Looking for free stock photos for your website or blog? Look no further. This comprehensive list highlights my top 8 favourite websites for photography. PLUS you will receive a list of easy to use photo editing programs.

Are you looking for the perfect stock photography for your blog or business website?

Sometimes it can be a challenge to find not only that perfect photo, but one you can use without restrictions.

Below I’ve listed my top 8 favorite websites for free stock photography.

The list of websites below are under the Creative Commons Licensing, meaning you can use any of their photos to do what you want for FREE. You’re also allowed to share or modify the photos – for private, public and commercial purposes!

*Please make sure you check the usage rights of each of the websites as they may have changed since this post. I am not responsible for the usage of these photos.

My Top 8 Stock Photography Websites:


1. Pexels

This is my favourite of the websites. You can search photos by popular, category or just by typing a word in.

Pexels - Workplace Office Pexels - Girl Homework

2. Stocksnap

This one is also a favourite of mine. Search by category, all photos, trending or just search by word.

StockSnap - Desk StockSnap - photo frame

3. Unsplash

You can search by category, collections or by word.

Unsplash - Love Unsplash - Bike

4. Pixabay

Search photos, illustrations, vector graphics, videos and more!

Pixabay - baby Pixabay - money

5. Freely Photos

A Christian website that highlights beautiful clean images. The categories are more limited but it’s definitely my style of photography that I would look for.

Freely - Guitar and Coffee Freely - Couple

6. Iso Republic 

Offers 12 categories of free photos including: animals, business, food & drink, nature, technology, travel, architecture, city & urban, landscape, people, textures and various.

Iso Republic - glass-woman Iso Republic - lipstick-red

7. Negative Space

Search by word or category. Categories include: architecture, art & design, business, food & drink, landscapes, nature, people, sport, technology, transport, travel and typography. I find the photos have a darker filter on them.

Negative Space-girl-pink-sneakers-longboard-road Negative Space-woman-writing-notepad

8. Burst 

Search by new photos, popular collections or business ideas.

Burst -pretty-woman-sipping-coffee_4460x4460 Burst - berries-granola_4460x4460

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Easy-to-use Photo Editing Programs

Once you have these beautiful photos, you need to make an image for your blog or business.I don’t know about you, but I’m not that great with Adobe Photoshop. It’s a bit too complex for me.

I’ve listed two websites that I’ve used with success:


Canva is the program I use to create all my Pinterest images for my blog. Not only is it easy-to-use, the basic service is FREE.

They offer a variety of free templates or ones that just cost $1 to purchase.

It’s free to sign-up for the basic package and the Work Package is only $12.95 a month.


PicMonkey used to offer this service for free, although they recently started charging. You can start off with a free 7-day trial to see if you like the program and how it works. For me, it wasn’t as intuitive as Canva, but there are others that swear by it so definitely give it a try.

There is a premium and supremium package available and if you pay for the year upfront there is a larger savings available.

Whatever direction you go, both are reasonably priced and it’s a great investment for your blog to have beautifully created images.

Do you have a stock photography website that you swear by? Let me know.