Free images for your blog

Photos – we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again “Use them on your blog!”

Quite a while ago, we wrote a post about the importance of using images on your blog, and well, we stand by that. But we know not everyone has a camera phone, or photographic skills, so today I’m going to tell you a way of getting images on your site that have been taken by some photographers who have serious skillz. And, they are free AND the credit is already included, so you don’t need to gain permission (which you DO have to do if you take a photo from anywhere else, Google Images included!). sarah meets camila

We learnt this little tip after attending the Britmums Live! conference last year. By the way, if you’ve not given much thought to Britmums Live! then do, they have some really good workshops and speakers where you can pick up some great tips. And you might get to meet someone you really admire…

Anyway, we discovered that Getty Images – you know the amazing stock photographers who provide images for use in all sorts of places – have a royalty free section. This means you can use some of their images without having to pay a royalty charge to do so. It’s especially for bloggers and non-commercial use.

Not only that, but they’re high resolution (good quality) and easily searchable too, with an enormous amount of photos covering an enormous number of topics. 50 million images in fact. Yes for actual real.

Here’s the link:

And it gets better. I was going to write a post with instructions on how to embed the image into your post. That means transferring the code from Getty Images to your blog, so that you don’t have to faff with downloading the image, and then uploading to your own blog, you just paste the code into the ‘text’ or ‘html’ option on your blog.
However, Getty Images has done that for me here, so I’m not going to repeat it. Just click on that link and the instructions are there for all to see:
Screenshot 2015-03-10 20.19.51Need a family image, no problem:

Want something school based?

Or maybe you want something to depict the tough days?

Whatever the scenario or theme of your post, you’re sure to find something to accompany your words.

One thought on “Free images for your blog

  1. Nicola Miller of The Millers Tale

    Did you also know that Getty have been ruthlessly pursuing people who unwittingly use their images when they find them on Creative Commons? The original free to use licenses are often altered or rescinded but CC takes time to catch up. Photographers are also potentially at risk of exploitation by Gettys ‘free to embed’ service so I would be wary of using any service that threatened the livelihood of other people.

    Getty uses bots to track down all its images and if they find them on your site, incorrectly used they send a letter (that some legal firms are claiming is extortion or demanding money with menaces) demanding the user pays them thousands of dollars/pounds. If you don’t they take you to court.

    Many people are boycotting Getty for this reason as it is alleged that Getty aren’t too concerned about the erroneous licensing boundaries attached to its photos- they just laugh all the way to the bank. They target small time bloggers.

    I would never advocate using this company.

    Read about it here-


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