Just when I was about to start searching from some photos, up pops a a very handy LinkedIn post from Heather Mansfield of non-profit ‘Tech for Good’. Heather’s linked to a great post from HubSpot, who have compiled a list of their Top 20 Free Photo Sites.
I’ve had a quick look and there are some really useful sites that do just what they say. Even better, if you’ve had the good sense (and good fortune) to budget for photos for your project, many of these sites can give you a better and more tailored experience for a one-off or subscription fee. Look at the sites and see whose style you prefer and drop them a line with your requirements. You can give a photographer a pretty broad description and you’ll be amazed at what they are able to produce for you. Make sure you include your target audience, as the photographer will know what types of images appeal to different demographics. Also let them know whether you are looking for a one-off photo for a particular piece – in which case send them the piece itself – or whether you need a cache of somewhat generic photos that you can use as and when. If you can let them know which of the existing photos on their site most appeal to you then you’ll give them enough information to produce some photos that will really meet your needs.