7 Places to Find FREE Photos to Use on Your Blog or Website

You know what? I don’t want to get sued. And I bet you don’t either. But if you are using photos from other websites, you are technically stealing (I know it doesn’t feel like it, but it is). Even if you provide a link (like “via” or “source”) at the bottom of the photo, it’s still really a no-no.

I’ve been guilty of this before (I love GIFs) and will probably be guilty of it again someday (cause God knows I’ll keep using GIFs). But for most of my posts I either use my own photos or I get them from one of these free photo sources. This is one of those things I think about and go: I wish someone had told me about these when I first started blogging.

free stock photos

Photos can set the tone for a blog post. They break up wordy posts and hey, they make your post look prettier (and more clickable) on Bloglovin. I like photos that I’m allowed to edit – usually to create a “pinable image” for Pinterest. You can do that with the photos from the links below (just like I did with the image above!). It’s a bloggers dream.

1. Unsplash

Unsplash is probably my favorite, in terms of the quality and diversity of the photos. It’s where I head first to get some idea of what I’m looking for. There aren’t many photos of people (which I like because I don’t want to post pictures of people I don’t know on a personal blog) and you are allowed to do whatever you want to the photos.

It’s easiest to look through the photos if you immediately click “archive” when you arrive at the homepage. Then you can see little thumbnails of all of the photos instead of scrolling through them one by one.

2. Little Visuals

Little Visuals releases 7 new photos every 7 days. There aren’t as many photos here and many are landscapes but the photos they have are beautiful. And again, you can do whatever you want to these photos.

3. Free Range Stock

This site has a ton of interesting photo options. Their search feature makes it easy to find what you looking for. The only downside is that you have to register to be able to download. Registration is free and just takes a minute.

You can also do almost anything with these photos. Here is how their license reads: “You can do nearly anything with the images, commercial or not. Just don’t redistribute them – this means don’t host the images or repackage them, just post a link to this site and let others sign up download them, just as you did.” 

4. Gratisography

This eclectic collection is all photographs taken by Ryan McGuire. There is a lot to work with here and all photos are completely free of copyright restrictions.

5. Morguefile

Morguefile is the most hit or miss of all of these. If you head over there and search, you will immediately find that many photos on this site were taken by amateur photographers and some are quite old. That being said, if you click “popular” you’ll see a ton of high-quality, beautiful photographs. Again, you can use these for anything.

6. Pixabay

Pixabay may have the most images available of all of these sites. The search feature pulls some quality photos and lots of cartoon type photos so the fastest way to find the good stuff is to click “explore” at the top and then select “editors choice” or “leaderboards”.

These are also photos that you can do whatever you want with but just to be sure, once you click on a photo, check the license information in the bottom right corner. You have the ability to download each photo in various sizes. Again, you have to create a free username and password with this one but it just takes a minute.

7. PicJumbo

This is a fantastic website with high-quality photos. I love that you can search by category on the left side. Though there aren’t a ton of photos (yet) there is a lot to work with and you can do whatever you want with them. The site design of this site is user friendly and is my favorite of all of these.

Have any photo sources to add to this list? Leave a link in the comments below. And if you liked this post and it helped you 1. bookmark these fabulous resources and 2. please use the pin it button below to pin this post on Pinterest so that others can find it!

  • Thanks for this! I now have a few more sites to sample from! You’re the best!

  • I have never heard of any of these photo sites! Thank you so much! 🙂

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  • Great resources! I hadn’t heard of any of these sites either! Definitely pinned it and will be checking out these sites in the future! Thanks again!

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  • These are some great resources. I usually use publicdomainpictures.net. They have some pretty good photos on there. I’ll have to use some of the sites you mentioned for future posts.

  • Thank you for this!! These sites are so useful!

  • Great list and vert helpful, thank you for sharing!

  • These are so great!

  • Thanks for posting this! I am a new blogger and am still learning the ropes. These are great resources.

  • I have never heard of these sites I usually just go to Google images to find pictures to use

  • Thats great to know!

  • Thanks for sharing. I had never heard of any of these. But I think I’m still going to steal some GIFs. Is that wrong?

  • Thanks for this! I checked out Unsplash and instantly fell in love with the site! I bookmarked it for future references. Hopefully, I can limit my Google image searches soon!

  • Bob

    Also check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of public domain travel photos. Appreciate it if you could add it to your list. Thanks.

  • This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this info. I’ll now be heading to all these sites! Yippee!


  • anna fletcher

    this is so useful thank you x

    Anna x


  • Elizabeth

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • I don’t need to tell you how freaking useful this post is because you already know. Thanks for sharing the wealth!

  • Webdev

    Wonderful collection, just one you forgot to mention which is my best – Splishire. Beautiful photos, Otherwise i find sources here, under the free images list

    photos without attribution

  • Thanks for sharing these sites! I pinned it too 🙂

  • WHY is there not a “How-to Blog” book that tells us all of this information! I’ve never heard of any of these so thanks for sharing! Definitely pinning 🙂

  • Thanks so much. This is a fabulous list. I’m guessing it will save me time and money!

  • Thank you! This is so helpful 🙂 xx

    Katy | http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

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  • Great tips :O

  • Great list, thanks! I also use photopin.com when I’m looking for free photos.

  • this is so helpful! thanks so much for posting!

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  • Roy

    Me and my friend are amateur photographers (although we do some paid work every now and then) and we have created this website


    We believe in free culture and we are going to post all our photos in full resolution on our website and can be used under following creative commons license.

    That means you can
    remix, transform, and build upon the material
    for any purpose, even commercially.
    100% free of cost.

    We have just started this project and within months there will be thousands of photos available.
    If you like our work and want to promote free culture then please spread the word to everyone who might want to build upon our work.
    If everything goes right then our plan is to recruit more like minded photographers and make this site really rich with 100% free stock photos
    Thank you for supporting us

    Kind regards,


  • Love, love, love this post. Never heard about these sites before but so glad I do now. Infact, I am bookmarking this post now, lol.
    Thanks again

    Lagos, Nigeria

  • I’ve been on a recent binge of trying to find info and resources to better my shop blog. Thank you so much for putting this list together! You added a couple more to my bookmarks for sure! p.s. all of your blogging resources are fantastic!



  • Another source for public domain images is skitterphoto.com. All photos are release with the creative commons CC0 license so anyone may use it any way.


  • Thank you!!! I so needed this list. Most of the sites you listed I’ve never heard of.

  • Thank you for this post! I recently just started taking my own photos for my blog and have been looking for free photos to use on my website as well…I don’t want to be stealing any photos anymore. Guilty and grateful for this post!

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  • Payam

    Thanks for your great post. There is another website which I like : http://www.thestocks.im

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  • Great sites!
    I’ve also starting using http://www.solate.tk for stock images. Its new but has some great stuff.

  • Thanks for this great list! I finally have some fresh pictures to sift through for my blog.

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    Thank you! Very useful! 🙂

  • Hey, those are great and definitely have helped me! Pixabay is probably my favourite.
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