Designing A Photographer’s Portfolio: Trends And Inspirational Examples

Modern photographers are not limited neither in technologies to use for creative process nor in tools to showcase and sell their works. With the tons of flash templates, WordPress themes, jQuery components and even specific content management systems available on the Web, any photographer has a possibility to create a unique online portfolio and make it an effective promotion tool. Today we’d like to show you some well-designed photographer portfolio websites and discuss some of the design trends in this niche.

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Among some obvious trends that can be observed throughout this compilation are the following:

Minimalist design with a focus on photographs

Being able to make a strong impact on the viewer, photography in itself is a powerful web design instrument. No wonder that on most photographer portfolios pictures take center stage. Besides, photos are literally the main content on any photography related website, so picture-focused photographer websites are sort of killing two birds with one stone. Minimum of visual cues, along with bold photos put against white or dark background, is a common practice in the photography website design. Large/fullscreen pictures is another popular trend.

Antti Viitala

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Design of the Finnish photographer Antti Viitala is made in the way where nothing distracts a visitor from browsing photos.

Flash

Personal portfolio is a good area to use Flash. Smooth visual effects can add dynamics to a photography website and give it a spice. Modern flash websites are fast and SEO-friendly and when used wisely, Flash is a great option to create a unique website design, that will convey a photographer’s personal brand.

Joby Sessions Photography

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Cute black-and-white flash animation makes this website special.

E-Commerce

Very often photographers sell their works directly from their personal websites. There is a wide range of e-commerce plugins and services available in the Internet, some CMS even come with a built-in shopping cart, so it’s quite easy to make a portfolio work also as a personal store. Although this can hardly be the main source of income for a photographer (usually), it’s a nice way to earn some extra money with no special effort.

Social Media Integration

Nearly every contemporary photographer has a page set up on Facebook, Twitter and creative networks, such as Flickr, DeviantArt and Behance. Thus, links to photographer’s social network profiles can be seen on their portfolio websites. With the popularity of social networking and media interaction photographers naturally find it reasonable to get involved.

Pure Image Photography

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Neat social link bar allows the visitors to Pure Image Photography to find and follow the studio on Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo and Twitter.

Sharing and Teaching

Many photographers, especially the industry movers and shakers, are active community contributors and teachers. Creating a blog on a personal website, sharing professional experience and skills with budding photogs and peers makes for building a community-oriented and credible online presence.

David DuChemin

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The blog of the world-renowned photographer and book author David DuChemin is a great resource for beginner photographers and enthusiasts.

40 Beautiful Photography Websites

Now that we’ve looked at some of the trends of modern photographer portfolio websites, let’s take a look at 40 elegant portfolios that show both exquisite design and stunning photographs.

Jean Malek

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David Maupile

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Snapshots of Provence

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Nicola Roman Walbeck

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Dalibor Varga

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Glucone-R

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Marija Ivcovic

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Mark Holthusen Photography

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Gustav Degerman

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Jimmy Backius

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Eugenio d’orio

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Dana Neibert

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Kolja Warnecke

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Peter Schafrik

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Allison Michael Orenstein

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Jake Walters

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Jan Gonzales

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Austin Hargrave

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Kayt Jones

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Julia Galdo

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Robitaille

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Mats Cordt

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Julien Roumagnac

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Gilles defaix

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Richard Arran

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Pojemario

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LiliViter

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McClanahan Studio

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Bl0emetjE

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Soiree Studios

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Tom Hoops

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Piotr Kulczycki

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Oystein Hermastad

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Andreas Kleiberg

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Caitlin Worthington

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Thom Kerr

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Stuart Miller

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Frieke

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A guest post by Karen Myers who works for FlashMint. This is a leading provider of flash templates and flash CMS solutions. Karen will share useful information about implementing flash technologies, best flash website examples as well as creative inspirational showcases.