There are a ton of great (free) resources around the web where you can find amazing photos and video clips for free online! These are perfect for helping create visual elements to use on your blog, on social media or in other content creation. When you can’t take the perfect photo or video – look online for stock images.

PLEASE DO NOT USE IMAGES FROM GOOGLE SEARCHES

Do not search Google for an image and post it to your website without proper permission. You may think you can get away with it, but photographers regularly do reverse searches on Google for their images and will send you a bill for $1000’s of dollars for using their image without purchasing it or without permission.

do not use images from google search

BEATIFUL FREE IMAGES SOURCES

It is always best practice to either create your own image, download from a copyright free source or purchase a high-quality stock photo.

Free doesn’t mean it’s crap either. Using the same search as above for “surfing” I found several high-quality photos I can use for free.

sample photo search on pexels

Here are my go-to sources for images and video when I can take my own.


Photos:

Pexels
Stocksnap
Unsplash
Creation Swap
Gratisography
1001 Free Downloads
Negativespace
PicJumbo
Freestocks.org
Tookapic

Video Clips:
Pexels Video
Free HD Footage
X-Stock Video
Openfootage.net (paid but affordable)
Videezy (limited selection of featured free videos)
Mazwai
Coverr (7 free videos every week)

Graphics:
giphy
Pngtree
Open Clip Art
1001 Free Downloads
The Noun Project

PRO TIP:

You can create custom branded images by grabbing an image from one of these sources and upload it to Canva to make it more your own and unique too. Canva is another free tool you should consider for making graphics for your business.

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