How to get free photos for your Blog and Social Media



Do you want to know How to get free photos for your blog and social mediaMost people assume that in order to start a blog, they’ll need to invest on all the top notch equipment so they can take good quality pictures for their posts. It’s most likely one of the main reasons someone is holding back on getting their blog started. Well my friend, I’m here to tell you that you it’s NOT necessary. If you can afford it, then sure why not. But, if you’re watching your budget, read on for tips to get you started.



Like a majority of people, we love to take photos of just about any moment or experience we feel is worth holding onto for keepsake. Unfortunately, the high end, cream of the crop, DSLR Cameras can be intimidating and out of our budget. When I first started blogging, I already had the Samsung NX2000 Digital Camera that I purchased several years ago. It’s a digital camera that’s compact, looks pretty, has different shooting modes, plus built in wifi settings that allows you to send pictures straight to your wifi device. Now, I’ve upgraded some of my equipment and have the Canon T6i DSLR Camera. I still have the Samsung for backup because it’s smaller and easier to take everywhere.


Understandably, not everyone can afford either one of these cameras, the Canon could be priced around $800-$1000, and digital cameras are at least $200+.  If you’re just starting up, there’s no reason to drop that kinda dough right now. Instead, your main focus is working on creating great content and adding great photos, free photos, that fits your post well. Using the tips below will help give your blog or social media a boost, which in turn will help you monetize your content and be able to afford the best and latest equipment available. So don’t just settle for mediocre pics on your posts, as much as possible, use the resources below.



After researching the good ole world wide web, I’ve gathered up some great sites where you can get great quality photos for free. There are so many stock photos that can be used and there are also lots of tips on setting up a flatlay shot to make your images look more captivating. Honestly, knowing what I know now, I’ll be updating old content with new photos from these sites.



Here are a list of websites I’ve found. Most of them allow you to search for photos that’s tailored to your niche or you can also search by keywords. I’ve separated them into 2 categories – whether or not attribution is required. Attribution means giving credit to the respected owner or creator of that image – by way of linking to the original source, mentioning the name of the site or owner of the photo. There may also be other requirements or restrictions that are laid out on the site’s licensing terms or can vary by photo.



Completely Free Photos


**The following sites have the CC0 licensing. Creative Commons Zero – all copyrights are waived and photo can be copied, edited, distributed for free, personal or commercial, without asking permission or providing credit to the original owner.



Creative Vix










Royalty Free Stock Photos


**The following sites offer royalty free stock photos that may be downloaded for free, for a fee or membership required. Licensing rights to these photos may vary and are indicated on the website or noted on each individual photo.


GoDaddy Hosting

my current domain host, includes free stock photos, found in the ‘Add Media’ menu.

Adobe Stock Images –

Get 10 free images on signup, standard, enhanced and enhanced licences or for editorial purpose only.

Dreamstime –

includes royalty free and CC0 free images

Shutterstock –

millions of royalty free stock images


a collection of free stock photos curated by other bloggers and influencers

123RF –

royalty free stock, free images and corporate plans available

iStock –

purchase by credit or monthly limited photos

SplitShire –

free stock photos and images for commercial use, see licensing page for restrictions

FoodiesFeed –

free photos for personal or commercial use, no selling or re-selling of photos allowed

Kaboompics –

free images for personal or commercial use, photos cannot be sold and redistributed

Graphic Stock

royalty free graphics, vectors, video clips, audio clips, monthly or annual subscription


Know anyone who can benefit from these tips? Feel free to share this with them and you’re definitely most welcome to share this post on social media. I hope you found this post resourceful and looking forward to see what you come up with. Drop me a comment below and share your links or if you’re looking for other blogging tips, ask me a question, I might be able to help. Have a lovely day!!


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  1. March 8, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for teaching other bloggers not to just steal off google 🙂

    • missmerryl
      March 8, 2017 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you! Yes, stealing is a big no no! ?

  2. March 9, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    thanks for the tips, right now i get all my stock photos from Adobe Stock, but it would be nice to find some free options!!

    • missmerryl
      March 9, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      You’re very welcome! Free is great, and they actually have a lot of variety to choose from ?

  3. March 9, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Thanks for these helpful suggestions! I usually take my own photos but recently I was drafting a generic post (not tutorial) and realized I needed stock images.. i’ll be checking out your recommendations!

    • missmerryl
      March 9, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      I take most of my pictures as well, and like yourself, there’s times you need generic ones. So glad I can help! Have an awesome day! ?

  4. March 9, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Wiw! There are so many I did not know about! I always just use the same 1?? Thank you for your guidance, I will check these out!

  5. April 11, 2017 / 7:50 pm

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