The Ultimate List of Free Stock Photo Sites for Churches

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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 photos to fill a gap or to communicate a larger message. Lucky for you (and me), stock photos have come a long way in the last several years. While a few years ago stock photos 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 photos 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

This article originally appeared here, and is used by permission.

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Bryan Haley
Bryan Haley is the program producer for Church Juice, a media ministry dedicated to energizing church communications. With years of communication and outreach experience gained in full-time church ministry and the field of church website design, Bryan brings a passion to help churches reach people with the gospel using effective church communications. Bryan and his family enjoy Michigan summers, Detroit sports, and spending time outdoors.