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13+ of the Best, Most Beautiful Sites for Free Styled Stock Photography

BusinessStephanie Hamilton1 Comment

Let's face it, a picture is worth a thousand words.

And in today's online space, image is everything!

But not everyone has time to play professional photographer, right? 

That's why there's convenient shortcuts - and one of them is styled stock photography 

You don't have to scrounge around the deep ethers of the internet to find these beauties! I've rounded them up in one tidy post you can refer back to time and time again. If you are a creative entrepreneur, mompreneur, blogger or freelancer, here are 13+ sites that have FREE, styled-stock photos to use on your blog, along with a stellar paid option to give you the most options and versatility for your brand. 

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Use these styled stock photos for your blog, social media and marketing collaterals to grab user's attention fast!

I should also mention that many of these options include paid subscription libraries so if you like the free photos you can always take advantage and subscribe to them for even more goodies. 

 

1. Haute Chocolate

If chic, elegant, and stylish is what you're after, Haute Chocolate is your ticket! They offer a perfect array of photos, including two free one's upon signing up to their list, for mompreneurs, freelancers, creatives and more. 

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2. Creative Convex

Creative Convex is by talented designer PinkPot and is a great resource for bloggers and entrepreneurs. If you're a fan of minimalism these perfectly styled, pop of color photos are a nice fit! 

 

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3. Shay Cochrane

Fresh & FREE styled stock photos delivered to you monthly? Yes please! These chic images will surely enhance your recognizeability. 

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4. Unsplash 

Unsplash photos are beautiful enough to fit a lifestyle blog or a design agencies website without the staid, stock photo look and feel. 

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5. Fun & Creative Styled Photos

Looking for the right stock photo for your blog or instagram feed just got easier with these cute, stylish options. The selection of 11 free stock photos will be sure to leave you impressed!

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6. Pink & Gold

If Pink and Gold is your flavor, this bright, beautiful photo is available for personal and commercial use for your promotion.

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7. 8 Feminine Styled Flat Lays

Both logo free and un-watermarked, these styled photos can be used for a myriad of media, including social media headers, banners, and blog post images, and more. Photos are 1200px wide. 

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8. Black, White, and Gold Styled Desktop

Black, white, and gold comprise this styled stock photo suitable for shop announcements or any other promo. 

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9. Gold, White, and Pink Style Stock Photos

This set of ten is sprinkled with shades of Gold, White, and Pink for a classic, sophisticated look. 

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10. 54 Free Feminine Stock Photos

These beautiful flat lays include space to overlay your text to promote your latest blog on social media. 

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11. Pretty Free Desktop Photos

Emily is a photographer and has a free photo stock pack you can use for your own blog or instagram. 

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12. Girly Styled Stock Photos

This collection features 15 free-styled stock photos, featuring a office supplies and feminine colors sure to make a punch! 

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13. Feminine Styled Stock Photography

All you lovely ladies can take advantage of these feminine styled stock photos for your blog or instagram! The set includes 10 free, premium photos. 

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14. Creative Market

My go-to for any design assets I may need, Creative Market is where it's at for original, creative styled stock photography from designers and artists alike. Here is a recent favorite! 

Natural, Styled Stock Photography

I LOVE this neutral set of 24, high-res stock photos you can use for both your blog and instagram for weeks for a complete branded look, and for less than the cost of a date night! 

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Streaming your business or brands photos to attract your audience and create a recognizable brand show potential clients or customers your making intentional decisions, which are great qualities of a strong brand.

The above are some excellent examples of high-quality branded images from some talented entrepreneurs. If you decide to download, remember to give them proper attribution if required.

Now that I've covered the basics of branding using images and shared some excellent examples, you might be wondering how to create and streamline your blog or business with a focus on the user experience of your web design. I have something in the works that may help you with that very thing! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know about my upcoming offering! P.S. You'll also be sent a special discount code to use for my online shop geared towards photographers and other entrepreneurs. 


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9 Essential Design Resources for Creatives

BusinessStephanie Hamilton2 Comments

Graphics are everything! They are the core of your online marketing and how you show off your products in a fun or memorable way. 

They help you get 'likes,' shares, and comments, and play a pivotal role in catching your ideal client's eye and get them interested in learning more. As they say, 'if a picture is worth a thousand words, a graphic is worth a thousand clicks.' 

Every entrepreneur in a creative industry can benefit from having a basic understanding of design principles to help them be as successful as possible. Best of all everyone can really pick up and apply these basics of design to have their goods stand out! 

Today I'm sharing 9 excellent design resources to help you get started!

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1  |  Adobe Photoshop

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I use the Adobe Creative Suite for all my design services and swear by the software program. Here are some reasons why it's stands apart from other programs to me:

Photoshop is mainly used as an image-editing software and can achieve anything from enhancing and manipulating photos to creating original, digital artwork. 

Since many of the templates in my shop are photo-based, many of the text and graphic elements are easily integrated using the application-based text and shape tools. 


2  |  Adobe Illustrator

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Illustrator is most useful when illustrations, graphics, and other vector-based design elements are needed. It allows so much versatility and customization as the design tools allow you to achieve any kind of clean, extendable graphic, many of which can be easily reused. 

It's vector-based which means you can scale all artwork to infinity without any loss of resolution. Illustrator creates vector images and can also work with raster images, while programs like Photoshop or Canva only work with raster images.

Whichever design challenge I find myself in, both Photoshop and Illustrator are my go-to's for creating beautiful marketing collateral from logos to website graphics, business cards and infographics, these programs have me covered. 


3  |  Adobe Color CC

If you're ever in a color-bind and need a second opinion, check out Adobe Color CC, formerly Adobe Kuler, for some inspiration. It's a handy tool for coming up with distinct color palettes and all value are provided for you. 

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Color is such an important, noticeable part of a brand and contributes both to it's recognizability and memorability, but many creative struggle with coming up with the 'right' color palette. Once you determine which sort of color palette (monochromatic, analogous, or complimentary) works for your brand, you can use the tool to create/save color palettes, and glance through preexisting color palettes for inspiration. Check out the Most Used and Most Popular categories under the Explore tab to get your creative juices flowing. 


4  |  Design Inspiration 

Design Inspiration.net is a great site for both color and design inspiration. Filter the designs that include certain colors by clicking 'color' at the top of their website. 

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5  |  Creative Market

Need a polished, calligraphic font or special design element to add that extra touch to your design project in a pinch? Creative Market is of your service!

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Need a polished, calligraphic font or special design element to add that extra touch to your design project in a pinch? Creative Market is chock-full of handy design resources from fonts to photos and everything in between. Whether you need to mock-up an image of your products or a brand new piece of marketing collateral this site takes the overwhelm out of creating. Be sure to check out and support creatives from all over the globe in this thriving community!


6  |  Canva

If you're in a design bind and need a quick solution to your marketing needs, Canva has you covered!

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Whether you need a social media template, infographic, presentation, or more, Canva's selection of pre-designed has many well-designed options and layouts available for perusing. Many of which only require a quick color, text, and photo swap and you're good to go! 


7  |  Myfonts.com

There are times when a project could call for a special font outside the font library I currently have. In this case MyFonts.com is my go-to source for more options. You can use their 'enter you own text' option to get a good preview of what the text will look like before purchasing, which is super helpful if you're creating a logo design. 

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I personally like to take peek at the best sellers to see what's hot right now but you can also filter by new fonts and different styles. 

If you're looking for a premium font for your brand MyFonts.com won't disappoint. 


8  |  Wordmark

The next resource is huge time-saver and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to compare fonts quickly and efficiently:

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I don't know about you but I tend to get overwhelmed skimming through all of the fonts in my library.  Wordmark is a lifesaver as it gathers all fonts saved to your computer and allows you to view a designated word or phrase in one display before committing. 

It's especially helpful if you want to view how special characters look, such as numbers, punctuation, and other characters. 

You can use it to view fonts for your website, resume, work or school projects. Best of all the website is free and you don't need to register or have an account to use it. Just type in your text to preview fonts from your font library instantly. 


9 | Creativelive

If you want to dip your toes in learning much more about design, take a free course with CreativeLive

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Their continuing education courses are ideal for those interested in Photography, but their selection of design and art classes is also on the rise! 

Some topics include Web/UX Design, Design Fundamentals, Typography & Lettering, and more. Many industry experts also teach them so it's a great opportunity to learn from those passionate about sharing their knowledge with you. 


You don't have to be a pro to pick up the essentials of design to excel your online marketing and take your graphics game to the next level. Just peruse the above resources to set the right foundation. 

What are your favorite resources for learning design? Any items not featured on this list you'd love to add?