AWKWARD, CHEESY. STAGED. TOO CORPORATE. TACKY.
Yep, that about sums up stock photography. At least... the stock photography that you might have come to know...
If you have ever searched high and low for the perfect image to use for your business, you will know the pain well. We’ve seen our fair share of unfortunate and very obvious stock images, and the repeated experience leaves many of us with a bad taste in our mouths when it comes to our stock image options. Well, fret no more, because the photography angels among us have turned this frustration into digital image libraries with far better options.
Yes, there are actually stock photography providers that offer authentic and engaging imagery that won’t scream “stock photo” to your audience. And that’s what makes them the best stock photo sites going around.
THE UNDENIABLE IMPORTANCE OF STOCK IMAGERY IN PRESENTING YOUR BUSINESS
To put it bluntly, marketing efforts that don't include visual elements are going to have a pretty hard time ever getting off the struggle bus. We know that people are inherently visual, and shrinking attention spans only put the pressure on to communicate messages quickly and creatively. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words could not be more true. The right picture can evoke a feeling, communicate a concept and tell a story without the need to even pair it with words.
When you are just starting out (and, let's be honest, even if you're more established) there is no denying the eternal need for good quality imagery. Whether its for your socials, you website or your collateral, this is our round up of the best online resources for stock imagery that wont make you cringe.
FREE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES
PAID STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES
Death to Stock
Jana Bishop Collections
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