WordPress Themes for Photographers
Finding the perfect WordPress theme if you’re a photographer can be hard. There are so many out there that it takes quite a bit of research to find one that suits your needs. Luckily I’ve put in some time to find some beautiful themes for you. Hopefully you find the one you want and can choose to either purchase the theme yourself or contact me and I can build your website using the theme of your choice.
Photographer – Responsive WordPress Theme
Kinetika – Fullscreen Photography Theme
Furies Transparent Portfolio Photography Theme
RevolutionZ – Photography & Portfolio Theme
Turin – Aesthetic Photography WordPress Theme
Legrand – Creative Photography Portfolio Theme
Lydia – Photography & Magazine WordPress Theme
Outdoor – Creative Photography/Portfolio WP Theme
Uno – Creative Photography WordPress Theme
Photography Portfolio, Blog & Shop for Creatives
Aster – Photography Theme
TIMBER – An Unusual Photography WordPress Theme
Photographer – A WordPress Theme For Photographers
Blog-Focused WordPress Themes for Photographers
Below are a list of stylish blog themes that are perfect for photographers who write a lot of content to go along with their photos. If you are the type of photographer who not only likes to tell stories with your photographs, but also describe the stories with text than these themes will work great.
Liberty WordPress Theme
If you’re a photographer who loves to tell stories and prefers to have a regular style blog than Liberty is a good choice. It’s in regular blog format but is clean and minimal so you can portray your photos in a lovely format and still have room to tell your story.
This theme supports WordPress post formats for standard, gallery, audio and video formats. Liberty theme options panel is based on WordPress Customizer that provides options to change background images, color and typography.
Liberty is fully responsive as well and includes 5 different blog layouts. It has “sticky” navigation, support for Mailchimp, 4 custom widgets and is easy to customize.
FREYJA – Theme for Bloggers
Freyja is a light and versatile blog theme carefully crafted to display your content in a beautiful manner. It has many options to display your content how you like, including 10 different blog page layouts, 8 homepage header layouts, options to display different headers for single posts and categories. That way your archive category pages can be unique from each other.
Freyja also includes a featured slider, promo box, advertisement widgets, social widgets, instagram widget and more. It works with WordPress 3.9 and up, has child-theme support and comes with free support and updates.
Oleander – Blog & Shop Theme
Oleander is a fresh blog and shop theme that has a dramatic full-width slider and a lot of features bloggers who are wanting to earn money from their blog have. Features like Woocommerce support and promo/advertisement areas allow you to promote things like photo session deals, canvas prints, custom prints or anything you sell as a photographer.
Oleander is fully responsive, includes 5 different blog layouts, 3 column footer area ready for all your widgets and also an impressive full-width instagram feed in the footer. It has custom widgets for Mailchimp so you can build your newsletter subscribers, social widgets for Facebook and more. Be sure to check out the demo to get a better idea of Oleander.
Applique – Fashion Blog Theme
Applique is advertised as a fashion blog theme, but when I first saw this theme I thought it would be perfect for any type of of photography. When you view the demos there is one called Food Classic that showcases food photography and that is why I thought this would be perfect for any type of photography. View that demo and see what I mean.
Applique is fully responsive, built with the latest coding standards, includes demo content for a fast install, allows you to auto-upgrade your theme from your control panel for newer versions, and comes loaded with a lot of cool features. Along with many different page layout templates it also includes way to monetize your blog with affiliate metaboxes, advertisement space, adsense ready and more. There’s really too many options and features to list, so be sure and check out the demo.
Tomas & Daisy – A Stylish Theme
Tomas & Daisy is a theme you can customize for either masculine or feminine style blogs. It’s fully responsive and stylish showing that the design was really well-thought out. A unique feature of this theme is that its headers include floating (animated) graphics giving the theme a really custom feel. All its features are customisable from the powerful admin panel.
It comes with powerful plugins such as the LayerSlider plugin and the Visual Composer plugin which allows you to create pages and posts however you want with simple drag-n-drop functionality. It has custom widgets, one being a lovely Instagram footer widget. You can customize fonts and includes the Font Awesome icon font pack, Font Elegant icon font pack, Linea icon pack, Simple line icon pack and more. There are custom widget areas, social sharing features, cuse r and more. You really have to check out the demo to see how beautiful this theme is.
A Few Tips on Choosing A WordPress Theme
I know how difficult it can be to choose the right WordPress theme. As a builder of websites it’s important for me to keep track of new themes coming out so I’m always have my eye on the pulse of the theme industry. Here’s a few tips if you’re just starting out, or looking for a new theme for your site. If you’re purchasing themes from ThemeForest it’s important to investigate the theme author a bit to make sure you’re buying a theme from someone who will keep it up to date. It’s super frustrating buying a theme and receiving zero updates or support. Remember ThemeForest does not require it’s authors to offer support. Although most theme authors support their themes, some I’ve noticed are really lacking in the support department. I’ve seen authors disappear completely and at that point you’re just out of luck. I’ve purchased themes on themeforest to only find they’ve been removed with no notice and you’re basically stuck at that point because Themeforest does not offer refunds.
Tips for purchasing themes from Themeforest (TF)
I look at several things when I’m trying to determine if authors are legitimate or not on Themeforest… They are:
- How long has the author been on Themeforest.
- How many comments does the theme have and is the author answering customers questions or not in a timely manner.
- How many sales does the theme have compared to comments.
- I look at the demo in my browser and view it without css enabled so I can view the H tags and how the structure of the site is compiled.
- I look at how well written the description is. If a lot of work has been put into the description and the English is well written then I can defer that they’ve put the same effort into their theme.
- I often look at what country the author is from to see if they are abroad or in the US.
- I look at the overall sales of the author to see if their products are popular or not.
Just to note, there are some benefits to purchasing a theme from TF such as you never need to pay for updates. Theme updates are offered for free depending on if the author chooses to update the theme or not. Even if it’s two years later you can download and install the newly updated theme without further cost. Also, because TF is a marketplace there is a huge pool of active designers on it giving you a wider range of choices. Another great thing is that you can see how many purchases a theme has had… so you kinda get an idea of how many other people are using the theme allowing you to jump on something new which maybe not a lot of other people are using.
Some info on purchasing a membership to ElegantThemes (ET)
I’ve been a member of ElegantThemes since 2006 I believe… so a long time. Nick Roach is the owner of ET and has been producing new themes on a regular basis since its inception. It started out as a $19.95 yearly membership in the beginning and since has moved up to $69/year for their personal plan but the amount of themes has increased making the higher price worth it. You can now access 87 themes where I think when they debuted it was around 20 or so. The value for the money is unprecedented in the WordPress theme industry. And now with the release of their Divi theme you can create a beautiful photography website.
The price has always been attractive for what you receive. ET also offers a 30 day guarantee whereas TF does not. So if you’re unhappy with your ET theme membership you can get your money back if you’re not totally satisfied. With an ET membership you can literally download any theme you want from them so you’re not stuck to paying $40 for one theme like you are on TF. That means if you download one theme and are not happy with the results you can go download another and see if that is to your liking without having to fork out more cash. It’s by far a better deal. ET also offers a developer license (which I have) that allows you to use their themes for client sites and pretty much on unlimited sites overall… so if you, by chance have more than one website you can use multiple ET themes across your sites.
One of the best things about using a CMS like WordPress for your site is that you can easily change your theme any time you want without much hassle. Over the years you’ll find that you get tired of your site design and want to update it to something you’re more fond of and WordPress makes that easy to do. Keeping your site fresh, even if it’s just a theme change can tell the search engines that someone’s home (if your site hasn’t had many updates otherwise)… calling back those spiders to re-index your site. So it can be good for SEO too. At any rate, I do hope you found this post useful. It sure took a long time to create. If you did, please comment, subscribe, like… all that good stuff. Thanks for reading and take care!
Oh, and if you’re great at photography, but not so great at setting up a WordPress or a WordPress theme than contact me. I can set up your new theme for you.