7 Places to Find Free Feminine Styled Stock Photos
In the blogging game, image is literally everything. That said, it can be super overwhelming trying to find the right images that are not only high quality but which fit your personality and style. The good news? If you're a girly-girl like me, then you've come to the right place. After weeks and weeks of searching and testing out different sites offering free styled stock photos, I've put together a list of my 7 faves just for you.
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1. Haute Chocolate
This is the first free resource I came across and one of the best! If you sign up for their newsletter here, you'll instantly receive two beautiful freebies. Plus every month, they'll send you one or two new images at no cost!
2. Ivory mix
Ivory Mix has probably the hugest library of free images that you can choose from. Every month there's a completely different theme so there's bound to be something that tickles your fancy! Access the free images here.
Love, love, love! Everything Elle does is just spot on! Super girly but also super simple and 100% classy. She offers 10 free images if you subscribe to her newsletter here.
4. Just Arpi
Absolutely loving these and have recently used them for a few Pinterest images. Perfect colors and backgrounds! Arpi will send you 12 free images if you sign up here!
5. Boss Latina
If you follow me on Pinterest, then you've seen this image before. That's because I love it and all other Boss Latina images for that matter. I started out by downloading her freebies to start with but I ended up upgrading to a month-to-month subscription which is worth the investment at only $12. Why? Well, consistency is everything. I've used Yami's images on more than one-third of my pins and the results have been overwhelming! Because of my success, I wanted to get more of these images that perfectly fit my brand.
With a subscription, you'll get access to 25 new images per month and the other huge benefit is that Yami runs a revolving library which helps to maintain exclusivity. In other words, the library won't just keep growing - rather you'll have fresh images for your blog and social posts that aren't being repeated all day every day by nonmembers.
By way of full disclosure, I'm an affiliate* for Boss Latina, which means I receive a small commission each time someone signs up using my affiliate link. That said, I only recommend products or services that I've personally tried out myself and believe in which is why I had to share this one with ya'll! Feel free to check it out to learn more and of course, don't forget to download your free images while there.
While putting together this post, I realized that this wonderful site, has 7 NEW free stock photos available and I'm in love. Keep reading for my tutorial on how to use these images and make the most out of these free resources!
Before we move on to the Pinterest tutorial, you might wanna bookmark this page so that you can refer to it later on! You might also enjoy my Pinterest Strategy which goes into more detail here.
BONUS: Pinterest TUTORIAL!
My Pinterest game is definitely improving! One big way that I've grown my reach from 27 to 840+ followers in less than a month is the scheduling tool, BoardBooster. I definitely recommend signing up - you can start with a free trial but you might as well just invest the $5 because it's totally worth it!
The other game changer for me has been improving my images. I still have a few to redo but having beautiful pins is so important. Here are some easy steps to follow to get you there!
STEP 1: Now that we have beautiful images to work with it's time to put them to good use in Canva. Once there, you'll want to create a new social media design - specifically for Pinterest so that way you have the correct size which is already auto-formatted by Canva.
STEP 2: Upload your stock styled images.
STEP 3: Create your own tagline to show off your brand / blog name. I've kept mine pretty simple and chose a peach-ish/blushy color that matches well with my blog theme. At first, I was making a new one for each pin, but quickly realized that I should just stick with this one for every pin. Remember, consistency is key. Plus, it's also efficient.
STEP 4: Click on one of your uploads and start designing! Once you've stretched the image to your desired dimensions within the template, it's time to add some text. I'm still working on being more punchy with my headlines to make my pins as enticing as possible. Anyhoo, here's the look once I've added text.
STEP 5: Not bad right?! Still a tad hard to read, So let's add a little dimension here (I'm sure there's a proper term for this) but I'm sticking with this one!
- On the left tool bar, select Elements>Shapes.
- Select the square.
- On the upper right hand corner, select Arrange>Send to Back so that your text appears over the square.
- Then select transparency, to give the background that nice effect you see below.
And that's it folks. In 5 steps, you've got a gorge pin that's ready to go!
But wait, I wanted to share this trick with you that I've found to be so helpful!
HOW TO USE 1 STYLED STOCK PHOTO TO CREATE MULTIPLE PINS
EXAMPLE 1: In this example, I added a small text overlay (yay, figured out the correct term instead of "dimension") to the image. You'll notice my font doesn't change (EVER!) and neither does my logo / tagline section.
EXAMPLE 2: Ready for some magic? In Canva, make a copy of the image you created. On the tool bar at the top, select "Flip" which creates a mirror image of the original photo.
From there, I added a different text overlay - this time, taking up most of the photo. Now, I've got two different pins using one stocked style photo image. Yay!
And there you have it! Your complete guide to finding free beautiful images for your blog posts and social media feeds.
P.S. This was my very first tutorial and I welcome your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions as well. I look forward to hearing from you!
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