My favorite free photo sites

My favorite free photo sites

One of the questions I get frequently is where I find images for my website. Before I got started blogging so frequently (and commercially), I would just grab images from wherever. But when my blogs started tying into my business, I realized that I needed to start using licensed images.

The way I discovered this is a very long and unfortunate story that I’ll releate another time. But after those traumatic circumstances, I set off on a hunt to find free stock images I could use in blogging. I knew they had to exist because surely bloggers across the internet couldn’t be dropping cash for photographs in every blog post.

These are my favorite sites that I use. Every image is free for commercial use with a CC0 license, and all of them have a built-in search engine. You usually need to sign up for a free account if you want to download images, but they don’t spam you at all.


Pexels was the first site I found. These images are professional and beautiful, and there’s a great variety of options. You can search by keyword.


Pixabay is the largest collection of free stock images I’ve found. It’s my go-to stock photo site. Every now and then I can’t find something here, and I’ll go to one of these other sites. But generally speaking, everything I need I can find here.


This is another wonderful site with a tremendous variety of image types. The search engine allows a little more flexibility too, but be careful that you’re clicking on the free images. Other for-sale images are available here as well, and you aren’t charged for clicking on them. But you’ll be redirected.

Regardless of the image you find, though, most times you’ll need to edit it to fit your website. What’s great about these three sites is that they offer images that are free to share, edit, or transform in any way. But if you don’t have photo shop it can be really frustrating to edit image.

So I thought I’d throw in my favorite free image altering sites too!


Pixlr is basically a web-based Photoshop. You can do nearly everything with it that you can do with Photoshop, except it runs a little slower since it’s all online.


If you just need simple edits or if you need to add effects to your photos, Picmonkey is the way to go. Lots of options, lots of cool things, and it’s free and easy to use.


But hands down? The BEST image editing and layout software online is Canva. Seriously. The best. Even the free subscription provides you with TONS of options you can use. But you get such an incredible deal with a work account, you probably won’t stay with a free account for long.

If you’ve got a website where you need graphics but you’re not a graphics person, you need Canva.

Hope you enjoyed this list of sites. If you’ve got a favorite please share in the comments!

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. CANVA is definitely a winner in my book! We LOVE it and use it all the time here at school!

    Thanks for introducing me to Pexels. I’ll be sharing it with students. 🙂

    1. I do love Canva, and Pexels has so many options for images. I hope they enjoy it! =)

  2. Thanks for all of the fantastic sites to check out, Amy! I’m always in search of new stock photo websites! 🙂

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