123RF Stock Photo Review and Giveaway

by Lolli

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Although there is no substitute for good content on a blog, I have always been of the opinion that a good post is always enhanced by a good photo (or two!).

Most of my posts on my personal blog revolve around my family and the things going on in our lives. But more and more often I find myself writing content about parenting and life in general or about social media and blogging itself.

I find myself needing good quality stock photos to go along with those posts.

This month, I’ve been testing out a stock photo site called 123RF for my posts here on 5 Minutes for Mom. You might have noticed pictures like this:

or this:


About 123RF:

123RF.com is one of the world’s largest players in the royalty-free microstock photography industry. Since debuting in June 2005, 123RF.com hosts over 10 million stock photographs and vector illustrations with over 100,000 contributing photographers and illustrators, to date.

123RF.com also creates a platform for photographers, illustrators and designers to showcase their talent, giving them the ability and opportunity for them to promote and sell their creations to a worldwide audience through a sales profit sharing model between 123RF and each contributor.

With images going for less than a dollar, 123RF.com is committed to making high quality stock photography affordable for everyone. 123RF.com also offers its clients the flexibility of acquiring images via subscription plans or credit packages, whichever suits their needs better.

Our experience:
123RF has been one of the easiest stock photo sites that we’ve tried out. Downloading is quick and simple and the selection has been fabulous.

One of the things we’ve loves about our account has been the little link that appears every time we download a photo, making it easy to remember to say, “Hey, we got this fabulous picture from 123RF.”

Win it!

123RF is giving away THREE 30 day subscription packs to 5 Minutes for Mom readers. With this subscription, you will be able to download up to 5 Royalty-Free images or illustrations per day for 30 days.

To enter to win one of the stock photo subscriptions, simply leave a comment on this post letting us know what kind of images you would download.

This giveaway will end on November 14, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced on Sunday in the weekly Around The Blogosphere. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

Disclosure: We received a 30 day subscription to test out the 123RF service on 5 Minutes for Mom, but the thoughts and experiences using the site are our own.

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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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1 Carrie with Children October 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I’m always in need of general holiday images. With Christmas and Thanksgiving coming up, this would be a great help!

2 Angie October 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I love this company. I only buy my images from them. If I won, I would use images for my weight loss/fitness blog and our new travel blog as well.

3 Barbie November 1, 2011 at 1:33 am

I use stock photos for the majority of my blog posts. I am always looking for sites that provide great quality photos!

4 Susan S. November 1, 2011 at 6:40 am

These look like great photos! I am always looking for appropriate pics for my mommy/family blog. This will be especially true with the holidays approaching.

5 Sheila November 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

I would download some clipart/vectors for digital scrapbooking. :)

6 Elisabeth November 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I would download Holiday pics for sure!

7 Jennifer C. November 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I’d definately use it to download Christmas related images!

8 Margot November 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I think I would mostly download pictures of animals or flowers. For some reason I’m always looking for good pictures of things in nature.

9 LaVonne November 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I would download generic images for blog posts. Things like babies, pregnant bellies, sunsets, food, cooking, Christian related things…

10 June November 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Such a great gift this would make for someone, really like this one!!!!

11 Tami M November 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Just started my very first blog this week! I agree, photos make for a more enjoyable post-reading experience … this subscription would get me off to a great start.


12 riTa November 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

My blog would be greatly enhanced by this subscription!

13 Tammi November 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I could definitely use some images for blogging, specifically ones for Christmas related posts going up in the next months. Sometimes I just don’t have the right photo {usually with food, food photos are hard to take} and every post needs that perfect photo – or it’s not complete!!
I’d love to try this out, thanks for the chance!!

14 Angie November 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I’d love to check this site out, since I just started back to blogging! Thanks for the chance!

15 Ana November 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I really need this to spice up and inspire some posts. Thanks for the giveaway.

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