Last December I decided it was time to update my websites look. I decided the first step was to update my portfolio/personal site and the photoblog first, then find that perfect theme for the new site, Vanishing Texas, that another photographer friend and I are working on.
As I look through my favorite premium WordPress Theme designers, I list my favorite ones, so I can revisit theme, compare theme to others, and eventually pick the right one.
As I worked on the new list that its been almost a year since I posted a similar article. So I thought since that one was so popular that I would share this new list with everyone as well. This list of premium portfolio and photography WordPress Themes has 45 themes that many can be used by photographers, creatives, and even creative service providers.
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Premium Portfolio and Photography Themes by Elegant Themes“
We hold elegance at our core, and rally behind a shared passion for simple, beautiful design. What was once a one-man operation in Nick’s college apartment has grown into a diverse and distributed team of WordPress enthusiasts from all around the world. Elegant Themes isn’t just a company, it’s a community, and we cling to the community-centric values that have guided us over the past 6 years. We love WordPress, we love Open Source, and most of all we love building great things for our amazing customers.”
Divi WordPress Theme
“This is the smartest, most flexible theme in our collection. With Divi, the sky’s the limit.”
Vertex WordPress Theme
“Vertex is a stunning theme built for service providers that want to showcase their equally stunning products. The climb down from the Vertex is long, but as you descend you are met with beautifully animated content that is built for scrolling. The homepages gives you a chance to engage your visitors and tell your story through galleries, sliders, testimonials and team member bios. At both the vertex and the summit, you are met with a clear call to action that is built for conversions. Vertex sweats the small stuff, and each element has been designed with meticulous detail.”
Flexible WordPress Theme
“Flexible is a sleek and minimal portfolio theme packed full of some awesome features. The theme puts your work first, keeping the design elements to a minimum while still maintaining a definitive modern style. With its filterable, ajax-powered multi-media gallery, Flexible is perhaps our most feature-rich gallery theme yet.”
Elegant Themes have several other great portfolio and photography themes available, but I have already listed them in a previous collection.
Premium Portfolio and Photography Themes by CSSIgniter
CSSIgniter has a ton of beautiful selection of premium WordPress Themes and is always adding more. Their themes make easy to setup and configure. Make sure to check out their large selection of themes.
Coastline was created by CSSIgniter last summer and it’s a professional premium WordPress theme for Photographers. This theme is image heavy. So you need to have a lot of images ready to use. This a great theme for photographers, but I do not think this would be a great choice for someone wanting to display more than their portfolio. It doesn’t have a great design for a static home page or options to show off your services.
“Vignette is a stunning theme built for photographers, models, or anyone in the photography industry that need to showcase their work in a professional manner.”
“Are you a Photographer or a Model who needs to showcase his/her work? Memories is the perfect theme for you.” This theme was created by CSSIgniter is intended for personal work or for models and actors to display their images.
This is an all around great looking portfolio theme by CSSIgniter. It has a great looking static page, portfolio pages, and team/partner pages.
“Meet Klou. If you are looking to build your portfolio then you should consider using its highly customizable templates and select one of the 9 available color schemes.”
“Nico is the perfect theme for those who think it’s time to put their work online. With 2 alternative layouts, multiple color schemes and many custom options, setting it up will take minutes!” This is a very simple but elegant portfolio and photography website. It is designed to to show off your work and not the website but still still have a modern site feel. This is the type of theme I might would use to show as my personal photography work.
Premium Portfolio and Photography Themes by TeslaThemes
TeslaThemes creates premium WordPress Themes with advanced features and clean design and code that makes easy for anyone to make their website look good. They are always adding more themes. Make sure to check out their large selection of themes.
YOPTA – CREATIVE WORDPRESS THEME
“Yopta is a Creative WordPress Theme with bold, sharp, responsive design and lots of unique features powered by Tesla Framework. It includes the latest version of Revolution slider (with the awesome Parallax effect), a beautiful portfolio with 5 different versions, video support in blog posts and portfolio items, a stylish “Members” area, WPML compatibility and much more.”
Zoomy – Photography WordPress Theme
“Zoomy is a Professional Photography WordPress Theme with minimalist, fresh, responsive design and some great features to help you showcase your photos or creative works in a stylish way.”
Winterfell – Creative WordPress Theme
“Winterfell is a Creative WordPress Theme with a clean, minimalist design, smooth transition effects, a beautiful showcase and a rich set of advanced features powered by the Tesla Framework.”
Shape – Photography WordPress Theme
“Shape is a Photography WordPress Theme with a clean, minimalist design, smooth transition effects, a beautiful showcase and a rich set of advanced features powered by our latest version of Tesla Framework.”
Vulcano – Creative WordPress Themes
“Vulcano is a Creative WordPress Theme with clean, minimalist design, smooth transition effects, a beautiful portfolio and a rich set of advanced features powered by our updated version of Tesla Framework.”
Design Portfolio – Responsive WordPress Theme
”Design Portfolio is a Premium WordPress Theme with clean, modern layout and powerful customization features. The template has a complete set of options to help you easily customize and set-up your website. Full width slider with amazing effects, filterable portfolio with many columns, built-in shortcodes, Flickr photostream, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ integration, AJAX contact form, Google Maps, are just a few of its unique features.”
Premium Portfolio and Photography Themes by WPZOOM
“WPZOOM is a web-studio located in Chisinau, Moldova, specialized in creating themes for WordPress. Our website was launched in April 2008, and first WPZOOM Theme was released in February 2009. After a short time Dumitru Brinzan joined the team, and the project changed direction from a simple blog to an important WordPress theme development service.”
Inspiro Fullscreen Photography Theme
“Inspiro is a professional photo-focused theme with a modern design and packed with great features like fullscreen slideshow, widgetized homepage, gallery module, and much more!”
PhotoFrame Photography Theme
“PhotoFrame is a clean, refined and responsive photography / blogging theme. It’s the perfect theme for photographers, designers, filmmakers, and creative professionals for sharing and managing your work online”
Digital Portfolio Theme
“Digital is left-aligned Portfolio Theme for WordPress, designed especially for freelancers, design agencies, photographers or video producers.”
PhotoNote Photography Theme
“PhotoNote is our most complex theme built for photographers. It includes 3 pre-defined styles and allows you to display photos and videos in multiple ways in posts.”
Vimes Portfolio Theme
“Vimes is a simple & elegant theme for WordPress, designed especially for design agencies, photographers and artists, but which can be easily used as a traditional blog theme.”
Premium Portfolio and Photography Themes by Themify.me
“Themify themes aim to help non-coders hit the ground running. Our framework allows for quick customizations to themes without having to touch code: simply adjust theme settings and styles through our options panel.”
“The Elegant theme is a simple yet elegant, multipurpose theme that removes all the the fancy animations and graphic effects, and instead focuses more on your content. Crafted with minimal design and great attention to typography, Elegant theme provides a stunning visual that displays and functions beautifully across all devices. With the bonus Portfolio and Team post type on top, new image filter feature, mansory and grid layouts, Elegant is the perfect theme for writers, artists, designers, agencies, edtiorial sites, and individual portfolios.”
“Music is a theme that brings art to life. Music is responsive and retina ready, built for artists, events, portfolios, photographers, and even apps. With Music, you can embed a music player, an album playlist, and even better: fullwidth video backgrounds! Create eye-catching pages with your own videos playing behind your content, without touching a line of code!”
“Parallax theme is a combination of two cool trends – parallax scrolling and single-page design. It is designed to help you to build a stunning parallax scrolling site with ease. Showcase your work and services responsively on a single page. Viewers can enjoy your beautiful content in parallax scrolling sections. Impress your visitors with fly-in elements! The theme can be used as a single-page or regular site with page URLs. Jump in the parallax scrolling trend now with Parallax theme!”
“Bold is a blog and portfolio theme that allows you to showcase various types of media (images, videos, galleries, sliders, and maps) in a fullwidth design. Your media content is put in center focus with beautiful typesetting. Each post gives you full control of media alignment, font styles, background color and image. For your convenience, we’ve packed a number of color presets, font styles, and background images. But if you feel like using your creativity, you may upload custom background image and specify any color with the color picker. No coding skills required to be creative! And not to mention it is a responsive theme that works on desktop and mobile!”
ThemeForest is a marketplace that only allows the best web design templates to be sold in the market. The developers must follow strict guidelines to get their work published and sold there. If there is an issue with a template or theme, they are required to fix it or its removed. ThemeForest has a great support staff and do what it takes to make things right.
Munich Photography Theme
Munich is a fully responsive fullscreen photography theme for WordPress.
Barrow – Responsive Retina-Ready WP Portfolio
“Barrow is a responsive and retina-ready WordPress website with grid system layout. Mobile Touch optimized. Template contain many tools, integrated with WordPress administration interface to allow easy website building and content management.”
Watson – Photography WordPress Theme
“Watson WordPress Theme is a clean, trendy, modern and straight forward portfolio theme designed especially for professional and amateur photographers. It was designed and developed with the modern 21st century user in mind, that’s why we took special care to make this theme compatible and easy to use on various devices and screen sizes – like touchscreen laptops, tablets smartphones and large size computer monitors.”
Superba: Media-centric Photography WordPress Theme
“Superba features a great way to manage albums. Albums are visual content collectors: they can contain multiple pictures and videos, and they display, describe and catalogue media in a meaningful way.”
SOHO – Fullscreen Photo & Video WordPress Theme
“Meet our new, professional and creative photo/video WordPress theme. Fullscreen layout is the best way to present your photo and video artworks. We tried to implement latest technologies, advanced version of the built-in GT3 page builder, optimised system to speed up the website performance, easy content and color editing and more. Discover the power of GT3 themes.”
Moon – WordPress Theme for Photographers
“Moon is a responsive creative and photography WordPress theme. Featuring multiple gallery styles that can be added as standard WordPress galleries, it is as simple to use as it gets.”
Photo.01 – A Photography Theme
“Photo.01 is a WordPress theme designed to be a simple solution for photographers and creatives who wants to create a stylish portfolio.”
Bow – Clean Photography Portfolio Theme
Finch is a responsive photography and magazine WordPress Theme with various portfolio & blog options which is suitable for artists, photographers, digital studios, personal freelancers, and any kind of business owners that would like to showcase their portfolio beautifully.
“Bow is a clean and modern clean photography WordPress Theme that is perfect to promote your photo gallery in a very professional and pleasant way. It is fully responsive, it looks stunning on all types of screens and devices (desktop, notebook, tablet and mobile).”
Finch – Photography & Magazine WordPress Theme
“Finch is a responsive photography and magazine WordPress Theme with various portfolio & blog options which is suitable for artists, photographers, digital studios, personal freelancers, and any kind of business owners that would like to showcase their portfolio beautifully.”
Toranj – Responsive Creative WordPress Theme
“Unique, Versatile, Elegant and Flexible were the sticky words in our mind during design and developing this template. Toranj is trying to bring the combination of beauty and power to the table and it’s suitable for a wide range of applications. For Creative Portfolio, Photography, Videography, Digital Agency, Interior Design to Personal Blogging and Magazine and even Creative Corporate websites, Toranj has the features alongside a modern design.”
Hip – Creative One Page WordPress Theme
“Hip is a creative, flat and modern designed parallax OnePage WordPress Theme, based on a responsive 12 column grid. It comes with the easy to use Drag & Drop Page Builder Visual Composer. It’s perfect as portfolio for agencies, creative studios and many more.”
CVX – Resume and Portfolio WordPress Theme
“CVX is a multipurpose, elegant and well crafted one page portfolio for creative professionals. Anyone can showcase their personal resume, work history, projects and other personal information beautifully using CVX. Though CVX is primarily developed for showcasing portfolio elements, however it can be creatively used to display other essential information for SME business and artistic people. If you want your personal site to be noticeable among others, CVX can be your ultimate choice.”
Stain – One Page Portfolio Resume WordPress Theme
“Stain | Creative Resume Portfolio WordPress Theme is an unique, clean, modern WordPress theme suited for personal One page/Multi page websites/blogs/resume, business websites, freelancers and online professionals to showcase their work around the world. Stain have a innovative and unique layout divided by color full sections with a beautiful visual appearance. Stain consists a very clean and Minimal Blog section with all of WordPress’s default features. Stain comes with plenty of useful options that will satisfy even the most demanding users.”
Honcho – OnePage/MultiPage Responsive Theme
“Honcho is a professional, responsive retina ready HTML5 one page/multi page theme which has been built using bootstrap 3. The theme comes compete with four flavours and the premium plugin – cube portfolio.”
Phanes – Responsive Multipurpose WordPress Theme
“Phanes is a Modern and Creative premium WordPress Theme. Design Theme is made in a beautiful style. It is suitable for Personal Portfolio, Creative Agency, Designer Portfolio, Illustrator Portfolio, Photographer Portfolio and more.Theme has a universal design, it thought every detail and animation effect. Its just as easy to customize to fit your needs, replace images and texts.”
Tesla One page Personal / Portofolio / Blog Theme
“Tesla is an one page modern and easy customizable resume/personal portofolio built with Bootstrap 3.2. It is made with HTML5, CSS3, JS, jQuery. All files are well organized and documented so anyone can use, modify or customize this template.”
Lighthouse – One Page Responsive WordPress Theme
“Lighthouse is one page responsive theme which is a highly customisable. Lighthouse it’s perfect to use for Personal Portfolio, Restaurant, Small Company etc. It’s build in Bootstrap Grid 1170px, and it is Retina Ready. Lighthouse also offers the full list of google fonts, by bringing the opportunity to user to take it to the next level. You will enjoy the power given to by our magnificent simple theme. Below you will find the full list of our features.”
JaWesome – Creative WordPress Portfolio Theme
“Excellent for creative freelancers, photographers, designers, marketing and products presentation, photo and creative work showcase.” – JaWesome
Bloxo – Minimal Freelancer Agency WordPress Theme
“Bloxo is a new trendy portfolio concept for creative agencies, freelancers, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers or any kind of creative is now able to create a quick & easy portfolio to showcase their work with a unique and creative touch. bloxo is the perfect one who are looking for a minimal and professional looking WordPress theme.”
Signature – Responsive CV / Resume WordPress Theme
“Signature is a very effective Resume WordPress Theme to show your CV, resume and portfolio template online in an amazing way. Signature is completely perfect to display your online resume (education, experiences, works, rewards, achievements) to your potential viewers if you are a professional.”