Free Stock Photos That Could Have Cost $1000

Over the past 3 years I can honestly say I’ve paid a couple hundred dollars for stock photos.

So when I heard Getty Images was going to allow bloggers to use any of 35 million photos for free…well, you can bet your butt I started dreaming of a new pair of Steve Madden Renegaids.

Never heard of Getty?

Getty Images has been around for almost 20 years and is one of the 3 largest stock photography agencies in terms of revenue.

No surprise there. In the past, having Ian Somerhalder on my blog, for no more than 2 years, would cost $450.

Getty offers photographs for use in both editorial and commercial format, with the majority having been shot by professional photographers.

Rolling Out Like a Youtube Video

This month Getty Images launched their Embed Images option, allowing use of some (35 million or so) of their photos via an embed code…very much like embedding youtube videos.

See why I got super excited?

High quality, professionally shot photos of super cuties on my blog…along with a new pair of kick-ass boots.

And no chance of being billed $1000 by Getty.

Because Getty Images?

No stranger to protecting their photographer’s rights against copyright infringement by tracking your arse down and sending everyone and anyone from churches to entrepreneurial wives $ettlement demand letters for 3x the original usage price.

I agree with protecting the photographers. But three times as much? Really?

But now…we can embed photos for free.

Awesome right? Heading over?

Slow your roll sistah.

There’s fine print.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. You can only embed those images that offer the embed code option.

Look for the button -> </>

2. I had to copy and paste this one for you. “Getty Images reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove Getty Images Content from the Embedded Viewer. Upon request, you agree to take prompt action to stop using the Embedded Viewer and/or Getty Images Content.”

Imagine having to remove coding from a few hundred posts?

3. Getty Images reserves the right to collect data on how you’re using their photos via the embed code and reserves the right to tweak it on their end to place advertisements with the photos, without paying you for the ad space.

4. You’re not allowed to alter these photos, so pop any thought bubbles that include pinnable images.

The Takeaway

If you need a really great photo and want it free, go go Getty Images.

Use these images sparingly because there is the chance that you’ll have to take it down someday.

There are other stock photo agencies online that are totally affordable.

Photo Dune

Can Stock Photos

You don’t always have to pay for a good time photo…

Photo Credit:
Photo Credit:

…because there are free for attribution options too:

500px Creative Commons on this page are free in return for attribution.


Always Read The Licenses And Fine Print.

Don't Miss Out On The Strategic Mama's
Easy-peasy tech tips tol ease your blogging-overwhelm


  1. Vidya Sury said:

    :-) Oh yeah – no free lunches. I get it.

    I confess I took a long, hard look at the pictures in this post. Hmm. 😀
    Vidya Sury recently posted…Unconditional LoveMy Profile

    March 7, 2014
  2. The pictures are irresistible….but it’s is like so-near and yet-so-far! 😉 Thanks for the info, Vanita.
    Corinne Rodrigues recently posted…Queen of My Own LifeMy Profile

    March 8, 2014
  3. It is pretty smart of them to have figured out a way to offer up free photos to the zillions of bloggers while still being able to control those photos. I’m sure I’ll use a few here and there, but for the most part I feel more comfy taking my own photos.
    Jeanette Nyberg recently posted…Little Tiny the SupermodelMy Profile

    March 8, 2014
  4. sunithi said:

    Good to know. I was excited at first thinking of the free images, but not so crazy after realizing that I may have to remove them some day. I will check it out though. I use morgue file some and usually pay for others :( ! Will check out those other sites as well! Thanks Vanitha. Always good info here!
    sunithi recently posted…Flourless Chocolate Cake In A Mug With Coconut Cream #SundaySupperMy Profile

    March 8, 2014
  5. Jessica said:

    Awesome! I have avoided stock photos because I didn’t want to pay, but now with this? Well, things will change. Thanks, Vanita! I can’t wait to give it a try!

    March 10, 2014
  6. Poppy said:

    Always read the license and fine print? Thats what I have you for – to translate. I will definitely use them sparingly. Taking photos down would be a logistical nightmare.

    March 13, 2014

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge