So you are sitting there trying to decide which pictures to use for your website. And the ones you took from your phone look a little blurry, your buddy got this great shot of the building it also got one of your clients who wants to be anonymous in it, and professional photographers are not cheap. So what’s a poor massage therapist (or physical therapist, or any body worker for that matter) supposed to do?
Well it may shock you to know that there are some really good free, or nearly free, photos out there if you know where, and how, to look for them. So without further ado…
- Bigstockphoto.com – This website has a featured free image every day. Not that useful. But they do have inexpensive, quality photos to choose from, and more importantly, don’t require any fancy knowledge. Just buy a credit package, and depending on the size of the photo, it can cost between 1 and 6 credits. The really, super nice feature? I see a photo that is close to what I want but just not right. Below that image will be related images. Sometimes from the same shoot and a different arrangement, or a similar layout from a different shoot, and suggested keywords to try and find exactly what you are looking for in a photo. So while there is a cost, it’s ease of use saves you so much time it’s almost negligible.
- Rgbstock.com – We can’t provide photos from this company, but you as the end user may search and add them to your website to your hearts content. Registering is easy. You can use several different social website logins, or simply fill in 3 fields on the RGBstock. Simply start searching and downloading. When you look at a photo it gives you all the keywords that photo was tagged with so you have an idea of how to search to find more of them. Not quite as super easy to navigate like BigStock, but it is free for use.
- Sxc.hu – Stock.XCHNG is another free photo website for you to look through to find just what you want. There is the simple search box on the top of the page and the ability to do an advanced search using multiple terms and looking in specific categories. Looking at a picture will also suggest similar pictures at the bottom and let you know what keywords were used for the photo. And what categories it was put in for helping to refine your searches. The layout is a little busy, and it takes some getting use to, but some really good tools if you want them.
- Massagenerd.com – This is an amazing resource. Not just for photos but that will be another post some day. You do have to give credit to Massagenerd.com when you use one of their pictures, and limit yourself to 5 of them on your website, but here you have a collection of massage photos by massage therapists. No need to search or wonder what they were thinking when they labeled that picture massage. Not my first choice only because you are limited to 5 photos and you do have to credit the photo. But a great resource nonetheless.
- Morguefile.com – This is our favorite free photo website. Simple, clean, and easy to use with great photos. Using multiple terms results in an advanced search for multiple keywords so I suggest simply using a single term for the most results. Spa and massage are somewhat limited, but search for something like bamboo and the page just keeps going. Like the other general sites you have to do some digging to find the good massage photos you want, but I find it to be one of the easiest to use of the general sites that are free.
Check out the sites and see which one works best for you. Like any list this one is subjective to my preferences, but I think that all these websites have potential to help you find the best photo sources for your website.