Whether you're trying to post consistently on your own social media or you're managing someone else's social media, keeping up with having enough photos to post can be very difficult. Sometimes you need to use a stock photo to fill out your feed or website. Stock photos have a reputation of being cheesy pictures of a family in a picture frame at a department store. This is no longer the case! There is some incredible, free photography available online if you know where to look for it. We've done all the searching so you don't have to. Here's our list of the best stock photo websites for all your content creation needs.
Pexels is a collection of truly stunning photography that could never be labeled as "cheesy". The site has abstract, edgy photography as well as more classic styles. Pexels also has quality stock videos. This is our go to site for stock photography.
Stock photography has a bad reputation for not being diverse - especially when it comes to free stock photos. Nappy.co has stepped up to change that. Their tag line is "Beautiful photos of Black and Brown people, for free". Scroll through for thousands of beautiful photos featuring diverse subjects.
Unsplash.com is very similar to Pexels.com. It doesn't have stock videos like Pexels does, but it is a treasure trove of stock photography. You could spend hours looking through their collections and still not get through all this website has to offer.
This site is all from one photographer, Jay Mantri. His photos feature stunning landscapes and intriguing textures. We love his tagline - "free pics. do anything. make magic."
This site is all about food - like the name indicates. Even if your feed isn't normally focused on food, everyone loves a great coffee pic.
At the end of the day, you should never rely on stock photography for your social media feeds or for your website. You want to make sure that your content is unique to you and you alone. But when you're in a bind, these are the sites that will help you out.