The cool stock photos struggle is real…
Have you also struggled to find cool stock photos for your brand? When I did my website relaunch a few months ago I was super excited. I finally had a strong brand image and knew exactly what I wanted my website to convey. I choose a website theme that I loved. Selected fonts and colors that I adored. I created a Pinterest board to help my web designer bring my brand to life. Everything was off to a great start. And then it happened. My web designer asked me for photos (gulp).
See the problem was, I didn’t have any photos for my website that were on brand. Although I had carefully combed through Pinterest to get photos that reflected my brand for my mood board, obtaining cool stock photos for my website was a totally different story. So, what did I do? I did what I do best. I scoured the internet for HOURS! Rest assured, it was not pretty. No man, no woman, nor child should have to go to the depths of the internet in search of cool stock photos. So, I’ve compiled a list of places where you can get cool stock photos for your next creative project.
Here are my favorite places to get cool stock photos for my brand:
2. creative market
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The team at Bloguettes was “so sick of lame stock photos” they decided to create a collection of clean, styled, feminine, cool stock photos. Their Stock That Rocks photo subscription starts at just $29 for 15 photos per month. However, if you’re just looking to complete a creative project you can purchase their stock photos on a la carte basis, which typically starts at $10 a photo.
Creative Market is a great resource for all things creative. If you’re looking for a template to design your website, business cards, or even a Powerpoint presentation, you should definitely check out Creative Market. In addition to all of their great templates, they also have cool stock photos that are sold by artists in the community.
After some careful searching, I managed to find an artist on the site who really spoke to my brand’s vibe. I purchased a bundle of stock photos to use on both my website and business cards.
Although Twenty20 is on the pricier side, if you use a credit program it’s well worth the investment for a one-time project like a website. Twenty20 avoids cheesy stock photos by having a community of professional photographers. These photographers submit photos that can be sold on their website. Twenty20 also has a social component which allows you to follow photographers that you like, as well as curate photos based on themes like road trips, island vacations, and holidays.
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