When creating content, most digital marketing experts recommend that you use original images; stock photos and stock images are not likely to resonate with your target audience. Sometimes, however, it may be impossible to employ models or take the right picture. That is what Stock Photo sites such as Shutterstock and Dreamstime are for.
While sites like these generally offer you a huge collection of quality images for a fairly low price, there can also be images that seem to have no rhyme or reason on the site. In my time creating content, I have seen quite a few of these.
This is such a prevalent issue that there is a subreddit that aims to collate all such stock images in one place – r/wtfstockphotos. I stumbled upon this sub and immediately realized something. Almost all of the worst stock images were pictures of a single woman.
I don’t mean pictures of a single woman as in the same model in several photos. I mean pictures of a single woman as in pictures that contain only one female adult model. There were several ridiculous photos like this on this subreddit, including one that had a woman dressed up as breakfast. I assume she was supposed to be some kind of breakfast food mascot.
The craziness of the entire scenario with pictures of a single woman begs an obvious question: Who uses photos like these? While these photos can seem useless and absurd if you think about it, these stock pictures of a single woman could fit nicely into campaigns that aim to promote something that is supposed to stand out or be unique.
Stock photos generally feature attractive models, so with some creativity and a bit of thinking, you might be able to turn an absurd image like this one of a woman wearing a gum spacesuit into a blog post promoting your gum brand.
As a potential source of inspiration and laughter for our readers, here are:
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/qkev23/the_bride_is_not_amused/: This bride seems to have turned to a werewolf on her special day for some reason. I wonder who bit her and why on earth she’s having her wedding at night.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/7f7i33/asian_woman_spits_on_a_cock/: The picturesque background of this stock photo of a single woman is offset by the fact that she is holding and spitting water at a chicken.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/8m0h47/when_your_salad_keeps_telling_you_jokes/: This post contains a collage, but it was too funny to leave out. I’m sure someone has a use for this picture of women that found their salads funny for some reason.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/8m0h47/when_your_salad_keeps_telling_you_jokes/: This picture has a woman who… Um… We’ll let you see for yourself. We’re not sure how to describe this.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/9c1w6b/oh_shit_you_caught_me_keeping_a_bowl_of_crackers/: The woman in this picture has been caught taking a midnight snack. That’s unremarkable on its own, but she’s eating a bowl of crackers straight from the fridge. Bad choice, especially with all those juicy fruits in the background
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/c0jz60/alligator_attacking_businesswoman_in_office/: This photo features a woman who’s not having the best of Mondays, to say the least.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/byphkl/we_deliver_pizza_to_litarlly_anywhere/: This lady has a truly remarkable level of dedication to her job, delivering pizza (in an open box, ew) to a sewer.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/6d1xj0/goodbye_you_slimey_freak/: This post by u/sexytai shows a woman about to shoot her goldfish in the head with a gun. While animal violence is horrible enough on its own, we hope she has an exceptional aim. A goldfish is quite a difficult target to hit.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/fngnhp/she_doesnt_have_a_spine/: This image features a woman who is painting a chart that can only be a projection of contortionist shows for the next few years.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/gkroru/burger_nightmare/: This woman is plagued by the ghosts of her unhealthy eating choices.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos/comments/77g6zd/this_woman_who_is_checking_out_her_own_ass_which/: To cap this list off, this woman is sitting on the ground and looking at her severed lower body on a stool.