A handy short cut to finding images that you can use for you blogs, brochures, website etc.

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Montage made of images from Pexel photographers

We all love nice pictures because they capture our imagination. When the right pictures are dovetailed into a well crafted story we become fully engaged and the storyteller has our undivided attention.

That is what a good presentation, brochure, blog does, they tell a story that engages customers/clients, investors or indeed our own teams. We have a message that we want to get across and hopefully it will encourage our audience to think differently, feel differently or act differently.

When we use imagery it should add value to what we are saying and keep the reader engaged. However, locating that image and then ensuring we have the right to use it becomes the big challenge.

Here I have listed a number of sites where you can obtain images free, obtain images that require accreditation and finally, those that you have to pay for. There is a big difference in choice and quality and the adage ‘you get what you pay for’ applies.  

Please remember that because an image in on the ether does not make it free to use. Every image belongs to someone and unless you have the express permission of the owner you are in breach of copyright.

PLESE read the small print before downloading anything as there are conditions of how you use them and failure to do so may land you in trouble.

Remember that these sites can change their Terms and Conditions so please check these regularly so that you remain compliant.

Free images – there may be certain restrictions which are common across these types of platforms.


Unsplash lets you use the images for free, in any way you like, except for using them to create a competing website. 


You can use and modify the images for free for both commercial and personal use.


You can use the images without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist.






Limited number of high-resolution images


You must attribute the images if you are using them



Burst is a free stock photo platform for users of Shopify


Canva is an online graphic design tool that also offers free stock photos. One advantage of using Canva is that you can quickly turn an image into a custom graphic to use on social media or your blog.

High quality images you MUST PAY for, however, check the bundle rates which can be great value.





These sites are a combination of free and paid images so double check what restrictions are around the images you are selecting.





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Alec Drew, KBE shares his passion and knowledge around productivity and communications in the professional services sector. A major part of his 40 years in business was spent as Managing Partner of a highly successful branding agency where he worked with a wide range of CEO’s across all sectors. His insightful questioning and straight talking opened up new conversations, giving them fresh insights into their own organisations and uncovering valuable revenue streams that were previously overlooked. One strategy helped his clients achieve €3.23 billion in additional sales over a 5 year period.

He demonstrates the positive effect on shareholder value when all levels of an organisation speak the same language.  


As an international speaker he shows very quickly how a simple shift in mindset can have such a positive impact on the bottom line. He hates waffle, verbose explanations and jargon and his talks get straight to the point in a no nonsense but entertaining way. ’Technology - The Time Thief’ is a fresh and honest look at the combined effects of technology and communications not just on business but on society as a whole.


He hosts a weekly radio show where business leaders from all sectors share seminal moments in their lives. Asking insightful questions he encourages guests to retrace their steps from the start of their career to where they are now and talk about key influencers that shaped their success. It gives listeners their weekly fix of encouragement to believe in themselves and demonstrates the abundance of resources that are available to help you complete your journey to destination SUCCESS.  


He is Past President of the Professional Speaking Association, Ireland, a member of the PSA and the Global Speaking Federation. 


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