Where to find beautiful stock photos for your blog

Stock photos are an easy and pretty way to create depth on your blog. There are many sites where you can find beautiful stock photos and today I want to share my favourites with you.

Let's see where to find pretty photos and how to use them, shall we?

You've probably heard of Unsplash and Death to the Stock Photos, right?

They are perfectly awesome places for great photos, but there are more. Here are six other amazing sources for beautiful creative business and blog worthy images:

 

WHERE TO FIND STOCK PHOTOS FOR YOUR CREATIVE BLOG

 

 

4 STEPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF STOCK PHOTOS

 

1. USE THEM AS A TOOL

Don't forget – everybody can use the same photos as you.

Stock images are not your story, they are just a tool that can help you tell it.

Look for photos that can help you tell your story that, not just for pretty pictures you feel drawn to.

 

2. BRAND THEM

Look for photos that match the mood of your blog – too dark, too colourful , or too cluttered? Be picky! When you find a suitable image, don't use it 'as is' – brand it! 

 Here three ideas how to brand your photos:

  • Use a filter or overlay colour that matches your brand look & feel. For example I make all my photos lighter and reduce contrast - I love them dreamy!
  • Crop it and use only part of the image. You might not recognise a photo of a vase with pink roses you've seen around, If I blow it up and use only one rose of it as background for a quote.
  • Cover the photo with your a transparent version of your brand colour and add text. I often use white layer with 20% transparency, just to get this extra magical and hazy mood out of the image.

 

3. MAKE SURE THEY ARE REALLY FREE

Most sites use the Creative Commons licence and if the picture you've chosen is marked as CC0, you're good to go. This is a "no rights reserved do whatever you want no contribution required" licence. It means you can use the image "as is" or alter it, and you are not requred to give credit (although it's always nice to do it if you can).

All licenses have some form of terms and conditions, so read them carefully, just to be on the safe side. And when in doubt, ask the artist or the website where you found the image. 

 

4. ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE

Enough said.

 

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR STOCK PHOTOS

Do you prefer to take your photos yourself?

How do you match them to your blog?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Stay creative!

♥ Lin