Blogging Photography

5 Ways to use Stock Photos + 10 Free Styled Stock Photos for Your Blog

Free Styled Stock Photos for Your Blog or Website

First impressions are everything when it comes to running a blog or biz. Creating quality content is important, but usually, the first thing that will capture your audience is featuring bright, clear images.

Photography is, without a doubt, one of my favorite things about blogging. Over the years a hobby turned into a passion, something that I love to continue to learn about.

There are days though, where nothing goes right. You know exactly what you’re doing, but something is just off and your pictures don’t come out the way you want them to. Sometimes you have a great blog post written but just can’t find the time to take a few photos.

I love keeping a bunch of pre-shot and pre-edited photos that would work with any of my lifestyle/blogging posts, just for those reasons.

Maybe photography is something you’re still trying to figure out? Or, perhaps, you love to write, but photography just isn’t something that you’re into. If that’s the case, then styled stock photos can help you with creating a beautiful blog.


Free Styled Stock Photos for Your Blog or Website



One of the obvious ways to use styled stock photos is as a featured image on your blog posts. You can also use them for creating Pinterest graphics by using programs like Canva, PicMonkey, or Photoshop. Add text overlays and maximize your blog posts. You can see how I create my Pinterest images here.


If you have any signup forms anywhere on your blog, you can use those styled stock images to make your forms look more inviting and appealing. You can crop your styled stock image, focusing on small details and maximize it even further- use one image for different things.


When it comes to blog readers, it’s definitely something you want to customize and create something that’s unique to your blog. If, however, hiring someone to do this for you is not something you can afford or you’re not sure how to do it yourself, you can easily create a header using a styled stock image. Customize it by adding your logo, some text and/or your email incentive.


If you have any digital products or freebies you’re giving away, maybe you have an exciting launch coming up- this is a great place to use your styled stock photos as well.


Here, the possibilities are endless. You can use styled stock photos to create Facebook and/or Twitter cover and Facebook posts. For Instagram, you can use styled images to create quotes or engaging posts. For Pinterest, you can also use them as covers for your boards.


There are many places around the web where you can purchase beautiful photos, there are also a lot of places to find free stock photos. And hey, this is one of them! If you’re looking for some free styled stock photos for your blog or website, I got you covered- all you have to do is sign up for my mailing list and you’re all set. You can use these free styled stock photos for your blog, your blog posts, promo materials, email newsletters, Pinterest graphics- pretty much everything that has anything to do with your blog or website.

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    Gia Gianina
    August 16, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Wow Paula, thanks a lot for these styled stock photos! I just love your photography style!

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    August 16, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Really nice post Paula! And thank you for the freebie☺️💕

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    Claudia @ Just a Little Blush
    August 16, 2017 at 9:02 am

    You need to sell stock photos Paula… for real, ALL your pics are amazing and better than any other stock photos I’ve seen out there.

    – Claudia

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    Claudia Stenhouse
    August 16, 2017 at 11:51 am

    You should sell stock photos, your images are the best in the blogging world, they are beautiful!! xxx

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    August 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve been secretly hoping you’d offer stock photos foreverrrr! You should sell them, your photos are AMAZING!

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jelly Bean

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      Paula @
      August 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Look who’s talking! hehe ;) Thank you SO much, Jenn! Hoping to offer more of these in the future :)

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    Danielle Alexa
    August 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I always have a supply of photostock images ready to use if I need them!

    Danielle xx

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    Kiri Yanchenko
    August 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I have actually never thought about using stock photos on my blog.
    I don’t mind shooting and beauty shooting is heaps easier than creating outfit posts for a fashion blog.
    I love how I can read your blog and think about all sorts of new potential.
    Your blogging series stuff is really helpful for a lot of people.
    Set to Glow

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    August 16, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I personally LOVE using stock pictures, mostly because those are a million times better looking then mine. Your pictures are always absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing these beautiful images!

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      Paula @
      August 17, 2017 at 7:41 am

      It’s definitely a nice alternative if you can’t be bothered with things like photography and want to focus on writing. Thank you SO much!

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    Linda Libra Loca
    August 17, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I rarely write lifestyle posts, so most of the times stock phitos don’t work for me. I do agree with everyone else though, you should think about selling some yourself.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpaging

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    Lisa Autumn
    August 17, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Seriously this is so cool! Never thought about using Stock Photos but it seems to be practical. BTW you should start a business selling these!

    xx Lisa |

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    August 17, 2017 at 6:10 am

    No matter how much more stunning stock photos are than mine, I just cannot bring myself to use them. I feel like I enjoy the uniqueness of my blurry dark extravaganza too much :)

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      Paula @
      August 17, 2017 at 7:43 am

      I don’t think that stock images are for everyone, it all depends on the kind of blog you run, that’s for sure.

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    Janah Jackman
    August 17, 2017 at 7:48 am

    thanks so much for the photos they are beautiful! xx

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    Jennifer @ MrsQBeauty
    August 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

    When it comes to blogging, photography is where I have a lot to learn. I enjoy reading these type of posts.

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    August 18, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Yesss photos are so important! I’m definitely still learning and your photos are gorgeous :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    Mad Cherry
    August 20, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I love using photos for my blog as I don’t have the time (and patience) to always shoot my own. And I agree, when you find some really good ones, you can really make use of them in so many ways!

    Jorj | Mad Cherry

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    August 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I just subscribed, so excited for your photos. Thank you :)

    Miha xx

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    August 29, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Paula, was I supposed to get them into my email? I signed up 2 times and nothing yet from yesterday, is there something else I need to do?

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    Jess Athorn
    October 3, 2017 at 4:35 am

    These photos are beautiful! I’m definitely going to try to create some of my own (not that will be anything close to how gorgeous yours are!!)

    Jess |

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