Jen Grantham Photography

Stock Photography of Real Women

There has been a lot of buzz in the stock photography community about Getty’s partnership with LeanIn.org to create a collection of stock photography “devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the people who support them”. Even Buzzfeed wrote about this stock photography collection in their article 44 Stock Photos That Hope To Change The Way We Look At Women, which has been shared by several of my friends on social media.

I think their photos are great!  I know many designers who would love to go on a stock photography site, search for something like “doctor,” and find doctors, not men with cheesy grins holding comically large syringes and women wearing “sexy” Halloween costumes.  But it’s not a new idea.  I would argue that this change has already happened, and designers may just not know where to look.

My stock photography agency, Stocksy, has a variety of styles in their collection, but one of the main things they have requested from photographers is authentic photos of “real” people doing real things.  So I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some amazing images from my fellow Stocksy photographers.

As a bonus, Stocksy’s photos are less expensive than the photos on Getty, and Stocksy pays its photographers 50% commission (plus 100% on extended licenses, plus dividends), versus Getty’s 20%. Not convinced?  Check out Sean Locke’s article “Seven Reasons to Try Out Stocksy.”

You can also use the discount code JEN20 to get 20% off your first purchase!

75 Authentic Stock Photos of Women and Girls Around the World

Women market traders in boats laden with fruit and flowers, Damnoen Saduak floating market, Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia by Gavin Hellier

Women market traders in boats laden with fruit and flowers, Damnoen Saduak floating market, Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia by Gavin Hellier

Family Taking a Walk Together Outside

Family Taking a Walk Together Outside by Suzanne Clements

Portrait of Rajasthani woman sitting on train by Hugh Sitton

Portrait of Rajasthani woman sitting on train by Hugh Sitton

Girl with Shaved Head by Erik Naumann

Girl with Shaved Head by Erik Naumann

Toddler kissing her mother by Saptak Ganguly

Toddler kissing her mother by Saptak Ganguly

Woman worker working on salt flat in Uyuni, Bolivia by Alejandro Moreno de Carlos

Woman worker working on salt flat in Uyuni, Bolivia by Alejandro Moreno de Carlos

Elderly couple kissing in the sunshine by Rob Campbell

Elderly couple kissing in the sunshine by Rob Campbell

African Rural Xhosa woman by Mickey Wiswedel

African Rural Xhosa woman by Mickey Wiswedel

Female engineer. by kkgas

Female engineer. by kkgas

Adult kyrgyz woman and daugther cooking food inside a yurt, China by Matteo Colombo

Adult kyrgyz woman and daugther cooking food inside a yurt, China by Matteo Colombo

Senior Woman Doing Yoga by Lumina

Senior Woman Doing Yoga by Lumina

Sri Lanka, The Hill Country, Nuwara Eliya, Tea Plantation, woman picking tea by Gavin Hellier

Sri Lanka, The Hill Country, Nuwara Eliya, Tea Plantation, woman picking tea by Gavin Hellier

Young working woman using pneumatic file by Lior Zilberstein

Young working woman using pneumatic file by Lior Zilberstein

Female Indigenous Australian artist by Gary Radler

Female Indigenous Australian artist by Gary Radler

Portrait of a female surgeon in OR by Mosuno

Portrait of a female surgeon in OR by Mosuno

Casual practice by Gabriel Bucataru

Casual practice by Gabriel Bucataru

Architect Reading a Blueprint by Lumina

Architect Reading a Blueprint by Lumina

Family at home hugging and being silly by Kristin Rogers Photography

Family at home hugging and being silly by Kristin Rogers Photography

A woman at the hospital for a round of chemotherapy, cancer treatment by Shelly Perry

A woman at the hospital for a round of chemotherapy, cancer treatment by Shelly Perry

Smiling Rajasthani woman. Thar Desert. India by Hugh Sitton

Smiling Rajasthani woman. Thar Desert. India by Hugh Sitton

Traveling senior Asian couple posing and taking picture with a camera by Suprijono Suharjoto

Traveling senior Asian couple posing and taking picture with a camera by Suprijono Suharjoto

Senior woman portrait. Happy grandmother smiling by Alejandro Moreno de Carlos

Senior woman portrait. Happy grandmother smiling by Alejandro Moreno de Carlos

Mother and daughter playing outdoors by Miquel Llonch

Mother and daughter playing outdoors by Miquel Llonch

Young girl holding baseball bat by Tana Teel

Young girl holding baseball bat by Tana Teel

Old Woman Worker in Market in Bali by Gary Radler

Old Woman Worker in Market in Bali by Gary Radler

Female Fencer by Lumina

Female Fencer by Lumina

India, Uttar Pradesh, The Taj Mahal by Gavin Hellier

India, Uttar Pradesh, The Taj Mahal by Gavin Hellier

Portrait of old couple standing on artistic studio in home. by Eduard Bonnin

Portrait of old couple standing on artistic studio in home. by Eduard Bonnin

Indian woman wearing sari pulling water from well in desert. by Hugh Sitton

Indian woman wearing sari pulling water from well in desert. by Hugh Sitton

Young girl looking at various things through an old school microscope in her home by Carolyn Lagattuta

Young girl looking at various things through an old school microscope in her home by Carolyn Lagattuta

Two African Rural Xhosa Women by Mickey Wiswidel

Two African Rural Xhosa Women by Mickey Wiswidel

Two women in a park by Gary Radler

Two women in a park by Gary Radler

Homecare Provider Helps Elderly Patient Exercise with Walker by Joselito Briones

Homecare Provider Helps Elderly Patient Exercise with Walker by Joselito Briones

Two seniors women drinking coffee by Simone Becchett

Two seniors women drinking coffee by Simone Becchett

muddy young girl playing in dirt and mud by Jess Lewis

muddy young girl playing in dirt and mud by Jess Lewis

Smiling sarong seller. Angkor Wat. Cambodia. by Hugh Sitton

Smiling sarong seller. Angkor Wat. Cambodia. by Hugh Sitton

Senior woman using an e-reader by kkgas

Senior woman using an e-reader by kkgas

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Female Barista Operating Coffee Machine by Julien L. Balmer

Father and daughter working on a project together by Carolyn Lagattuta

Father and daughter working on a project together by Carolyn Lagattuta

Mid-Adult Aboriginal Man and Woman indoors by Gary Radler

Mid-Adult Aboriginal Man and Woman indoors by Gary Radler

New family by Yuko Hirao

New family by Yuko Hirao

Neighborhood Co-op of Poor Women Making Craft by Joselito Briones

Neighborhood Co-op of Poor Women Making Craft by Joselito Briones

Woman and Boy Splitting Firewood for Heating In Fall at Cottage by JP Danko

Woman and Boy Splitting Firewood for Heating In Fall at Cottage by JP Danko

Smiling Indigenous Australian woman in her late twenties holding her baby of six weeks by Gary Radler

Smiling Indigenous Australian woman in her late twenties holding her baby of six weeks by Gary Radler

Mother and son moving a wheel barrow with a christmas tree in it by Leander Nardin

Mother and son moving a wheel barrow with a christmas tree in it by Leander Nardin

Members of the Mursi tribe. Southern Ethiopia. by Hugh Sitton

Members of the Mursi tribe. Southern Ethiopia. by Hugh Sitton

Young woman playing Basketball outdoors by Good Vibrations

Young woman playing Basketball outdoors by Good Vibrations

School children in classroom with teacher. (Red Dao tribe). by Hugh Sitton

School children in classroom with teacher. (Red Dao tribe). by Hugh Sitton

Girl sleeping in tent by Photographer Christian B

Girl sleeping in tent by Photographer Christian B

Portrait of a senior woman by Branislav Jovanovic

Portrait of a senior woman by Branislav Jovanovic

Horse Rider with her Old Hard Carved Leather Saddle by Rowena Naylor

Horse Rider with her Old Hard Carved Leather Saddle by Rowena Naylor

Young woman painting a window by kkgas

Young woman painting a window by kkgas

Toddler girl riding toy car having fun by Rob Campbell

Toddler girl riding toy car having fun by Rob Campbell

Businesswomen Devising a Business Plan by Lumina

Businesswomen Devising a Business Plan by Lumina

Young caucasian woman walking on the hilltop of european mountain by Paul Schlemmer

Young caucasian woman walking on the hilltop of european mountain by Paul Schlemmer

Black girl reading a tablet smiling by Gabrielle Lutze

Black girl reading a tablet smiling by Gabrielle Lutze

she loves her by Alexey Kuzma

she loves her by Alexey Kuzma

Children enjoying game console at home by Guille Faingold

Children enjoying game console at home by Guille Faingold

Young girl with playing with her homemade solar system craft by Kristin Rogers Photography

Young girl with playing with her homemade solar system craft by Kristin Rogers Photography

father putting training wheels on bike with children by Kristin Rogers Photography

father putting training wheels on bike with children by Kristin Rogers Photography

A young woman traveller updating her daily journal while on a train by Mike Marlowe

A young woman traveller updating her daily journal while on a train by Mike Marlowe

Woman Stands with Yoga Mat by Jayme Burrows

Woman Stands with Yoga Mat by Jayme Burrows

Rock Climber Climbing a Mountain by Quavondo Nguyen

Rock Climber Climbing a Mountain by Quavondo Nguyen

Girl Practicing Math by Jill Chen

Girl Practicing Math by Jill Chen

Senior woman reading in her living room. by kkgas

Senior woman reading in her living room. by kkgas

Rear view of girl (10-11) writing on whiteboard by Andersen Ross Photography

Rear view of girl (10-11) writing on whiteboard by Andersen Ross Photography

Doctor testing blood pressure by Michela Ravasio

Doctor testing blood pressure by Michela Ravasio

Girl Reading by Jill Chen

Girl Reading by Jill Chen

Little girl kisses mother's pregnant belly by Michela Ravasio

Little girl kisses mother’s pregnant belly by Michela Ravasio

Woman working on a laptop at home by Jonas Rafling

Woman working on a laptop at home by Jonas Rafling

Gynecologist at work. by Mosuno

Gynecologist at work. by Mosuno

Smiling Girl Student with Down Syndrome in School Library by Brian McEntire

Smiling Girl Student with Down Syndrome in School Library by Brian McEntire

Son Sits on Pregnant Mother's Lap by Holly Clark

Son Sits on Pregnant Mother’s Lap by Holly Clark

Woman conducting research in a science lab by Craig Holmes

Woman conducting research in a science lab by Craig Holmes

Senior woman portrait by Simone Becchetti

Senior woman portrait by Simone Becchetti

When I started looking for photos, I ended up with about 300 browser tabs open and I had to cut myself off.  These photos are just the tip of the iceberg of what you can find at Stocksy.  You can view these images and more in my gallery on Stocksy.

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11 thoughts on “Stock Photography of Real Women

  1. Great article Jen. And I love the focus on what is “real”, something we don’t see enough of in the media world.

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