A picture can say a thousands words, but what if that picture just isn’t saying what you want it to? Photography has become such a big part of blogging, with our thirst for beautiful and inspiring imagery increasing every day. Instagram stars are being born overnight thanks to their perfectly curated shots, while many bloggers have seen huge levels of success just because they’re rather talented with a camera. If, like me, you’ve no photography experience whatsoever and often find yourself in a panic trying to create the perfect angle, then you may be pleased to find out there’s help at hand. Although searching google for images is a death wish in disguise (never just take an image from a google search – you just don’t know what copyright is attached and you could find yourself in hot water!) these five sites provide a great alternative… Absolutely free of charge.

My favourite for beauty and blog related images, there’s a huge variety of content that’s updated regularly. As a huge number of talented photographers contribute to the site, there’s always something to inspire or meet your needs. I’ve used this platform quite a bit over the last few months, including sourcing the image above – the perfect example of what to expect.

Although there are a lot of cheesy shots and ‘stock photo’ style results, this site is a great way to source an image if you have something really specific in mind. The imagery also includes graphics, illustrations and artistry, so well worth a look if you’re working on presentations too. Just beware of ‘clipart-esque’ results which will leave you inwardly cringing! 

Ten new photos are uploaded every ten days, meaning there’s plenty of new inspiration every time you log in. The beautiful imagery conveys different moods and is incredibly abstract, meaning you can use a lot of the shots to illustrate a talking point or discussion. Although they’re short on fashion and beauty, it’s worth signing up regardless… You never know what you may stumble across.

Born from a love of photography, this rather unique site offers up exquisite images on a monthly basis – delivered directly to your inbox. The two founders travel the world sourcing photos from the most talented of photographers, meaning there’s a huge selection to choose from. These are rather ‘arty’ and quirky, but just looking at them may inspire an idea for a post.

Heavily covering landscapes and people, StockSnap allows you to search by idea or just browse what’s been recently added. I find myself often browsing through, seeing what blog posts are triggered just by looking at a little bit of inspiration. I’ve no doubt these are being used all over Instagram too!

Why not check out my top five sites and let me know what you think. Do you have any amazing places to source beautiful free imagery for your blog?

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  1. Sara Fleming
    October 21, 2015 / 10:10 am

    Great sources Hayley, thanks!Sara – She Who Is Short

  2. Cherry Pie
    October 21, 2015 / 10:17 am

    There are some really fab images on those websites, I can't believe you can just use them for free and don't even have to credit. Sometimes when I want to write lifestyle posts I don't really have a good image to go with it so these would be perfect, although I'd be worried some bloggers might pass them off as their own.

  3. bhumika
    October 21, 2015 / 10:47 am

    Very informative post hun xx

  4. Claudia
    October 21, 2015 / 10:56 am

    This is really helpful, thank you Hayley. I love taking my own photos but sometimes that isn't possible due to time/topic, so I'll definitely be looking at these!

  5. Marthe RLR
    October 21, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Great blog post ! Exactly what I have been looking for πŸ˜€ Thank you!

  6. Pam Scalfi
    October 21, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    so helpful! Will have a look at these!Pam xo/ Pam Scalfiβ™₯

  7. Cojo Graab
    October 21, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Very useful! In 99% I use my own images on my blog, but sometimes it's nice to share something different than my work (I'm not a photography master haha!).

  8. Ashley Elizabeth
    October 21, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    This is a very helpful list, thank you for posting it!Ashley

  9. Cheryl Wooodman
    October 22, 2015 / 6:58 am

    Thanks so much for these! I use Pixabay and DTSF at the moment and those are great! Save's me so much time setting up the perfect photo!

  10. Tiffany Legg
    October 22, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    I never thought to use somebody else's images – thanks for the tips. Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  11. Elena Doinoff
    October 24, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    I wait every month for my Death to the stock photo mail and they rarely disappoint πŸ™‚ Lovely images!

  12. Rhiannon Rose
    October 26, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Fantastic post – thanks Hayley. Some very helpful sources I will definitely be checking out when I'm struggling to capture the right image (I'm definitely not a photography master!!) Rhiannon –

  13. Sarah Dickinson
    October 27, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Thank You for this!!! πŸ™‚ Been searching for better stock photos (now I know what they are, how to use them etc etc!) and these are PERFECT!!!! WWOOOPPP!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ Once again, LBQ works her magic for all use helpless bloggers out there! xoxo

  14. Jabeen Waheed
    October 27, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Oo these are handy!Thanks!Jabeen x

  15. Nicole
    October 27, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing. To be honest, I have been in the works on of creating a beauty/fashion lifestyle blog for some time and one of the main reasons why I haven't launched it is due to the fact that I want high-quality photos. I also haven't had the best of luck of curating the perfect photos so this is very helpful.

  16. Sophie Jones
    October 31, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Such a useful post! I'll have to have a look into these.Sophie xThat's Groovy blog

  17. Tina
    November 1, 2015 / 8:07 am

    Thank you SO much for this! Very helpful!

  18. Mr. Wharff
    November 3, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Thank you Hayley! What a brilliant topic to write about. John

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