When I have the time, I love to visit photography and portfolio blogs. Most photographers I follow are great photographers and I hope to be as good as they are someday. But there are times, when I can’t visit a photographer’s site again.
It’s not because the images are poor quality or a style I do not like, its because the site has a poor design. I normally can get by with a site that has poor design, but if the design is so bad that its slows the site down or its hard to navigate the site, I just don’t want deal with those issues.
When others come across these design issues, such as an out of date design, sites still using Flash to display their work, or a site that is design to properly to display a portfolio, it doesn’t help the photographer. In some cases it might be so much of a negative effect that a potential client might leave the photographer’s site and never give them a second thought.
With today’s technology, its easy to build and maintain a website, blog or a portfolio site without the aid of a graphic designer. Don’t get me wrong, having a completely custom built website that looks great, runs great, and the visitors love to visit the site is ideal. But for some, this out of their budget.
For those, that a custom website is out of the question, they can turn to WordPress. Since WordPress is one of the mostly widely used CMS (content management systems) on the web, you can easily find premium themes that will fit any niche.
The Best Premium Photography and Portfolio WordPress Themes
Of course you can find free themes for almost any niche, but those themes are lacking in design and extended features that most premium WordPress come with.
For today’s article, I decided it was time to introduce my readers to a few of my favorite premium photography and portfolio WordPress Themes. The idea behind this article came after viewing several photography blogs over the last few weeks that needed a fresh look for 2013.
So if you are photographer, graphic designer, or simply someone who wants share their portfolio of success, then this is the article for you. Every premium theme listed here comes from one of my favorite Wordpres theme design companies/designers. Most of the theme design companies listed here are what professional bloggers and popular website’s owners use for their premium themes.
The collection of themes listed here have some of latest trends in web design, and a few are recent releases. So take a look at the themes and if you are in the market for a new photoblog or portfolio theme for your site, one of these great looking themes might right for you.
Premium WordPress Themes from StudioPress
“When you buy a StudioPress theme, you’re getting state of the art code, smart design architecture,
as well as an array of beautiful frames for your content — all powered by the Genesis Framework.
You get unlimited access to our dedicated support team, as well as unlimited theme updates.” Studiopress is by far one of my favorite theme companies and I even use their themes on several of my blogs.
”Showcase your talents and services with the clarity of Crystal theme and show the world you’re serious about sharing your vision. Crystal gives you the perfect shot to do just that.“
“With a few clicks, Expose will give you the perfect framework to exhibit your passion worldwide.”
“Landscape is sophisticated and invisible enough to reveal the beauty in your pictures.”
“Manhattan helps you capture client and customer attention with its simple design and smart layouts that shine a light directly on your talents and services. “
“Put the focus on your images with the smart minimalism of the Modern Portfolio theme, a flexible, mobile-responsive layout.”
“Focus attention squarely on your photographic talents with the distinctive layout of Pretty Pictures theme.”
“Easily connect with your audience on whatever device they choose with the fluid versatility of the Stretch child theme.”
Premium WordPress by Themefuse
Themefuse is a premium WordPress theme company that offers sales of their individual themes or monthly subscription plans. Their themes are designed with the latest trends and features that every blogger owner needs.
“If you are a photographer looking to showcase your work in style then let us present you your soon to be portfolio website.”
“Try an original, awesome and efficient way for showcasing photography, design, illustration portfolios’ or even paintings and art.” – Freshfolio Theme Details
“Showcase your art, photography, design work or even print. If you think of your work as art, this is the wordpress theme for you.” – Art Gallery Theme Details
Premium WordPress Themes by Themify.Me
Themify.Me builds premium WordPress themes are simple to use, customizable, and responsive that look on any device.
“Minimal design + responsive layout + fullscreen gallery = Fullscreen theme. It is a gorgeous photo gallery theme where the photos are put in center focus. Users can toggle to fullscreen mode by clicking on the fullscreen button and pressing escape key to exit the fullscreen mode. The fullscreen gallery can be individually assigned to Posts and Pages. For the regular WordPress gallery, there are two display options: photoswipe or lightbox. You may use Fullscreen to showcase lightbox media such as popup image, video, and iframe window.”
“PhotoTouch is a beautiful photo theme designed with mobile devices in mind. It features a gallery/slideshow that mimics the iPhone native Photos app. User can swipe or press arrow keys to go through the photos, double tap, auto play, pinch and expand, etc. Combined with the responsive design and slider, PhotoTouch is a perfect theme to showcase your photo portfolios. Most importantly, it works on both desktop and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android phones”
“Tisa is the latest addition to our responsive theme collection. What is responsive? Responsive means the design is adaptive to the browser’s viewport. The layout is completely fluid. No matter what device and resolution that your visitor is using, the theme automatically resizes and flow with the viewport. It works on most desktop browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE, etc.) and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. “
“Photobox is designed for photographers and artists to showcase their works. Homepage features a slider and customizable column widgets. This theme includes a number of different layout options (4 columns, 3 columns, 2 columns, etc.) which help you customize this theme to your needs. The gallery is powered by WordPress gallery where you can drag & drop to manage the images. Viewers will be able to view the gallery in a lightbox gallery mode with beautiful transition effects.”
“Blogfolio is an advance theme that provides unique layout options to display your portfolio and blog posts. It is designed to give maximum space to display your work. This theme is perfect for designers, illustrators, photographers, or artists.”
Premium WordPress Themes by Elegant Themes
Elegant Themes have been creating beautiful WordPress themes for a while. Prices start at $39 per year for a personal account.
“Origin is a stunning grid-based theme that tells a story through imagery. The theme creates a truly engaging experience by saturating the screen with your beautiful photos. The theme is also responsive, meaning it will look and work great on mobile devices as well. If you are an artist looking to showcase your latest work, or if you are a blogger looking to give your visitors a fun new way to browse your latest posts, then Origin is great choice for you!”
“Now you can turn your WordPress blog into a fully functional online photo gallery while still maintaining all of the features of a normal blog. Along with the gallery layout, DeepFocus comes with a robust blog and CMS-style homepage as well, making it an amazing solution for artists/photographers looking to build an online presence.”
“Gleam was built to dazzle. With its flashy effects and smooth ajax loading techniques, this theme creates a truly unique experience that is sure to grab your visitor’s attention. Allowing for custom full BG photos for each page, Gleam makes it easy to create a custom stunning appearance for each section of your website. The theme also comes with a full-screen portfolio section, giving you a new way to display your work.”
“Feather has a light and airy quality that gives your website a fun and care-free vibe. The theme is simple, but its subtle details and textures have been designed with care. If you are looking for a subdued design that is still stylistic and impressive, then Feather just might be the theme for you.”
“Envisioned is a beautiful and powerful portfolio theme that enables you to easily create professional, multi-media galleries. Envisioned has the most powerful gallery features of any of our themes, allowing you to produce versatile layouts of various sizes and aspect ratios.”
“Sky floats above the pack in style and its sense of whimsy is sure to leave your visitors surprised and refreshed. Sky is unique in the way it’s homepage operates, loading all of your content seamlessly using ajax. This means that no matter how many pages you have in the “slider,” your initial page load speed will be lightning fast as each page is only loaded when it is displayed.”
For those that haven’t heard of ThemeForest, it is market place/community of theme designers that sales their work at a great price. Since ThemeForest is a community, you can have a lot of great options when it comes to WordPress Premium WordPress themes.
With other WordPress Theme sites, you are limited to what type of themes are available and most designs look similar since they are made from one to a few designers. But with a community like ThemeForest, you literally have thousands of themes to choose from and hundreds of designers that have created these projects.
Another great feature of ThemeForest is, all themes must go through a approval process before they are introducted into the market place. Any theme that doesn’t make the grade are denied until the reported issues are fixed. If a bad theme does slip through ThemeForest will resolve any issues that come up and make things right with those that purchased bad theme.
I have posted several different portfolio and photography Themeforest theme collections on Evolutionary Designs before, so I thought I would share them again along with some new ones from Themeforest.
“Keres is the Responsive WordPress theme built for photography, portfoliowebsite. It comes with many cool features ex. Fullscreen Slideshow, Kenburns Slideshow, Unique Image Flow Gallery, Skin manager, Fullscreen Contact Map, Fullscreen Youtube and Vimeo Video, Customizable elements’s color, font and background image. There are also 50+ advanced shortcodes with Shortcode Generator support. You can also use 300+ custom fonts from Google Web Fonts.”
“It is a perfect foundation for Creative / Portfolio / Personal site with Blog, Portfolio, Galleries, etc. If you want to impress your visitors with an awesome unique and fresh-looking site – this template is exactly right for you!”
“Heat is a Premium Portfolio WordPress Theme with a very unique layout especially suited for photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, art and creative directors, architects, luxury businesses or bloggers. It’s equally adept at showcasing design or photography projects. Its page templates accommodates multiple galleries, each with as many images as you want.”
“Vision is a powerful WordPress theme great for photography and portfolio websites but can also be used for other projects.”
“Photogra is perfect for photographer, agency or any kind of bushiness to show off works/portfolio. With responsive design it’s compatible with almost all device (desktop, tablet, mobile). Photogra is equipped with a powerful custom panel for ease in managing the contents. This theme also coming with enhanced jquery effects. We strive to create a template that is very easy to use even for beginners. Get ‘Photogra’ Now! “
“Fluxus is a magazine inspired WordPress theme. It features a portfolio horizontal layout, which allows you to showcase your work side by side. Just like we are used to see it in print. It focuses on big images, minimal design, beautiful typography, so that your art is free to stand out.”
“SmartScreen is a fullscreen responsive wordpress theme which offers CMS functionality to your website. It has many features for building a successful website .”
Silence is a photographer’s dream theme. Not only is it easy to modify and customize, its beautiful. Even though the theme is great for photographers, it can work for private blogs, and companies, and much more. It comes with 4 different sliders, homepage drag and drop customization, standard and filterable portfolio options, 960px grid system and more. For a complete list of features, to purchase, or to check out the features, make sure to check out the information page.
Breath – WordPress Theme
Breath is one of those themes that is full of features but still has the performance needed in a professional WordPress Theme. It comes with unlimited colors (choose your color scheme by using the color picker), custom widgets, support for WordPress SEO by Yoast, animated sortable portfolio, animated drop down menus powered by jQuery, and a Full width fluid jCycle slideshow. For a complete list of features, to purchase, or to check out the features, make sure to check out the information page.
William – Portfolio WordPress Theme
William is a ajax powered minimalist portfolio theme for creative types. The theme is a grid-based responsive layout with unlimited sidebar management. For a complete list of features, to purchase, or to check out the features, make sure to check out the information page.
Jigsaw – Responsive WordPress Theme
Jigsaw was designed with mobile devices in mind. The result is a smooth responsive theme that looks great on a computer or on your mobile device. For a complete list of features, to purchase, or to check out the features, make sure to check out the information page.
Typolipo Premium WordPress Theme
Typolipo comes with three different colors and strong typography throughout the design that will look good as a news sit, blog, magazine, or a portfolio for creative types. Some of the features include two homepage template styles, homepage slider, homage page magazine/blog style, portfolio section, and more. For a complete list of features, to purchase, or to check out the features, make sure to check out the information page.
Radius Responsive WordPress Theme
Radius is a responsive design that scales down to a smartphone and still looks good. The themes comes with a scalable image gallery, portfolio, portfolio sorting & filtering, and much more.
“Prometheus is responsive business template. 22 Template pages and unlimited colors are just few of the great features that this template has.”
Zipfolio – Single Page Portfolio WordPress Theme
“This one page portfolio WordPress theme is built for graphic designers, photographers, video producers, illustrators, artists and other creative freelance pros who want a simple, elegant and effective way to showcase projects, share testimonials, promote services and even do a little blogging on the side. It is designed to immediately show the visitor the two most important things: your name and your work. The theme is also made to be easy to setup and manage using WordPress.”
Ruskin Responsive WordPress Themeg
“Prepare to launch an incredibly bold and inspiring website. We give you the vehicle to go where no website has ventured before. Ruskin is super clean, ultra smart and the perfect environment for the graphic impact of black and white. A little retro, no nonsense and a whole lot of pizzazz. Just the right presence for a profound business statement and an outstanding portfolio.”
“MiniFolio is modern theme created to be easy to modify and customize. Silence can be used by photographers, portfolio, companies, private blogs and more. You can easily customize this theme with easy to use admin panel.”