Where to find beautiful images for your website
Gorgeous images can make the difference between a knock out website and a very ordinary site.
There are more amazing resources than ever for stock photography now so there is no reason to not have beautiful high resolution images for your own website.
The most important photography you should have on your site is your own brand photography. Work with a professional photographer to capture photos of you that include a good quality headshot. A photographer will be able to capture photos of you in your natural environment which will help to establish that “know/trust and like” factor for your website. People want to know who they are hiring and need to put a face to the business.
Videos are amazing in demonstrating your work process, and introduction by you or more candids of you working. It is a great way to personalize your website.
Here is a sample of the brand photography I had done by the wonderful Sue Skrabek Photography.
To supplement your brand photography, select some photographs from reputable stock photography sites that complement your brand aesthetics. Pick photos that match with your brand colors and the feel of your brand.
Free stock photography sites:
Check the terms!
Always, always check the terms and conditions to ensure you know the attribution requirements for any free photography.
The different options for attribution requirements are:
Creative Commons: these range from allowing no attribution to allowing only certain uses while still free.
Public Domain: Publis domain are those whose copyrights have expired or are no longer valid.
Royalty free: May require a one-time fee to obtain the rights to the image. You can use the image as many times as you like once you purchase it.
Other great free photography sites:
Sites I use and love:
(some of these sites are affiliate links where I will receive a small bonus at no additional cost to you if you end up purchasing photos)
Most of these sites have membership subscriptions, but also have shops where you can purchase individual photos. Also, if you sign up for there newsletters, you receive monthly free images.
Paid stock photography sites:
When you are looking for a less common image, or something very specific paid stock photography sites are your best bet. Most of these sites have advanced search techniques that allow you to be very specific in what you are looking for.
Some of them allow you to follow a certain photographer whose style you like as well.