Free Stock Image Websites

October 13, 2020

When it comes to content creation, you know that you’re in for a bit of a time commitment to research and write on selected topics. Not only do you need to draft a blog from start to finish, but you’ll also need to source some related images to accompany your new content! 

To have imagery that compliments the quality of your content will help keep branding consistent with the added bonus of tailoring your images for SEO efforts. So for your blog, social media, or even website, finding a good variety of free stock image websites is important.

Here at The Mug Creative, you’ll see stock photos used throughout the websites, marketing, and social media for many of our clients! When professional photography isn’t in the budget, stock imagery usually does the trick. 

Below, we’ve put together a brief list of a few of our favorite free stock image websites. 


Unsplash: From architecture to health and wellness, Unsplash boasts a wide variety of images of all different subjects. With more than 2 million entirely free images to choose from, Unsplash will likely have whatever it is that you’re looking for. The images are sourced from photographers from all over the world, they only ask for attribution for their images in exchange for using them. When you download your desired images, Unsplash will direct you to a suggestion to give the photographer credit – easy peasy!


Pexels: Each and every day, fresh new stock photos are added to Pexels’ expanding database. Similar to Unsplash, all images offered by Pexels are uploaded by photographers from around the world! Not only does Pexels offer images in various subjects, but they also provide free stock videos to be used for content creation as well!

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Pixabay: With photos and videos covered, you may be wondering if there are options for free vectors or illustrations, that’s where Pixabay comes into play! Not only does Pixabay offer amazing, free stock images, they also offer free vectors and illustrations. With 1.8 million photos and counting, you’ll surely find an image to suit your needs. Pixabay is also a wonderful option for those with a more professional, business focus, as the images are less creative and artistic than those with Pexels or Unsplash. 


Gratisography: If you’re looking for something a little more edgy, with a bit more personality, you might enjoy Gratisography! While there are less images to choose from on this platform than the others mentioned in this post, the images on Gratisography are unique! When you have a post that just needs a photo with a little pizzazz, we think Gratisography would be a great place to start.

Finding the perfect stock image to use in conjunction with your post can prove to be difficult, but there are so many resources available with amazing options for FREE! 

We hope to have given you some great resources for where you can find free stock images to pair with your super-useful content!

If you have any questions about stock images, videos, vectors or illustrations – please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!


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