Let’s be honest with each other… clients can’t take good photos.
They’ll tell you that they have good photos (they don’t), they’ll tell you that their brother-in-law has a nice real nice camera and he’ll do it next week (he doesn’t), they’ll tell you just to go “grab some photos” from their old site (when there aren’t any).
The worst is when the lack of photos is holding up you getting P-A-I-D.
But… what can you do about it?
Of course there are the big paid stock photos resources like iStock and Fotolia, but what if the client has literally no budget for stock photos? What do you do then?
Here’s what you can do…
Sites to get free stock photos
While the Internet has it’s share of horrible, negative, scummy people… there are a lot of helpful people doing some really great things.
For example, did you know that there are really talented photographers out there that take really nice pictures and give them away for free. Yes, free. Most of the time you don’t even have to give your name/email.
Below are the top five places (in no particular order) that we get stock photos from (including all the photos for our Designs).
StockSnap has a diverse selection of photos and do not require you to sign up. #awesome
FRS does require you to get an account (annoying) but once you do you’ll have access to a large library of photos. #ilikethis
Simple interface, no account needed and you can download as much as you want whenever you want. #yesyesyes
Not a huge selection of photos (because it’s only one guy named Ryan) but what the site lacks in quantity it makes up in quality. #goodstuff
Really nice photos and has a cool startup story (basically it’s a big FU to the big stock photo sites) #coolstorybro
All of these websites (as of April 11, 2016) do NOT require you to give credit to the photographer for using their photo but please read the terms and conditions of each website before you use one. I should mention that while we (as web designers) are not against giving credit where credit is due… it’s just not cool to clutter up a clients website with links to various photographers. #knowwhatimean?
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