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When I first started my business it was extremely hard for me to figure out what to post on social media. As a web designer I also need to use free stock images for clients who don’t have enough photos for their site. I was always looking around trying to find gorgeous stock photos that didn’t look corny or fake. Now, two years later, I have several go to places for stock photos. I would like to mention, if you are going to use stock photos for your social media account, make sure that you are also mixing them in with your own pictures, especially some pictures of yourself. Stock photos are a way to up level your business account(s) and allow you to have plenty of pictures to choose from when you feel you have no pictures to post. The sites I am going to list are in no particular order, they are just the sites that I personally use.
Unsplash is my favorite free stock photography site, hands down. They have just under a million images and the photographers are extremely talented. There are very few “corny stock photos”, and you can find many beautiful images. I love to use their images for my website templates, and my clients websites (when a client only has a few images to provide me). If you need some filler images for your website, images for your Pinterest posts, graphics, e-mail campaigns, etc., then check out Unsplash.
Creative Market is a designers dream! This is where I buy almost all of my mockups that I use for my website and social media posts. If you need business card mockups, invite mockups, computer or iPad mockups, then this is the place to go.
You can pay for individual images on SC Stockshop, or you can join their monthly subscription. I am apart of their monthly subscription and it is so worth it for me because I use their images often. Their images are feminine but they have many different styles, from natural and minimal to bright and airy.
I just recently started using their images, and I am in love with their style. MOYO studio also charges for individual images and has a monthly membership option. If you have a minimal, natural or moody brand style, then their images will work great for your business.
If you have a light and airy style, then Jana’s photos will work great for your business. Jana has many collections of styled stock photos for female entrepreneurs and bloggers. You can buy Jana’s collections individually or request to join her membership.
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