Links updated August 2020
If you’re looking for free photos for your own website, keep reading for the five best free photo sites with a brief description, a sample photo from each, and a few more resource links at the end of this article. Photos add interest, but if you use a photo without permission you might well end up attracting the wrong kind of interest! Blogger, beware, you can get sued for using photos you don’t own on your blog. Instead, take your own photos, or check out the sites I list below.
If you love Scripture quotes, keep reading for the quotes that I’ve added to the images below. All quotes are from the Common English Bible, and since I’m using free photos, I didn’t add any additional watermark. You’re welcome to share any of the images as they appear here–copy and save for your own enjoyment, send to a friend as an encouraging word, or share the inspiration in some other way.
FreeDigitalPhotos – This site offers a wide selection of photos–no registration required and no fees as long as you stick to the smaller sizes and include an attribution to the photographer and Free Digital Photos as I’ve done below.
Pexels – Another great site for free photos, no registration, no fees, and unlike Free Digital Photos, this site doesn’t require attribution.
Pixabay – my current favourite site for free photos, no fee, no registration, no attribution required.
Stocksnapio – no fee, no registration, no attribution required, and there’s a subscription service for free photos each week. While each of these sites has a search bar to find photos, this was the only one that didn’t yield any results when I entered “hope” into the search field.
Unsplash – no fee, no registration, no attribution required, and a free subscription option to get 10 free hi-resolution photos delivered to your inbox every 10 days.
Other helpful links for free photos:
Where to Find Free Images Online to Use in Blogging & Social Media by Edie Melson says more about licenses and lists additional resources. Read carefully though since some may have extra conditions that you’ll need to know. For example, she includes a link to Site Builder Report, but the About section on their site says: “Stock Up is a search engine that searches across many free stock photo websites—each with their own individual usage guidelines. So refer to each individual website for usage guidelines.”
The Busy Blogger’s Guide to Creative, Compelling Images by Michael Hyatt lists his top five recommended sites for images, including some with fees, plus additional resources.
The Pattern Library which offers lots of design ideas.
Writing/Reflection Prompt: Do you have a favourite source for free photos that you’re willing to share? Do you have a favourite image with a Scripture quote?
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