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One of the things holding me back from blogging was the fact that I do not own a working camera, my phone has seen better days AND I knew I needed some decent photos. One thing I did know, my Blog was going to look good for My Launch. I did notice that there are a ton of awesome photos out there that everyone was using. I see them all over Pinterest, On Facebook, In Ads, I can use them and they will be perfect!
Well, I had a feeling after I did some research that I would not be able to use those photos, nor should you. Even if your friends are doing it or other bloggers are doing it, don’t chance it! You do not want to risk what you are building or have already built. The fines for copyright infringement are ridiculous, none of us want to experience that first hand, I promise!
Sure, if you received permission or purchased the photo with usage rights then go for it. If there is ANY QUESTION, you’d better not.
So then I decided I will just buy the stock photos I want and found some amazing ones but SO MANY cost money and a lot of it! I was a little shocked but since I have a lot of photographer friends, it definitely made sense. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t afford a lot of what I wanted. Let’s be honest, part of the reason I blog is to make money.
I am a firm believer that you have to spend money to make money and I have a little bit for stock photos but not a ton. So then I started searching for FREE Stock Photos. I was excited, there was a lot out there but some weren’t all that great or they didn’t have what I needed. Others really weren’t free at all. I spent hours trying to figure out what was good and what wasn’t. It got frustrating for sure!I did find and join Girl Boss Stock and I love it. I also love Creative Market for additional Flatlays, Themes, Fonts and weekly freebies!
So to save you some time and frustration, here are some great sites with Quality Stock Photos for ANY Niche! Many of these sites have Free photos with the option for paid premium photos but I find that the free ones work just fine. Also, you may see some duplicates from site to site which isn’t a surprise. Oh and, some require an email sign up but again no biggie. Let me know if these work for you and which is your fave!
I know there are other sites out there but these are the ones that I have checked out and find helpful. Make sure you PIN this to come back to and share with your friends to help them out as well. I’d also love to hear which ones you have used and what your thoughts are. Thanks Lovelies!