The struggle is real when you need to find some good quality photos to fill your website.

Beautiful photos are essential to make your website pop out and make it look really professional. Thankfully, there are several stock image websites that provide high-quality, free, and creative common licensed photos.

1. Pexels

Pexels is my favorite website to find beautiful photos. It even gave me the inspiration to create a theme for photographers, with this nice horizontal masonry grid. Pexels provides high-quality and free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. The tags and search features offer a good way to find what you need easily. It seems that a lot of talented photographers contribute to this stock photo website.

2. Gratisography

Gratisography stands out on the list for its originality. It has a creative and funny feel that makes it really enjoyable. It will suit more to creative ones, for a design portfolio for example.

3. Unsplash

Unsplash is more “landscape” and “nature” oriented than the others. To me, it is the perfect site to find a nice background or a hero image that gives a fresh look to your design. The UI is a little bit less attractive but is really focused on large breathtaking photos.

4. Picjumbo

If you need corporate stock photos that are a bit more “warm” than usual, then Picjumbo is the way to go. The “business” category has some very nice content and I always use Picjumbo when I need corporate-like stock images.

5. Life if Pix

First of all, I love calligraphic font so kudos to this one for the cool hero title using last paradise font. Life is Pix is a bit similar to Unsplash. It is focused on nature and city landscape. I go for this one when I’m looking for a nice architectural photo or a city landscape. On Life is Pix, you can also browse photos by photographer directly from the main menu which is a cool thing to note.

Death to Stock

6. Death to Stock

Death to Stock is different from the other websites. It is not really a stock images website. You must subscribe to get photos directly in your mailbox every month. What makes it cool is that you can get photos that you couldn’t find anywhere else. I must admit that I’m not a big fan of this system as it implies that you must download a huge pack of images every time, and it makes it but difficult to browse and find the photo you need, but it is a good additional source of content.

7. NegativeSpace

Another worth mentioning stock photo website is NegativeSpace. Beautiful, Free High-Resolution Photos and all under CCo license so again, all photos are free to use for personal or commercial projects.

8. Picography

And here comes the last one to complete this list: Picography. Free images to use however you like.


I hope this list will help you find the photo material you need and save you some time for your projects!