4 Free Places to Find Stock Photos for Your Niche Blog

4 Free Places to Find Stock Photos for Your Niche Blog

It’s no secret that for today’s bloggers, there’s many websites offering free, high-quality stock photography.

While lots of these websites are wonderful, the sheer volume of images available on them can be overwhelming to mine through. These sites tend to be generalists, offering a smaller number of photos across a broader range of categories. If you’re looking for something unique, specific or offbeat, you might end up searching multiple sites to find that one perfect image you need.

Luckily, there are a handful of free stock photo websites targeted toward a specific niche or category. If your blog caters to foodies, history buffs or creative freelancers/marketers, it might be worth checking out one of the websites below.

Note: Each website has its own licensing rules; check before downloading and using any photos. Also, different rules may apply if you want to change an image or use it commercially. You’ll also need to verify whether any of the photos you select require attribution.

1. Gratisography

Gratisography is a great place to find free, high-resolution images that are quirky, offbeat, and just plain fun.

All images are taken by visual artist Ryan McGuire, with new pictures added weekly. Images can be used for personal or commercial use, and no attribution is required.

You can filter by big bucket categories (e.g., Animals, People, Nature), or do a custom keyword search. Pictures range from whimsical (ex. piglets donning party hats) to wacky (ex. a man mowing the lawn wearing just his undies and a beer helmet).

If you or your client approaches content with a sense of humor or satire, then Gratisography should definitely be added to your stock photo toolkit.

2. New Old Stock

If you’re looking for free vintage stock photos, New Old Stock is a good place to start.

Free of known copyright restrictions, these photos have been thoughtfully curated from participating institutions on The Commons on Flickr. (Note: It’s a good idea to double-check the institution’s rights statement, which can be found by clicking on the link for the image’s original Flickr posting provided for each image.)

Browsing New Old stock, you’ll find a variety of beautiful, vintage stock photos from the world’s public archives—great for historical topics, blogs, and societies/organizations.

Whether you’re looking for antique images depicting city life, farming, or transportation (e.g., automobiles, trains), this website is a great one to bookmark for sourcing snapshots from bygone eras.

3. FoodiesFeed

As the name suggests, FoodiesFeed offers free, high-resolution food photography — perfect for food bloggers and food-related businesses.

Its collection of food photography is available for personal or commercial use, and images are grouped into broad categories like Coffee & Drinks, Cooking & Baking or Grocery & Ingredients. The numerous display ads are a bit annoying as you scroll, but the array of appetizing imagery makes it worth the inconvenience.

In addition to its collection of free images, FoodiesFeed offers a few Premium packages, which grant you lifetime access to hundreds of more photos, regular updates/notifications, and thematic photo bundles.

4. Startup Stock Photos

No stuffy suits, phony smiles or post-meeting high fives here — Startup Stock Photos offers free business stock photography for the modern creative professional.

Founded in 2014 by Sculpt, an Iowa-city social media marketing agency, Startup Stock Photos caters to creative freelancers, agencies and the startup community.

Its collection of photos features plenty of casually clad workers (think flannel and beanies), either working solo on MacBooks or participating in a brainstorming session at a coffee shop or downtown warehouse loft.

Many big names have used images from Startup Stock Photos; their client list includes Mashable, Forbes and The New York Times (among many others).

Bonus Round

While not targeting one particular niche, these free stock photo sites cater to a particular aesthetic:

KaboomPics

Here you’ll find beautiful images related to fashion, food, and interior design—often pairing modern elements with rustic accents (ex. an iPhone and laptop on a flannel blanket in the grass).

Images are free and can be used for personal or commercial use.

Minimography

Modern, minimalist photography (think lots of white space and clean lines, with purposeful pops of color). Categories include nature, objects, animals and architecture.

All images are free to use for personal or commercial use.   

Where’s your favorite place to find stock photos? Let us know in the comments below.

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33 comments

  • Thank you so much! Kaboompics and Minimography are perfect for my blog.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Sandra Haven says:

    Thanks! I love Startup Stock Photos. BTW they have a “support the site” donate button, which I like to see–it means they aren’t out to nab your email, etc. and you can show them appreciation with a few bucks for their awesome and modern photos. I also loved Gratisography’s quirky photos (very eye-catching) but couldn’t make their subscribe or “buy me a coffee” buttons to work. Just remember–you can also use your OWN high resolution photos for truly unique illos as well. Sometimes they are the best for your specific purposes.

    • Rachel Guyah says:

      Yes, thank you for the reminder that many of these sites offer ways to donate/contribute a little money as a small thank you for their photos. Excellent point. For Gratisography, it appears the “Buy Me a Coffee” button leads to pop-up, which might be blocked depending on browser settings. The “Subscribe” works on my browser (Chrome), but maybe it’s different for other browsers or mobile vs. desktop.

  • Monika says:

    Nice list. Try also http://monisphoto.com/ – free photos available for personal or commercial use.

  • Christine Peets says:

    I’m sorry if this comment seems too critical, but I don’t like it when writers want to use free images.

    What’s wrong with just adding your own photos, or photos from a local photographer that you pay for the images, or work out some other arrangement?

    Just as writers don’t want people posting their work for free, and without giving credit, neither do photographers. Some photographers sell their images to these sites, but then they are only paid pennies per use, so it’s practically like they had to give it away.

    If you use a stock photo, try and at least find out the name of the photographer and list it. If not, at least list the site. Give credit where it’s due.

    • Rachel Guyah says:

      You make an excellent point about crediting the photographer if/when possible. Additionally, many of these free sites offer ways for users to donate/contribute money to the photographer. Generalist sites may be different, but several of these niche/specific stock photo sites were voluntarily created by designers/photographers who have already found success in their field.

  • Thank you This was very helpful

  • Nina says:

    Such great tips! And I was excited to see you’re in Minneapolis. I am too! 🙂

  • Charles says:

    Thanks for the tips Rachel. I’m always looking for images I can use for my popular science blog Earthly Universe. It’s even harder, since I need to find very specific content. However, I find Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay quite helpful. I’ll definitely be checking out your recommendations too!

  • Tiffany says:

    Thanks for this! I’m a Pixbay fan (they also offer the “Buy Us Coffee” PayPal option, which I love!) but I always keep an eye out for great niche photography sites!

  • Yinan Chen says:

    Hi, very informative article.
    Please also check out https://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, all high-resolution and free to use for any purpose.We specialize in photos by location as we document cities, national parks, state parks, national landmarks, and more. We update with 20+ photos each week. Appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.

  • Thanks for this very useful article. Up to now I’ve used Librestock which refers to various sites and is helpful but I find a bit limited. I really agree it’s important to give credit where it’s due, it’s only good manners.

  • raju says:

    finding a free stock photos without logo or else of big size is too difficult on internet and most of them say it as free and when we move on they ask to pay in the end.

  • Ranga says:

    You can add pexels to the list too. Love the ever growing collection of suggestions.

    @Rachel Guyah an updated list with the suggestions from others would be a great “top up” to the post don’t you think?

    And as for Christine Peets, she totally missed the point. No one here is encouraging/recommending free images and image attributions are commonplace now a days.

  • Awesome post! It’s hard to find great quality pictures, I am currently working on a website so I’m going to look on these site’s.

  • Jo malone says:

    Thank you Rachel.

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    They’re very convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for beginners.

    Could you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thanks
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  • Enigma says:

    You’re amazing. Thanks

  • Gclub says:

    They will use these approaches to work. The results are effective.
    Thanks for sharing your story.

  • mahesh says:

    I use also meme generator tool to get some free and funny image for my niche blog is it good idea!

  • These recs are awesome. I have used Kaboom many many times – it is great.

  • Great list! I use Pixabay, Pexels and Kaboompics on my blog.

  • maryjane says:

    wonderful information.

  • I do consider all of the concepts you’ve offered for your post.
    They’re very convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for beginners.

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