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Should you use stock photos in your blog posts?

Hi, my name is Corinne and I regularly use stock photos in my blog posts. This might be surprising to some of you, others might…


Hi, my name is Corinne and I regularly use stock photos in my blog posts.

This might be surprising to some of you, others might already know this if they have seen the photos I’ve used elsewhere.

Should you use stock photos in your blog posts?

Whether you use stock photos or is a personal choice. There are pros and cons to using them, so you need to consider which if the pros outweigh the cons for you.

Pros of using stock photos:

  • You can find loads of free ones!
  • Stock photos tend to look professional.
  • It saves time.
  • Lots of variety.

Cons of using stock photos:

  • Other people can use the same photos.
  • Can feel like you’re not creating everything yourself.
  • Could use stock photos instead of developing your own photography skills.

When I first started blogging, I never used stock photos. I felt like I was cheating myself if I did. I wanted everything on this site to be 100% my own. As time went on, my standards dropped a little when I realised that I didn’t want to be spending 30 hours a week on this blog for the rest of my life as well as do everything else I wanted to do. So I started to streamline things where I could. One of the main ways I was able to streamline my time and blog schedule was to use some stock photos rather than create my own for each blog posts.

They work well for posts such as this, where I’m not actually reviewing an item that needs to be featured. Chatty posts. Or posts where I babble a lot about not much. It means I can focus more on the content rather than the images.

Another thing they work well for is when using images to put text over the top for graphics. Loads of stock photos have that all important white background as you can still use the text to make the image unique.

On Pinterest, you can find loads of stock photo packs that are free to download. Most ask you to sign up to a newsletter, but the photos can be stunning!

Do you use stock photos?



  1. I’ve used stock photography on and off – I only use them now through Canva, when I can’t find any of my own to use. But I definitely feel a kind of way for not taking and using my own photos when I do.

  2. I think stock photographs are perfect for chatty posts and posts that don’t include reviews, or don’t discuss a specific item or place. I don’t use them but probably because I have so many photographs to choose from. I tend to take photographs often.

  3. Like you said there are pros and cons. For me, I use them now and again when I haven’t got time to create the image I need. The’re perfect for more generic lifestyle images.

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  4. Being that I’m on the beauty side of blogging stock photos have never been necessary or even useful to me as I focus on creating content centering around products I own, but I find that when I need a stock type of photo I love to snap a random flat lay and use it as a type of stock photos for some of my other content.

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