Why The You. Theme is Perfect For Photographers
Finding a theme that fits your online photography portfolio can be difficult, but we’re going to show you that it doesn’t have to be. If you’re a photographer, run a studio or have a client who wishes to show-case their photography portfolio, the new You Theme will be the perfect choice for showing off all of your best photographs in one clean and curated website. There are many benefits to using a theme that is tailored to highlight your talent as much as possible, while still retaining a great professional appearance and sophisticated typography. The less clutter you put in the way of your beautiful images, the better that audiences can appreciate your works.
You Theme is a multipurpose, responsive WordPress theme which has over 20 demos, including two brand new WordPress Photography Theme demos! That’s why it made it to the top of our list of Best WordPress photography themes. The efficiency of the You Theme is streamlined to make uploading and customizing your portfolio quick and simple. All you need to do is upload your photos to the WordPress media library and use one of the galleries to display your digital artwork, and the You Theme will take it from there! There are a few particular ways to add a special touch to your portfolio: you are able to decide between grid, stage, carousel or even a totally different gallery using the bundled version of Slider Revolution.
Choose From Three Portfolio Examples
You WordPress Theme has three photography demos in full. However, due to the flexibility of this template, you can create any photography portfolio website. Out of the box, you have the Clean Photography, Dark Photography and One Page 3d.
Clean Portfolio Example
If you’re looking for a no mess, no fuss photography portfolio website, we recommend using the Clean Photography demo. It has a crisp white background to direct the attention on to your featured photos, and it is combined with sleek modern typography. This clean photography theme will present your camerawork in a professional and uncluttered layout which is easy on the eyes. Each page scrolls down to extra information, so you can pad the experiences with as many stories or quotes as you like.
The home page design consists of a full width slider at the topmost area of the page, as well as a showcase of three of your favorite photos from your portfolio which are displayed with a soft zoom effect.
Beneath the top slider, there is a brief description about the creative and the skills they offer. After the introduction of the photographer, there is a selection of favorite shots from their portfolio, displayed in a Grid Gallery. Each photo can be enlarged by clicking the thumbnail, and under the Grid Gallery there is a link to the Portfolio page, containing all of the photos in their repertoire.
Below the portfolio section there is a biography block where you can write a bio about the artist and their story of how they became involved in the art of photography. There is also an area to add a portrait image of the photographer themselves so that everyone can see what they look like. If you need to have a blog situated alongside your site content, a designated blog area can be used to keep their clients or potential customers up to date on your latest shoots and write-ups when the portfolio is updated.
The photo theme “About” page will give readers more information about you as a cinematographer or the photography studio that is being highlighted. The upper part has a photo of the photographer, with a parallax option enabled.
The Clean WordPress photography theme demo also includes an idea of an “About Me” biography which you can use as a guide to create your own bio. Beneath the biography there are links to the photography portfolio page and a button which links to the ‘contact me’ section, where the potential clients can get in touch with the photographer or photography studio to get a quote for their photo-shoot.
It’s important to build trust with a potential customer and there is no finer way than to offer testimonials from previous jobs, describing how pleased they were with the photographer and the photo-shoot itself. The next aspect to the page illustrates some fun facts about the photo studio. The You Theme has spectacular functions like counters, so you can add some key stats with regard to how many photo-shoots were completed, people who were happy with your services, photos taken, cups of coffee drunk, etc.
It’s a nifty idea to have various calls to action at different stages of page, such as a button to call up the photographer at the bottom of the “About” page. This Theme is bundled with Contact Form 7, which opens up the opportunity to create custom forms, including newsletter sign-up, asking for a quote or simply for general inquiries about how the photo-shoots are put together.
The photography portfolio page is certainly one of the most significant pages for a serious photographer, because this is where they can arrange and showcase their knack for capturing scenes for everybody to look at. The You Theme makes this process very easy, providing stunning high-resolution visuals that are effectively arranged.
For this photography portfolio example, a Grid Gallery is used to present thumbnails of each of the photographer’s categories. This Theme has various functions that filter the categories, and it uses “Click Filter”. The user clicks the category and the images are sorted by the particular category. There is also an option so use “Search Filter”, this option lets the viewers start searching for a term in reference to a photo, camera, lens etc.
How you lay out the thumbnails is completely customize-able too, as this theme uses the Acoda You Theme “Grid Gallery” with the title and date added below the Thumbnails. When the user clicks the image it will take them to a “Portfolio Post”. Each Portfolio post can be completely customize-able too, in this template, the page is split between an area with an explanation of the photo session, the data about the camera used, including the lens, aperture settings, focus mode, shutter speed, exposure. The resolution that the photos were taken in is also stated, along with the aspect-ratio and megapixels.
On the right hand side, there is a bar displaying the photos taken on that shoot. They’re indexed using the Grid Gallery “Masonry” option, this seamlessly combines both portrait and landscape pictures, keeping the ratio in tact. If you have a large amount of them to present, this theme has a “Lazy Load” function, which only loads a few at a time. As the webpage is scrolled down, more images are loaded in, dramatically improving the page load speed. Each frame can be zoomed in on by clicking it, they can then scroll through all the illustrations on that portfolio post.
Underneath the Grid Gallery, there is an option for the consumer to share the photographers portfolio via Social Media. Visitors to the site can use the optional comments section to post comments about the work and leave appreciation by clicking the like button.
Photographer Blog Page
If the photographer also has writing as a forte and tends toward photojournalism, this theme also has a free blog page. This is where the photographer can post about their latest anecdotes from photo shoots or perhaps tip and tricks on how to handle the camera, taking long-range photographs, natural camera settings, stunning photogenic locations to do a shoot at, and more.
Optionally, each blog post can have a commentary section to allow each person to leave their thoughts on your shot selection, as well social media sharing widgets which they can use to share with others how striking your portfolio appears.
As previously mentioned, this template is paired with the Contact Form 7 plugin, you can create multiple forms to suit your needs. This contact page template makes it possible to provide address information, map link (more for studios, rather than freelance photographers) and contact forms.
There is also a “Newsletter” signup segment that can be used to build up a user-base, where the photographer can keep their customers up to date with latest news about their newest additions, recent shoots, etc.
Each of the You WordPress Theme demos are fully customizable, making them unique for each photographer! You can change the layout of pages by using the Visual Content Builder, all you need do is drag and drop elements wherever you feel they should fit on the page. With this Clean Photography Portfolio you can adjust the lighter background to a dark black, if you prefer a somber aesthetic. The option for font changes is wide, with the Open Sans to select round about any Google Font you can imagine. The separator lines can be changed to any color and length that you like, so that your layout suits your purpose. You also get a hover effect for thumbnails! Unlike most WordPress themes, You Theme makes you the master of customising the colors, typography, width, menus, animations and so much more.
Dark Portfolio Example
If you’re hoping to find a full-screen photography WordPress theme, look no further than the You Theme – Dark Photography Demo. It combines a grey color-scheme and full-screen images to showcase all your photographs, with stunning visuals. The You theme has exceptional maneuverability, for this exact webpage the header is set to full width and menu aligned left, with the logo aligned right – but there are infinite header layouts that you can try out until you find your perfect fit!
The home page of the Dark Photography WordPress Theme demo has a large scale platform for your favorite content. For instance, this demo displays five category slideshows which each have a heading and a short caption, such as “01. People – Capturing people is my favourite.” This will help you to organize your preferred genres and give your future clients the chance to engage with your photographs up close and personal without too much hindrance from messy widgets and adverts hanging around the place.
This page will open to a full-screen slideshow of your portfolio from the very first moment that people visit your site, which can make a lasting first impression for prospective clients and collaborations.
The portfolio is attached to the home page, as you choose one of the topics that have been advertised in full screen. Here anybody can view the date that each photo is taken, which camera and lens was used, and what the total size and aspect ratio are of the image. Each thumbnail is shown in black and white, but zooms in to a high-resolution full color copy when clicked on. The contrast from grey-scale to full color will give your set a fantastic dynamic as they come to life when they are selected.
The about page is where you can provide a bio about the lens-work you do, the styles you enjoy and any large projects you have been working on. This is the page you use to explain your philosophy and skill set when it comes to photography, but it also has space to keep track of endorsements and ratings from your past work. Having these ratings will give your clients a sense of comfort and pride in choosing you as their photographer, and it is always nice to keep track of your best ratings and reviews. Providing your readers with some record of how people feel about your abilities is paramount to keep visitors flowing in.
Photographer Blog Page
Here you can post more photo-journalistic pieces, updates about your location or equipment, or generally chat about what photography means to you. Staying active on your blog will help you to gain a wider following and add depth to your page. You can speak about your latest photo shoots and what types of challenges or triumphs you experienced through the process. Blogging also helps to give you exposure to people who read over their WordPress feed, browse for jobs on the web or those who are generally interested in snapping a few photos themselves.
Contact / Job Enquiry Page
The contact page of the dark photography theme allows clients to get in touch with you via almost any method you can think of. You have a basic mailing system which is linked to the WordPress site, a private or corporate email, your phone number and address. In the background of this information page is another soft transition slide-show, which will continue to exhibit more of your work. Re-directions to social media are also placed under this information for convenient connections to your public media profiles.
The image on the bottom of the page gives your visitors a clear map to your location if you have entered a business address, which they can click on to get directions to find your studio. This will help them to decide if they can utilize your services without needing to go too far out, or negotiate transport costs if they just have to have you at their wedding or annual event.
Each of the You WordPress Theme demonstrations are fully customizable, making them unique for each photographer! You can change the layout of pages by using the Visual Content Builder, basically by dragging and placing elements wherever you want them on the page. Some of the superb features of the customization include picking your favourite Google font if you do not like the stock standard Noto Serif that comes with the theme. Even though this is meant to be a dark theme, we do have the option of a light background for those who prefer a slighter touch to their portfolio. The home page can be populated by even more material if you need it to, and the text animation can be tweaked to a few different options. As the gallery is paramount to the photographer’s world, the choice to have a stage gallery instead of a grid one is a vital quality that can be changed. The Separator lines can be given any color and length to fit in to your preferred appearance, and there is a hover effect for thumbnails that you can switch on or off. This isn’t your average WordPress theme, because You Theme puts the power in your hands to change the colors exactly as you would have them, play with the column and page width, add or subtract from the menus, pick out specific typography, animations and the list goes on.
3D Single Page Portfolio Example
As with the Dark Fullscreen Photography Portfolio theme, the 3D Single Page Portfolio theme has capacity for three photographs that will continuously cycle on the introductory page, and you can describe yourself and your approach in a few short paragraphs or lines. This will land your viewers right into your world are and what you are all about, and will build a rapport right from the word ‘go’.
It is essential to outline the introduction page correctly, because providing too much information or making it too busy will be off-putting to those who are really excited to get into seeing how you perform photography. Keeping it short and sweet while some of your impressive pieces are showcased in the background is a perfect way to balance this. With one click or roll of the mouse wheel, the 3D aspect of the page is engaged, and will take you through the four main pages. The next page that shows after the Intro page is the About page, then the Portfolio and lastly the Contact tab.
The About page is where you should go a little more in depth for biographical writing, and you can tell the tale of how you started to become passionate about photography or where you got your first camera. You can experience it for yourself: the 3D transition seamlessly directs the audience to the next page without the necessity of reloading the browser, which speeds up their time spent waiting for the site to load and also smooths out the viewing experience.
Putting a grid format in the foreground assists you in highlighting a large portion of your portfolio, while in the same moment having a static background which will stay on a single chosen photo. You can fully personalize the grid to your liking, so if you have a set of portrait or landscape photos that you wish to arrange in a prearranged order you will certainly be able to do so.
As soon as you click on one of the photos they will be loaded in high-resolution in their original colors, but at default the preview thumbnails are presented in black and white to blend in to the dusky overall aesthetic of the theme itself. The change from the grey-scale thumbnail to a high-res full color picture will make your shots pop even more! As you can tell below, the picture of the reclining cat is a noticeable contrast to the inky black backdrop.
Contact / Job Enquiry Page
Here you can leave your email and location details so that potential clients or readers can touch base with you via these or the straightforward internal mail system, like the dark full screen photography demo. The contact page is a plain fill color which you can customize to your liking, but overall it is designed to be uncomplicated. You can also place a phone-number if you are willing to take calls from people. Social media buttons are always present on the top slider, so you won’t have to worry about the fact that they are not visible on each page. This saves space and makes sure that the social presence of your site is always available and never a problem to find.
Each of the You WordPress Theme demos are fully customizable, making them unique for each photographer! You can change the layout of pages by using the Visual Content Builder, simply by selecting and dropping elements wherever you would like them on the page.
Some of the first-class features of the customisation proccess include being able to change the 3D animation to horizontal 3D or a Snap Slide animation. If you need to keep a lighter touch to your page you can also select a light ‘day-time’ background instead of the default night-time one. The menu can be lined to other 3D pages, and you can add additional data to the home page if you need to categorise different portfolios of work. If you would rather not have a grid view for your portfolio it is possible to change the grid gallery to a stage gallery. The default demo font is Josefin Sans, but you can find any Google font that takes your fancy instead. The thumbnails are all given a hover effect when you pass over them with the mouse cursor. Compared to most other WordPress themes, You Theme gives you the power to customize the colors and visuals, typography, width of the page, the amount of menus, types of animations and so much more.
How To Create a Photography Website Using You Theme.
To create a photography website using the You Theme, all that you need to do is install and activate the Theme via WordPress. You can then go to Appearance > Theme Options > Help & Demo Support. Here you will find all of the options available to you, such as the Photography themes, and the other demos you have purchased. You can preview the page to find out how your existing content will appear on the page, and then if you like the theme there is a fast install button that does it all for you. From here you can change things up as you want, and put in the hours to mold that perfect layout that you’ve been dreaming of.