Photos can make or break your blog and social media accounts. If you have amazing content, but people aren’t wowed by your aesthetic and photos, it makes it less likely for them to stick around. I’m not saying they won’t, but think about the blogs that you’re most drawn to. They probably have really pretty photos, right? Thought so.

If you’re a good photographer, the best way to get photos for your blog and Instagram is to take your own, but I know that’s not always possible for everyone. You may not have time, or you may not be the best at snapping photos, resulting in dimly lit, off-focused, crooked pics. And that’s why I’ve compiled a list of free and styled stock photos for bloggers!

I try to take as many as I can for Layered Indulgence, but when I can’t, I rely on stock photos! I have a membership with Haute Chocolate, but I’ve also found some amazing sources for styled (and free!) stock photos that work perfectly for lifestyle blogs!

If you’re a new blogger, you may be wondering what exactly stock photos are and if you need them. The answer? Yes- well, if you’re not using your own photos that is. Stock photos are photos from online photograph databases that you can legally use for creative purposes, such as on your blog or social media accounts. Some databases you have to pay for and some you don’t, but you should never be using photos you find elsewhere on the internet.

PS. Are you looking to start a successful lifestyle blog? Check out my step-by-step guide on starting a blog form the ground up!

Do you need free, styled, and feminine stock photos for your website or social media? You’re in the right place! Create a gorgeous brand with styled desktop photography and lifestyle shots. These are the best free stock photo resources for creative business owners, entrepreneurs and bloggers, so click through to check them out and save this pin for others to see!
I never realized the danger of this, but check out this story from Chrystie at Living for Naptime. She was sued $7,500 for using a photo from the web that she didn’t have rights to. What a nightmare! And it all could have been avoided by using stock photos. Many bloggers don’t realize that they can get in trouble for using photos they don’t own.

If you’re like me when I started blogging, you probably think that as long as you credit the photo you’re free to use it however you like. While some people don’t mind you using their photos with credit, you never really know, so it’s better to be safe than land in the middle of an expensive lawsuit!

Okay, enough with the law talk. If you’ve ever visited a blog that has pretty, styled photos, they are most likely stock photos. So yes, you can have that aesthetic on your blog too! And the best part? You can have it for free! Many bloggers offer styled stock photos on their blog as part of their opt-in freebie or as a nice little resource, and I’ve rounded up all of my favourites!

If you’ve been searching for a way to up the photo game on your blog, you’re in the right place! Use these photos to create a feminine, chic, and styled aesthetic, and watch your blog beautifully grow! Here are 10 places to find styled (and free!!!) stock photos for your blog.

1) Haute Chocolate

If you haven’t checked out Haute Chocolate yet, you need to! Elegant, feminine, and chic, their designs and photos are everything a lifestyle blogger could want.

You can sign up here to get your first two free photos, and you’ll get new ones emailed to you each month! It’s worth it wait!

2) Wonderlass

I stumbled across Allyson’s blog Wonderlass a few months ago and was immediately HOOKED. Her blog is so fun and colourful, and she also offers 15 free stock photos to use to your heart’s desire!

You can grab the photos here!

3) Helene In Between

Helene Sula is one of my favourite bloggers. On top of her relatable content and UBER informative posts, she also offers her readers amazing resources- and one of them is styled stock photos. All her images are fun, feminine and crisp, and will look amazing on any lifestyle blog!

Click here to access 15 totally FREE stock photos. All she asks is if you download, share it – easy, peasy!

4) Rekita Nicole

As soon as I entered Rekita Nicole’s site I was enamoured. She’s a graphic and web designer who creates color poppin’ creations for bloggers and creative entrepreneurs. And you better believe her fun and colourful personality translate to her stock photos. With lots of pastels, glitter and stationary, it is styled photography at its finest.

Download the pack here! But read the fine print – she does ask that if you use them on your blog to credit her website, and if you use them on Instagram, credit @rekitanicoledesigns. Fair enough!

5) Ashley Ella Design

Ashley’s blog is filled with clean lines, bright colours, and beautiful photographs, so when she offers free stock photos, you jump! She provides 10 free stock photos here, and another 10 here! Go crazy! But do make sure to credit her.

6) A Prettier Web

A Prettier Web is devoted to just that, offering gorgeous WordPress themes, styled stock photos and more!

To grab the lovely, feminine desktop photos (for free!) sign up here! No attribution necessary for using the pics.

7) Wonerfelle Media

Wonderfelle Media offers 10 free feminine stock photos and they are gorgeous and perfect for your lifestyle blog! Click here to download the images and make sure to read the terms of use.

8) Mauve Blogs

Mauve Blogs was created for women who are passionate and want to grow their creative business. Sound like you?

Download 3 free stock photos here! She also tells you all about how she styled and took the photos, in case you want to try it out yourself!

9) Gold and Berry

The Gold and Berry blog has a trendy and feminine aesthetic that I just love! And they offer a number of free stock photos! Click the links below to grab yours and revamp your blog! There are no terms, so use them how you like!

1. Minimalist

2. Pink and gold

3. Gold, white and pink

10) This Creative Girl

I absolutely adore This Creative Girl and her free stock photos are awesome! Featuring everything from a cute succulent to tropical props, they’ll add a pop of personality to your blog or social platforms!

Click here to sign up for her newsletter and get access to her library that includes the stock photos!


11) Turquoise & Palm
Turquoise & Palm has an amazing stock photo gallery filled with pictures for bloggers and creative business owners. They’re bright, styled and feminine and you get 15 FREE photos when you sign up for Alli’s list, plus a few free photos sent to your inbox every month. Sign up for the newsletter here!

So go on, you have a lot of downloading to do! If you know of anywhere else that offers amazing styled stock photos FO FREE, make sure to share them in the comment section below!

And make sure to pin the image below so your friends can find these awesome free and styled stock photos too!

If you’re looking for great graphics for your blog, look no further! I’ve rounded up the best free and styled stock photos for bloggers from around the web! Take your blogging up a notch and add in these gorgeous photos to your posts. They’re perfect for lifestyle blogs with a feminine touch! Click through to get access to the styled stock photos or save this post for later!

If you’re looking for great graphics for your blog, look no further! I’ve rounded up the best free and styled stock photos for bloggers from around the web! Take your blogging up a notch and add in these gorgeous photos to your posts. They’re perfect for lifestyle blogs with a feminine touch! Click through to get access to the styled stock photos or save this post for later!

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15 thoughts on “10 Places to Find Free and Styled Stock Photos for Bloggers

  1. This post was so helpful! Thanks!

    Hustle & Whoa

    Posted on May 27, 2016 at 10:18 am
    1. No problem Ally! Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the awesome photos 🙂

      Posted on May 27, 2016 at 10:33 am
  2. Thanks so much for including Haute Chocolate in your list Kate!! So happy to hear you’re loving the free stock photos!

    Posted on June 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm
    1. I LOVE them! Thanks for your awesome photos and thanks so much for visiting my blog 😀

      Posted on June 6, 2016 at 4:14 pm
  3. Wow what an awesome list of resources. New blogger so really appreciate this.

    Posted on July 3, 2016 at 3:09 am
    1. Thank you! Good luck with your blogging journey and glad I could help 🙂

      Posted on July 4, 2016 at 8:45 am
  4. These are amazing resources! I didn’t know any of the websites listed. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Keep up the great work 🙂

    Posted on July 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm
    1. Thanks so much Teresa, so glad I could help 🙂 Enjoy the photos!

      Posted on July 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  5. Hi Kate,
    Thank you for this list of beautiful stock images! Can I add one more? I have a set of 7 free styled stock images available on my blog:
    Thanks and have a great day!

    Posted on September 8, 2016 at 11:04 am
    1. Hi Cindy! Thank you for the kind comment and the extra stock images 🙂

      Have a lovely weekend!

      Posted on September 9, 2016 at 11:16 am
    2. PS, I actually just moved everything to a brand new site dedicated to styled stock photography at 🙂

      Posted on September 16, 2016 at 10:14 am
  6. Hey Kate!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome list of free & stylish stock pictures resources.
    I am sure it will benefit lot of bloggers in the long run.

    Happy Blogging!

    Posted on February 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    1. My pleasure! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, have a great day 🙂

      Posted on February 6, 2017 at 10:32 am
  7. So helpful! Wish I had known about these a LONG time ago 🙂 Thank you – Darian

    Posted on March 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    1. Thanks Darian! Great resources aren’t they 🙂 I’m so happy to have found them! Enjoy!

      Posted on March 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm