First of all, I am a WooThemes Fan to the fullest and I will support them til the day WordPress dies or I die – Whichever comes first. There are so many reasons I adore WooThemes and I’ll share that soon; however, I’m very interested in finding amazing WordPress Themes for Photographers. I ultimately wish to help photographers with their website setup, design, and execution. Much more needs to go into a photography website than just installing the theme, but it is a serious first step in the right direction. I also want to fully support the adventurous photographers that love to do things themselves – I’m one of them. If you’re one too, hopefully this list of mind blowing WordPress Themes will help you elevate your photography website to a new level.
I believe the presentation of a website can and should make your brand JUMP off the page. Right now on my personal photography website, I am using the Snapblog by WPBundle and I love it; however, it’s not letting things jump off the page [in my opinion]. It’s very clean and structured for photography, a good thing, but I love more detail on my homepage. I have the know-how to add more features, but I love when I find something that will help me achieve results in less time.
The WordPress themes that I’m listing here, for photographers, are the type that I believe can let your brand jump out in seconds. While Google is growing more obsessed with the speed of your website, photographers should be obsessed with the speed of their brand becoming aware to viewers. I believe these themes have serious potential to blow your mind. The themes may not be perfect for every type of photography but I am certain there is something worth exploring. One might be amazing for a Landscape Photographer or Wild Life Photographer, another for Portrait Photographers, another for Architectural Photographers. They will depend on how you want to brand yourself, or your photography business, and your images. Almost all of the WordPress themes listed are from ThemeForest and I will appreciate you forever if you follow the links to the themes and purchase. Why? Because I am also an affiliate and I’ll earn a tiny bit to further explore more themes to review in detail. That’s something I’d love to do eventually.
Without rambling on more, here are the mind blowing WordPress themes for photographers:
WooThemes dropped a brand new WordPress theme for photographers! I’d been wanting a new theme that gave some options for a homepage slideshow and more. The great thing about Statua is that it brings layout and slider options but still keeps the theme light and minimal.
Brick and Mason – Premium Photography and Blog WordPress Theme*
Brick + Mason is a very clean and elegant WordPress theme for photographers. The theme uses the jQuery Masonry, much like the theme I’m using now from WooThemes (Briefed) in the Photoblog, Mobile Photoblog, and Goodies section. I love the way it shows the photography. The infinite scroll feature is pretty nice too so that viewers don’t have to continually hit next. Check it out and it’s a pretty nice theme for such a good price.
Duotive Three – A Complete WordPress Template [for photographers]
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was meant to find this WordPress theme today as I was playing with the word “DUO” last night for an idea. This theme blew me away so much, I had to go and tweet out my excitement. I wanted to wait to share it here, but I had to tell the people on Twitter about it first. If there was ever a WordPress theme to kill ProPhoto Blogs for photographers, this theme is it – in my opinion. Why? The options are endless. They options are so endless that I am not even going to try and list them for you here. I am going to present a screenshot [or 2] and you can have at it! This theme has a huge number of slider options for your homepage. This is amazing because not all photographers will use the same one – interests will vary. I love when photography can be shown off instantly, but I also have this inner need to present written content to viewers. Beyond SEO benefit, the added text can help with presentation and help you to sell you photography services with additional copy. If you’re unsure how this WordPress theme could be the best thing for your photography, get in touch and we can hash it out. This is a must have WordPress theme and you can grab it here.
With the Gallery Slider Option
Slider with Gallery v2 Option
Fables – Premium WordPress Theme
This theme is a bit different from the others in the list. I can still see it for a photographer but it might not be as in your face. As a premium WordPress theme, you’ll get 5 options for different sliders on your homepage. It seems as if multiple slider options is becoming an increasingly big deal. We usually suffer from buyers regret and these themes look to lessen the impact of missing out on other slider features. You could change from the accordion slider and into the Nivo slider with an easy change and not have to redo the slides. If your mood changes monthly, like mine, this might be a good theme for you.
A really rad plus to this WordPress theme comes in the form of shortcodes for sliders, galleries, and images. Why does this matter? This makes using your WordPress theme really easy. Shortcodes are a breath of fresh air. Most, if not all of the themes in this list today, have a huge list of shortcodes; however, the Fables theme seems to do well with the needs of heavy image uses – aka photographers. You’ve got to play with the theme and to do that, you’ve got to check it out here.
Zoom – WordPress and Beyond
I was so blown away by this theme for photographers that I had to share 4 screen shots of the theme in action. Talk about a killer WordPress theme for photography projects and more. Zoom extends beyond amazing on the desktop though. This WordPress theme is optimized for touch and keyboards. Touch? Yeah, the theme looks and works like magic on an iPad. On the page for this theme you can watch a video of it. The images speak for themselves. If you’re looking for a bold WordPress theme, Zoom is going to get people talking. Check out more info on Zoom….
Photorific – Photography WordPress Theme
The Photorific photography WordPress theme is very similar to the PictureThis theme. You’ll quickly notice the menu bar is a different set up and design. I wanted to show off another full screen option for photographers. I can’t get past the impact that the full screen images hit me with. Many photographers talk about letting images do the talking – the images finally start to scream here. I’ve included screen captures of the homepage and blog section. Learn more about Photorific…
Anan – Photography Creative Portfolio
The larger the screen, the better the Anan WordPress theme looks. Even on my 13″ MacBook, the theme still looks great though. Looking at the theme features, I’m not 100% sure if you can set images to rotate in the background of the homepage. The demo didn’t rotate for me but that’s the thing I enjoy about page backgrounds. The fact that there is some transparency on content pages to allow the background image to peek though – yet you can still easily read the content. Some photographers could really benefit from a WordPress theme like this.
I’m amazed by these WordPress themes that photographers can get today. These themes are also so affordable compared to something like the ProPhoto Theme blogs. I’m even hoping that these themes can be shown to my favorite people at WooThemes and influence something they might create.
The themes shown are all from designers and developers that sell via ThemeForest. There is so much more to the themes than meets the eye here. I suggest you dig deep into themes that really catch your eye. Some have insanely simple ways to create dynamic slide shows right within blog posts. I know that I’ll be looking at a few of these WordPress themes for my own photography projects.
What do you think?
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Still not sure? Here are a few other blog posts we’ve published with more WordPress theme options for Photographers:
- 11 Photography WordPress Theme Options
- WordPress Themes for Kickass Photography and Photoblogs (Part 1 of 3)
- WordPress Themes for Kickass Photography and Photoblogs (Part 2 of 3)
- WordPress Themes for Kickass Photography and Photoblogs (Part 3 of 3)
*updated June 19th 2011
**updated June 21st 2011
***updated July 20th 2011 – The old post was corrupt and no data was showing. Fixed links to other WordPress Themes for Photographers posts.
***updated September 29, 2011 – code for 2 themes suddenly made post to not show any content. Will share them in a new post soon.