4 (Free!) Unconventional Alternatives to Stock Photos

Sick of generic stock photos? Give your blog visuals and social media graphics a unique look with these 4 (free!) unconventional alternatives to stock photos! #stockphotos

Are you sick of generic stock photos, feminine styled stock photos and flat lay photos? 😕

Not that there’s anything wrong with them, but what if they don’t suit your blog or brand?

Good news! You don’t have to rely on stock photography to create fabulous visuals for your blog. 🙌

For example, you could take your own photos, or use illustrations instead.

But what if you don’t have time to take photos/can’t draw for shit/can’t afford to hire a photographer or illustrator for all your blog posts? 🤷‍♀️

Even more good news! There are other options.

Here are 4 (free!) unconventional alternatives to stock photos that will definitely make your visuals stand out on Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

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1. Vintage photos

Vintage photo from New Old Stock

Give your visuals an old-timey feel by using vintage photos from New Old Stock.

All photos are free of known copyright restrictions, but you can always double-check by clicking on the source link of a photo.

2. Patterns

Instead of using photos, how about using patterns?

Just head to The Pattern Library for gorgeous patterns that you can use freely in your designs!

3. Vintage illustrations

This one’s definitely unconventional! For Pinterest blog graphics, at least. Which means that your visuals would definitely stand out if you use these. (But you should only use them if they suit your brand!)

Anyways, back in 2013, The British Library released over a million public domain images on Flickr for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. Check out their Flickr albums for tons of fascinating illustrations!

There’s also Old Book Illustrations, where you can find (as you can probably guess!) old book illustrations.

4. Public domain comics

Saved my favourite for last: bizarre Golden Age comics with expired copyrights!

These are great if your brand is fun, quirky and/or retro, or if you’re going for a Roy Lichtenstein pop art aesthetic.

My favourite places to get hi-res scans of public domain comics are Comic Book Plus and Digital Comic Museum.

To be on the safe side, I recommend googling the comic book publisher’s name to make sure that their comics are copyright free before using their images in your visuals.


And there you have it! I hope this post has opened your mind to different ways you can source for imagery for your online visuals.

If you know of other unconventional alternatives to stock photos that I didn’t mention in this blog post, feel free to leave a comment below! 😊

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