Are you struggling to find some good quality stock images for your site? Finding high quality stock images that represent your brand can be painful and time consuming. The struggle is real my friends. Most stock images are dated, unoriginal and cliché. So if you need some help in this department, here’s my ongoing list of the best stock photo sites I’ve found.
MY FAVOURITE FREE SOURCES
Unsplash – If you’re on a tight budget Unsplash is a great place to start. They offer a great range of free stock images, that don’t necessarily look like stock images. The only downside with Unsplash is that it can be challenging to create a consistent look as the images are from different photographers. A great way to get around this is to use their collections feature. View their collections here.
Pixabay – Another favourite, with better search capabilities.
MY FAVOURITE PAID SOURCES
Creative Market – Creative Market is a great place to start. All of the photographers listed below are on Creative Market. You can purchase images for as little as $9 each! Fantastic if you’re on a tight budget.
Moyo Studio – Moyo Studio is my top go-to for on-trend modern images and mockups. Which…trust me, is hard to find. The majority of stock images are vanilla and just plain bland. If you’re looking for fresh, modern images be sure to check out Moyo Studio. Their images have a classic minimalism aesthetic, combined with natural materials, botanicals and quality handcrafted goods. Personally I absolutely love these guys and use their images throughout my site.
Jana Bishop – If your searching for imagery that has a soft feminine aesthetic, try Jana Bishop. She also offers her own Lightroom Preset. So if you love her images and want to create a similar look, be sure to purchase her preset.
Floral Deco – Floral Deco have a real beachy, boho vibe to their images. Plus, they also have a huge range, which makes it easy to create a collection of consistent images.
On The Moon – On the Moon is another great photographer I’ve recently come across. She offers a great collection of curated sophisticated feminine imagery.
Illustrations – Have you ever thought about using Illustrations instead of photographs on your website? Depending on your business, this might be the way to go. Illustration is a great way to add personality to your website.
OTHER HELPFUL TIPS
Consistency is the key to ensuring that your website looks professional. Nothing says unprofessional like inconsistent patchwork imagery. Here’s a few of my tips and tricks to ensure your imagery looks cohesive, no matter where it is sourced:
Use Images with Similar Tones – try to select images that have similar tones in the photographs. For example soft pastel colours vs. bright colours etc. Choose one and stick to it. I use a selection of images with warm tones throughout my site for a consistent look.
Use the Same Photographer – this is the easiest way to ensure that your images will have the same look and feel.
Purchase from a Collection – photographers regularly release their images in a bundle or collection. This is a great way to ensure your images will be consistent.
Images with Negative Space – don’t forget to source images with negative space. These are images that feature space between and around objects so your graphic designer or web designer can add copy. These can be tricky to find, as most photographers will place their subject smack bang in the centre of the image. See below.
Use a Lightroom / Photoshop Preset – presets are similar to the filters in Instagram, but for Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Creative Market have a huge range of presets available, some good…some not so good. My advice would be to purchase a bestselling preset, that way you know your getting a good quality product. Check them out here.
Use Monochrome Images – have an image with some washed-out nasty colours? 😨 A great trick is to convert the image into a monochromatic image (aka black and white). You’ll need good old Photoshop to do this. Or if you’re feeling a little creative, convert your image to a duotone image (think Spotify – see below).
Source images can be time consuming, but it’s definitely worth the effort to achieve the right look and feel for you brand. If you have any tips or sources that you would like to share, be sure to list them in the comments below.