Looking for stock photos that are both neutral and feminine – without all of the pink!? Quality stock images that aren’t super “girly”, but aren’t ultra corporate or “manly” seem to be few and far between. And it’s not like a stock photo subscription is cheap – you want to make sure that whichever one you pay for is ultimately going to give you enough images for the price you paid.
I’ve put together a list of my favorite stock photography subscriptions (in no particular order) with real examples of the types of neutral images included in their subscriptions.
Moyo has a warm, inviting aesthetic that I love. Their images were inspired by nature and minimalism, and clearly made for creative entrepreneurs – which is exactly what they strive for. I like that the images feel very neutral. If I were creating a brand meant to attract both men and women, they are definitely the subscription I would invest in.
I downloaded their collection of 25 free images, which you too can get if you sign up for their newsletter. Here’s some of what I received:
These images feel authentic to me. Some stock images from other companies leave me thinking “Who actually owns that and has it just laying around their house? – no one but a stock photographer.” Molly and Mark’s images have realistic scenery and items. It’s very no-nonsense, and very different from some other stock subscriptions I’ve found.
I really enjoy my Ivory Mix subscription, because while there’s certainly plenty of “girly” images to choose from, Kayla has dozens of wonderful collections that include every day items and the images just feel… authentic. Her photography style is a little more true to what I consider realistic – they don’t seem overly processed and they mix in really well among my own photos on Instagram.
I adore the ability to sort by color, by niche, or even search for a single image (if you’re enrolled as an Elite or VIP member). It makes finding the perfect image easy. And Kayla uploads over 100 new images every month! Download her free stock images to get started.
I’m really excited about the variety of images at Atelier21Co and I find their perspective to be rather refreshing. It sort of reminds me of a “by them, for them” type deal… like, Ingrid really understands what the every day online creative needs (and it helps that she’s in agreement that not everyone looks good in pink and gold – although she does that justice as well).
Here’s a little sneak peek and what you can find in the Atelier21Co library…
Honestly… I had a hard time picking out images to showcase in this blog post, because no joke… not an exaggeration… Atelier21Co has the most eclectic image collection I’ve found. There’s truly something for every blogger type and such a wide range of styles available, and there were a lot of great examples of exactly the types of images someone reading this post would be looking for.
Sorting to find the images you want is easy (and the interface is gorgeous – easily one of my favorites) by color, as well as category (think tech & screens, food & drink, home, office, etc). Once you find an image that you like, you will find plenty of others that are like it within the same collection.
But here’s my favorite part… something that Ingrid does a little differently than other subscriptions I’ve paid for. There are different tiers you can sign up for based on the types of images and licenses you need. For example…
- Sign up as an Influencer – You’ll get access to every image inside the exclusive members library. Sweet and to the point – it’s a simple commercial license and you can use the images for your personal business.
- Sign up as a Creator – You will receive all the same access and licensing for your personal business… plus you will get access to and exclusive mockups library.
- Sign up as a Manager – You will find that this is the perfect solution if you are a social media manager or web designer, because you get access to the library of images + the mockups library… and the license covers you + 5 clients!
I feel like people forget that this is totally a thing, and it’s maybe because when someone says “Adobe Stock”, your mind might tend to remember that it’s got a large selection of ultra-corporate and otherwise strange images of women laughing at salads.
(I laugh at salad too…)
Don’t let those types of photos discourage you – start a free trial and check out Adobe Stock for yourself. It might just surprise you… maybe even impress you.
Here’s just a small selection of what you can find on Adobe Stock with a bit of searching…
One of my favorite aspects of Adobe Stock is that you can get very detailed with your search, including being so selective that you can input your brand’s exact color codes (like #ffffff for white) and you’ll only receive images that utilize that specified color.
You can even go as far as to use the filters to find images that have space for text, of a specific orientation, and tell it whether you want the image to include or exclude people (ya know, if you aren’t into laughing at salads).
Here’s a search I did for “flatlay”, containing the color #b6dede, with space for text, and excluding people:
When you find an image you like, you can click on it and often find other images part of that same collection to purchase as well.
What’s your favorite stock subscription? Leave a comment and share your neutral stock photo finds!