Whether you’re planning out your new website or creating new content for an existing one, there’s always a need for stunning, visually appealing photos to captivate your audience and convey a certain feeling behind your brand.

These days, we’re lucky that we have so many options for great looking stock photos, but what about licenses, royalties, attributions, and limits to personal use? Those are all important factors you must consider when selecting a photo – or else you may run into costly legal issues down the road.

Luckily, at Quick & Stunning Websites, we’ve done the work for you* and have shared our favorite royalty-free, commercial-use, free stock photos with no attribution required!

*NOTE: Terms of use for any of these services could change at any time without our knowledge. It’s up to you to keep informed about the licensing of the photos you use, not us.

Stunning Free Stock Photo Site #1 – Unsplash

Unsplash features a feed of 10 new free high resolution stock photos every 10 days. They tend to be on the more artistic side – each worth appreciating in it’s own right.

Heads up- these beautiful photos are not categorized, so if you are looking for something specific, this site may not be for you. (We still love Unsplash thought!)

Stunning Free Stock Photo Site #2 – PicJumbo

Need to search for your images by category? PicJumbo has a HUGE selection of high-resolution, high-end free stock photos.

PicJumbo is our go-to for many of our clients. (You may even notice some on our site!)

Stunning Free Stock Photo Site #3 – Pixabay

Pixabay is yet another incredible stock photo site with many images added every day.

You’ll be welcomed by a search bar where you can search for just about any topic and find photos to pique your fancy.

Stunning Free Stock Photo Site #4 – Stock.io

Didn’t find the right style or angle of photos in our other recommendations? Try StockSnap.io!

StockSnap.io has many unique variations of the same photo scene. Just search “business” and you can pull 5 different photos that are all clearly taken from the same set. This can be a really useful setup when you need to tie-in photos between different sections or pages.

Stunning Free Stock Photo Site #5 – Pexels

If you’re looking for photos on the more artistic side, but also searchable by category, Pexels might just be your favorite free stock photo site of all!

Plus, Pexels even has a selection of free stock video footage – great for themes that support a video background. (Ours do!)

BONUS: Make incredible social media share photos with WordSwag!

Since you’re our friend by now, we’re willing to let you in on our social media graphic secret! It’s an iOS app called WordSwag.

Wordswag is incredible when it comes to taking a photo and adding a text phrase on top of it. Essentially, it generates many font layouts with the click of a button – something that would take and experienced designer hours to do.

WordSwag also comes with Pixabay built-in, so you can easily pull in any of Pixabay’s free stock photos from within the app. It’s definitely worth the few dollars it costs at the AppStore.

Do you have your own favorite stock photo recommendations?

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