If you’re like me, you don’t have the time (or skill) to create your own professional photography, yet quality images are an integral part of any content strategy. Here are some cost-effective image options:
Wonderfelle Media’s Styled Stock Society
For a small fee, you can gain access to a library of stock images, with new additions each month. Collections include a variety of styled desktops, florals, lifestyle images, and mockups. Find out more about becoming a Styled Stock Society member.
The good folks at Canva have an abundant stock library that is bursting with literally every kind of image you can think of. I especially love the search function that allows you to find “Dogs wearing clothes“, and other such photographic treasures, with ease. They have a number of free images available and paid images are only $1USD each.
New on the scene, Stockify Digital is an Australian-based stock library offering high-quality photography with a whole new aesthetic. If you’re after something different from the usual white/bright desktop stills that now saturate other sites (and my own Instagram feed!), this is the site for you. I’ve had the privilege of chatting with the owner, Sam, and her go-get-’em attitude is infectious! She’s passionate about creating a unique product that suits the Australian market. Check them out on Instagram.
Sign up to the Creative Market mailing list and each Monday you’ll receive a range of ready-to-use design assets such as fonts, images, templates – some free and some highly discounted. Not only is this a good way to populate your image library, but you’ll also be supporting independent creatives. Win-win.
There are so many free stock libraries out there. It’s important to check the attribution requirements and permissions around the use of the images. Here are some of my go-to accounts that provide free photos for commercial use:
In addition, some of the paid stock libraries release 4-5 free images each month to their email subscribers. This is a good way to test the waters and see if you like their style before you commit.
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