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14 Resources for High Quality, Low Cost Styled Stock Photos (+ Free Resource Download)

February 24, 2016
14 Resources for High Quality Low Cost Styled Stock Photos

If you’ve been following along with my blog for the past few months you may have noticed more of my images with a pretty desktop background (like below):

Weekly Steps to Improve Your Business

These beautiful desk-scapes are part of what’s referred to as styled stock photos. They’re generally an arrangement of themed objects in a photo that you can then add your own branding and wording on.

The images you use on your blog and for social media can have a huge impact on your social shares and the overall perception of your brand.

Images can increase customer engagement in general by about 40%, and customers who identify with your brand are twice as likely to buy. twitter icon

With all the work you put into your company, your brand deserves to stand out with high quality, consistently branded images.

Thankfully you don’t need to spend a fortune. The sites below are some of the best I’ve found for high quality, low cost styled stock photos.

14 Places to Find Great Styled Stock Photo

The first 6 sites are geared more toward female entrepreneurs and bloggers. The images are feminine and involve a lot of desk layouts.

For less feminine options, try searching on Creative Market, Etsy, Death to the Stock Photo and Unsplash.

A lot of the sites will offer free stock photos each month or a free welcome bundle for signing up for their newsletter. I’ve denoted the ones I know offer free images with *.

Some sites like Haute Chocolate and Death to the Stock Photo are membership sites where you pay a low monthly fee to access all past and new photos. I’ve been a member of both sites and highly recommend them.

1 | Haute Chocolate* – $29 per month

For $29 a month, you get access to over 100 styled stock photos with new photos added often. I get most of my photos from this site. Rachel also offers custom brand photos and photoshoots. Her Brandstyle Portrait Session + Custom Stock Photo package is definitely on my wishlist!

Haute Chocolate Stock Photography


 

2 | PinkPot / Creative Convex* – Free stock photo packs + $30 per custom brand image

Chaitra not only offers free styled stock photo packs, but she also gives tips on styling your own photos and offers a service to custom make styled photos for your brand.

Creative Convex Styled Stock Photography


 

3 | Dear Miss Modern – $10 per photo average

This site offers themed photo packs and individual styled stock for sale.

Dear Miss Modern Styled Stock


 

4 | Kate Maxwell Photography – $15 per image

Kate’s shop has a slightly wider range of themes, from computer related to children’s toys.

Kate Maxwell Photography Styled Stock


 

5 | Diva Gone Domestic – $15 per image

If you follow along on her blog it looks like she offers free downloads sometimes.

Diva Gone Domestic


 

6 | Shay Cochran* – $30-$60 per image

Shay’s photos are a little more expensive, but she does offer free stock images for signing up for her mailing list.

Shay Cochran Style Stock Photos


7 | Creative Market – $15 per image average

First, if you don’t know about Creative Market, go there and play around. If any part of your business is DIY for design, you will fall in love with it. If you sign up for their mailing list, you get 6 free downloads each Monday from different categories. They usually offer free downloads for fonts, a small vector image pack, WordPress themes, and more.

Here are few specific shops I’ve found for styled stock photography on Creative Market:

8 | Stockographer

Stockographer Style Stock

9| Type & Style

Type & Style Stock Photography

10 | Little Sparrow Shop

Little Sparrow Styled Stock Photography


11 | Etsy – $6-15 per image average

The link above is directed to a search for “Styled Stock Photography,” but that’s just one example. You could search “styled desk” or anything related to your topic.

Etsy Styled Stock

12 | Death to the Stock Photo* – $15 per month

I used to get most of my photos from this site, but recently switched to Haute Chocolate. I still love DTTSP, but Haute Chocolate offers more of the type of images I use for business. However, they do have some styled stock photos and great options for blog images.

My Sunday Link Love image is one I created from a styled stock DTTSP image:

Sunday Link Love


 

13 | Unsplash – Free

Again, this site doesn’t offer strictly styled stock photos, but there are a few options if you search things like “desk” or “laptop.” All of the images on this site are free, so it’s a great resources in general.

Unsplash Styled Desk Photo


 

14 | Canva – Free or $1

Canva has a library with over a million images, all for either $1 or completely free. Each of the desktop images below are only $1 each. I’m a complete Canva convert, by the way. They make my life so much easier.

Canva Styled Stock


 

Want a full list of free and low cost stock photos for your blog? Download my resources guide here:

22 Free or Low Cost Stock Photo Resources

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  • Erin @ Erin's Inside Job February 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Yay! I love this! I usually use Unsplash or StockSnap for free images, but I may look into investing in some at some point. I also forget about the range that Canva has, so I’ll have to look back into that. I usually just import another picture to make my graphics. Thanks so much for the list Danielle!

  • Ange // Cowgirl Runs March 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I always find I’m constantly scrolling through Canva to find the right image – I definitely need to learn how to better search through their database. It’s so huge it can feel overwhelming.

    • Dzeigler March 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      That’s a really good point, actually. I’m going to see if I can get any tips from Canva on better filtering searches with keywords (or any tips!). Thanks for the idea! I’ll let you know what I find out.

  • Mark Forge March 24, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Quite surprised you didn’t mention BigStockPhotos. There’s a monthly fee at around $50 which allows you to download 5 images daily, and if you’re long enough for them you can up to 7 images per day of very high quality stuff. Wouldn’t go for the credit packs, because those are extremely expensive compared to the monthly fee. I use all images from them on my website.

    Take care!

    • Dzeigler March 28, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Oh nice! I’ve never heard of it but just checked it out and it does have some cool ‘styled stock’ deskscapes (plus tons of other nice pictures). Thanks for the tips!

      • Mark Forge March 28, 2016 at 8:26 am

        Glad I could help. Love your website, lots of useful information on marketing and SEO. Very helpful to me, since I am only starting out. 🙂