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Diverse Stock Photography Masterlist

If you use photos of human beings for any use – especially marketing – your photos need to be diverse. You need to have women, black people, overweight people, and queer people in your photos.

You might be thinking, “Well, duh, I know that. But the stock photo sites don’t have photos like that.”

And you’re right. Many free and paid stock photography sites are not as diverse as they could be. But luckily, the Internet is enormous and you can pretty much find anything you could ever want, with a bit of searching.

I did that searching so you don’t have to.

Pexels (free)

Pexels is one of the most popular free stock photography sites. It’s probably the best of the most popular ones when it comes to diverse imagery. Every day, new photos are being added of diverse people in all sorts of situations.

  • LGBT
  • POC
  • Women
  • Over 40
  • Disabled

Disability Images (paid)

This site specializes in showing people who live with various illnesses, addictions, or disabilities. There is an enormous amount of photos here, a great search capability, and the photos display people who are happy and successful, whereas many photos of disabled people are sad or depressing.

  • Women
  • POC
  • Over 40
  • Disabled
  • Various body types

Tonl (paid)

This one specializes in showing people of color in various narratives and social situations. Great options for lifestyle, headshots, marketing, designs, etc.

  • POC
  • Women
  • Various body types

WOC in Tech (free)

This site specializes specifically in showing women of color using technology, laptops, phones etc. and participating in meetings. Many photos of women of color are somewhat sexualized or stylized, but the photos on these sites are all SFW.

  • Women in tech/business setting
  • POC in tech/business settings

Create Her Stock (free)

This site specializes in showing women of color in a powerful light. Their freebie collection is limited, but has a good variety of images to choose from.

  • Women
  • POC
  • Various body types

Canva (free)

Did you know Canva had a free image library? I didn’t. Their Natural Woman collection highlights women of various colors and body types.

  • Women
  • POC
  • Various body types
  • Disabled

Jopwell (Free)

This collection specializes in showing POC and women in professional conference settings, where professional collaboration is highlighted. There are photos of POC as conference speakers, in meetings, etc.

  • POC
  • Women

WOC In Tech Chat (free)

These collections include real women using technology like laptops in phones, and participating in business activities like meetings.

  • Women
  • POC
  • Various body types

Representation Matters (Paid)

Huge collections of stock photography, mostly focused on diverse body types and depictions of people with various mental illnesses. There are also a lot of photos available of women above the age of 40.

  • Various body types
  • Various cultures
  • Women
  • POC
  • Over 40

Nappy.co (free)

This site is partially curated, partially custom stock photography of people of color. There are also older and younger people photos available on this site. There is a good variety here of styles and tones.

  • POC
  • Women
  • Various ages

By Allie

Allie is a 27 year old, Miami-based, self-taught WordPress user. She loves speaking about and connecting through WordPress. Allie currently works remotely as a tech support team member at GiveWP, the leading WordPress donation plugin and travels to WordCamps as a GoDaddy Pro speaker ambassador.

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