The world of muslim stock photography is still pretty limited and hilariously under represents the average family. However, there are a few options out there. Here are some solutions I’ve come up with and used in the past. I think moving forward, there is a huge market for more of this type of photography, and we really hope to offer islamic stock photography in the future. But for now, here’s what we have…
Salam Stock is as far as I know, the only ‘Islamic Stock Photography’ site. They have a great collection, although lifestyle photos of muslims and muslim families are limited. You can grab some free muslim stock photos here.
PhotoDuner.net is a great resource, especially for architectural photos. Pricing is based on resolution of photo purchased and for most web use, the prices per photo are very reasonable. Use more general search terms like ‘islam’ and ‘muslim’ to find what you’re looking for.
Here’s a resource that is very under utilized: images released under creative commons on flickr. It requires more sifting through and is better for finding patterns and buildings. You likely won’t find great lifestyle photos, but there are a few other options. Be sure to search through this website in order and click on ‘Flick’ to make sure you can use the photos for commercial use.
Freeimages.com allows regular people to contribute photos, which means there’s a wide range of the type of photos uploaded. However, there are some great architecture photos, especially of places that aren’t as well known.
5. Getting in touch with photographers directly
This is situation isn’t ideal, but sometimes it works out well! Above is a flyer I designed that uses a photo of Ainee Fatima, with her permission. I’ve also reached out to a lot of users on instagram to see if I can use their photos for commercial work. I’ve found it best to send them a direct message with exact terms and be detailed as possible about usage.
6. Hire a photographer
Hold on, I know what you’re thinking. This solution is best suited for established organizations (like Islamic Schools and Masaajid). It’s not as expensive as you think, and the photos will be true to your organization. You also retain all rights and can use them for years to come. We hired a photographer over at ILM Academy and the results were incredible. We were able to use the photos on marketing material, promotions, social media, and the website. It ended up being a great investment and with a large bank of photos, we weren’t always scrambling to find photos to use.