You know that flatlay look where an artist arranges some über cute, color-coordinated items on a white or neutral background and snaps them in just the right lighting?
For a while now I’ve been compiling an Evernote list of all these fabulous sites where you can find this type of photography and figured it was high time to share in this season of giving.
In this list, you’ll find some free feminine styled stock photography that you can download now as well as some resources for premium photography that you’ll find is really quite affordable when you need something a little less seen-around-the-web.
Where to Use Feminine Styled Stock Photography
First of all, where and how should you use styled stock photography? The best thing about them is that they are so versatile! You can use them…
In your social media marketing posts to really draw attention to them:
— Marianne // DYOB (@marianney) December 25, 2016
In your webinar slides:
A Quick Warning
Please note that before you use ANY stock photo that is not yours, you should always read the terms and conditions first. This even goes for paid photos because they may have restrictions on where and how you can use them.
And guys, let’s thank those who freely share their work without requiring attribution by giving them a link back anyway. It’s the least we can do for their generosity!
FYI, some of the links below are affiliate links (noted by a *) which just means that if you make a purchase through my special link, I’ll receive a small commission for the referral at no additional cost to you. Of course I only recommend products I fully endorse. If you have any questions about this, you can read my full disclosure here.
Premium Feminine Styled Stock Photography Resources
The list below features my favorite paid resources for feminine styled stock photography, many of which offer free samples of photographs, which I highlight for you.
Costs listed below are prices as of January 2017 and are subject to change.
Ok, I probably shouldn’t be starting a list of “affordable” styled stock with Shay, but seeing how she’s literally the queen of styled stock (I’m pretty sure she was the first to introduce this style), I thought it fitting to start the list with her. Plus don’t worry, she’s got freebies too!
Cost: You’ve probably seen and drooled over her stock photos for a while and wished you could afford them. They are probably the most expensive you’ll find, but also the best.
Free Samples: The good news is that you can get a free download every month from Shay just by subscribing to her newsletter. Visit the SC Stockshop* and click on Free Stock Images to sign up.
A gorgeous styled stock library that offers unlimited downloads, fresh images for your brand, hundreds of images per month, special themes + more.
Free Samples: 4 free styled stock photos available when you subscribe.
3. Haute Chocolate*
Haute Chocolate, the creative brainchild of Rachel Rouhana, is a monthly subscription service with tons of gorgeous themed stock photos added every single month.
Cost: Photos only available by exclusive membership starting at $75 for 3 months. Sounds pricey, but you have to see her photos* to see why.
Free Samples: Sign up for a free photo pack* plus get additional photos sent from time to time!
Chaitra of Creative Convex and Pink Pot Design Studio is a highly talented photographer that does custom stock photography just for your brand so you can stop hunting for stock photography and have completely unique custom photos that match your brand perfectly.
Cost: Check out her custom stock photo package.
Free Samples: Free monthly sample packs are sent via email and are worth waiting for!
5. Creative Market*
Creative Market is one of my fave places to find anything visual I need for my blog because it truly is a one-stop shop of resources! You can find fonts, blog graphics, blog themes, logo templates, slideshow templates and of course feminine styled stock photography! Just search using the terms “styled stock” or “flatlay” and you’ll find whatever you need!
Cost: Cost varies from shop to shop within the market, but you can find images for as low as $1-2 on up. Many shops also have sales going on at any given time.
Free Samples: Creative Market generously gives 6 different free downloads per week and some are stock photography packs. Check out this week’s awesome graphic downloads!*
My Favorite Creative Market Styled Stock Shops:
12. Epicerie du Blog*
13. Design Love Shop*
14. Miss Poppy Design*
15. Diva Gone Domestic*
16. Type & Style Styled Stock Shop*
16b. Design Blossoms* – Yep, 16b. I had to add this new shop I discovered because it’s really awesome!
Affordable styled stock photos for feminine entrepreneurs to up-level your brand without breaking the bank! Styled Stock Society is part of Elle Drouin’s brand, Wonderfelle Media.
Cost: Shop individual photos and photo packs or purchase a membership at $30 for 3 months, $45 for 6 months or $75 for 12 months. Custom packages also available.
Free Samples: Subscribe for 10 free beautiful photos!*
18. Turquoise & Palm*
Beautiful feminine styled stock photography resource from pro photographer, Alli, that offers monthly and yearly membership plans as well as custom brand and product photography packages.
Cost: $29/month, $69 for 3 months or $197/year ($16/mo).
Free Samples: Sign up for Alli’s newsletter and receive a new themed pack of gorgeous images every month in your inbox. Sign up at the bottom of any page.*
My friend, Jenna Redfield, offers gorgeous stock photography on various backgrounds (white, sheepskin, etc.) as well as custom photography.
Cost: Shop individual photos or photo bundles at various price points.
Free Samples: Join Jenna’s Facebook group for free stock photos every month!
20. CREATEHer Stock
A stock photo membership resource curated for female bloggers, creatives, and online influencers of color.
Cost: $7/month for unlimited access to over 1000 photos and counting.
Free Samples: Of course! Sign up to receive access to the huge Stockpile and free photos each month.
The Style Gallery is the only exclusive, semi-custom stock photo gallery from photographer Nidia Karimalis. You get a minimum of 30 high resolution images a month, created with you and your business in mind. There are only 25 spots available, so you can really stand out.
Cost: $65 AUD/month, but only 25 spots available.
Free Samples: Subscribe for access to the gift stock library packed with a ton of gorgeous photos!
These photo packs are not so much styled stock, but they are feminine photographs that could really go well with your brand images.
Cost: Snag a year membership for only $45!
Free Samples: Subscribe for a free mini photo pack each month (at the bottom of any page).
Glady Anne offers a membership to her stock photo shop and also has a free VIP list where you’ll get one free photo per month!
Cost: $20/month to access the current stock plus 40 new photos every month.
Free Samples: Subscribe for her current free image stock plus one free image each month.
Extra: Bloguettes Stock That Rocks
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect picture, these stock photos are perfect for you. Stock That Rocks can be purchased as a monthly membership, and can be cancelled at any time. Each month, we add 150+ new images to the library, so you’ll always have new royalty-free photos to choose from!
Cost: Bloguettes offers two photography memberships: one for $29/month for 15 photo downloads and 1 webinar, and another for $75/month for 45 photo downloads. Plus, users can buy individual photos for just $10 each.
Free Samples: Click here to get 4 FREE stock photos right to your inbox!
How to Choose a Premium Feminine Stock Photo Membership?
This all depends on your blog’s needs and your brand. Take a good look at each site above and look through their samples and be sure to download their freebies to get a good idea of if they will work with your own brand’s imagery and vision. Will the photos make a good Instagram timeline for you?
You may even consider joining one for three months, then hopping over to another one for three months to give a few a try.
More Free Stock Photography
If you’re looking for more free stock photography that’s not necessarily styled stock, be sure to check out my list of Free Public Domain Stock Photography and Free Creative Commons Stock Photography lists.
And if you’re tired of seeing the same old stock photography everywhere, check out my latest tutorial: Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media.
Guess what? I’ve got another list of free styled stock I’m already working on that I should be publishing here soon. You won’t believe your eyes! Be sure to subscribe now for updates on when that’s done. And don’t forget to download your cheat sheet so you always have it handy when you need new photos:
How do you use feminine styled stock photography? I’d love to hear all about it and see your links to examples in the comments below!
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