Top 19 Photography Websites Made with Qode Themes
Photography is perhaps the medium most deserving of a great presentation. Whether it’s commercial or artistic, photography demands a quality setting, be it on the page of a newspaper or a magazine, a gallery wall or a website. It needs to have breathing room, a “canvas” on which it can be viewed without interference, and a space in which its message can be communicated clearly. The web has proven to be the perfect environment for displaying photography, thanks to the great level of versatility and flexibility it offers, both in the technical and in the design sense, not to mention its accessibility. That’s precisely why these days most photographers, regardless of their niche, opt for showcasing their work through an online portfolio.
Here at Qode we make it our mission to create themes that can not only accommodate any creative project and artwork, but also shine a spotlight on it. We pay particular attention to photography themes, aware of all the specific requirements an online photography portfolio might have. This goes well beyond equipping a theme with photography-related elements like galleries, sliders, lightboxes, proofing galleries and such. More than anything, we strive to provide a layout with a particular character and voice, and each of our photography WordPress themes bears unique, carefully constructed aesthetics. This is why so many photographers choose Qode themes for their portfolios. In fact, the number of amazing photography websites created with our themes is so vast that we had quite a hard time narrowing our choice down to these masterful portfolios:
Julien Theunissen website made with the Objektiv theme
Julien Theunissen is a younger generation Dutch photographer with a penchant for black and white urban scenes. His photography, characterized by strong contrasts and somewhat gritty imagery, follows him and his friends around their favorite spots in their hometown, so his portfolio can be read as a sort of a chronicle of their youth. For his website, Julien opted for Objektiv, a theme that allows for a clean and elegant display of photographs. Choosing white for the background and picking a smaller slider size, he added a minimalist touch to the layout. The left menu features links to the albums and the contact page, while the center of the page is reserved for a gallery of selected photographs. The pure white background, fine interface details and the light, subtle logo match perfectly with the black and white photography, creating a fluid and coherent composition.
Jenny Haimerl website made with the Manon theme
Jenny Haimerl believes that successful work comes from the synergy of one’s passions, in her case – graphic design and photography. Equally engaged in both fields, Jenny combines clean, minimalistic design with powerful imagery and pays particular attention to details. In fact, according to her own statement, it’s the details that often serve as a starting point not just for a photo, but sometimes for an entire project.
Opting for the Manon theme, Jenny made sure she would have a wonderfully designed showcase of her work, which includes corporate graphic design and fashion, beauty and interior photography. A warm beige background pairs wonderfully with large, outlined TT Drugs typography for titles and links, and Touche Light for text. The interface color scheme boils down to black on beige, topped with a black dot for the cursor – a signature motif of our Manon theme – giving the website a playful and smart touch. The website homepage is created as an introduction to the artist and her work, and the photography and other works are tucked away in separate pages, in beautiful two-column layouts. It’s an elegant, smart portfolio that is a testament to the artist’s refined taste and skills.
M. Winski website made with the Manon theme
The website of the Canadian photographer Nathan Winski is a perfect example of how a well-designed theme, in this case our Manon portfolio and agency theme, can not only complement the displayed works but also woo the visitor with creative and smart design solutions. The website opens with large outlined typography in the hero section, which then fills with color and moves up to make room for the content. The design is a combination of bold and subtle choices – it is generally minimalist, with selected details with a stronger character. Thin lines are combined with bold typography, the menu opener is discrete but the menu itself is rather intense, and so on. The cursor is a black dot that fits great with the light gray background. The photographs are arranged in a well-structured gallery with a dark overlay displaying information about the image. The unique theme cursor turns into a tiny white flame when the photos are hovered upon. It’s the details like this, courtesy of the Manon theme, that give the entire website a smart, modern character, while keeping the displayed photographs well in the focus.
Rosa Fernández Leal website made with the Objektiv theme
Rosa Fernández Leal is the perfect example of how true passion always finds its way. With a degree in advertising and public relations and another degree in piano, Rosa is definitely a person with diverse interests, but she has always found photography to be the perfect medium for expressing her inner life. Wedding photography came as the obvious choice for this artist with poetic inclinations, as it shows the depth of emotion in one of the most important and intense moments of life.
Rosa’s website is not one of those sugary, hyper-feminine wedding portfolios with pretty flowers and airy layouts, but it is still decisively romantic nonetheless. Created with our Objektiv theme, it has a strong, well-defined and artistic character that leaves a lasting impression. A fullscreen numbered slider features touching black and white photos with a strong contrast and well defined lines. The interface elements in Objektiv – navigational items, icons, etc. – are subtle and unobtrusive, and the dominant palette is monochromatic, including most of the photographs, although Rosa’s portfolio does feature some color photographs – they’re just not that prominently displayed.
Max Koliberdin website made with the Objektiv theme
Max Koliberdin is an award-winning Russian photographer and one of the pioneers of the Fine Art style in wedding photography. His work is characterized by highly atmospheric imagery with soft focus, sometimes with grainy textures and diffuse light. Being a renowned wedding photographer, Koliberdin made sure his website, created using our Objektiv theme, represents an extensive showcase of his business, featuring a selection of his best works and a separate portfolio page where visitors can explore photos from select weddings. Koliberdin also hosts workshops and writes a blog, and these and other website sections can easily be accessed from an elegant header menu, just one of the theme’s beautiful design solutions. The white background not only makes an appropriate choice for a wedding website but also contributes to the light and airy feel of the website, complemented by a beautiful logo in watercolor typography.
Arushi Parakh website made with the Bridge theme
Arushi Parakh is a freelance fashion stylist from Delhi, whose previous work includes editorials and commercial projects for Marie Claire, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Her portfolio website, created using our bestselling Bridge theme, includes collections of editorials, product showcases, lookbooks and celebrity photos, all neatly sectioned in separate pages, with clean, symmetric galleries. Arushi’s website doesn’t feature any text at all and is kept very simple. There is plenty of imagery to explore so the stylist decided to keep the visitor focused on those. The website is simple and streamlined, which makes it rather powerful when it comes to promoting the work and attracting new clients.
Yaşar Turanlı made with the Nightshade theme
The portfolio website of the Turkish photographer Yaşar Turanlı, created using our Nightshade theme, is a colorful display of fashion and beauty photography, arranged in a gallery with a slight shrink effect that appears when the photos are hovered upon. This sort of animation on hover lends a touch of dynamicity and life to the photos but doesn’t hamper the order or interfere with the viewing experience. In fact, Turanlı apparently wanted to keep things simple – he opted for the same gallery type for his Fashion and Beauty sections, keeping the entire website in line. There isn’t much information about the photographer himself, aside from a clean, minimalist contact page. For Turanlı, showcasing the work is all that matters for a website of this type – everything else is just an unwanted distraction from the carefully balanced photo display.
Hiroyuki Kobayashi website made with the Me Voy theme
Hiroyuki Kobayashi is a Japanese photographer, art director and graphic designer. His portfolio website bears a distinct Japanese minimalist character, with small, toned-down typography in Kanji and in English, lots of breathing room and sharp, thin lines for interface details, courtesy of our Me Voy theme. His photography explores Japanese urban scenes, as well as landscapes, with a sensibility that ranges from melancholic to dramatic, depending on the subject. Still, a typically Japanese sense of calm permeates these pages, supported by the airy, almost austere minimalism of the design, the light gray background and, above all, the hero image on the homepage – a lovely, atmospheric beach scene, fit for an artist whose name in Japanese means “extensive, spacious.”
Lila Neutre website made with the Bridge theme
Lila Neutre is a young French photographer whose work explores various sociological issues and themes, most notably the notion of identity and self-presentation. Lila’s portfolio website created with the Bridge theme features selected photography works and a showcase of her exhibitions, as well as her resume. She describes her work as Poetics of Resistance, following five subcultural groups that use clothes to express support of political or social movements. Each photograph on the homepage leads to a separate page about that particular group, consisting of text and images. The artist places equal focus on the visual and the textual aspects of her poetics, and these two elements are finely balanced on all the pages. The palette is balanced, consisting of an off-white background and black typography, with very little interface details, or none at all. The overall character of the layout she chose from Bridge is a bit restrained but not conservative, and definitely a good fit for the artist’s poetic intentions with this website.
Ludwig Favre website made with the Bridge theme
Ludwig Favre is a French photographer specializing in American urban landscapes. His works have been featured in numerous magazine editorials, ad campaigns and galleries around the world. Ludwig’s website is a full-fledged one, with portfolios, photo galleries, a blog, a page dedicated to his video work, and even a shop where visitors can purchase high quality prints and lightroom presets, all courtesy of our multipurpose Bridge theme. The homepage opens with a pastel blue Californian sky and palm trees, a vast, atmospheric and somewhat vintage piece that is emblematic of the photographer’s sensibility and his artistic concerns. From here, we are invited to discover more of his work or purchase an art piece from his shop. It’s a professional, practical Bridge-powered website for an artist who doesn’t shy away from the commercial aspects of his work and does a great job at presenting it in the best possible light.
Hilo Cusco website made with the Azalea theme
Although not a photography portfolio per se, Hilo Cusco, the website of the Ireland-born and raised clothes designer Eibhlin Cassidy is decisively photography-driven. Eibhlin has developed a great passion for Peruvian hand-crafted fabrics and garments in 2003 and has been creating unique, hand-made pieces made of 100% locally sourced fabrics and alpaca wool ever since. Today she owns a shop in San Blas, Cusco. Her collections explore various issues and topics, from postapocalyptic to gender-bending, sometimes reaching deep into the past for inspiration.
The homepage of the Hilo Cusco website, created with our Azalea theme, features a gallery of collections, each collection in black and white photography for the cover – the rest of the photographs from the collection are a mix of color and black and white. As the homepage is scrolled, the images softly come up to their place with a subtle animation effect and feature a purple, transparent overlay effect on hover. The imagery takes up most of the page, as the side menu is smartly tucked away to the left. These carefully crafted features of the Azalea theme helped Cassidy shine a most flattering light on her work and engage the visitor in her story.
Jonathan Nafarrete website made with the Ukiyo theme
Jonathan Nafarrete is more than “just” a photographer: this super-talented, curious young creator from Los Angeles is also a sought-after mixed-reality director and live drive animator. As a digital content strategist, he has worked with brands such as Nike, Toyota, Sheraton and Refinery29, and his photography work has been featured in national ad campaigns for Ford.
For such an eclectic and innovative creator, our Ukiyo theme came as the perfect choice. The website is divided into three horizontal full-width sections, each dedicated to one line of the artist’s work. These sections lead to gallery pages with neat layouts placed in a grid with plenty of breathing room. The photography section is further divided into Street and Documentary series with separate galleries, and Everyday photos that are displayed right there on the Photography page. It’s a well-structured and simple website with photography that speaks volumes, particularly those from the Street and Documentary series.
Studio Tęcza website made with the Brick theme
Studio Tęcza is a complex of professional photography studios in Poland. Working with some of the nation’s largest companies, as well as with many major international brands, Studio Tęcza has made quite a name for itself. In addition to offering facilities and professional equipment (digital cameras, professional-grade lights, etc.), the studio also offers production services and hosts events and seminars.
For their website, the studio went with our digital agency theme, Brick. With just a little bit of customization, the theme provided a modern, smart and design-savvy overview of the studio services and facilities. The studio logo, which we can see in the upper left corner of the page, is essentially deconstructed into smaller “logos” that turn to text when hovered upon and lead to appropriate inner pages. Everything on the website, aside from the photographs, is white on black, and its somewhat austere atmosphere is further enforced by the lack of any unnecessary interface embellishments. The final result is a website that spells professionalism, technical adeptness and skill.
Luca Fontana website made with the Stockholm theme
Luca Fontana is a young Italian photographer with a lot of experience, especially in advertising, sport and lifestyle photography and photo retouching. His portfolio website, created with our multipurpose creative theme, Stockholm, is an impressive collection of portraits (including some well-known sports names, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Italian National Basketball team and many others) and action shots done for advertising and lookbook purposes.
For his portfolio homepage, Fontana picked a layout from the Stockholm theme that features a masonry gallery occupying most of the page, allowing the visitor to dive right into the works. The gallery features a soft overlay effect that matches very well with the particular lighting in most of the photos – a soft, golden-hour type of light that bears a hint of nostalgia but still gives the photos sharpness and edge.
Luca Spennato website made with the Lumiere theme
The wet plate collodion process has been having a big comeback over the past few years. Photographers have turned to exploring this early photography technique that, albeit quite technically demanding , can yield astonishing results that can’t really be achieved with any other technique. More than just retro, wet plate photography seems to reach into its subject and bring out a previously hidden voice of the spirit. Luca Spennato is an Italian photographer with an expansive collection of wet plate portraits and still life photographs (particularly striking are his wet plate renditions of old churches and 100-year-old olive trees). It is somewhat strange to see such an old technique displayed on a contemporary medium such as the web, but in Spennato’s portfolio, made using our Lumiere theme, the two are paired perfectly. A light, porcelain-like background houses the row after row of collodion photographs which a visitor might think were made 150 years ago if it weren’t for an occasional contemporary detail in them – a modern t-shirt, a camper van, an electric guitar. Spennato chose a fittingly simple layout from Lumiere to use for his homepage – besides the light grey background, the only other colors are black and red for the interface details and typography, but even those are as subtle as can possibly be, so that they don’t disturb the solemn quality of the displayed works.
Ellen Sjö website made with the Objektiv theme
Another photographer who went with Objektiv for her portfolio, Ellen Sjö is a versatile young Swede working parallely in digital marketing, content creation and brand strategy and – photography. With photography being her biggest love and digital marketing being her bread and butter, Ellen Sjö decided to put the two together under one roof – her portfolio website. Most of her photography work consists of wedding photos, but she also does portraits, as well as business and product photography. Her photos are bright, optimistic, full of life, and she made sure she has a website to match. The menu on the left features interactive links with gorgeous fullscreen images changing on hover with a discrete zoom-out effect. The interface details are quite minimalist, making sure the focus remains on the imagery. Navigation from page to page features a lovely fading effect that gives the entire website a soft, subtle feel.
Oliver Look website made with the Shade theme
Oliver Look is a German photographer specializing in portraits, as well as theatre photography, most notably dance. For his portfolio website, Look opted for our Shade theme to create a tightly packed but tidy gallery layout with a little bit of breathing space between the photos, preventing them from melting into each other. The gallery is a mix of color and black & white photographs, and there’s quite a lot of them, too, Look being a prolific portraitist. The gallery occupies the central part of the page, and the white space around it serves as a sort of catalyst for the visually saturated content. Look wanted to keep the website extremely simple, and the theme, of course, has just the layout for that. The galleries occupy most of the homepage, keeping it uncluttered – the logo and the navigational elements are discrete but easily discernible, uniting good design and good UX.
Roberto Ruffo website made with the Bridge theme
The website of the Italian photographer and art director Roberto Ruffo, created using the Bridge theme, opens with a dark, moody fullscreen photo of seafoam at night, with the author’s logo splashed in the center of the screen and links to his portfolio, contact page and Instagram. This page serves as a sort of a calling card, from which we can proceed to examine Ruffo’s portfolio, a dense gallery of large images which cannot be enlarged or examined on a single page. There is basically no information on Ruffo’s website, and the photographs are presented almost as a teaser. There seems to be an intent to create some sort of mystery with this website, which invites us to contact the author directly and explore more of his world.
Universo Ulupika website made with the Bridge theme
Universo Ulupika is the portfolio website of the Bolivian visual artist and photographer Carla Spinoza. Her art explores the topics of otherness, body, identity and violence, and bears a strong social subtext. Her photography is visually suggestive and can be experienced outside of any contextual elaboration; however the artist in most cases opts for providing some text on individual gallery pages, shedding additional light to the displayed work.
The artist’s website is a rather straightforward showcase of Spinoza’s selected works. The homepage features a gallery with a hover effect on images that reveals additional information about the project – the title and the category of the piece, with a cursor that turns into a plus sign. Her work is divided into three sections – artwork, photography and art books, individual project pages open with a black square preloader and include the images and some text accompanying the work. Navigation is possible between individual project pages without having to go back to the homepage, which is a convenient way to explore this artist’s creative vision. This is a fine example of the versatility of our Bridge theme, which Spinoza chose for her website, and of the theme’s ability to shift and change according to the users’ sensibility, allowing them to express their individual aesthetics.
Some of the websites on this list were made using the same theme – but you didn’t notice that, did you? That’s precisely the secret behind Qode themes. We give you the tools and the looks, but once you fill a theme with your own work, your own imagery, your own story, it takes on a life of its own. It’s like a dress that looks completely different – but still stunning – depending on who’s wearing it. There’s nothing that makes us happier than to see our themes shine like in the examples we listed above. Each of the photographers on our list recognized the potential that comes with our photography themes and chose an atmosphere that fits their personal creative sensibility – they chose a perfect home for their work.