Bigstock's free image triggered a memory in her from a few years back. She remembered that spring day at a market in Pennsylvania. Among the stands of shoo-fly pies and ornate pieces of wood furniture, she came across a straw hat. She tried it on, and did her best to look at herself in the screen of her phone. She began to wonder if she could make it in this different world; an insular world of full sleeves, long skirts, and limited technology.  

Now, back in her room, she packed away her laptop, tablet, and chargers. She then quickly checked her calendar for the day's meetings, all of which required her attendance. The idea that she herself was now living in a world with its own confines did not slip by her. She went into her closet, grabbed the straw hat and put it on. She then tipped the brim, gave herself a smile in the mirror, and headed out into the city streets.

Let this week's free image breathe new life into your summer projects. The photo comes to us from Bigstock contributor AardLumens, from a collection that includes royalty-free photos of frozen branches, frogs, and cool rock formations.

The image - The Straw Hat - will be available for free downloading until 11:59PM EST, Sunday July 5th, 2015.

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Bigstock's free image of the week sent his mind in a tizzy. A mystery and an inspiration in one, he thought. For he had never tried tangerine cake before, and wondered what that combination of sweet and sour would taste like. But what puzzled him most about the free image was the pair of forks that rested beside the cake board. He thought about how inappropriate it would be for two individuals to attack a tangerine cake with forks, with no napkins in sight. "People that foolhardy must surely be crazy ... or in love," he reckoned.

He then began to think back to a time when he too was crazy in love. A time when he and his beloved were considered an interesting combination. A time when he let only his hunger for her companionship guide him. A time when there was never enough powdered sugar to sprinkle on his palpable happiness.

Let this week's free image - The Tangerine Cake - provide some baked-in greatness to your foodie marketing endeavors. The photo comes to us from Bigstock contributor okkijan, from a collection that also includes royalty-free images of horses, cows, and colorful tablescapes. Happy downloading.

The image will be available for free downloading until 11:59PM EST, Sunday June 28, 2015.

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As Bigstock's free image downloaded, he remembered that day at the county fair. The cotton candy, the funnel cake, the way the merry-go-round ticket stuck to the condensation of his soda pop. And, he remembered the moment he saw her. 

She was sitting two horses ahead as the carousel began to move. Around and around they went in a beautiful blur, happily perched on their respective plastic steeds: his green, hers orange. Though the colors were wildly unnatural for horses, what he was feeling for her was real. He was intoxicated by this woman of mystery. The way her brown hair blew in the summer breeze. The way the tag of her shirt peeped up with each vertical movement of her horse. The way she missed catching the popcorn pieces that she playfully tossed in the air.

When the ride stopped, she was gone with the wind. The summer breeze that had once intoxicated him with the sweet smell of her, had now betrayed him. He would never forget the image of her though, sitting on that fake orange stallion. And he would spend the rest of his days searching and searching for the back of that brown-haired head that had captured his heart. (Cue music.)

Let this week's free image - The Way We Blur - add some enchantment to your marketing endeavors. The image comes to us from Bigstock contributor Keattipong, from a collection that also includes royalty-free images of sunsets, tulips, and Thailand. Happy downloading. 

The image will be available for free downloading till 11:59PM EST, Sunday June 21st, 2015.

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As he stared at Bigstock's free image of the week, he knew he was being ridiculous. "It's carbs," he said to himself. "But it's good carbs." The free image stared back. It didn't reply. It didn't have to. It was what it was. A big, delicious photo of orange slices surrounding a tall glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice. It was enough to propel our hero into a land of self-doubt.

For you see, things had gone horribly awry. It was only a handful of years ago when he found himself leaning and heaving over a scale that tipped the 500lb mark. Now, he barely had enough presence to make the automatic doors open at his favorite organic market. He knew he had gone a bit too far. This free image was inspiring him. He knew it was his ticket to a big happy medium.

Let this week's free image - The Big Squeeze - provide you with some inspiration this week. It comes to us from Bigstock contributor Della_Liner, from a collection that also includes royalty-free images of pomegranates, wooden coffee cups, and oh-so pretty background illustrations.

The image will be available for free downloading until 11:59pm EST, Sunday June  14th, 2015.

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When he saw Bigstock's free image of the week, he froze. He was brought back to a time when he loved flowers. Flowers reminded him of her. She loved flowers, all kinds. Water lilies, much like the one shown in the free image before him, were her favorite. But their love was over long ago, and he disliked flowers now. 

As he stared at the photo, he remembered a particular day some years back, when he was very much in love with her. They were walking through a city garden. He felt so happy as they strolled hand-in-hand among the other couples in various stages of their own relationships. He wondered if these strangers were as happy as they were. He felt his hand pull to the side when she suddenly stopped walking. She was transfixed by a particularly stunning flower. She turned away from him to get close enough to smell its fragrance. In an instant, a bee emerged, stinging her on the left side of her nose. Although she wasn't allergic, the sting still hurt, as bee stings do.

Even though it was the bee that caused the pain she found herself in, she was most angry at herself. For she had felt betrayed by her own impulsive attraction to beauty, she told him. Her tears traced around the ice pack he held gently to her face. 

He remembered telling her not to be so hard on herself, and that the pain would go away soon. Then he returned from this memory, gently laughed through his nose, and clicked the download now button.

Let this week's free image, THE WATER LILY, inspire some beauty for your marketing projects this summer. It's available for free downloading until 11:59pm EST, Sunday June 7, 2015.

The image comes to us from Bigstock contributor Trek13, from a collection that also includes royalty-free images of waterfalls, sunflowers, and the Red Rocks of Arizona. Happy downloading.

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Our free image this week is colorful, eye-catching and a bit tempting. This photo of colorful - but nondescript - candy will not only satisfy many a visual sweet tooth, but it will also sweeten up your marketing projects. The image will be available for free downloading until 11:59pm EST, Sunday May 31st, 2015.

The photo comes to us from Bigstock contributor Ebe7, from a collection that also includes royalty-free images of flowers, sunsets, and cinnamon sticks. Happy downloading! 

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Our free image this week is a fun, vibrant serving of circles. This seamless illustration is retro design at its most whimsical, and can help compliment any lively project you have planned for summer. The image will be available for free downloading until 11:59pm EST, Sunday 24th, 2015.

The illustration comes to us from Bigstock contributor Sapunkele, from a collection that includes royalty-free images of jellyfish, angels, and even more retro fun. Happy downloading.

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Our free image this week is too adorable not to download. This heart-shaped baby feet photo would beautifully compliment a birth announcement, a baby shower invite, or any other infant-focused event. The image will be available for free downloading until 11:59pm EST, Sunday May 17th, 2015.

The photo comes to us from Bigstock contributor Inna Vlasova from a collection that includes royalty-free images of picnics, guitarists, and even more babies. Download a little love today.

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This week's free image is pretty in pink. This beautiful pic of tulips is perfect for all of your springtime marketing projects. The image will be available for free downloading until 11:59pm EST, Sunday May 10th, 2015. So, think pink, and get it while you can.

The photo comes to us from Bigstock contributor EyeOfPaul, from a collection that includes royalty-free images of happy dogs, curious groundhogs, and flowers galore. Happy downloading. 

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This week's free image is really something to shout about. This gorgeous wildlife photo, of two hippopotamuses chilling in a stream, is as close-up to hippos as one should probably get. Fear not. The image will be available for free downloading until 11:59pm EST, Sunday May 3rd, 2015.

The photo comes to us from Bigstock contributor Goldquest, from a collection that also includes royalty-free images of flamingos, landscapes, and Buddhist temples. Happy downloading. 

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