Yet when I’m working on designing an e-book for a client, the last thing I want to deal with is hunting down stock photos to fill it. This is especially true when searching for insurance or technology industry-focused photos, with so many shots of people smiling so much that their faces look frozen. They are painful to look at, because they rarely seem real or relatable.
Why are they smiling? What is happening here? Nevermind, I don’t want to know.
As funny as they sometimes are, these unnaturally stiff, overexaggerated tableaus are giving stock photo websites a bad reputation.
But not all stock imagery is awful – you just have to know where to look. So, I would like to share a few of the best stock photo websites that I love to use when I can.
1. Death to the Stock [freemium]
Death to Stock is a personal favorite of mine. The photos are always beautiful and one-of-a-kind – unique to their site alone. And overall, their free, themed photo packs always feel like a little present when they arrive in my inbox each month. I get super excited about them, and spend at least 15 minutes just poring over a new photo pack, imagining all the great possibilities for each new photo.
While the monthly packs are free, you can also pay for their premium services if you want instant access to the entire Death to Stock photo collection, plus exclusive premium-only packs. The money then goes to support the photographers who travel and work to create the images for the photo packs.
2. HubSpot PHOTO PACKS [free]
Image licensing can be tricky, and HubSpot knows this firsthand. Because of this, they had a photographer come into their office and create a collection of over 550 images that they could use for their own marketing and distribute freely to their audience – that’s us!
Most of the photos are great for when you need natural-looking business or office environment photos. The photo packs capture a wide variety of workplace visuals, from coworker interactions to desks and computers to their very own PubSpot kitchen bar.
3. Stokpic [free]
Stokpic is another great photo pack subscription service, and they deliver 10 new photos every two weeks! Plus, you don’t have to pay to access their entire gallery of photos; it’s all right there at your fingertips. And, of course, it’s completely free to use. All hail the beautiful, cheese-free stock photos!
4. Unsplash [Twitter Tweet
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