Where Do You Get Your Stock Images?

by Lolli

As a photographer and a blogger, I place great value on using high quality images within a post. Good photos I use a lot of my own photos in my articles, but I often have a need for images that I simply haven’t taken myself. Before I knew better, I would do a quick internet search to find an image to use, but I’ve stopped my random image searches.

I am concerned about respecting copyright laws – I don’t want random people visiting my blog and copying my photos for their own use, so I am determined to show other website and photo owners the same courtesy by not snagging their photos.

Over the last several weeks, I have enjoyed testing out Fotolia, a microstock photography agency that sells affordable photos, videos, vectors and illustrations.

About Fotolia

Similar to the music or film industry, Fotolia believes that every artist’s (photographers and designers) image is a work of the soul and protected by intellectual property rights.

Fotolia is convinced that the principle reason for illegal pirated use of protected images is mainly due to the high price barrier created by other agencies.

Fotolia provides a compromise between photographers and buyers, by protecting a photographer’s intellectual property rights and offering high commissions, while legally lowering the price barrier so that everyone may enjoy/afford these beautiful images.

Fotolia Facts:

  • Free photos and vectors are offered daily to Facebook fans
  • All images offered on Fotolia are Royalty free, they can be used for all kinds of professional documents with no limit on time or copies
  • So far, there are 12,278,167 images, vectors and HD videos available at Fotolia
  • Fotolia Plug-In instantly adds high-resolution photos, videos and illustrations to your Microsoft Office PowerPoint or Word documents
  • Fotolia subscriptions allow you to download between 25 and 250 images a day during the period of your subscription.


Our experience with Fotolia:

Images were easy to find and download. With the subscription option, we could “stock up” on stock photos that we regularly need here at 5 Minutes for Mom.

This week, I was searching for summer break photos. Sometimes I don’t know exactly what type of photo I need before I see it. I love that Fotolia has a wide selection of high quality photos that I can scan through. I also love that it is equally as easy to narrow a search down to find a specific image that I need.

Please note: Fotolia provided us with a one month subscription to test out their services, but the opinions expressed here are our own.

Email Author    |    Website About Lolli

Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura June 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I usually use our own photos, but I desperately need access to stock photos and have broken down enough to consider paying. I’d love to win a trial!


2 webly June 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I’ve been using fotolia.com on my website and absolutely love how cheap and great the pictures are compared to another popular site. My experience so far has been amazing and I would love to win.


3 Carla Smith June 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

we have just launched a newly redesigned website and online training platform. We have bought from Fotolia for about 2 years maybe once every 2 months and have been very pleased. We would greatly appreciate the free trial as we are a non profit organization in the travel industry and could use some fresh and fun images!



4 Tammi June 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I’m always looking for stock images, I’ve never been to Fotolia before. Thanks for the chance to win!!


5 Tarasview June 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Currently I buy images from iStock but I would love to try Fotolia out!!


6 Lindsay June 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I’d love to try this. Never heard of Fotolia before but I, too, would like to have my own set of images and not search the web for them.


7 sustahl June 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Like most of the women above, I have never heard of fotolia either, and I love using stock photos. I would love to win this giveaway.


8 Carrie with Children June 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I also try and use my own photos as much as possible, but often find myself in need of stock images! This sounds like a fantastic and affordable service!


9 Leslie Pleasants June 18, 2011 at 2:02 am

I have been needing to start looking for sites that supply pictures. I can only use my pictures so many times. So hard to figure out which pictures you can use online and which ones you can’t.


10 Barbie June 18, 2011 at 3:25 am

I would love to win a trial from Fotolia. I normally find my images on Flickr through their Creative Commons License search, or on Wylio, but I haven’t been too happy with either of those.


11 RefreshMom June 18, 2011 at 3:58 am

I usually get my images from Microsoft Clip Art or iStockphoto. I’m always looking for new sources though. I’d love to give Fotolia a try!

Mary Hampton


12 Anne June 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

This would be great, I could use more stock photos.


13 Mary June 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

I’ve never heard of Fotolia. If I use pictures I use my own. I have been wanting to add stock photos but didn’t know where to look. Thank you for the chance to win the trail subscription.


14 Jenn June 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

I often buy from Bigstock.com – but I’ve looked over at Fotolia before, it would be great to have an opportunity to try them out!


15 Krissa June 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I usually just use my own, but I would love to win a membership at Fotolia!


16 Tonya June 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I’d love to try them out!


17 Sharon June 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely check them out – can ALWAYS use good sources of images!


18 Jen Carl June 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I am just starting out using Stock Photography with my blog. It’s so much easier than running out and taking pictures of everything.

Jen C
jenc2522 (at) yahoo (dot) com


19 Joy June 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Perfect timing. I’ve been searching for a stock photo company to try out, and they are so expensive. Another great giveaway. I truly hope to win as I actually need this.


20 June June 21, 2011 at 4:54 am



21 John June 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

some of their images are seriously good. Would love to win this to try them out.


22 JorieBell June 28, 2011 at 12:19 am

Thanks for the giveaway. I have had some experience with deposit photos. But the customer support has been bad and lost some money couple of times.

Would be nice to give this a try and hopefully will continue if i like the quality of the photos over there.


23 Maggy June 28, 2011 at 12:56 am

I’m into interior designing and need some photos for my work. Not used any before. Just planning to start over with this.


24 Asksiv June 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Hi, thanks for the giveaway. Count me in. Till now i was using free stock images on a couple of my blogs. But its true that you get what you pay for and hence i would like to take advantage of this premium stuff and i i’m impressed will go for buying some credits after the free limit.


25 Penina June 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I have an account in deposit photos. Wouldn’t trying it out at some other place and if it good i will move over.


26 Denis June 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I’m about to start my new blog and this giveaway would be perfect for my new campaign. till now i was planning of using my own photos since i cannot afford to buy on those sites. But looks like it may change.


27 Chandu June 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I have never used stock photos before. But i’m a great admirer of good photography. If i win i will be using it to download that stuff. Thanks for the chance


28 Prakash June 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Wow, awesome giveaway. I want to start my own blog and this would be perfect for my start. Thankyou


29 Sristar June 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Came to know about this from one of my friends tweets.Thanks for the giveaway. Tweeting this again to spread to others. :) I like your blog. Following you on twitter now.


30 honey June 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Hey thanks for the giveaway. I would like to give this a try. Heard good about fotolia over the net. Looks like its a pretty good option for stock photo buyers.


31 Gofer June 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for the giveaway. Tweeted to promote it.


32 Bjorn from Yay Images March 3, 2012 at 6:04 am

Nice article Lolli. Keep up the good work.


33 Brish May 8, 2012 at 7:16 am

You can used kozzi.com to get some hi resolution of stock photos. It can be downloaded so easily.


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