Photographers are by their very nature, visually aware and artistic people. The website where they display their photographs should therefore be an extension of their work, and enhance their portfolio, like an art gallery.
In this post we will look at the very best Photography WordPress themes as curated by our editor, and discuss a few of the reasons why WordPress is the ideal content management system to help gain clients, sell photographs, and build your reputation.
All the premium WordPress themes listed are 100% responsive, and designed to showcase your work to the very highest standards.
If you are developing a website for a client, these templates all provide top quality support, and are a great way of adding to your portfolio of past work.
Why Photographers Should Use WordPress
WordPress was originally designed as a blogging content management system (CMS), but has since been used on a growing number of professional websites. While also powering 23.3% of the top ten million websites. These websites have chosen this platform mainly because of its ease of use, but also because of the many advanced features, and amazing theming capability.
Photographers will primarily be interested in displaying images, and this happens to be an area where this software excels. Anyone can be taught to upload images in a matter of minutes, and those photos will be displayed within a pre-designed template of your choosing.
Choosing The Perfect WordPress Theme To Showcase Your Portfolio
Before choosing a theme from which to develop your website, it is important that you know exactly what features you will be looking for.
Some photographers only provide limited information about themselves, and choose to display mainly images.
While others prefer to offer information on each and every photo set; offering technical photographic specifications, as well as information about the subject.
Some choose to write a lot, and prefer a format that offers most of the functionality of an original blog.
A Curated List Of Photography WordPress Themes
Oshin is a clean, modern, and flexible theme that is currently packaged with 16 demos to help get your creative juices flowing. As with many of its contemporaries, Oshin comes bundled with page builder that has been created to offer back end visualization, as well as a few other unique features.
The template also offers layout options for the menu, the body, and the footer which when used together can create a huge number of unique designs that you or your clients are sure to love.
The image below is only one of the 16 demo designs that can be easily imported at the click of a button, be sure to check the other examples out.
Zyra is the latest photography WordPress theme from Progression Studios, an elite theme development team that offers their work through Themeforest. Expect great dosumentation and first clas support from a team with over fifty items currently for sale on the marketplace.
This theme is fully responsive, and has been built to show off your amazing work in style. Your website will look especially great on any retina enabled screen; which includes many tablets, iPhones, and of course Macbook Pro.
Other features include: video support, eCommerce ready, unlimited color schemes, translation ready and of course video documentation.
A template with a contemporary design that lets your portfolio do the talking. A blueprint for photography theme development.
Without a doubt one of my favorite items on the list due to its white border design, which in my opinion helps create an ideal viewing frame, while also ensuring your composition remain centered. A clean, modern, and almost minimal structure allows your photos to grow from beautiful to absolutely unforgettable.
Created to be easy to use, install, and modify with even the smallest WordPress knowledge Border is fast becoming one of the most popular items in a competitive market. With four very different gallery layouts, and beautiful a contact page, this theme is definitely one of the best available for download.
As far as photography WordPress themes go, this is one of the best!
Trend is another WordPress photography theme that takes advantage of a clean white border to enhance the overall design. An ideal theme for showcasing black & white images, wedding photography, or landscapes as shown in the demo below.
I have managed to find a few live examples of websites utilizing this design, many of which are owned and managed by professional photographers. These will give you a good idea of the capabilities as well as features of the theme. They are; Ranui Young Photography, Tin Tree, fotkajme.com, and finally Lukas Pokorny.
Trend is also fully compatible with video, and has an advanced back end options panel for customizing everything from the site colors, to the the slider display.
Camilla comes with three contrasting demos; a light design, a red design, and a dark design. Which you choose will set the tone for your images.
This theme has a sophisticated administration panel that allows you to configure how you wish your homepage gallery to behave, the websites colors, and even place widgets above the header as a way of introducing your work.
The item is fully SEO optimized, retina ready, has swipe navigation for smart phones and tablets, and comes with a slider that has a choice of transitions.
Released in March 2015, the Chola website template offers 10 awesome homepage layouts to choose from, and has a simple drag and drop tool to enable you to build custom layouts easily. The template also offers the ability to add a video background to your homepage without any need for plugins or additional code.
As with all the themes on this list Chola is fully responsive (so can be viewed on mobile and all other devices), and is also retina ready.
The demos show two distinct page templates in which to show of your galleries; as a masonry grid, or spacing grid.
A new business orientated photography portfolio theme from ‘Themefuse’.
‘Exposure’ offers a powerful theme options suite, that means customization of your websites elements has never been so easy. Whether you are wanting to customize your featured media, or create a multi column photography portfolio this item will have you covered.
This WordPress theme has a built-in world class framework, which comes with multiple layout elements, content elements, and media elements.
An ideal theme for a time served wedding photographer and hobbyist alike.
An elegant full screen theme for photographers. If you are looking to show off your collection of photos, or are perhaps a fashion photographer looking for a new website design ‘Luminary’ may just win your heart.
With four working demos to choose from, as well as a whole host of customization options ‘Luminary’ is a visually stunning and easy to use template.
The galleries are responsive, and you can choose to show these within a full width page or post template rather than have them constrained within the normal page limits.
A fullscreen photo theme that relies heavily on a homepage slider, and featured images. This theme also allows you to add both video backgrounds, and overlay music so when your website is visited it plays automatically. A great theme for artists as well as photographers.
This theme was originally released in 2011, and has been constantly kept updated ever since. With over four thousand sales to date, and great feedback from buyers, I am sure that this theme will be used on many more sites before it is retired.
Expose is a Genesis child theme that has been designed as a photography theme for individual portfolios. All large feature images are offered to the visitors as posts, with the overall look and feel of a Tumblr style blog (but without a sidebar).
The price is particularly high as the Genesis framework is included, without the framework you can purchase it for $33.71.
Other features include: 5 color styles, threaded comments, custom background, HTML5 markup, custom header, and responsive layout.
The ‘Expose’ theme offers a fantastic user experience without the need for an over the top slideshow, and offers free updates for life.
Price: $99.95 (Includes Genesis Framework)Download
A simple photography portfolio theme to get your work on the web.
Theme features that are included are; Minimalist & distraction free design, 2 blog layouts (with or without sidebars), 30+ social media icons, custom widgets (Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, Dribbble, Picasa, YouTube), 600+ Google fonts, SEO & Google analytics ready, custom shortcodes, and translation ready (can be translated into any language).
Most photography themes follow a similar design, however ‘Finch’ has been built as a photography magazine hybrid.
Theme features include; custom image cropping, 30+ custom page builder elements, WordPress post formats support, parallax background images, custom logo, unlimited color schemes, built in sharing (allow people to share your content with style), and much more besides.
The sliders are powered by the revolution slider plugin (free of charge).
Choose between the fullscreen and box version.
‘Santino’ comes with seven different gallery layout options, including; Masonary, Metro, Isotope, Panorama, Kenburns, and Catalog. The them also includes advanced options to enable background music, and enable a rating system so those visiting your site can rate your work.
The primary focus is of course your photography, and this theme delivers with use of a rail slider (as seen in the demo below).
The template also comes with a powerful theme administration panel to enable you to easily manage your websites configuration without having to enter any extra code.
A great buy!
Titan is an amazing looking theme that shows of your images how they should be seen. With 14 gallery templates, 7 portfolio templates, WooCommerce plugin support ‘Titan’ is a great all in one solution for those wanting an amazing website without having to pay big money to a developer.
Easily learn how to set everything up with their advanced video tutorials and documentation, giving you more time to focus on what counts – your photography!
Anan is one of my favorite photography designs. The home page features a fullscreen background image slider and a minimal menu that slides when you move your mouse to the left hand side. There are four portfolio layouts and a built-in image uploader.
Photography WordPress themes are arguably some of the most popular templates available, mainly due to the large number of both professional and amateur photographers out there looking to create a website that people will remember.
One thing for sure is that next year the standard will have grown even more as developers continue to push the boundaries of what is possible using WordPress as a CMS.
We will be sure to update this post often so please bookmark us and view the newer releases as they happen.
Thanks for reading this long post, and I sincerely hope you have found The WordPress theme you have been looking for.
If you know of any other great themes that I have missed be sure to leave a comment below and one of our editors will be sure to check them out.
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