Here are some of the standout photography wordpress themes released in 2013. They range in style, flexibility and responsiveness but they all have one thing in common – they aim to put images at the forefront of the design. Obviously these themes will be well suited to amateur and professional photographers but many will be perfect for other creative types like graphic designers, web designers, architects, product designers and those who want to display beautiful things – digital or real.
When reviewing these themes please spend time on the demos of the sites you shortlist. Many will have lots of alternative home pages, inner pages and post designs that you may like far more than default settings. Do not rule one out because you don’t like the default page designs – you may be able to get the design you want in one click so check the menus for alternative designs. Only by poking around a bit on the wordpress demo sites can you see that they will actually have multiple layout options that you can use straight away. Those themes with some sort of page builder functionality is a must for those with no html/css skills but a desire for design flexibility and bespoke designs.
Updated: 6th December 2013
Expose Photography WordPress Theme
Expose is a beautifully minimal wordpress theme designed for photographers by StudioPress. It is created on the very popular and flexible Genesis framework and have enables photographs to be displayed stylishly with many different colour and layout options. It has a HTML5 responsive layout and would suit someone who does not want any clutter to distract from their images.
LENS – Photography WordPress Theme
The author (pixelgrade) has said they have tried to design a theme that is focused on showcasing the images. Therefore, screen space for images in maximised and their portfolio screen has a cool mosaic layout option. The design is flat, and includes all the standard features your want want in a portfolio type theme (i.e. slideshows options, gallery variations). It was launched in September 2013 and so far it has proved a hit on Themeforest.
Samba – Photography WordPress Theme
This theme has gone with a left hand side navigation bar which is becoming more popular with designers releasing themes recently. The main benefits of this theme, apart from its slick and clean design, is the inclusion of the visual composer plugin which would normally set you back $25. This will be much appreciated by those who want a lot of flexibility in their theme without getting down and dirty with the code
Ink WordPress Theme For Photographers / Bloggers
The watchword for this theme is simplicity. The designer has tried to keep the flat design clean with attractive typography – the target user is predominantly bloggers as well as photographers wanting to showcase their work. It may be a little basic for some but it is worthing checking it out.
Origin WordPress Photo Theme
This has a left hand side navigation bar and grid style layout to showcase a large number of images on one screen. The layout is responsive and includes various shortcakes and page templates built in.
Cesar Responsive Portfolio Photography Theme
Another lovely theme from the themeforest author peerapong. The theme has lots of great layout options and looks great on an ipad and other mobile devices. It is retina ready, has loads of typography options by utilizing google fonts. Another big plus for professional photographers is that it is WooCommerce compatible should you want to sell your photos.
Valiant WordPress Photography Theme
This is responsive photography theme designed by the good people at Authentic Themes. They have kept the php and css code clutter free (like the pages) meaning a fast load time which will help website rankings. It includes a decent set of shortcodes.
Polariod Full Width Photography WordPress Theme
The default layout is a grid style image only layout to showcase images on the home screen. This theme does not have all the bells and whistles that some others do but it will be more than sufficient for many photographer needing to showcase their work online. It is also a lot cheaper than most if bought in the wordpress theme bundle they offer.
Agera Responsive Fullscreen Portfolio WP Theme
This fully responsive theme gives all images a prominent position with its big block layout. The theme also includes a cool flipbook effect which works great on an ipad. The admin panel is super simple to use and includes lots of options to customize the design which is what we love to see (as long as it does not bloat the code and slow down the site).
Titan Responsive Portfolio Photography Theme
Retina ready, responsive and with loads of flexibility – this theme comes with all the mod cons. It has 14 gallery options and 7 portfolio templates which saves you screwing around with css code. If want your images and photography to take center stage you should put this theme on your shortlist.
James 2.0 Photography Theme
This portfolio theme has a default tiled effect on its homepage and plenty of gallery and layout options. It plays with woocommerce nicely so you can set a up a shop easily to sell your photos.
Glare WordPress Theme
This theme has been designed for models, creatives or photographers. It has 2 types of homepage options and a flexible column layout. The full screen image with boxed thumbnails on the homepage ensure your quality images (and I assume they are quality) are seen straight away.
FullScreen Gallery Theme
It has a minimal design with a full screen image on the homepage (hence the name). This is a pretty bold design and rare amongst this category meaning your site is likely to stand out compared to the more standard templates or layouts. It is also has a drag and drop builder to make it nice and easy to build your website how you want it without getting a pro web designer involved.
PhotoPress | Photography WordPress Portfolio Theme
This theme is designed to focus the viewers attention on the images and creative talents of the website owner. The backend allows easy layout editing and shortcodes. It also includes GMaps geo targeting should you have the urge to tag your images with GPS coordinates.
Magnat WordPress Portfolio Theme
Built with html5 + CSS3 with a decent options panel in the admin area. The navigation bar is top and center with block style layout for the images. IUt has 8 gallery effects and claims to be SEO optimized although we would recommend getting an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO or ALL in One SEO. In general, it is better when theme designers do not add SEO capabilities to their themes and just allow the best SEO plugins to be work well with them. This reduces the code, the load on the servers and therefore speeds up the load time.
This theme has plenty of layout options for gallery and portfolio pages together with some neat ajax effects. It has a few decent page layouts and a some good shortcodes built in. The default navigation is slap bang in the middle of the home page which some people will love and others may hate. Worth a look at the demo to try it out.
This is design centric responsive theme has a full screen layout ideal for photographers looking for a professional online presence. Loads of options, localization and flexibility.
Full screen theme which keeps the screen space allocated to the navigation bar to a minimum to show off the photos. It has a music option so be careful to ensure the volume is not at full blast if you check out the demo. That first beat may shock you.
Enser – Photography Retina WordPress Theme
Ensrer has a full length slider with a hidden navigation bar so it does not intrude on the home pages images. Very sleek design and quick to customize. Compatible with wordpress v 3.6.1.
If you have some beautiful photos to show the world you will not go far wrong downloading this theme. It has more text areas that others in this list which is better suited to those who want to communicate a little more with words as well as images.
Suitable for personal or corporate promotion, Nostalgia is a responsive landing page theme with a minimalistic and flat design. It offers a single page navigation system and several content sections. The modern Metro-like user interface can be nicely contrasted with full-color backgrounds Nostalgia is jQuery-powered and has a built-in LightBox that supports image and video files. It has an embedded audio player and a working Contact Form.
Penafiel WordPress Theme
This responsive theme has a crisp white background which highlights images in a grid or masonry layout. Comes with full width, blog and portfolio templates.
Revera Portfolio Theme - Free
This is a free premium theme using the bootstrap framework. It has a slider and portfolio set up that may be enough for some creatives before they make a leap to buying a premium theme.