Here I’ll share with you not only my tips for your project but also from some of the best designers out there!

Where to Find the Best Stock Photos


If your business is new and you have a tight budget there are plenty of free stock options. The following are some of the best. Many of them have the same images, so it isn’t necessary to search all of them. The downside with free options is that you’ll see the same images used by many others, but for small budgets these are a great place to start.



Death to Stock

Raw Pixel




Note: Most of these are free for commercial use, but always double-check the terms and conditions before using them yourself.


If you have the budget to buy photos the list below is chock full of gorgeous, affordable imagery. Many of these options are small, independently-owned businesses, which means you can’t purchase their photos anywhere else. This is a great way to find high-quality photos that aren’t over-used.


Stock That Rocks

SC Stockshop

Haute Stock


Marlena Pearl Photography

How to Choose the Best Stock Photos

With the list of sources above, finding good photos is no problem. Choosing images that are cohesive and on-brand is another thing. Here are some guidelines that will help you choose the right photos, specifically for your website.

Plan your Content

Strong photography is a great way to immediately draw viewers into your site and the right stock photos can do that. Before you start your photo search it’s helpful to know what you’re looking for. Make a list of all the pages on your site that need a photo. Brainstorm the kinds of images that would work. Consider whether you will have a slider on your homepage or if you only need a single image. With your list of needed images you now have some search terms to use as you hunt for stock photos.