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100 Free WordPress Photography Themes and How to Make Your Own Portfolio

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What are the key ingredients that make a great photography website? Above all, you want a WordPress theme that showcase your photography: the best themes draw attention to the images on the site and don't clutter everything up with superfluous features or over-complicated designs.

Not all WordPress themes are created equal. Just like picking the right camera and lens for your work, a photographer's website is a big factor in creative expression: the way you present yourself online sets the tone for how people will experience your pictures. In a discussion about photography themes over on Envato's community forum, Norris said:

My plea is this: please, please don't consider multi-purpose themes as "photography" themes. I'm seeing this happen all over the internet, but I strongly believe it hurts real photographers, and, in the long-run, the whole WordPress themes community.

13 Premium WordPress Themes for Photography Websites

With that advice in mind, we asked Envato Market's design community for their favorite WordPress photography themes. Here are their hand-picked selections:

Mentas Portfolio: Flexible Elegant Portfolio Theme

"[This] is multifunctional and flexible elegant portfolio theme, with tons of features and options which allow you to make your website unique.”
Azelab

Mentas photography portfolio theme for WordPress

Outdoor: Creative Photography and Portfolio WordPress Theme

“This is a feature rich theme with a striking design. There are home page variations to choose from, video support and an interesting portfolio section with horizontal scrolling. The theme would definitely accommodate most of the requirements a photographer may have for his site and what’s more it doesn’t look like a cookie cutter theme in any way.”
Aether-Themes

Outdoor WordPress portfolio theme

LENS: An Enjoyable Photography WordPress Theme

“A theme that incorporates so many important and small details into it’s design that make it truly a photographer’s dream web site. Interesting ideas for the navigation, as well as the layout as a whole, makes the theme stand out. It’s approach to these makes this a professional’s theme, rather than a hobbyist one.”
Aether-Themes

Lens WordPress photography theme

Smarty: Creative Agency and Portfolio WordPress Theme

“Smarty is an ace for showcasing portfolio and photography as its unique trending structure is designed to bring the best out of your art. It is highly customizable to suit your needs with its single and multi-page versions available in both light and dark variants.”
Jthemes

Smarty WordPress theme from Envato

Valerie: Photography WordPress Theme

“Valerie is a simple and easy to use theme for building your portfolio photography website.”
StonedThemed

Valerie WordPress theme

Photography: Responsive Photography Theme

“Great photography theme from ThemeGoods stunning design with lots of feature for professional photographers.”
StonedThemed

photography WordPress theme

Emilie: Photography Portfolio WordPress Theme

“[Emilie] has four homepage styles so photographers can choose between different full screen or grid layouts. The theme also offers a unique full screen menu layout.”
BeantownThemes

Emilie WordPress theme

FULLSCREEN: Photography Portfolio WordPress Theme

“A great solution for photographers looking for a nice full screen homepage layout. The theme also features a unique layout for the navigation and image category sorting.”
BeantownThemes

Fullscreen WordPress photography theme

Clean Photo

"This one is targeted at the traveling photographer or the photography blogger. It achieves the difficult task of combining both a beautiful photography showcase with space for other content, such as your journal. The name of the theme speaks for itself. It’s a really clean design that compels you to look around the site and see what else it has to offer."
Aether-Themes

Clean Photo WordPress theme

SOHO: Fullscreen Photo and Video WordPress Theme

"This is an instant classic. A truly immersive full-screen theme with a smooth slideshow and a variety of options to showcase your portfolio. You can take the traditional road with this one and let your photography speak for itself or you have the option of adding more detailed descriptions. And the seamless integration with social networks will have you sharing your photos on Facebook in no time."
Aether-Themes

Soho WordPress photography theme

TwoFold

"This theme certainly has a premium feel. Its ultra-modern design and attention to detail is what sets it apart. It has thoughtful features, such as password protected content, and striking visuals to make your work as a photographer pop. Many features for showcasing your work are available. The only issue you’ll have is choosing just one."
Aether-Themes

Twofold WordPress photography theme

Bluebird

"A super modern theme that gets to the point quickly with a beautiful horizontal slider. Showcasing your work doesn’t get any easier than this. Captivating transitions all around the site create an immersive experience – and that’s what a photography site is all about, creating an experience for the customer not just serving them with the images."
Aether-Themes

Bluebird WordPress photography theme

Fusion 

"Finally, this one I’d put under the category of portfolio themes for photography studios. It’s great for the freelance photographer but where it shines most is with studios. It has a layout built to showcase project-based photography and it does this well. It provides really versatile options for project descriptions and comprehensive “About” pages that would fit a photography studio perfectly, making this theme perfect for showing not only your work but your business as well."
Aether-Themes

Fusions WordPress photography theme

100 Free WordPress Photography Website Themes

Though they don't offer the same dependable quality as premium themes, free themes are great for testing different looks. Here's a selection of free WordPress themes for photographers for you to try out:

  1. Tography Lite: "A beautiful and minimalistic photography WordPress theme. The perfect choice for photographers who want a simple and attractive site."
  2. Lifestyle: "a minimalist responsive HTML5 Omega child theme for WordPress, created with simplicity in mind."
  3. Divina: "Divina is a fully responsive and a beautiful multipurpose theme. Designed specially for photographers, model agencies, creatives, fashion bloggers."
  4. RokoPhoto Lite: "RokoPhoto Lite is theme made for photographers with a stylish front-page for you to photograph some of your best work. This theme also includes 2 different types of sliders, portfolio section, as well as built-in contact form."
  5. Avnii
  6. Eryn
  7. Gridsby: "Gridsby is a pinterest style gallery theme which is a simple way to showcase a beautiful photo collection. Gridsby is responsive and retina ready, and includes an easy method for posting photos to a front page gallery."
  8. Aperture: "Aperture is a simple, responsive theme with a fullscreen slider."
  9. Jax Lite
  10. Dream Way
  11. Harmonic: "Harmonic makes your content sing. No matter if you are a band looking to get a record deal, a travel blogger wanting to document your trip around the world or just someone that wants to make their home on WordPress."
  12. Inovate:
  13. Fukasawa: "Fukasawa is a minimal masonry style blog theme for photographers and collectors. It features responsive & retina-ready design, support for the image, gallery and video post formats, five custom widgets, an archive page template, a gallery slideshow, custom accent color support, custom logo support, editor styles and translation ready code. Included translations: Swedish/svenska."
  14. Hoffman:
  15. Professional
  16. Snaps: "A portfolio theme perfect for showcasing portrait images and galleries."
  17. Snapshot: "Snapshot is a theme built for showing off your photography. You can dive in and start adding your photos right away and it'll look great. Snapshot also includes our powerful drag and drop page builder, so you can use it to create a complete business or company site."
  18. ProtoPress
  19. Riba Lite
  20. Adirondack: "Adirondack has a bright, clean layout designed to give your content the full attention it deserves. With large images and neat typography, this theme is crafted for longform writers and photographers alike."
  21. Boardwalk: "A minimalistic theme with horizontal scrolling."
  22. Fifteen
  23. SKT Black: "a simple, flexible and adaptable responsive multipurpose WordPress theme which can be used for multiple purposes and industries. So photo gallery, portfolio, or any business, blogging etc can be done."
  24. Quest:
  25. Photo World: "SKT Photo World is suitable for photographers, business, commercial, corporates, blogging, portfolio and personal use. Images define and help one visualize more than words and that is what happens when someone uses our theme. Set your website on top of this beautiful theme displaying your primary full width images on the home page slider."
  26. Photo Session: "With a home page dedicated to showcase beautiful images this theme defines what the site wants to say. Simple theme options and compatibility with popular plugins like WooCommerce and Contact Form 7. Easily customize the theme and get a website in no time."
  27. Market
  28. Great
  29. Shopisle
  30. Oren: "Minimal, simple portfolio theme with blog. Perfect for showing off awesome work. Fully responsive and easy to set up. Use the Customizer to upload your own logo and change multiple options. Clean and bloat free code. Perfect for creative folk and photographers. Visit the getting started page to learn how to use the theme."
  31. FotoGraphy: "The theme has beautifully designed slider, portfolio section, service section and instagram showcase. It has four gallery layout, two blog layout, three single gallery page layout to choose from. The theme has team and testimonial page to show team member and client testimonials as well. This theme is fully responsive and built on customizer which gives you power to configure/customize with live preview."
  32. Sentio: "[A] clean, sharp, modern design based on beautiful typography, nice micro interactions and a fully responsive layout. It looks great on all kind of screen resolutions and devices, it's fast and light. You can use Sentio to emphasize different types of content (standard posts, videos, images, quotes, links, etc.) and give your blog or site a fresh look and feel."
  33. Blask: "Blask is a modern portfolio theme focused on showcasing your work in a clean and minimal way."
  34. Luna: "Luna is a simple portfolio theme which highlights your project content in a beautiful way. Be sleek and sophisticated with a clean layout and a minimal design."
  35. Fullscreen Lite: "An onepage, singlepage, landing page, elegant, clean and multipurpose theme FullScreen Lite packs the features that make it the most preferred theme for photographers, creative, business and portfolio site. One Page FullScreen Lite theme entails some fine features likes full width slider, responsive design, multiple layout options and portfolio options."
  36. Activello
  37. Arcade Basic
  38. Vantage
  39. Panorama: "Panorama is a multipurpose responsive photography WordPress theme suitable for corporate, photoblogging, portfolio, business, ecommerce, personal, interior, author, church and has five different slides spanning the whole homepage."
  40. Artist Theme: "The ultimate WordPress theme for artists. Includes a Jetpack-powered portfolio template to keep your content portable between other themes."
  41. Modern: "Modern is responsive, retina-ready blog and portfolio WordPress theme. It's perfect for personal and small business portfolios. Supports Jetpack plugin, Schema.org markup, Theme Hook Alliance action hooks, translation-ready code, header slideshow and other cool features."
  42. Swell Lite
  43. Photolab
  44. Electa: "Electa is the perfect theme to display any site from your photography portfolio, personal blog, restaurant websites, wedding sites, entertainment websites, or any site you'd like to display your beautiful images on. Along with the blocks layout, Electa has multiple page layouts which work well with SiteOrigin's simple drag and drop Page Builder, allowing you to built any type of page layout you like. Also integrated with WooCommerce, Electa can easily turn into a full online eCommerce store where you can sell products."
  45. Photoshoot: "Photoshoot is a clean and modern WordPress responsive theme which is mainly designed for Photographers who want to showcase their portfolio of photo shoots. But this can be suited to individual freelancers and small and mid sized companies too which want to showcase their portfolio using images."
  46. Verge
  47. Veal
  48. Customizr
  49. Blackoot: "An Elegant, Multi-purpose, Responsive WordPress Theme. Perfect for photography or music oriented blogs as well as portfolio and creative business websites. It features two widgetizable areas in the sidebar and the optional footer, two custom menu locations in the navbar and footer, optional tagline display, custom logo and favicon, custom header image and custom background."
  50. Puro: "A content focused minimalist theme, perfect for your blog, portfolio or small business site. We've closely integrated SiteOrigin's Page Builder for responsive layouts and Meta Slider for smooth, easy to build sliders. Puro is responsive, Retina-ready and fully compatible with Jetpack, Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms and WP PageNavi. Included is a .rtl CSS file for right to left languages."
  51. Stained Glass
  52. Panaroma
  53. SG Window
  54. Sketch: "A clean, responsive portfolio theme with options for a custom site logo, a featured content slider, and lots of room to share your work."
  55. Illustratr: "A minimalist portfolio theme."
  56. Pictorico: "A single-column, grid-based portfolio theme with large featured images and a post slider, perfect for photoblogging or a portfolio site."
  57. Gridster: "Gridster is a tidy little portfolio theme for photographers and creative types. It has a grid-based homepage, left sidebar and space to show off your images in style. The theme is responsive so it will look good on every screen, from mobiles and tablets up to large desktop displays. Now upload your own logo via the theme customizer."
  58. Portfolio Press: "Portfolio Press is a responsive theme for showcasing your photography, art, web sites, or other projects. It also works nicely as a regular blog site. Configuration options are available in the customizer."
  59. fPhotography: "a fully Responsive WordPress Theme, a perfect choice for a website or blog about photography, photographer, or photo shooting. Features include Multi-Level Drop-Down Header Menu, Admin Customize Options (Slider Images and Content, Header Logo and Footer Copyright Text), Multiple Browser Compatible (IE9, IE10, IE11, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari), FontAwesome Integration, Sidebar Widget Area, W3C Markup Validated, Search Engine Optimized (SEO), Mobile-Friendly, and Translation Ready."
  60. Photo Perfect: "Photo Perfect is a responsive photography WordPress Theme for professional photographer, photo bloggers and creative peeps. Theme is very easy to customize, maintain and use on a daily basis."
  61. Wiles
  62. Silvia: "Silvia is a light, bright and beautiful photography WordPress theme. It’s ideal for website focused on photography, graphic design, fashion, art, architecture, interior design, and other creative fields! Key features are responsive, retina support, fast load and SEO friendly with Schema.org markup. The theme options are powered by easy-to-use Customizer, allows you to modify various options including colors, typography, layout, etc. It also smoothly integrated with Jetpack and Polylang plugin."
  63. Willow: "This theme extend default theme "Twenty Sixteen".In PC views,this theme exchange the article page columns in one column from two columns, and Photos in black and white."
  64. Resi: "Resi is a clean gallery theme which showcases beautiful picture collections for all photographers. Resi is responsive, retina ready, and perfect for high resolution photo collections. Easy to use, it's as simple as adding posts with Image post formats"
  65. Gazette: "A clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device."
  66. Patio
  67. Coherent
  68. Argent: "Argent is a clean and modern portfolio theme, geared towards creative professionals like designers, artists, and photographers. With its simple homepage template featuring portfolio projects, Argent aims to draw viewers right at what matters most: your wonderful work."
  69. Kouki: "A beautiful and minimal theme for personal blogs. Kouki is meant for publishers who like to display their content in a delightful and minimal way. Ideal for food blogs, photographers, minimalists, tumble logs and everyone else who likes an unobtrusive WordPress theme. Non-mandatory theme options help you to individualize the theme. Change colors, choose fonts from the Google library and add social icons. The theme is responsive and looks good on small devices."
  70. Bose
  71. Family
  72. Careta
  73. Pinnacle
  74. GK Portfolio: "If you’re a photographer, designer or creative blogger, you know how much of an impact strong visuals can have. It’s not enough to just write about your skills, or talk about what works in design; it has to be seen to be understood. With the clean, elegant design offered by this free Portfolio WordPress theme that puts all the emphasis on your creative work, you can craft an alluring, attractive and relaxed website that echoes the qualities that you put into your writing and images. Reveal and hover animations provide a dynamic backdrop without intrusion, and the dialed-back layout keeps attention focused on your content. Provide your blog or portfolio site with the perfect foundation."
  75. Masonry: "Our Masonry theme is based on the popular and efficient grid library, suitable for creatives, photographers or bloggers.
  76. Radcliffe: "A theme for bloggers who want their content to take center stage. Radcliffe features responsive design, retina-ready assets, full width header images, beautiful design and typography, support for custom logo, support for custom accent color, three widget areas, editor style and translation-ready code. Included translations: Swedish/svenska."
  77. Princess Lite: "Princess is a clean, modern, resposnive and retina ready WordPress theme by ThemePrince. Features: columns, 2 blog templates, selectable sidebar position, logo and favicon uploader, RTL support, translation ready."
  78. Freedom: "Freedom is a simple, clean and responsive stylish photo blogging theme. The theme supports custom header, custom background, custom menu, widget areas and has built-in options panel to configure primary color, site logo, slider, site layout, sidebar layout, category layout and many more."
  79. Adventurous
  80. PhotoStory
  81. Stacker Lite: "Stacker is a Grid-Based theme for showing off your photos and images. Includes a social media links menu to display icons linking to your favourite social media sites. Customize the colors and amount of columns via the Cutomizer."
  82. Phogra: "This is what a photography portfolio should be about: showing off your photography skills through the display of large photos. So we focused on that and we added a nice little menu to wrap things together."
  83. Radar: "Radar is an awesome, full of modern, flat-style, colorful, clean, responsive WordPress theme. Use it to make something cool, have fun."
  84. Zerif Lite: "a free one page WordPress theme. It's perfect for web agency business,corporate business,personal and parallax business portfolio, photography."
  85. Optimizer: "It's perfect for any types of website - Landing Pages, small business, portfolio, photography, corporate, personal & eCommerce websites."
  86. Lens
  87. Freak
  88. BiancaA
  89. Planum: "Responsive full screen theme for bloggers. The choice of color, background image, custom header images and other settings using the WordPress Customizer with a live preview. Square tiles grid for the home page and blog posts. Has built-in context help. Ready Jetpack infinite scroll."
  90. Olevia: "Olevia is a portfolio and blogging theme with a beautiful home page to show off your work. If you're looking for something simple to set up your portfolio site, this theme is for you."
  91. One Paze: "Beautifully designed modern WordPress theme. It is one page Parallax layout (with ability to configure inner pages as well). It loads super fast, built on customizer and allows you to live preview your changes as you go. Highly configurable and high level of compatibility with major WP plugins."
  92. Cubic
  93. Yuuta
  94. Zifer Child
  95. Touchfolio: "Free responsive portfolio WordPress theme with touch navigation."
  96. Tempera: "We had to follow a very strict recipe to get Tempera just right. We started with a very solid framework of over 200 settings, added a very light user interface, threw in a couple of mobiles and tablets to give it that responsive elasticity, added over 50 fonts, weren't satisfied so we poured all the Google fonts into the mix, then scattered 12 widget areas for consistency, dissolved a slider and unlimited columns into a customizable Presentation Page then mixed it in as well. We then sprinkled all post formats, 8 layouts including magazine and blog, powdered 40+ social icons and even blended in a customizable top bar for extra density. We also made it translation ready and gave it RTL language support for some cultural diversity. The secret ingredient was love and we might've spilled too much of that. But now Tempera has just the right feel and the right texture and is exactly what your empty WordPress canvas needs. NEW! Tempera now comes in 16 different flavors with preset color schemes!"
  97. Azeria
  98. Hitchcock
  99. Maker
  100. Digest: "Digest is a free WordPress theme for your personal blogs or portfolio. Theme supports widgets and custom menus. Ideal for photographers, designers and anyone who wishes to show off their work."

How to Make Your Online Photography Portfolio

In this lesson from the course The Photographer's Portfolio, Chamira Young takes a look at a handful of web photography portfolios and discusses the effective elements and best practices behind their assembly.

 


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