When it comes to high-quality images to support your business, there are a number of stock photos for interior designers and home pros… the trick is finding the good ones. Below, I’m sharing my favorite resources for both free and purchasable options.
Here are a few of our go-tos. Just be sure to check the license type when downloading a photo. It will tell you if it’s free to use without attribution or is free to use with credit to the photographer.
A quick word about stock photos. They are professional quality photos, meaning their file sizes are HUGE. Large photos mean slow websites, which means impatient people leaving your site because it’s not loading.
Fortunately, some sites will give you the option to download a small or medium photo size, which I suggest. Or, you can use Canva to resize your large images into a smaller template. What size exactly?
Go for anything below 2,000px on the longest side.
Here’s another necessity that’s simple, fairly quick, but oh-so-annoying when you’re in a rush — labeling the photo files. This is essential for SEO and requires changing the file name (or alt-tag) to something that makes sense for Google and relates to your business. I like to use the formula:
Location + type of project/room + style + what’s relevant in the photo
Take this photo for example:
A blog post on pendants might label this photo: austin-tx-geometric-brass-pendants-over-white-kitchen-island.jpg
A blog post on countertops might label this photo: austin-tx-white-quartz-island-countertop-barstyle-seating.jpg
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