Getting images for your website, blog or newsletter used to be expensive with prices starting at $29 for individual images on the low end. Fast forward five years and there are a whole range of sites that offer beautiful stock images and photography that are 100% FREE to download and use. Here are a few that I’ve come across over the past little while.
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.
With over 30,000 free stock photos and 3,000 new high resolution photos will be added every month, Pexels is one of my favorite free image sites.
Pixabay is another one of my favorite image sites. Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.
FreePhotos.cc is a free resource where you can find creative commons photos for your website or print projects. You can mention the photographer if you want, as a token of respect for the work, but it’s not required.
FreePhotos.cc uses the APIs from a few stock photo providers and gathers images in one place for easy preview and download. They are not associated with these services in any way, other than to power search results.
Unsplash has over 300,000 free high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.
The images are beautiful and there are some curated collections. However, I find that there are a lot of abstract or environmental images and finding images around a particular theme, like massage, is better done on some of the other sites.
Negative Space photos can be shared without copyright restrictions, meaning that you are free to use them however you please.
From architecture to technology, Negative Space‘s is a growing collection of images, but it is much smaller than some of the other sites listed here and finding the exact image you want may be a little bit more difficult because of it’s limited size.
Picjumbo is a collection of images, including photos and illustrations, available for personal or commercial use.
It is free stock photo site created in 2013 by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek. He has about 1,900 free photos available to download. The images are excellent quality, but because the size of the library is somewhat limited, you may have a hard time finding exactly what you’re looking for.
I just recently came across this site. It houses mostly graphic images and very few photographs, so you’re not likely to find massage pictures. You can sign up for unlimited downloads for a year. No credit card is required.
The graphic images are good quality and many are unique, but searching for images is a little cumbersome.
Taking the Latin term that now means “free”, Gratisography is a site of high-resolution photos taken by Ryan McGuire, the founder of Bells Design. Everything on the site is free to use under Creative Commons Zero. The only thing he politely asks is money for his coffee fund. According to him, coffee allows this project to flourish, giving him the energy he needs to get things done.
The images are great, but like PicJumbo, the selection is a bit limited because it’s a one-man show.
With over 354 million free stock photos for bloggers, Visual Hunt’s catalogue is enormous. It pulls Creative Commons images from all over the web and puts them in an easily accessible, user-friendly interface. You may need to provide attribution to the photographer.
The photos are all tagged by category or genre, (“Nature,” “Animals,” “Computers,” etc.), making it easy to quickly sort through and find just the image you’re looking for to top off that new blog you’re working on.
Kaboompics is a collection of High Quality Photos offered for free to bloggers, website owners, small businesses, freelancers & social media ninjas. Kaboompics is one of the most popular source of free images for lifestyle, interior design and specialized bloggers in World. Again, great images, but limited selection (7,700 images) because it is run by just one photographer.
Check out the Massage Nerd
I’m a big fan of Ryan “The Massage Nerd” Hoyme. If you are looking for massage pictures specifically, then go to his site and pick up a collection of 30,000 massage images for just $149! You can also get a sample pack of 150 massage images for just $15.
While you’re surfing, check out BodyworkBiz books
I continue moving out of the massage profession. The BodyworkBiz site has been closed for about three years now, but I’ve been publishing many of my resources as inexpensive books on Amazon. Most are available in both Kindle format and paperback.
At one time last year, I had five of my books in the top 20 list in the Massage section.