It has been proven that images can greatly enhance your content online, and help you highlight key points. A few well-placed images can make all the difference in a post but if you’re anything like me, photography isn’t a strong suit. I’ve decided to highlight a few of my favourite sources for finding photos, icons and more that you can use in your blog posts–for free!office-581131_1280

1. Pixabay

This is my absolute favorite source for blogging photos. All of the images on Pixabay can be used free of charge but if you are so inclined, you can thank the photographer by donating a small sum, like “buying a cup of coffee.” The photos on here all look very professional, and are perfect for use on blogs.


2. Unsplash

I found this site thanks to Ashley @ Nose Graze, and I love it! It doesn’t have a whole lot of book-related images, necessarily, but there are lots of gorgeous photos that could work for discussion posts and personal posts.


3. Pure Imagination

Lori @ Pure Imagination is a blogger and designer who has plenty of lovely freebies on her website. There’s everything from social media icons, to rating scales, to holiday graphics and more! I personally got my rating scale icons from her collection, and they’re absolutely wonderful.


computer4. Freeimages

Although it doesn’t have very wide selection, this site does have some great images and they’re completely free. You don’t even need to download anything–just right click and choose “Save As.” It’s simple!


5. Every Stock Photo

Every Stock Photo is a search engine. You type in your keyword and the engine searches through dozens of different free stock photo websites. It can be a FANTASTIC resource, but each site has its own rules about where images can and cannot be used, so be sure to check those before using an image on your website!

I hope this helped! Where do you get images for your blog? Do you use any other sources?


20 Comments on Where To Find Free Images And Icons For Blogging

  1. Keionda@Keionda Hearts Books
    April 24, 2015 at 12:11 am (2 years ago)

    Hey Jess! I followed your blog. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this:) new blogger and all, anything helps so I’m super duper happy to know about these sites. (And of course since they’re free, that’a definitely a plus! ♡
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  2. Pamela
    April 24, 2015 at 1:27 am (2 years ago)

    Haha I’m not very good with pics either. I noticed you sometimes use ribbet? Is it ribbet? Or PicMonkey? These two are my lifesavers for quick header-like stuff. Most of my images are a plain background with text, but lately I’ve been exploring some free photos sites so this post was very helpful 🙂

  3. Heather
    April 24, 2015 at 5:35 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much for posting this! I’m doing a uni assessment at the moment that’s very focussed on copyright and that sort of thing, so it’s been a nightmare to find pictures I want that don’t cost me my life savings (or thereabouts). Hopefully I can find some on the sites you mentioned.

  4. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer
    April 24, 2015 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for this wonderful post! I’ll definitely be checking out some of these resources. Usually for my blogs I like to take my own photographs, so I don’t use a whole lot of pictures from other people, but sometimes I find myself wishing I had places where I could use photography from. Thanks again!
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  5. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections
    April 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for these! I used to just google images and use whatever I found (being a new blogger), but now I’ve come to realise that this isn’t the best way to go about. So I’m slowly but surely learning my way around free images and when I can and cannot use them. 🙂
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  6. Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!
    April 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Hah thank you for this list! I don’t use tons of graphics in my post (If anything I need to use more of them.) Copyright is always a big issue with graphics so it’s nice to know there are sites out there you can use that at will, for free too! Thanks for sharing these sites. 😀

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  7. Sunny Smith
    April 25, 2015 at 1:02 am (2 years ago)

    This is so useful! I’m definitely saving this post:) I usually take my own photos, but this is great for those posts that just need a quick image.

    Thanks for taking the time to make this list!
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  8. Valerie
    April 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve actually never heard of pixabay until recently, so maybe I will look at that sometime in the future. THIS WAS REALLY HELPFUL because I never understood how other bloggers got photos that weren’t taken by them!
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  9. Cynthia
    April 26, 2015 at 6:56 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for these resources! I will be using these for sure.
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  10. Cait @ Paper Fury
    April 26, 2015 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

    THESE ARE GREAT! I love Unsplash. I used to use it aaaall the time, but I’m trying to challenge myself with more photography on my own. Which works, for me, for bookish post, but when I want to blog about writing I get stuck again. >_< I hadn't heard of that last website yet, so YAY. I'm googling it now. x)
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  11. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    April 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Oooh! This post is awesome. I love Unsplash as well, and Pixabay also has some fabulous pictures too.

    Personally, I also use Creative Market for graphics. Not only do they have graphics, but also fonts and other things as well.

    Thanks for sharing Jessica! <3
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  12. Zeina
    April 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm (1 month ago)

    I just discovered your blog and it looks amazing! Thank you for so much for this post; it helps a lot 🙂 I just started my book blog yesterday and would love it if you could check it out and maybe give me so,e feedback on how to improve. Have a great day!


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