When it comes to blogging & small business, I have a huge appreciation for originality & aesthetics. Nothing grabs my attention more when scrolling through Instagram than a beautifully composed photograp. It's very easy to snag someone else's photo without crediting it- but that's bad blog karma!
Did you know it's actually really easy to create your own beautiful quote graphics & blog images without being a professional photographer? I've rounded up my favorite resources for free stock photos resources. Stock photos can get a bad rap- & for good reason. They can be totally cheesy, but these websites offer beautiful & inspiring photography that will fit perfectly with your brand.
Best Sources For Free Stock Photos:
The key to stock photography is making sure you understand the license for each site- some have a Creative Commons Zero License, meaning you can use & modify without crediting the photographer and some images have a Creative Commons Attribution License, meaning you need to credit the photographer if you use it. Just be sure you read the fine print!
My favorite ways to use stock photos are for creating preview images for Pinterest & Instagram and quote graphics. It eliminates the worry of "stealing" someone's images.
Check back for more photos in this series with some tips to take your own photos! We also cover much more on creating your own graphics (along with analyzing & growing your brand with social media) in our Social Media With Style Workshop!
As a fun surprise, you can save $10 on the workshop or one on one strategy sessions through this Sunday (1/18) with code: HappyWeekend! If you have any questions about the workshop, I'd love to answer them. It's truly a great way to start off 2015 by investing in yourself & your brand!