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The Ultimate List of 25 Free Stock Photo Sites for Churches

The Ultimate List of 25 Free Stock Photo Sites for Churches

Posted March 27, 2019 by Bryan Haley

Let me start with this disclaimer: your church needs to prioritize using real photos of real people from your congregation and community in all of your communications—whether you’re creating a print ad, a social media post, or updating your website. Doing so shows potential visitors who you are as a people, how your building is a tool for ministry, and why your location is a mission field. It also gives them a glimpse of what they can expect if they visit. Your goal should be to show off who your church really is; and this goal is best achieved by using photos taken in and around your church.

However, the reality is that this isn’t always possible for all churches, in all situations. Sometimes, we need to use a stock photo to fill a gap or to communicate a larger message. Lucky for you (and me), stock photography has come a long way in the last several years. While a few years ago stock images were cold, posed, and cheesy, today you can find images for almost any scenario that look warm, candid, and natural. And when photographers are willing to share their captures with the world—everyone benefits.

If you’re looking for free stock photography to use in your church’s graphic design, website, or other collateral, take a look at these websites.

1. Pexels


 

2. Unsplash


 

3. Neustock


 

4. Pixabay


 

5. Burst


 

6. FreePhotos


 

7. Freely Photos


 

8. StockSnap


 

9. Gratisography


 

10. Life of Pix


 

11. Picjumbo


 

12. Reshot


 

13. FreeStocks


 

14. Picography


 

15. MMT


 

16. Kaboompics


 

17. Skitterphoto


 

18. ISO Republic


 

19. Styled Stock


 

20. Saltful


 

21. Visual Hunt


 

22. Morguefile


 

23. SplitShire


 

24. Foter


 

25. Nappy

Filed under: Branding, Communications, Creative Process, Graphic Design, Marketing, Marketing Campaign, Online Marketing, Social Media, Website

About the Author

Bryan Haley

Bryan joined the ReFrame Media team in 2017 with a passion to help churches reach people with the gospel using effective church communications. As producer for Church Juice, Bryan helps congregations energize their church communications by overseeing the Church Juice blog, publishing in-depth ebook resources, and developing training on topics like marketing, branding, social media, internal communications, and website development.

Bryan brings years of communication and outreach experience gained both in full-time church ministry and the field of church website design. Bryan and his wife, Denae, enjoy Michigan summers, Detroit sports, and family time.

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Comments (5)

  • James D'Amore
    8:08 AM
    Wed, Mar 27, 2019

    Excellent resource Bryan. Thank you!

  • Celeste
    8:31 AM
    Wed, Mar 27, 2019

    Thanks for these! I am always looking for photos to use and these are some new ones I haven’t heard of.

  • Kelly
    12:26 PM
    Wed, Mar 27, 2019

    So great….thanks, just what we need

  • Amber
    12:20 PM
    Wed, Apr 10, 2019

    This is such a great resource! THANK YOU!

  • Becky
    10:33 AM
    Tue, May 14, 2019

    Great resource and an even better reminder of the importance of using pictures of actual people and locations if at all possible!

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