Running a big website means I always need more images and there are a number of places I go to find them. Although it’s important to keep trade secrets close to your heart, I decided to share my sources for royalty free horse images with my readers.
For all of you writers and bloggers out there, images help to make an article more digestible and help to emphasize important (or funny) points.
Here is a solid list of places to find stock photography of the equine kind.
Remember that this photography is not in the public domain, images from the following sites must be purchased for use (unless otherwise noted).
Horse Specific Stock Sites
Many of these are horse photographers who also offer stock images.
Christina Handley Stock Photography
Not just horses, Christina specializes in the western way of life and her work reflects a variety of farm & ranch subjects. She also offers online courses for horse photography.
Equine Imager Stock Photography
Images on this site are hand selected from a variety of equine photographers & they specialize in unique & artistic imagery. A quick quote form allows you to find prices & licensing for each image.
Features the work of horse photographer Darlene Wohlart. She has been in the business since 1979 and her portfolio includes images from throughout North & South America.
Equine Stock Images
This site features the work of equine photographer, Carien Schippers & includes images of farms, mules and scenic shots too.
Equine Stock Photography
Featuring the equine photography of Sunflower Photography, they offer a huge gallery of images and a quick quote process.
A prolific equine photographer Linda Sherrill also offers some of her photography as stock images. She asks that customers call her for a image quotes.
A photography company who also provides stock images for print & online use. Images come in a selection of sizes & resolutions.
Mark J. Barrett
15 categories with stock photography galleries filled with images taken by an equine photographer. Images can be ordered directly through the photographer.
General Stock Sites
These are more generalized stock photography sites, but they all have a great selection of equine images to choose from.
Features high quality images from professional photographers & offers a wide variety of equine images.
Based on the photography of Sally Anne Thompson, a renowned animal photographer. To order images either call or email for a quote.
Fotosearch Stock Photography
The images on this site are of high quality and generally for print use. Because of this their prices are a little higher.
This site offers a variety of sizes & licenses for image use. Images are priced separately and vary based on quality & photographer.
Perhaps the most widely used stock photography site, iStockphoto has a great selection of equine images & most can be purchased for a dollar.
A great collection of horse photography of all kinds, each image can be quoted right on the page based on usage needs.
A place to connect directly with the photographers, the images come from a variety of photographers and customers request quotes directly from them.
Offers stock photos, illustrations & vector art in high quality for both web & print. They offer subscriptions for various amounts of time as well as an on-demand subscriptions for short term use.
This site is a great resource for those on a budget. Many of their images are free (be sure to read the licensing) only & only require attribution for use.
Creative Commons Sites
For those who don’t mind providing a link as credit, here are a couple of places to find some amazing images you don’t have to pay for. Be sure to learn about the different creative commons licenses & how they apply to you.
A popular site for uploading photographs, flickr allows users to search for images under a creative commons licensing which can be used as long as the source is attributed.
This is a great source for public domain images, many are out of copyright and can be used as long as they remain in the public domain. There is also a great selection of images under creative commons licensing.
Plenty of Images to Go Around
Horse people love to look at images of horses & that is something I expect will remain a constant for quite some time. Adding imagery & illustrations to your website create an atmosphere & help to supplement content (not to mention making it look prettier).
If it is something specific you are looking for, why not contact a horse photographer directly & make a request?