Giant List of Styled Stock Photography Websites for Female Entrepreneurs
If you asked me what is one thing female entrepreneurs seem to stress and obsess about the most, it’s probably their brand images and the feeds they go in. “Does my Instagram look flawless? Do I have perfect pictures displayed on my blog? Do my images fit my branding? Do the colors match well?” Is this you? We LOVE photos and we want it to look perfect. I know I’ve obsessed over photos a few times in my business (but I’m a photographer so that’s pretty normal).
My specialty is definitely business portraits and lifestyle photography (though I do offer custom stock photography for my clients now- check it out here). I obviously don’t use stock photography for my photography business, but I AM OBSESSED with how cute stock photos are. I know you ladies need your options when it comes to cohesive branding photos. There are so many stock subscriptions out there for a variety of tastes. They all offer their own unique advantages and many of them give free monthly images with a subscription (free is good and awesome, but sometimes you need to invest- just sayin’).
Of course, you ladies know that looks aren’t everything- you can’t win everybody over with beautiful pictures alone. Sure, it gets you a few likes on the ‘Gram and all, but you need real content to persuade your audience to dig deeper and (now or eventually) work with you. Beautiful pictures are certainly a great addition to your great content, though!
Keep this in mind: each website will have legal licensing terms you need to abide by. Here are some general rules that many stock photo sites will list:
The copyright will remain with the photographer and they allow a license for you to use their images on their terms.
Generally, stock photos don’t have to be credited if purchased, but always check because sometimes photos that are freebies must be credited. Be sure to do so if asked.
Most sites will allow you to edit and alter the images that you see fit to your brand. This includes overlaying text, altering and cropping images as well as changing colors.
If you are a social media manager or a VA, you usually cannot post photos for your clients unless they also have a subscription to that service.
Also, you cannot claim the pictures as your own, sell in design bundles or anything like that.
Returns are usually not accepted due to the digital nature of the product.
Most website have these similar terms but always look at the FAQ and email when in doubt.
Legal stuff: Some of the links I provide here are affiliate links (which means if you buy I make a small commission at no extra cost to you) but all opinions are my own!*
Styled Stock Photography Websites and Subscriptions
The following sites have many photos that are designed for female entrepreneurs- typically includes feminine styled photos (flowers, gorgeous flat lays, fashionable accessories, beautiful props, etc). Some of the details may have changed since I wrote this article- I will update as I see the changes! You’ll find their website and Instagram accounts below so that you can see their photo styles.
$395 FOR LIFE (like, WHAT?)
Gallery includes a variety of styled stock images that suit a variety of businesses (coaches, bloggers, fashion, calligraphers, designers, health and wellness, etc.).
There are also curated galleries on her Creative Market shop if you’re afraid of commitment
Freebies: Download 10 free stock photos when you subscribe and monthly freebies in your inbox.
$39 a month- photo membership
$69 quarterly- photo membership, Canva templates, IG quote library
$199 annually- all of the above at a discounted yearly price
Really beautiful feminine photos, bright and airy and lots of extras included too.
Freebies: free monthly photos with subscription.
Elite- $42 quarterly
VIP- $120 annually
Good combination of feminine and neutral styles- SERIOUSLY good for the price.
Freebies: A HUGE library of free resources (like 500+ free photos) and 4 free photos a month when you subscribe.
So many photos to choose from- mockups, flat lays, lifestyle photos, graphics, exclusives
Freebies: Free photos to download immediately once you subscribe, Monthly freebies when you subscribe.
SUCH GORGEOUS PHOTOS I seriously drool over them. You can also buy the photos individually (looks like most start around $10 each) or in curated bundles (bundle prices vary).
Freebies: Monthly freebies when you subscribe.
The Influencer- $89 quarterly or $35 monthly
The Manager- $249 quarterly (Awesome for VA’s, Social Media Managers, designers, etc.).
The photos are feminine but there is a good variety of more neutral palettes that would suit a wider audience. I really like the mood of all of her collections!
Freebies: Monthly freebies once you subscribe plus a “Curated 9-Grid” which offers 9 photos that are suitable for your brand based on a quick you take.
Really cute photos, feminine, bright and airy
Freebies: Not sure (the option isn’t obvious on the website)
Pro Member: $797/year (for up to 10 client accounts, 10 commercial projects)
Individual photos can be found on her Etsy store, Creative Market and on the website
Freebies: Free styled photo (and wallpaper) every month when you subscribe.
$25 for monthly subscription
$240 for annual membership
Awesome gorgeous photos that are fun and bright and airy!
Freebies: Monthly photos sent to your inbox!
General Stock Photography Sites
These are the more traditional stock photography styles- great selection of professional photos, especially for candids of people
$99 a month for 10 photos
$149 a month for 20 photos
$299 a month for 50 photos
Obviously the most expensive route. I have contributed here before as a photographer- I like the realistic quality of these stock images but it is definitely a pricey option.
$29 a month for 10 assets
$79 a month for 40 assets
$169 a month for 350 assets
$199 a month for 750
Another pricey route, but the quality is top notch and there are more than just photos provided.
Free & CC0 Stock Photography Sites
These sites are either completely free or have free options, many of them are CC0 (CC0 license means that there are no rights reserved, read more here).
Rawpixel- free plan as well as premium plans (mockups and vectors too).
Rightlight (Norwood Themes)- good minimalist photos, under the CC0 license according to the website.
Death to Stock- free monthly photos, professional quality, premium memberships (includes videos too, so that’s cool).
Feel free to recommend more in the comments so that I can update the list!