35 Beautiful Photography Websites

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Interest in photography has exploded over the last 10 years, largely thanks to the developments in digital photography. Cameras and computers have become cheaper and more powerful, software more sophistocated and printers can now print photos that are as good (if not better) than anything produced in a chemical darkroom. Now, once you’ve acquired a digital setup, the economic restrictions of film and development costs have been removed and the cost of photography is virtually nil.

Along with these developments in photography has been the parallel development of the Web. Ten years ago websites were largely clumsy, HTML driven constructions. Today, contemporary photographers have powerful tools such as Flash, WordPress and DreamWeaverwith which to develop their websites. Photographers can also sell their work through companies such as PhotoShelter or ImageKind, and through photo libraries such as Alamy and iStockPhoto, opening up new revenue streams.

The result is that photographers are finding new and exciting ways to showcase their best work online. We took a look at some of the beautiful photography websites that we could find, analyzing the design trends and the reasons why these websites work.

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Beautiful Photography Websites

Bottle Bell Photography5
The graphic design of this website perfectly complements the fantasy world of the photographer’s vision.

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Daniel Kennedy Photography7
Top class professional photography presented in a simple to navigate, beautiful website.

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East Photographic9
An unusual site because it belongs to an agency rather than a single photographer.

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Jason Bell11
The website of world renown celebrity photographer Jason Bell. Yes, that’s Mickey Rourke on the front page.

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Jeffery Salter13
Simple and effective design.

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Jill Greenberg15
A beautiful website from a master photographer. The photos are big, bold and colourful.

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Jonathan Glynn Smith17
A dramatic splash screen and beautifully minimalist design.

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Kim Mendoza19
This website shows off the work of social photographer Kim Mendoza. The music is a nice touch, what visitor fail to be convinced of this photographer’s talent?

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Levon Biss21
All the drama and explosive action of sports photography.

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Rankin23
A bold and colourful design from one of the UK’s foremost fashion and editorial photographers.

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Steve McCurry25
The warm colours of this website are unusual, and make the website stand out.

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Timothy Hogan27
This website expands to a full screen to show off the photographer’s photos.

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Lara Jade29
A beautifully designed flash based website.

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Brent Stirton31
Photojournalist Brent Stirton’s website grabs you on the first page with a fast moving slideshow of some his most dramatic and hard hitting images.

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Burn Magazine33
Burn magazine uses a blog-like design to keep the lastest content fresh on the page. It uses a dark gray background to emphasise the site’s logo, displayed prominantly at the top, and a large photo to introduce the lead story.

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Gavin Gough35
Gavin Gough is a travel photographer currently living in Thailand. His website is a brilliant example of self-promotion. The front page has a small flash movie at the top and a large photo underneath. Dig deeper into the website and there are photo galleries showing only his best work, a blog for personal anecdotes and tutorials, and a stock photo gallery hosted by PhotoShelter.

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Timothy Allen37
Timothy Allen’s website is a WordPress powered blog, slightly corporate in nature as it’s put together in conjunction with the BBC. The design is very effective, there is a fast moving slideshow at the top of the front page, and below that, a moving strip of thumbnails that are links to the latest articles. The latest article is published underneath, and at the bottom five short columns display links to articles on Photography, Travel, Video, Tutorials and My Musings. The front page is designed to wow the visitor and provide easy to follow links to all the interesting content within the website.

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Mitchell Kanashkevich39
A beautiful website, the reader is in no doubt that the website belongs to a travel photographer. Navigation is clear and simple and the photo galleries are stunning. The photographer has a small collection of his best photos. This is very important, because the quality of a portfolio is often judged by the weakest shot.

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Bruce Percy41
A very simple design that leaves the viewer no doubt what he’s seeing. A quick glance is enough to see what the photographer does. Navigation again clear and simple. The black background works well with the minimalist design.

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Face On Images43
Photographer Les Forrester’s website is a masterpiece of simple design. The colour scheme of dark grays and blacks, with typography in gray, white and red is very effective. A moving slide show shows off some of his best photos on the front page, along with a nice introduction and the latest news.

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Your Beautiful Photography45
Once you get past the splash page the simplicity and beauty of this website becomes apparent. The photos dominate, presented against a simple white background.

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Pablo Corral Vega47
Pablo Corral Vega is an established, well known photojournalist and his website reflects the quality of his work. Note the simplicity of the opening page design, a stunning photo at the top, the photographer’s name above, and more links below.

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Colin Prior49
Simple design from Colin Prior, a British landscape photographer. A simple to navigate menu bar, an abstract photo that makes the perfect backdrop for some text, and below some inviting images that draw the visitor into the different parts of the website.

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Mark Velasquez51
Mark Velasquez’s website features imaginative, colourful photography, presented in a series of easy to navigate photo galleries. One reason I like the photo gallery layout because it’s easy to navigate, the photos are relatively small and quick to load, and the photos are presented against a neutral gray background.

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Jeremy Cowart53
Sometimes, a pro photographer just needs a fantastic looking website that displays photos and little else. SEO and speed aren’t priorities, because the url will be given to potential clients. The important thing is to wow the viewer. That’s what Jeremy Cowart’s website does.

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Paolo Boccardi55
A big photo on the front page, easy to navigate links (I really like the little windows that pop up when you mouseover the links) and then horizontal photo galleries. Lovely!

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Anna Kuperberg Photography57
A beautiful flash driven website. Excellent photography, a front page slideshow to show off the work, and a music soundtrack that seduces the viewer. A very professional design.

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Vincent Laforet59
Open with a bang! Vincent Laforet’s website opens with his video Reverie, a video which created so much excitement amongst the photography world that it was downloaded over 1.5 million times the first 10 days it was online.

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Chase Jarvis61
Chase Jarvis is famous amongst photographers for his blog, but his website is a masterpiece of web design. The viewer is greeted by a large, dramatic, slideshow on the front page, and an easy to navigate menu. The portfolio pages are spectacular, and the flash based design looks great.

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Stefan Soell63
Another horizontal photo gallery, this one is interesting because the gallery is contained within a frame. Frames are a little outdated, but the advantage here is that the viewer can switch between portfolios without leaving the front page. The photographer sells fine art prints and books through the site, and the viewer is left in no doubt that he’s an expert in his craft.

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Amy Deputy Photography65
Another flash based website, beautiful in its simplicity. The front page consists of four simple square images, link text and the photographer’s name and logo. The soft pastel colours of the photos on the front page complement each other. The website is also supported with a blog. Note the high quality of the portfolios. The website makes it clear that the photographer operates at the high end of the market.

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Jessica Hilltout67
Fine art photographer Jessica Hilltout’s website has a very nicely designed front page, organising her work into three themes. Her name’s displayed along the top, and the categories along the bottom. A very simple, but effective website.

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Chris Phelps69
A bold, graphic image on the front page, complemented by a simple navigation and design. A very effective portfolio presentation. All supported by a blog. Nice, very nice.

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Isabelle Ribeiro Photography71
There’s a lot to like about this website; a strong, simple front page slideshow, beautifully presented photo galleries, and a blog!

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John Wright73
Fashion photographer John Wright’s front page is a masterpiece of minimalist design. Not having a photo on the front page is a very bold move. Like many pro photographers, download speed is sacrificed for effect with a flash based website.
The moving thumbnails on the portfolio pages are a wonderful touch.

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Last Click

Andrew F Photography75
Another masterpiece of Flash web design from a pro photographer. The opening photos are stunning, and I love the way they float up and down. The photo galleries are a joy to navigate and view.

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Trends In Photography Websites

Blogs
The best are entertaining and informative, establishing the photographer’s expertise and building a relationship of trust and credibility with potential clients.

Teaching
Photographers are passing on their knowledge and experience to beginners and enthusiasts.

Selling
Photographers are promoting themselves and their work. Some stock photographers sell their photos through their websites rather than the big agencies.

Workshops
Many established photographers earn money by teaching, and promote their workshops on their websites.

Social networking
Many photographers have a page on Facebook, or a Flickr or Twitter account.

Flash
Flash-based websites can be beautiful and effective, freeing the web designer from the limitations of HTML and CSS. The downside is that they’re expensive to create, can take time to download and aren’t good for SEO. Often used by pro photographers who will send their url to interested parties and need a spectacular showcase for their images.

HUGE photos
Photography websites are naturally dominated by images. A recent trend is to display large photos for maximum impact.

Sophisticated design
Photographers are visual artists and need the design of their websites to reflect this. Good design often works in the background by making websites quick to load, easy to navigate and search engine friendly.

Content over design
No matter how good the design, content is king. It may look pretty, but if it doesn’t inform and entertain, your visitors won’t return. Some of the most popular photography websites are nothing more than a free Blogger blog.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/12/showcase-of-beautiful-fashion-websites/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/09/movie-website-designs-examples-and-current-practices/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/03/captivating-winery-websites-for-your-inspiration/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/23/30-beautiful-real-estate-websites/
  5. 5 http://www.bottlebellphotography.com/
  6. 6 http://www.bottlebellphotography.com/
  7. 7 http://www.danielkennedy.com/
  8. 8 http://www.danielkennedy.com/
  9. 9 http://www.eastphotographic.com/#/newwork/5
  10. 10 http://www.eastphotographic.com/#/newwork/5
  11. 11 http://www.jasonbellphoto.com/#/home/
  12. 12 http://www.jasonbellphoto.com/#/home/
  13. 13 http://www.jefferysalter.com
  14. 14 http://www.jefferysalter.com
  15. 15 http://www.manipulator.com/
  16. 16 http://www.manipulator.com/
  17. 17 http://www.jonathanglynnsmith.com/JGS.html
  18. 18 http://www.jonathanglynnsmith.com/JGS.html
  19. 19 http://www.kmendozaphoto.com/index2.php
  20. 20 http://www.kmendozaphoto.com/index2.php
  21. 21 http://www.levonbiss.com/
  22. 22 http://www.levonbiss.com/
  23. 23 http://www.rankin.co.uk/
  24. 24 http://www.rankin.co.uk/
  25. 25 http://www.stevemccurry.com/main.php
  26. 26 http://www.stevemccurry.com/main.php
  27. 27 http://www.timothy-hogan.com/
  28. 28 http://www.timothy-hogan.com/
  29. 29 http://www.larajade.co.uk/
  30. 30 http://www.larajade.co.uk/
  31. 31 http://www.brentstirton.com/
  32. 32 http://www.brentstirton.com/
  33. 33 http://www.burnmagazine.org/
  34. 34 http://www.burnmagazine.org/
  35. 35 http://www.gavingough.com/
  36. 36 http://www.gavingough.com/
  37. 37 http://timothyallen.blogs.bbcearth.com/
  38. 38 http://timothyallen.blogs.bbcearth.com/
  39. 39 http://www.mitchellkphotos.com/
  40. 40 http://www.mitchellkphotos.com/
  41. 41 http://www.brucepercy.com/
  42. 42 http://www.brucepercy.com/
  43. 43 http://www.faceonimages.co.uk/
  44. 44 http://www.faceonimages.co.uk/
  45. 45 http://www.yourbeautifulphotography.com
  46. 46 http://www.yourbeautifulphotography.com
  47. 47 http://pablocorralvega.net/index.php
  48. 48 http://pablocorralvega.net/index.php
  49. 49 http://www.colinprior.co.uk/
  50. 50 http://www.colinprior.co.uk/
  51. 51 http://www.markvelasquez.com/
  52. 52 http://www.markvelasquez.com/
  53. 53 http://www.jeremycowart.com/
  54. 54 http://www.jeremycowart.com/
  55. 55 http://www.fashionphotographer.it/
  56. 56 http://www.fashionphotographer.it/
  57. 57 http://kuperbergweddings.com/
  58. 58 http://kuperbergweddings.com/
  59. 59 http://www.vincentlaforet.com/
  60. 60 http://www.vincentlaforet.com/
  61. 61 http://www.chasejarvis.com
  62. 62 http://www.chasejarvis.com
  63. 63 http://www.stefansoell.de/
  64. 64 http://www.stefansoell.de/
  65. 65 http://amydeputyphotography.com/
  66. 66 http://amydeputyphotography.com/
  67. 67 http://www.jessicahilltout.com/
  68. 68 http://www.jessicahilltout.com/
  69. 69 http://www.chrisphelps.com/site/
  70. 70 http://www.chrisphelps.com/site/
  71. 71 http://www.isabelle-ribeiro.com/
  72. 72 http://www.isabelle-ribeiro.com/
  73. 73 http://www.johnwrightphoto.com/
  74. 74 http://www.johnwrightphoto.com/
  75. 75 http://www.andrewfphotography.com/
  76. 76 http://www.andrewfphotography.com/
  77. 77 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/14/non-profit-website-design-examples-and-best-practices/
  78. 78 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/03/captivating-winery-websites-for-your-inspiration/
  79. 79 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/23/30-beautiful-real-estate-websites/
  80. 80 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/04/showcase-of-beautiful-sports-websites/
  81. 81 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/12/showcase-of-beautiful-fashion-websites/
  82. 82 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/09/movie-website-designs-examples-and-current-practices/
  83. 83 http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/
  84. 84 http://www.thebestdesigns.com/
  85. 85 http://psd.tutsplus.com/designing-tutorials/elements-of-great-web-design-the-polish/
  86. 86 http://www.myinkblog.com/2009/03/21/4-principles-of-good-design-for-websites/
  87. 87 http://www.alistapart.com/articles/taking-the-guesswork-out-of-design/
  88. 88 http://www.layersmagazine.com/design-photography-website.html
  89. 89 http://blogs.photopreneur.com/how-to-catch-a-photo-editors-eye#more-943

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Andrew Gibson is a photographer and writer. He runs Magical Places Fine Art, an online photography magazine and another great photography resource.

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  1. 1

    To many bad pictures. =/ i got scared..

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    the internet is full of quick snapshots, party pics, and other miscellaneous photos that do not do iphone photography justice.

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    These are all brilliant examples!!

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    ive gone throuhg many of the sites u mentioned above some of them are extremly good in all respectives simple,basic, but really impressive ones..

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    Nice websites and nice pictures. I truly believe in picture and images that are original and not photoshop. Photographers are spending too much time photoshopping their work and not trusting the actual picture.

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    awesome site!!!!
    in the making of becoming a photographer
    i love the bruce percy pics

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    Yours is nice too!! I like it!

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    hey, i was looking around for ideas on building my photography website. i pretty much have all my own ideas and designing, but this attice fire guys slideshows for his photography really interested me. i was wondering, i am using publisher pro 2.0 for all my designing, but i cant figure out how to do the slideshows with my pictures…any advice??? thanks michele, be blessed!

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    All site shown are some of the awesome site ever seen……………..

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    It’s a good thing Google led me to this page. I was looking for a cool minimalist photography site to fetch some ideas for a weekly theme challenge and I got tons of awesome links to start with. Thank you for sharing all this goodness.

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    great photo

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    I think this post needs to be retired. Are the pictures nice? Sure, but all of these flash based websites makes my stomach turn. Thankfully flash is well on its way out of the door thanks to Javascript and new standards for CSS and HTML.

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  13. 613

    Nice and positive

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    I’ve never seen so many comments on a Photography web site. Awesome! (Now, let me pick my jaw off the floor eh?) Really super photography here, going to share with all.

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    Nice Photography

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    Hello.
    I am very thanksful of this website that they worked hard and put the most papuler websites to can see all of them….really all of this websites are wonderful and brillant …

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    Thanks for every other informative site. The place else may just I get that type of information written in such an ideal method? I’ve a challenge that I’m simply now running on, and I have been at the look out for such information.

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    does anyone know what kind of camera any of these sites are using

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    I love your post they are nice and educative.

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    As an individual who love talents of photographers around the world, i was soo touched by the posts in this web site as well. i would say,Brilliant!!!Good luck people!

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    Amazing websites!

    So much good inspiration.

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    simplicity in a line-up of lively and colorful

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    Awesome collection!

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    Never late to a show like this, thanks for sharing the links. I’d like you to email me to look at mine and give me your advice, I won’t post a link here..thanks Jeff

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    that’s really beautyful pictures

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    I just realized that Gavin Gough and Timothy Allen are actually using our WordPress themes: graphpaperpress.com That’s pretty cool. Gavin uses Albedo and Timothy uses Modularity.

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    Where is MarcAdamus website? one of the best, if not “The Best” landscape photographers in the world.

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    photographystocker

    June 20, 2013 5:28 pm

    best better and wonderful places !!! congratulations for the post

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    It’ll be awesome if you guys could check out some of my photography on my blog ( http://www.onlyjoelee.com ) under the “my photography” page and leave some constructive criticism. I’m very new into photography and edit, but it is seriously starting to grow on me. Well, I hope you’ll help me out and hope we can chat soon! :)

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    thanks so much for featuring this material – gives a terrific perspective on what’s ‘out there’ as well as ideas for design and color – heartiest recommendation for a job well done – two thumbs up, waaaaaaayy up!

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    Great article and wonderful work of art. Photographers coming up with their websites check this out http://themes.radiumthemes.com/ helps you create the website easily.

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    It’ll be awesome if you guys could check out some of my photography on my blog ( http://www.noidueimaging.com ) under the “galleries” page and leave some constructive criticism.

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    Another one quite new – but awesome – http://photoworldnews.com/

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    A wonderful resource indeed!

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