We all know brand photography can go a long way. Outside of your personal brand photoshoot, it's always a great idea to invest in some stock photography that matches your brand styling. Here is a list of some of our favourite stock photo websites, including free and paid membership.
- FREE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY -
Who doesn't love free stuff? Although you can often find some amazing stock images through these websites, they do require a lot more hunting! This is because multiple artists globally are usually submitting work here so there are pages and pages of options. Don't forget to give credit to the original artist, this can be done clearly on the page, or through your backend like the ALT-Text. Read through the agreements to ensure you're doing your part.
This is probably the most popular free stock collection. With a library of over 850,000 high-res images, how could anyone resist? Because the collection is so large, it's a wonderful place to pick up on all sorts of images, including texture images that help elevate your social media or website content.
MEDIA FROM WIX
Now this one is only available for Wix users, but I find the variety to be fabulous, especially for website, blog and newsletter content. A wonderful perk of this CMS!
This is a more traditional stock site, but you can manage to find some styled keepers here! A paid version grants you access to more - of course!
- PAID STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY -
Paying a monthly membership can go a long way when it comes to stock photography. I personally love my memberships because they grant me access to some incredible styled images. I also find filtering is easier on these pages, and I'm able to find exactly what I'm looking for in a matter of minutes.
Although things are slowly changing finding high-quality stock images that include BIPOC is hard! In comes TONL, a premiere stock website that focuses on finding culturally diverse stock photos. These images have helped me showcase my brand, my way, that is both diverse and inclusive.
Haute Stock provides me with premier-styled stock photography that matches my brand persona. Fresh, modern and inclusive. They also grant access to amazing resources, including guides and training that help you get the most out of your stock images and video.
Now I will say styled stock makes a world of a difference when it comes to creating content alongside your brand photography. There are several different styled stock membership pages out there, and I always encourage clients to shop around to find a fit that works best for them. Other style stock pages my clients love (but I don't personally use) include Styled Stock House, Social Squares, ColorJoy Stock, Her Creative Studio, and Pixistock.
Lastly, it's important to keep in mind that any form of stock is just that - stock, so be sure to mix it up with your own brand photoshoots because at the end of the day everyone has access to these images.