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11 Examples of Inspiring Photography Websites

By James LePage
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Last updated on July 4th, 2022

If you're looking for inspiring photography website examples in 2024, look no further. Now more than ever it's incredibly important to have a website that looks good, converts visitors into clients, and showcases your work.

A photography website is a digital presentation of your art and work. Potential clients and customers will use it to understand your unique art style, and what you can do for them. Therefore, it's incredibly important to create an impressive photography website that leaves a lasting impression on visitors. Photography is a creative discipline, so visitors will expect your website to be unique and creative as well. It's important that both your photography and photography portfolio matches your unique brand and inspires visitors to take action in the form of purchasing prints, becoming paying clients, or otherwise sharing your work.

Not only should the photography website look pretty, but it should also be very usable, responsive, load quickly on mobile, and showcase the photos themselves!

In this list, we're going to take a look at several inspiring photography websites that have their own unique look, feel, and UI/UX. This article will cover several different categories of photography, including portrait photography, product photography, real estate photography, and more.

This unique photography portfolio incorporates motion design, a monochrome color scheme, and bold typography that really makes the user focus on the images and content of the website.

It features unique effects such as images appearing on hovering, changing background colors and scroll, and an immediate presentation of the photographers most popular photos when the homepage loads.

This website is very simple and lets the photos speak for themselves. The initial homepage features a unique wavy effect that makes it look like the visitors looking at water. To view the photos, you click the overview tab, and I presented with a long page of high resolution images that you can choose to scroll through. Nothing fancy or special about it, and the website really lets the photography shine. The contact page is also incredibly simple and only showcases contact emails.

A simple and elegant website for a wedding photography studio, this is a great example of using minimal design and allowing the photos to speak for themselves.

The site incorporates a classy, trendy font for it's headers and a readable font for body text. It's built with Webflow and uses the robust animation system included with the site builder for tasteful entrance animations.

Incredibly minimalist, this website features a white background, minimal black text, and subtle scrolling/loading/transition animations.

The photos really pop out on this website due to the minimal colors and design, and the portfolio can really be explored by the visitor.

Another simple yet functional photography portfolio, this website goes back-and-forth between white and black backgrounds.

The photography website also makes use of full width images, images appearing on hover, and aggressive minimalism which allows the images to be the center of attention.

The Cara Mia website is an incredibly unique digital experience. Built with Webflow, there are a ton of moving parts, the usage of trendy color schemes and fonts, and many unique elements. The website is designed to mirror an old map or atlas, and it does it very well.

This photography portfolio is definitely one that is trying to stand out with its web design, and it really sticks in your head even after exiting.

 

Miramono isn't actually a portfolio for a single photographer, instead it is a digital magazine that highlights interviews with influential photographers in 2024.

However, it's still included in this list of inspirational photography websites / portfolios, because it does similar things to a standard photography portfolio, like utilizing minimal design, unique affects, and solid colors.

It also has a shop section built on Shopify where they sell unique merchandise.

The Michael Bodiam photography portfolio is incredibly simple. It opens with some introductory text, and the ability to filter through a vast portfolio of photography and other graphics. The menu presents all of his projects throughout his career, and the website is heavily focused on displaying images first and foremost.

Tom Jameson's Photography portfolio follows the same cues as the previous entry in this list, however it only uses a single black-and-white color scheme, and it's very geometrical and linear.

This is a great example of how somebody can make a very simple website for photography, but one that really highlights the photography, while also giving adequate information in terms of contacting, their biography, and the client list.

A more modern take focusing on contrasting colors, this website highlights the niche that the photographer is in, which is robots and technology. As you can see, the font and typography choices are more modern, and the overall design of the website hones in on sci fi.

One of our favorite photography website examples on this list, this incredibly simple digital asset functions similarly to a photography book. The user selects the project that they want to see, and without reloading, the image on the left of the screen updates to show that project. If there are multiple images, the user can swipe through a photo gallery. On the right, the background color changes to be more visually aesthetic with the collection of images on the left. Overall, a great, unique, and simple experience.

We hope that this a list of photography website examples helped inspire your upcoming build or redesign. As you can see, the majority photography websites focus on the images, and use solid color backgrounds, minimal yet expressive typography, and sliders to present collections of images all at once.

As a digital agency, we've been involved in dozens of photography website projects, and I've compiled some common questions and answers for you.

Photography Website FAQs

What's the best CMS for a photography website?

In our opinion, the WordPress CMS is the best for a photography website. It's open source, completely free, and comes with a ton of plug-ins that allow you to extend the usability and features of the platform. Our agency has created dozens of photography websites using this. You can also see that there are several custom WordPress themes included in our photography website examples above.

How can I create my own photography portfolio / site?

There are several ways that you can go about creating your own photography portfolio or website. It's up to you to choose the best page builder, digital agency, or other method of website creation. As you can see, these websites vary from being created by professional agencies using NuxtJS, to being custom built by their owners, to utilizing popular page builders like Webflow.

Our suggestion would be to use WordPress and Elementor, allowing you to create your photography portfolio in a completely visual manner, while retaining ownership of your code, hosting, and plugins.

Do I need a photography website?

The simple answer is yes you do need a photography website. How else will potential customers view your portfolio, and come back to it in the future?

What should a photography website include?

First and foremost, you should include a collection of your most popular and best images. These should be displayed on the homepage to make a lasting first impression. Other elements of your website should include a larger gallery, a contact page with a contact form, and a biography or about section that allows your visitors to learn more about you, the artist.

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James LePage is the founder of Isotropic, a WordPress education company and digital agency. He is also the founder of CodeWP.ai, a venture backed startup bringing AI to WordPress creators.
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