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How to Find Free Photos Update

How to Find Free Photos Update

It’s still urgent.

A little over a year ago I created a post on finding free photos for your blog. It was an important process then, but I think it might be even more important now.

Pinterest has become the favorite darling among bloggers as a search engine, and we all know how pretty pins catch and hold our attention.

Not all created equal.

Unfortunately, a lot of us kind of just throw the photos we took with our phones, add some text, and think we’re done. And if you don’t want traffic, that might be true. (Confession: it’s the way I started this blog out.)

You need high-res, audience-friendly photos.

But hiring a photographer each time you need a new image is not only time consuming, it can cost a lot of money, too.

I remember when Jeff and I had our own advertising agency and spent days on end with professional photographers and models to create shots that told the story we wanted to tell. Nowadays, that’s all changed, and for the better!

You don’t have to pay for them.

There are a lot of photographers who love, love, love having their work out in public, and many of them will comp you a few for free. Sometimes they require a credit (and you should be glad to give it to them), sometimes not. Using freebies is a terrific way to build your brand without it costing an arm and a leg. Just be sure to credit when you have to and also when you have room but don’t have to.

I’ve made a free photos resource list for you when you sign up to receive it!

find free photos

Photographers (my daughter in law is one) have expertise that you pay for as well as for a nice shot. Being able to understand your readers’ minds is difficult, and you know your readers. Imagine being a photographer who doesn’t know them trying to come up with that perfect picture that will appeal to them. They invest a ton of money into becoming the good photographers they are, so don’t begrudge them their fee if you don’t want to credit them.

Since last year, I’ve discovered Canva!

Canva is a different kind of editor for photos, and one I use almost exclusively for my images. I have Photoshop and know how to use it well, but Canva is friendly, easy, and did I mention they have a boatload of free images for you to use? They do! (The image in this post was totally created from Canva’s free products!)

I have developed several templates for social media posts and other visual needs, and all I used was Canva. One thing that I really like is that when you enlarge a photo in Canva, it doesn’t lose quality. You can resize the photo to fit the need and know that it will look great every time.

Stock Photos

Canva has a huge assortment of stock images you can use for your own branding and wherever else you use visuals. They have over a million free and low cost photos, icons, and graphics that you can use to tell your story.

Just what you need.

Canva has a slew of tutorials to help you design engaging content for your blog, but they’ve also recently released resumé and e-book templates, too.  Small businesses can have nearly all their printing and online needs met, from pre-sized social media templates, to headers, marketing materials, advertisements, documents, letterhead and business cards, presentations… you get the picture.

Even printing.

Maybe you don’t own a top-of-the-line color printer and want your materials professionally printed. With Canva, you can do that with just the touch of a button. After you’ve designed your masterpiece, just send it to Canva to print and about 5 days later you’ll have beautiful, engaging printed materials that didn’t cost you an arm and a leg but present your business professionally.

Yes, I do use other free photo sites.

Yet, hands down, Canva has made it easier and more fruitful to produce the consistent quality I desire for my brand. But to see a great list of other free photo sites, just read my post from a year ago.

And here are four new resources that feature girly photos that make your ideas appeal to the women who read your blog.

(Btw, even though I am affiliate for some companies, none of the ones in this post have paid me a cent or given me free products to mention them. This is to benefit you, not me. So whether or not you purchase anything from any of them does not cause me to gain financially. I just wanted to share with you what I like and use myself.)

SC Stockshop

Styled Stock Society

Ivory Mix (this one offers a free course on how to use Canva)

Haute Stock

So how will you use your free photos?

 

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