Stock Photo Resources for Creatives
Looking for the best stock photo sites? If you run a creative business, you’ll know how important branding is. It’s more than just a company logo however. It’s how your brand is perceived by your customers. In order to attract your ideal client, you need to have a cohesive brand image. One way to enhance your brand identity is having clear, professional images that correspond with your brand message. A way to do this without breaking the bank is to use stock photo resources.
The above is an image I took after I had a little styled shoot. It took a while to get set up, get all the props together and to take all the photos. I don’t have time for that every time I need some imagery!
If you are on a budget, have no time to plan, organise and coordinate a styled shoot with a photographer or don’t have the vision to create your own photos, stock photos are the answer. Likewise if you are a designer who needs to show how a website or piece of artwork will look, you don’t want to have to set up a whole photoshoot every time you create something. Here’s where stock photos and mock ups come into their own.
My favourite places to obtain stock photo resources are:
A husband and wife team who create beautiful design led stock photos and mock ups so you can showcase your products. Their products are stunning, and you can even download some of their images for free by signing up to their mailing list. Head over to their website to see more.
Haute Stock is the place to go for stunning stock photos. It’s “A Curated Visual Content Membership for Online Entrepreneurs” and features a wide range of beautiful clean, modern collections. The images are targeted at female entrepreneurs, creatives and bloggers. It’s ostensibly a stock photos subscription service, meaning you pay a monthly fee to access the whole library, but if you subscribe to the mailing list you get a few freebies every so often.
Unsplash has a great range of free stock photos. It’s a hub where photographers can submit their images for royalty free use. The images on here are less curated than the other two, and are more freely available so you may find them used elsewhere – not good when you’re using images for your Pinterest pins or website! I found a photographer who’s work I liked and then went to their website to find out more information about them and see more of their work.
Creative Market is an amazing place to find fonts, WordPress website themes, Pinterest pin templates and of course stock photos. With a huge range to choose from, you’re bound to find some stock photos you can use on there.
Stock photos probably aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you select carefully and go for a more curated collection, they can work well for you and your business.
I’d love to know your thoughts!