A well-organized and sophisticated online portfolio is one of the most effective ways for photographers to attract new audiences. And with WordPress remaining one of the most popular and easy-to-use website building and content management systems (CMS) platforms on the market, both amateur and professional snappers can use it successfully. to showcase their best photos.
In this article, we’ve listed some of the best WordPress themes that photographers can buy and download. If you prefer to apply the rule to other website building options, check out this guide on the best website builders at present.
01. WordPress Photography
Consistently ranked among the best photography themes listed on ThemeForest, Photography WordPress is a regular hit among photographers for its built-in portfolio layouts. There are over 70 predefined styles to choose from, divided into four portfolio categories: large, content, modern, and unique. Light and dark color versions of all styles are included, and there are eight menu layouts.
In addition to the predefined styles, this theme comes with a number of features suitable for professional photographers (or hobbyists who want to make money with their photos). This includes the ability to create customer-specific galleries, pages and archives, which come with the option of password protected photo proofing. This gives customers access to specific galleries as well as the ability to accept or reject certain photos they contain.
There are three main homepages to choose from with this sleek, minimalist theme, including a style that copies Ken Burns’ signature of zooming in on stills, as popularized by the American documentary filmmaker.
The unique Flow style scrolls horizontally, aligning photos like a film reel and reflecting them below in a mirror image. The third homepage style is more of a classic fullscreen, showing entire galleries as thumbnails and showing one header image at a time via the slider.
There are six gallery templates, as well as an option to install a video portfolio. As always with WordPress, there are a plethora of custom widgets that can be installed, and photographers with a wider selection of media to present can appreciate the integration features of YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr.
The Print Lab is the main feature of this theme, thanks to an exclusive link with professional printers in the United States. The built-in ecommerce functionality connects to Stripe and Paypal and includes automated tax calculations, making it easy to sell your snaps through the site. The chosen prints are then automatically shipped to paying customers with no further requirements from the photographer.
There are also over 60 ready-to-use designs and layouts that are fully responsive and optimized for desktops, tablets, and smartphones. A neat security feature includes right-click protection, preventing visitors from copying or saving your images.
Designed for professional photographers, Framed integrates ready-to-use websites based on your photography specialty. Templates include travel, food, fashion, event, and landscape photography.
If you go with any of these suggested layouts, they can be installed with one click and more designs are added on a regular basis. Whichever layout you choose, there are dozens of customizations for you to tweak and customize further, with mixing and matching between gallery layouts also available.
The theme is compatible with WooCommerce and also uses the WordPress Elementor page builder, ensuring that no coding knowledge is required. The free Polylang plugin also provides multilingual support if you wish.
Spectacular video option is one of three homepage options that draw attention to this ambitious theme perfectly suited for photographers with expansive landscape-oriented shots that fill the screen. If you don’t have any video handy, the slider homepage uses the Ken Burns effect to add movement to still images, while the static version lets your chosen homepage photo speak for itself. ‘herself.
Smooth horizontal scrolling across artwork and showcase pages is intelligently implemented and intuitive with the slider graphic, and the photo processing feature is ideal for showing clients post-production improvements to your shots. .
The smartly organized grid and masons galleries on this theme are an effective way to showcase a photo montage on a single page, with users able to click any photo they want to maximize. Conversely, the slider gallery takes away the choice from the viewer and automatically cycles through the images one by one. The shop page follows the masonry design, with a full ecommerce system including shopping cart functionality and the ability for customers to leave reviews.
Border also comes with a sleek journal feature that can appeal to photographers keen to write about their experiences and provide insight and context into each of their photographs.
Designed specifically for wedding photographers, the Solene theme is compatible with WordPress page builders WPBakery and Elementor. There are 12 homepage presets and seven interior page styles, while the theme demo can be installed as is, right out of the box.
While most layouts adhere to the pastel palette and color schemes one would expect from a traditional wedding theme, over 800 customizable font styles and headers and footers – including integration of social media widgets – ensure that there are still plenty of ways to create a bespoke photography portfolio for your photos.
Another theme that lends itself well to wedding photography is Wiso, which is also a bit cheaper than the other themes on this list. With 34 ready-made homepage styles including animation options, there are plenty of ways to customize this theme, so it can be tailored for a range of photographic niches besides weddings.
Additional photography features include watermark and photo uploads, PDF creation, booking calendar, and review galleries where customers can leave comments.