- A Great Resource for Images & Pictures

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Garrigus Real Estate CalBRE# 01844442/01844441 - A Great Resource for Images & Pictures

If you're active here on ActiveRain and other online blogging forums you undoubtedly need pictures from time to time to enhance your message. Pictures and images are a great way to further your point, hook a reader, or have fun with your topic.

But using images straight from the Internet without any regard to trademark uses and restrictions can get you in trouble. I really don't have much experience with what kind of trouble you can get in by using images without approval, but I know it can get sticky and cause trouble I personally don't want.

Don't Use Images You Don't Have Permission To

Since I started blogging years ago, one of my biggest fears if I used images that didn't belong to me was being required to go back through hundreds or thousands of posts and removing or replacing the pictures I didn't have a right to in the first place.

In fact, when I first started blogging in 2009 a company sent me a cease and desist letter requiring me to remove a picture they said I used illegally and they demanded a ton of money for the usage. It turns out the company was sending out these letters en masse trying to defraud bloggers out of their money. I never did use any picture inappropriately- never have, never will. But at the time it scared me!

Where Can I Find Free Pictures to Use?

But my honesty and ethics about picture usage still left a void of where to get quality pictures for my blogs and other projects. I've tried a few different services, most of them requiring a purchase of each picture individually. They don't cost very much, but if you need more than one or two images be prepared to shell out some cash.

That's how I found Its a great website that has thousands of professional, quality pictures you can use two different ways. You can either give credit for the picture usage in the blog you post, or you can purchase their monthly service for $9.99 a month. Not too shabby if you're blogging every day.

My Experience

Recently, I used for a major project and it saved my butt. I needed pictures that ripping free ones from Google just wouldn't do the job. Plus it could be dishonest and illegal if the images weren't free to use commercially. But let me buy their monthly service and use any picture on their website I wanted!

The only thing you must be aware of when using is that you are required to download a license for every picture you use. This will keep you out of trouble if you ever get questioned about where you obtained the picture.

By the way, the picture I used here on this blog is from!

Do you have a great source for good blogging photos and other images? I'd love to hear what my fellow ActiveRain members have to say and where they get pictures from!

Take care and thanks for reading~

-Todd J Garrigus

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Todd & Devona Garrigus

Broker / REALTORS®

951.490.3698 | Direct for Todd
951.490.3683 | Direct for Devona
CalBRE# 01844442/01844441


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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Ive head good things about what people are doing with Freepik. Glad its that useful to you and everybody, guys! Love and light!

Feb 28, 2017 11:54 PM #1
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Seems I am echoing Laura from Blog to Blog tonight! Freepik sounds great. I will have to check it out... thank you!

Mar 01, 2017 12:12 AM #2
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for providing this excellent resource for us to use in our real estate business.

Mar 01, 2017 03:35 AM #3
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the information 

Mar 01, 2017 03:40 AM #4
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

marti garaughty, abstract art, graphic design, marketing, WordPress consultant

Mar 01, 2017 10:43 AM #5
Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

Thank you marti garaughty for the feature!

Mar 01, 2017 12:41 PM #6
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Always nice to see these resources.  It's so easy to find free pics that I don't know why anyone would steal from copyrighted images.  Thanks for sharing!  I'm a pixabay guy but I'll give Freepik a look!

Mar 01, 2017 03:19 PM #7
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Thank you for another great resource. This is one I was not familiar with.  

Mar 27, 2017 01:50 AM #8
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