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Best Stock Photos for Instagram

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Katie Grazer

Let’s talk about a little Instagram secret I call stock photos! We have all been there the dreadful Instagram blackout where you suddenly have no idea what to post or any photo in your library which could save you and get you out of your inspiration funk. This is where stock photos for Instagram come in super handy and I want to show the best places to get imagery that suits your niche!

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What are Stock Photos for Instagram?

Maybe you have run out of photos for Instagram from your last trip to Greece or you are just looking for additionally photos to pimp up your feed. Then, stock photos are exactly what you need! 

First of all, you are not allowed to just randomly take photos from Google and use them on your Instagram account. If you just take some random person image from the web you are copyright infringing because the owner did not give you permission to use this image.

So this is where stock images come into play. Stock photos are photos without copyright. This means the owner has waived ownership and you can use them on your Blog, Instagram, and Social!

Cool right?!

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Where can I find Stock Photos for Instagram?

Excellent Question! Here are my favorite free and paid stock photo sites: 


Unsplash is my favorite stock photo platform I use all the to create Instagram posts but also blog and other resources. Unsplash consists of a community of photographers and creators and its library has now reached over 500K photos. 


Pixabay is very similar to Unsplash and contains a huge library of over 1M photos for Instagram and other creative media. The Library contains free photos, illustrations, vectors and videos you can use for free.


I love love love Pexels. They help millions of designers, writers, artists, programmers and other creators to get access to beautiful photos that they can use freely. Their photos could empower you to create amazing products, designs, stories, websites, apps, art and other work.


Stockvault is a great community where photographers, designers, and students can share their photographs, graphics and vector files with each other for free. The library contains over 135K photos 100% royalty-free.

Styled Stock

StyledStock is a great site to get stock photos for Instagram when you are an entrepreneur, small business owner or girl boss. They have a selection of free and paid photos focusing on women in business, entrepreneurs and gorgeous flat lays. 

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Burst by Shopify

Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Their photographers are constantly shooting and uploading high-resolution images to help you find the perfect free stock photo for your next project. Their goal is to build the best free image library for entrepreneurs and adding new categories to reflect current trends in e-commerce and retail.


Kaboompics is one of the most popular sources of free images for lifestyle, interior design and specialized bloggers in World run by Karolina an amazing creator and photographer. It’s incredible if you are looking for travel photos for Instagram or flat lays. 

Death to the stock Photos

Death to the stock photos is a platform where you can pay a monthly subscription to receive the best photos of expert photographers around the world. Each pack explores a different narrative and aesthetic idea with 35+ photos shot solely for use in your projects and campaigns. All the images are edited and refined by our in-house production team before we pack them up and ship them directly to your Death to Stock library. 

Foodies Feed 

Foodies Feed is an amazing library of photos all related to food. If you are a food blogger or you love using food images in your Instagram feed without being a professional photographer yourself, then check this out!

Stocksy (paid)

Stocksy is home to a highly curated collection of royalty-free stock photography and video footage that is beautiful, distinctive, and highly usable. It is a paid website where you can select individual photos for a specific price. Even though this is a paid service, there are one of the best images I have seen throughout the websites. 

How to find copyright-free photos for Instagram on Google?

It’s not allowed to just randomly grab a photo you found on Google Image search and use it on your Blog, Insta or other accounts without copyright permission. However, here is a quick tip on how to find royalty-free photos for Instagram on Google. Any picture appearing in this selection using my method is royalty and copyright free. 

Step 1: Head to Google Images

Step 2: Type in your Search Term

photos for Instagram

Step 3: Click “Settings” > “Advanced Search”

photos for Instagram

Step 4: Scroll down to “Usage Rights”

Step 5: Select “free to use, share or modify, even commercially”

photos for Instagram

Step 6: Press “Advanced Search”

photos for Instagram

Let me know if you have found this useful and if you are going to implement and use stock photos for Instagram? Any other question or comment – SHARE THEM IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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