / 10:55 am

        No, thank you. I didn’t know about half the ones you posted about! lol

        • March 29, 2017 / 11:01 am

          I’m sure there are a TON out there!

    • March 29, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      This is the one I use almost exclusively. I’ve used pexel on occassion.

      • March 29, 2017 / 4:49 pm

        I do the same. I like the graphics of the photos on unsplash.

        • March 29, 2017 / 4:50 pm

          Very high quality.

  5. March 29, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Thanks for the list.

  6. March 29, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Great post as usual, but this one was SUPER helpful! Always looking for new ideas and inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

    • March 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

      My pleasure! Enjoy!

  7. March 29, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    You can Google what you want and then, under Settings > Advanced Search > Usage rights, select “free to use, share, or modify, even commercially”.

    • March 29, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Awesome! I had no idea you could do this! Thank you so much for sharing Brandon! 🙂

  8. March 29, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Oftentimes it isn’t the quality of a photo– but the chance to see something different, especially in our international group of bloggers. It’s kinda cool to see the off the wall places in the world, and not necessarily the main or capital cities. And just an unposed shot of people’s activities or a broken tree branch in on’s backyard can provide an emission of good vibes. Have a wonderful day, Jenny.

    • March 29, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      This is SO true! Thank you for sharing!

  9. March 29, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I had no idea about this!! Thank you!!

    • March 29, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      My pleasure! enjoy!

  10. March 29, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing the links Jenny. This is great!

    • March 29, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      My pleasure! Enjoy!

    • March 30, 2017 / 6:36 am

      Try these out! They are royalty free so there’s no issue if you copy and paste!

  11. March 30, 2017 / 1:05 am

    I do my own photography most of the time, but for some post I don’t have any option except to look for on Internet.

    Nice that you have shared.

  12. March 30, 2017 / 5:38 am

    Thanks Jenny for posting this! It’s a real give back to those of us slogging and blogging!

    • March 30, 2017 / 6:34 am

      My pleasure! Enjoy!

    • March 31, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      My pleasure! Enjoy!

  13. April 5, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Hi, just wanted to clarify the Royalty-Free term, as this name is a little misleading. Royalty Free doesn’t mean that the works (photos, videos, music) are given away for free. It means that the user doesn’t have to pay for each use. However, to obtain the right of usage (license), the user may have to pay first.

    You can search wikipedia for more details.

    • April 5, 2017 / 11:39 am

      Thank you so much for sharing this!

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