The Best Sites for Free Images - Especially for Fashion Brands

business resources Nov 13, 2018

Looking for free images for your blog or website?  We are all about optimizing everything you do so we've reviewed over 50 royalty free image sites to round up the top 10 sites with free images specifically for fashion brands.  Images that can help you visually reflect your brand vibe on social media or your website that don't feel like overused stock images.

1. Unsplash

Unsplash offers a huge selection of beautiful, free photos for personal and commercial use, "gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers."  They are my go-to site for images and have been for the past couple years.  Whenever I am looking for free images to use, unsplash is the first place I go and it is very rare that I can't find what I am looking for.  Most of my Instagram feed features photos from Unsplash.

All of their photos are available for free for commercial and noncommercial purposes.

You can find photos via collections or search.

My favorite thing is ease of use and wide variety of photos to choose from. You are able to easily create albums and store collections of photos.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 9

  • They have a very large selection of photos including many options for fashion and accessories like the photo below from Yoann Boyer
  • They have a large selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Attributing the photographer is not that easy.  You can view all the photos from a photographer and find a link to their website but only some photographers include their instagram in their personal page, but it is not a hyperlink and not all do.

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2. Pic Jumbo

Pic Jumbo is a free stock photo site created in 2013 by a designer and photographer named Viktor Hanacek.  The site features really great and unique photos not found on (m)any other sites. You can download individual photos for free or join their premium membership to download an entire bundle using one of the paid options. Choices are $10/mo for bloggers, $19/mo for designers, and $39/mo for agencies. The photos on this site are my favorite of all the free image sites.

You can find photos via categories and search.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 8

  • They have many options for fashion and accessories like the photo below from Viktor Hanacek
  • They have a good selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Attributing the photographer is not easy.  You can buy him a coffee, i.e. make a donation, but they do not provide a link to their Instagram.

View photos on pic jumbo

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3. Canva

If you use Canva to design graphics for your website or social media, you may be familiar with their selection of free stock photos.

You can find photos via collections or search.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 7

  • They have a good selection of options for fashion and accessories like the photo below, however most of the best photos are only available for purchase
  • They have a large selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You have to sign up to download photos
  • Some of their best qualities:
    • If you are looking to create graphics such as quotes, promotional images, etc., you can download the images and use them within the tool to create graphics either using their built in templates or creating them from scratch. Super easy regardless of expertise level!
  • Attributing the photographer is not easy.  They do not provide a link to their Instagram.

View free photos on canva

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4. Pixabay

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."

In addition to photos, Pixabay also offers Illustrations, Vector graphics, Videos and more. We love their manifesto and aim to unify creators via a free exchange of visual content.

You can find photos via search.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 6

  • They have some good options for fashion and accessories like the photo below
  • They have a good selection of other photos for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • You can download photos in multiple sizes including very high resolution
  • Attributing the photographer is not easy

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5. Stocksnap

They provide high resolution free photos that are CC0 licensed, so you can use them in both your personal or commercial projects without attribution.

You can find photos via categories and search. You have the ability to favorite photos which is good, but it is not as easy to use as other sites like Unsplash, and has many of the same photos.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 6

  • They have a several options for fashion and accessories like the photo below from Allef Vinicius but there is an overall limited selection and most pics are also available on other sites
  • They have a good selection of other photos for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Attributing the photographer is not easy; they do not provide a link to their Instagram or other sites

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5. Kaboom Pics

Kaboom provides a great selection of interesting stock photos all taken by one woman, Karolina.  She provides a "royalty-free service for stock images."  She has a great eye and curates a nice selection of unique images available for free for commercial and noncommercial use.  In addition to images, her blog has great reference info for brands.

You can find photos via search and by color.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 5

  • They have a few options for fashion and accessories but there is an overall limited selection
  • They have a nice selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Attributing the photographer is not that easy, which is surprising since they are all taken by the same woman

View photos on kaboom

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6. Reshot

Self described as "uniquely free photos.  Handpicked, non-stocky images. Yours to use as you wish."  That means that photos are available for free for commercial and noncommercial use.  We love their manifesto and aim to unify creators via a free exchange of visual content.

You can find photos via search.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 5

  • They have a few options for fashion and accessories like the photo below from  Nadica but there is an overall limited selection
  • They have a limited selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Some of their best qualities:
    • I haven't seen their photos on most of the other sites.  They feel "real" and not like stock images.
    • They offer a small selection of curated image packs, including a Diversity Matters Pack, and Flat Lay Pack.
  • Attributing the photographer is not easy.  Some photographers include their instagram in their About Me section, but it is not a hyperlink and not all do.  You can point back to the photographer's page on reshot but they do not provide a link to their Instagram.

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7. Pexels

Photos are available for free for commercial and noncommercial use.  Attribution is not required, but always appreciated. You can modify the photos to your liking.

Can find collections under Browse>>Discover or can search

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 4

  • They have a few fun options for fashion and accessories like the photo below from Melody Jacobs (hello awesome hair!) but there is an overall limited selection
  • They have a limited selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Attributing the photographer is super easy!  They provide a link to their Instagram page.

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8. Burst

Burst is a free stock photo platform powered by Shopify.  Photos are available for free for commercial and noncommercial use.  Attribution is not required, but always appreciated.

They have a variety of collections to view.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 4

  • They have a few options for fashion and accessories like the photo below from Nicole De Khors but there is an overall limited selection
  • They have a limited selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Attributing the photographer is not that easy. You can visit their website or hire them, but they do not provide a link to Instagram.
  • The best thing about the site is their integration with Shopify and focus on helping emerging businesses get started with themed photo kits if they don't have their own photos.  For example, want to sell bracelets?  You can download a bracelet photo kit and start selling online with a free trial of Shopify.

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9. Gratisography

Gratisography is self described as "the world's quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures, comprised of the world's best, most creative images - photos you just won't find anywhere else. All completely free of copyright restrictions."

You can find photos via category or search.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 4

  • They have really unique and fun photos with a few options for fashion and accessories like the photo below from Ryan McGuire but there is a very limited selection
  • They have a limited selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Attributing the photographer is easy.  They provide links to all of their social sites, website, and email.

View photos on gratisography

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10. Picography

Described as "gorgeous, high resolution, free photos, that you can use however you like", the photos on Picography come with a CC0 license and are available for free for commercial and noncommercial use.

You can find photos via categories and search.

Overall Rating for Fashion Brands: 4

  • They have a few options for fashion and accessories like the photo below from Picjumbo but there is a very limited selection
  • They have a limited selection of other photos good for quote overlays
  • You do not have to sign up to download photos
  • Unlike other sites, the download button does not download the pic.  It opens it in a new tab which you then have to save.
  • They are clearly affiliated with shutterstock and every photo you view recommends similar photos via shutterstock
  • Attributing the photographer is not easy.  There is no contact info or external links provided.

View photos on picography

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Have another site you love?  Please share it in the comments below.

xx, Crista

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by Crista Grasso

Known as the "Business Optimizer", Crista has the ability to quickly cut through the noise and focus on optimizing the core things that will make the biggest impact RIGHT NOW to grow and scale your business. As a lean business consultant, she specializes in helping businesses gain clarity and focus through strategy, planning, and lean practices. She is the creator of the Lean Out Method and the 90-Day Lean Out Planner, and is also the founder of the global accessories brand Criscara Jewelry.

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