Free Photo Sites

Real Estate Agent with Falcon Property Company

Free Photo Sites

skyfireAre you writing and need a perfect picture for your post?  Do you need a special picture and don't have one in your personal repertoire?  Here is a short list of sites that offer free use of their photos.  You must make sure however, that you are not getting sucked into the ads that take you to OTHER sites and make you pay for them.  You will know which ones these are because they will have a transparent "X" across the photo, and it will have a 'price menu' on the right side of the photo.  Generally, if it says STOCK, there will be a charge.  "Free Stock Images" are NOT FREE.  Go figure. They all have their strengths, but I have three current personal favorites:

PhotoBucket and Morguefile

Both of these allow you to enter a word in their easy to see SEARCH button, and you can look for pictures easily without having to sift thru a lot of advertising.  It is also very easy to contribute your own photos to these sites.  They have a HUGE selection of pictures, and you can usually find something quickly, download it easily, and be done with it.

Stock Vault is a FANTASTIC site to find photos.  They have a lot of really nice photos and a nice search feature.  Just make sure that when you do a SEARCH for a word that you are not using one of the five photos that appear across the top of the landing page.  Anytime it says Dreamstime, the photos are NOT FREE.  So just look below the top row of photos, and you should be able to come up with some pretty nice-quality free photos.


Jill Sackler just mentioned Flickr's Creative Commons.  It's FANTASTIC!  Just go to the site and type in your search word.  VOILA!  This one is a great resource, and all of them on Creative Commons are free ~ donated by users of Flickr.  Love this one.

Other available sites include:

PhotosBank ~ To get to the free pictures on this site, go to the bottom of their home page (all the rest is paid or advertising) and enter the word(s) that you want to search for in the Search for Photos space.  When it takes you to the results for your word, the top third of the landing page is all paid photos and advertising.  You ONLY want the ones in the center of the page (three across ~ unless you want to pay for some) and you are given several options on how to retrieve the free ones to your computer.

Open Photo ~ Any of the SEARCH features on this site will take you to paid photos.  It has a limited search capability.  You are given CATEGORIES in which to search, and they have some good photos from which to choose.  One of the things that I don't particularly like about this site is that the free photos that you choose have the photographers name in the lower left corner when you upload it.  It is not obtrusive at all, but my (sometimes) OCD does not particularly like that.

Turbo Photo ~ All of the SEARCH features, again, take you to paid sites for photos.  You are given CATEGORIES.  If you go to the Categories, you will have to sift thru more categories, and then you will be given pictures that match the sub-categories.  On this site, if it says SEARCH in any location, it will take you to paid photos, so just stay in the Categories.

Free Digital Photos is NOT FREE.  I could not find anywhere that they offered free photos, and if it's that difficult, I don't want to bother with them.

Hope this helps, and happy blogging.  PLEASE feel free to add any you may know of in the comment section and I will add them in the body.  And if you are liking what you are reading, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Mimi's Musings.

Comments (47)

Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

nk you it is important to know where to get pics. This is a useful blog.

Mar 17, 2012 02:07 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the info Mimi.  Knew most bot not all of these.  Always a good idea to update the available resources.

Mar 17, 2012 08:33 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Mimi, just a reminder to look at the 'commercial' restrictions if posting to your blog or web do need to check to make sure that is allowed since what we are doing here is commercial.  Otherwise it is copyright infringement...Judi Barrett did a post on this last year that woke me up to it...good share.

Mar 17, 2012 09:18 PM
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee 423-677-6677

Hi Mimi,

I have recently learned about a few of these sites.  Great sites for sure.  I have been playing around with them a little and you just got me interested to go back and learn a little more.

Mar 17, 2012 10:28 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Glad you found it, Lynda.  Some good sites here.

Well thanks, Kevin.  It's what it's all about.

Pam ~ you can use any of these with ease.  They were created for people like us who need photos.

Sharon ~ are those paid sites?  These are completely free sites and they have some fantastic pictures.


Mar 17, 2012 10:39 PM
Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

I've used iStockphoto for a number of years. Most are inexpensive and well worth the cost.

Mar 17, 2012 10:55 PM
Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
Bringing you home...

It's been a long time since I've gone outside my own resources to find a photo, but I just bookmarked your post. This is great information! Thanks Mimi.

Mar 17, 2012 11:57 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

thanks, Elite

Hope it helps, Gabe

Great reminder, Ginny - thank you

It has made my blogging time a lot quicker, Cindy

Thanks Alan.  I hate to pay for them when so many are free

My pleasure, Lindsey.  Hard to find the leprechauns :)

Mar 18, 2012 01:05 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Mimi, I can always use more free photos. Thanks for an updated list of places to get them.

Mar 18, 2012 06:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good tips.  Thanks for sharing.  I try to use my own photographs as much as possible.

Have an outstanding week.

Mar 18, 2012 06:17 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

thank you, my friend Richard.  Morguefile has been my go-to site, but I recently discovered PhotoBucket and StockVault, and now I have a wonderful selection.  Blessings and thank you for your suggestion :)

They always can come in handy, Connie.  We should talk soon.  Where do the days go?  Hugs.

Thank you, Roy.  You are such a beautiful photographer, and I can imagine that you would prefer your own.  Thanks for stopping by.

Mar 18, 2012 06:26 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Great round up for us! I'm always searching for free art and photos so this is extremely helpful. I have a pretty good collection myself, but don't want to start re-using photos and don't always have the time to create my own art.


Mar 18, 2012 08:05 AM
Deepak Chauhan
Versailles Property - Irvine, CA
Irvine, CA ... the place to be

I appreciate the info, I created a folder to save thses Bk marks

Mar 18, 2012 02:30 PM
Iris Stuart
none - Santa Rosa, CA

Mimi, thanks for this list.  I've started carrying my point & shoot so I can take my own photos but there are times I need something that I don't have (yet).

Mar 18, 2012 02:45 PM
Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

Hi Mimi, This is a great list, I usually pay to use most of my photos, but I'll search these sites first.

Have an AWESOME day!

Mar 18, 2012 09:18 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Again with the generous sharing Ms M.  So far I haven't used anyone else's photos but I'm sure the time will come.  I've bookmarked also.

Mar 18, 2012 11:49 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Mimi, thank you, thank you!  Adding pictures to my blog is STILL one of my biggest road blocks to getting a blog post intimidates me if I must admit - thinking I NEED a photo, knowing it will take time to find one, worried about copyrigh infrigement, etc.  I'm bookmarking this blog because I know I won't remember all those different sites.  Thanks! Have a great weekend! -Kasey

Mar 31, 2012 05:37 AM
Tim and Pam Cash
Crye-Leike (Sango) - Clarksville, TN
Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN

Mimi, stumbled across your blog and wanted to thank you for taking the time to put this together.  Certainly true that it is difficult to find "free" photos to utilize in blogging and if you make a mistake it could come back to haunt you later on. 

Aug 19, 2012 11:16 PM
Reba Haas
Team Reba of RE/MAX Metro Eastside - Bellevue, WA
Team Reba, CDPE

appreciate the links to all these sites, I've already begun using them.

Jan 24, 2013 01:19 AM
David Saks
Memphis, TN
Broker / Industry Analyst

Great information and a very nice post for all. Have a terrific day ahead.

Nov 25, 2014 08:10 AM