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Having high-quality unique photography on your website is a key factor to stand out online. Even though I always recommend investing in brand photography, sometimes you need some stock photography to fill up space or to start off with as a new business owner. I’ve created a list of my favorite stock photo websites that I’ve used for my own business, website templates & almost all client projects!
When searching for stock photos for commercial use, the biggest challenge is finding gorgeous & unique images. Since thousands of people use stock photo websites, it’s not surprising that you may see the same image over and over again. But it is possible to find nice images if you take the time to look & avoiding ones that look too cheesy. My rule of thumb is, I won’t use that stock photo if I’ve seen it before.
All free stock photos are royalty-free, and there’s no need to pay for commercial use. I use Unsplash & Pexels daily, they are my absolute favorites!
All paid stock photo websites require a licensing fee, or a membership to access. Stock image memberships are a great way to get your money’s worth – pay one quarterly price and receive endless high-quality images to choose from.
As you can see, there’s dozens of websites to browse through in order to find the rest images for your style and vision. All of these websites have been a blessing for my design business! Are you a new business owner looking for other tools for your business? You can view all of my favorites right here (and discounts).