77 Free Photo Sites for Authors

by | Promote Your Book, TM

Photography has always been an integral part of storytelling.

Whether it’s your book cover, social media or your blog images breathtaking photos can make or break your message.

Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing cheesy stock images of men in suits shaking hands. Not only are a lot of these stock photos tacky, but they are expensive and overused.

You don’t want your book or promotional materials with the same photo as everyone else.

And you NEVER ever, ever, ever (I hope you get this point) download a photo off the internet and use it for anything – blog posts, promotions, covers, newsletters or other materials.

It is illegal.
It’s stealing.

I have seen quite a few cease and desist letters from clients needing a “fix” to their photo dilemma.  And these lawyers don’t mess around. One client’s woes were in reference to a dog photo used in a PDF downloadable newsletter on their website.

They thought it was okay to just google a terrier photo and use it. They found out the hard way that you can’t just Google any photo you want to use, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

Thankfully, there’s a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the web. Best of all, they’re free to use!

In this post, we’ve curated a list of awesome websites for free stock photos for authors.

A Note About License

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and utilize the image, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Yeah!

However, some photos may require attribution. We advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used, especially since things can change. Look for terms like:

  • Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license
  • Creative Commons Public Domain – no attribution required
  • Free to use commercially and editorially–no attribution required.
  • No copyright restrictions

Read the fine print on each site—if it exists. Some of the sites are very straight forward and invite you to download their images and use as you wish. But most sites detail whether:

  • there are restrictions to usage
  • you must create an account
  • the image can be edited
  • must give attribution
  • limit the number of free photos available

A small amount of due diligence is well worth the amazing amount of photos out there for you to use.

With that out of the way, let’s dive in.

Here are 77 Free Photo Sites for Authors

  1. A Digital Dreamer
  2. albumarium
  3. Alegri Photos
  4. AllTheFreeStock
  5. Ancestry Images
  6. AvoPix
  7. BarnImages
  8. Beautiful Free Stock Photos
  9. Big Foto
  10. Burst
  11. Cepolina
  12. Cupcake
  13. DesignersPics
  14. Dreamstime
  15. e-Cobo
  16. Epicantus
  17. EveryStockPhoto
  18. FancyCrave
  19. Foodiesfeed
  20. Free Digital Photos
  21. Free Nature Stock
  22. Free Stock Photos
  23. FreeImages
  24. FreeImagesLive
  25. FreeMediaGoo
  26. FreeRange
  27. Getty Images
  28. GoodFreePhotos
  29. Gratisography
  30. Hubspot
  31. Im Free
  32. ImageBase
  33. ImageFree
  34. ISO
  35. Jay Mantri
  36. Jeshoots
  37. Kaboom Pics
  38. LargePhotos
  39. Library of Congress
  40. LibreShot
  41. LibreStock
  42. Life of Pix
  43. Little Visuals
  44. Magdeleine
  45. MMT
  46. Morguefile
  47. Negative Space
  48. New Old Stock
  49. NOAA Photo Library
  50. Pexels
  51. picjumbo
  52. Pickup Image
  53. Picography
  54. PikWizard
  55. Pixabay
  56. Polarfox
  57. Raw Pixels – Free Images
  58. Raw Pixels – Public Domain
  59. Reshot
  60. RGBStock
  61. Shotstash
  62. skitterphoto
  64. Stick Stock
  65. Stock Snap
  66. StockPhotos 4 Free
  67. Stocksy
  68. StockVault
  69. Stokpic
  70. Styled Stock
  71. Sunipix
  72. Super Famous Images
  73. Travel Coffee Book
  74. Turbo Photo
  75. Unprofound
  76. Unsplash
  77. Wikimedia Commons

BONUS: Heritage Type

Do you have one to add to the list?

Got a favorite free stock image site that you think we should add to the list? Please let us know in the comments.


Torie Mathis helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs showcase their authority with an expert book and a buzz-worthy personal brand.  She is a best-selling author, Army veteran, speaker + trainer, and your mentor to creating the business+ life you love. She is the founder of the Author Exposure Blueprint, the Smart Arsenal, and the host of SMART AF.

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