Choose the Right Stock Image for Your Blog Posts

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Choose the right stock image

Are you looking for beautiful feminine stock photos to add to your blog? Choosing the right stock image can be daunting sometimes but is oh so necessary for visual impact on your post! There are many to choose from, if you just know where to look. Today I will walk you through a list of FREE and PAID stock photo sites that I like.

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Free Stock Image Sites

Basically, free sites, like the ones below, offer up commercially viable images (royalty-free) free for download. They are images or digital creations donated by their designers for others to use for free. Now, at first glance you may not think that these sites have many ‘pretty’ images but you just need to insert appropriate keywords into the search bar and sift through the dodgy pics that come up. Another thing you might notice, is that many of the images are duplicated on the other sites. A major drawback with using free stock images is that hundreds if not thousands of other bloggers may be using these same stock images on their sites. And this is a problem for you if you want to stand out above the rest and be unique. However, if your don’t want to spend money on your images, or just starting out then I’m pretty sure you will find some authentic and unique images for your posts!

Out of the list below, my favorite are Pexels, Kaboompics and Unsplash. (Just click on the name to be directed to their site)
Stock Up
Visual Hunt


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Paid Sites

Okay, so for those of you who don’t fancy sifting through the ugly pics to find your perfect image, paid sites are most probably for you. This will free up time for you to spend on ideas and content for your site. I have chosen some of my favorite sites that I use. I hope you like them too!


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Ivory Mix Styled Stock Photos

Ivory Mix
This is still a little known site but has some very beautiful and feminine stock photos. If you are looking for ‘pretty’ images for your feminine blog, then the stock photos available on Ivory Mix will not disappoint you. As well as paid images, they also provide freebies too, so you could pick up a beauty in the freebie mix too!
Their photos are of a high quality and high resolution, for use on websites and blogs. They also offer a 20% discount to new subscribers off their first purchase! With every set of photos, they include plenty of negative space to allow the overlay of text, perfect for social media. Access to their photos is unlimited once you’re a member. All their images are the perfect size for use with websites, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They add over 75 images each month, so you will never be short of a great choice in beautiful stock photos.

Creative Market
Now, this is a super marketplace for a variety of photos and many other products which you can use within your blog. Check out this pretty image as an example of what you can find on Creative Market: Border frame made of peonies: $5

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Creative Market

(Once you purchase the image, the watermark disappears)
This platform presents handmade designs created by independent designers from all around the world. They are passionate about making beautiful high quality products accessible to everyone! I doubt that you will find any stock photos better than what are available here. Creative Market also has the following products which may interest you:
Graphics – “Choose from more than 520k graphics to use for social media, e-commerce, cards, and web pages. These graphics sets feature apparel mock ups, logos, icons, and themed graphic elements for web and print projects of all kinds.”
Templates – “Choose from over 130k templates to use for designing resumes, business cards, and presentations in Word, PowerPoint, Keynote and more. Choose templates for infographics, web pages, logos, online stores and more.”
Themes – “Search for more than 7,300 themes for business and personal websites, landing pages, and blogs. These modern, feminine, and professional themes can power e-commerce sites, portfolios, and blogging platforms.”
Fonts – “Find over 20k fonts to use in design projects of all kinds for web and print. These font sets feature hand-drawn, brush, and vector letter forms, along with extra character sets and embellishments for headers, text, and display.”
Add-Ons – “Search for over 10k add-ons to create special effects and increase visual interest in design projects of all kinds. These add-on sets and bundles include presets, layer styles and effects, retouching kits, brushes and more for design software such as Lightroom, Photoshop, and Illustrator.”
3D – “Find more than 5,800 3D models for use in all kinds of design projects. These 3D assets include tileable textures, animated models, architecture, and landscapes in a variety of low and high-poly styles.”


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Dreamstime Stock Images

With 80 million stock photos at your fingertips you will be sure to find the image you need. You can join for free, buy their stock images individually for immediate download using their unique credit system, or buy into one of their various subscriptions. You can save $$$ by signing up to one of their subscriptions, here.

Styled Stock Society

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Styled Stock Society

Save time and get access to over a thousand gorgeous stock photos for less than $25/month! Over 1,200 photos in 50+ collections right at your fingertips – yes, please! Join the #StyledStockSociety now! Click here.

I have only given you a gallery of five Paid-For sites. However, as I join others in the future, I will be updating this list, bringing more choice to you!

I wouldn’t recommend a merchant if I didn’t believe in their service and products. So, with that said, you can be reassured to use any of the above suppliers with confidence.

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