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Stock Photography for Bloggers

Stock Photography for Bloggers

Looking for stock photography for bloggers or anyone else? It can be hard to find just what you want. Sometimes you just can’t take it yourself or you just want a good looking photo for a piece you wrote. However some stock photography sites have outrageous fees and many require you to pay a lump sum for a certain amount of downloads per day. What if you just want one? The terms and conditions are also crazy long and hard to understand.

Jill from Blog Chicka Blog (a site with blogging tips) also happens to be a great photography (she has a photography blog as well.) She merged her love of photography and blogging when she created Blog Chicka Blog because she offers stock photos that she took herself.

Stock Photography for Bloggers

Her stock photography store already had more than 500 images and keeps growing. When you purchase an image, you get 2 sizes in a zip file. You can buy just ONE photo if you want and each photo is only $1. The Terms and conditions are short and easy to understand. Also when you sign up for her email list, you will get a code to download one free image with EVERY newsletter!

Stock Photography for Bloggers

In addition to her photography she has lots of helpful posts about blogging like I mentioned. Her recent post about the Pinterest changes was AMAZING.

I am very thankful that Jill agreed to be a sponsor for The Blogathon Games because her photos are great and her blogging advice is spectacular.

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Free or Premium Stock Photography from Dreamstime.com

Free and Premium Stock Photography from Dreamstime

Dreamstime is among my top sites for free and premium stock photography. Searching for the right stock photos has been a struggle year after year for me. I’d love to use only my own photos but there are two problems with this: 1) I am not good at photography and 2) Sometimes I am posting about something I don’t have a photo of or couldn’t take a photo of. Stock photos come in handy at these times.

Free or Premium Stock Photography at Dreamstime.com © Leigh Prather | Dreamstime.com

Free or Premium Stock Photography

I’ve tried the sites that are purely free and while you can sometimes find some good images, let’s face it, it’s just not the same quality. Dreamstime is not cheap but that’s because the quality of it’s photographs are outstanding and the site is easy to use. I have not found a single image on the site I didn’t like or that wasn’t good quality. There is a free section as well which has some pretty good images.

If you are looking to purchase premium photography, there are multiple options depending on what you would like to be able to do.

Credit Packages

If you are looking to buy a few photos for upcoming projects you can purchase credits and use those credits to download the images. For example you can buy 11 credits for $16.85 CAD which allows you to download up to 11 images. It says up to because a photo is not always worth one credit. Looking around I found most were 3-5 credits for the SMALLEST size and 9-11 credits for the LARGEST size. You can buy credit packages from 11 up to 2000+. The benefit of the credit packages is that they do not expire for a year so you can use the credits over a long period of time.


Subscriptions are a larger amount of money upfront but allow you to download a LARGE number of images during a certain period of time. For example a 1 month subscription at 25 downloads a day is $245 CAD BUT you can download up to 25 photos a day for each day in the month for maximum possible 750 images. In this case you would mass download images that fit the topics of your website/blog that you might find use for in the future and then you can back them up on disc for future usage. With a subscription, you can download your images in ANY size.

Are You a Photographer?

If unlike me you take good photography and don’t make much use of stock photography sites, then consider selling your photos to Dreamstime and make money off of them!

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary subscription to review the site. All opinions are honest and mine.

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Kids Say The Darndest Things… About Blogging


Kids Say the Darndest Things... About Blogging - real quotes from kids! | Biannual Blogathon Bash

After the latest exchange with one of my daughters about blogging, I wondered if other children had said funny things to their parents about blogging. I asked a bunch of my fellow bloggers if their children had said anything funny about their blogging. My exchange with my oldest daughter is below followed by funny quips from other blogger’s children.

My 7 year old Morgan: Whatcha doing?
Me: Blogging
Morgan: About what?
Me: Video games at the moment
Morgan: Did you do the video yet (she is referring to Turbo which we had just watched after receiving for review)
Me: Nope not yet.
Morgan: Well you should do that next.

About Being Blogged About

The other day Rissa said “Stop crying Xander, I’m blogging about you.” – Tales from the Nursery

“Oh Mom, you’re NOT going to blog about me again, are you?”  – Mommy Juiced

My two year old was looking over my shoulder at one of the photos I was uploading onto a post and pointed at herself saying – “I sooooo cute, mama. My bwog??”  – Baby Stylista

“Yay I made the team ! ” looks at me slowly ” you aren’t going to blog /tweet about it, are you?” – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

“Can you tweet this picture of me to Facebook??” “You’re going to blog this, right?” “Mommy, do you need me to pose for the blog post pictures?”  – Raising My Boys

About The Deliveries

“Mommy, is the Fed Ex guy sick? He did not come today so I hope he does not have a tummy ache” – 5 year old Jane  – Mommy Moment

“You got ANOTHER package? Is that for your computer work? Awwwww! NO FAIR!…..” (meanwhile inside the package was the Disney Blu-Ray “Turbo”…for 7-year-old X-Man! lol). – Canadian Blog House

My son says to my hubby “Daddy that man came today and gave mommy his package. He comes a lot. His package is Mommy’s work”. The Knit Whit by Shair

My 4 yr old every time a delivery comes: “What did your blog get for me ?” – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

My 4 year old daughter, loves to scream ”Mommy UPS is here!” just to fool around. Of course I come running each time just in case it’s true. – The DIY Dreamer

Olivia’s friend was over the other day and on the fourth delivery she looked at me confused and was all “Um, So…. Do you just shop all day?” and after explaining… “I think Olivia gets too many things in the mail”.  – Frugal Edmonton Mama

About Photography

“Can we eat it ? Or do you have to take a pic for your blog first ?”- Tales of a Ranting Ginger

My 5 year old after he got into a box of mine “don’t worry mom I already took the pictures for you” and he had on his Showcam lol – Mommy Knowz

My six year old, handing me her kiddie camera, which is full of photos of her stuffed dolls: “I need you to download the pictures off of here… And, I give you permission, you can use them ALL on your blog.”- Maple Leaf Mommy

My kids are used to me taking pictures of dinner just in case it comes out good enough to blog about. If they like it and didn’t see me take a picture, they tell me I need to put it on my blog – Mom’s Small Victories

Future Bloggers

6 yo “I want to be a food blogger SO I GET ALL THE FOOD!” — maybe a side effect of waiting for pictures before eating? – Shannon’s View From Here

“I’m working like you Mom. I gotta take picture first, don’t open yet.” As she points to a box. Then frantically types on her play laptop and uses her camera to take pics of plastic food from her kitchen. Mimi (3 1/2) Whispered Inspirations

How They View Blogging

My 12 year old daughter to a friend one day (yes I eavesdropped lol) yeah my mom is a blogger it’s cool she gets free stuff all the time only it’s not really free because she says she works for it but I get some fun free stuff like wii games and stuff so it’s still pretty cool.  – Powered By Mom

My then 7 year-old to her teacher when she asked where she got Beanitos in her lunch. “Oh my Mom is a blogger. She gets stuff for free.” She then proceeded to show her teacher my site on her teacher’s computer by typing it in Google. *facepalm*  – Whispered Inspirations (and Gabby (Now 9) has her own blog: Always Gabby)

Overheard my 7 yr old telling friend “My Mama’s famous…not like Oprah famous but like people know her”  – Sober Julie


I’ve caught my kids hollering at each other, don’t touch that mom needs to put it on her blog! Randomly, about anything and everything. – Holy Splendor

My son constantly tells me “Go Post on your blog, Mom” so he can have alone time with his dad.  – Bargains With Brittanie

I told my kids we were going to a party last year before Christmas and my oldest responded with ‘what kind of party? a twitter party?  – Moms Vs The Boys (Read The Blog Post)

“Hey Mom my class needs new computers, can you blog for them?” – Sober Julie

My 8-year old son when he found out we received a new tablet: “Mommy, did you blog for it?”  – SnyMed

If You Are a Blogger, Do You Have a Funny Story To Add?

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