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35 Beautiful Photography Websites

Interest in photography websites 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. [Content Care Nov/07/2016]

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

Photography Websites6

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

Photography Websites8

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

East Photographic10

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

Jason Bell12

Jeffery Salter13
Simple and effective design.

Jeffery Salter14

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

Jill Greenberg16

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

Jonathan Glynn Smith18

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?

Kim Mendoza20

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

Levon Biss22

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


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

Steve McCurry26

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

Timothy Hogan28

Lara Jade29
A beautifully designed flash based website.

Lara Jade30

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.

Brent Stirton32

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.

Burn Magazine34

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.

Gavin Gough36

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.

Timothy Allen38

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.

Mitchell Kanashkevich40

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.

Bruce Percy42

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.

Face On Images44

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.

Your Beautiful Photography46

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.

Pablo Corral Vega48

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.

Colin Prior50

Mark Velasquez
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.

Mark Velasquez

Jeremy Cowart51
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.

Jeremy Cowart52

Paolo Boccardi53
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!

Paolo Boccardi54

Anna Kuperberg Photography55
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.

Anna Kuperberg Photography56

Vincent Laforet57
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.

Vincent Laforet58

Chase Jarvis59
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.

Chase Jarvis60

Stefan Soell61
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.

Stefan Soell62

Amy Deputy Photography63
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.

Amy Deputy Photography64

Jessica Hilltout
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.

Jessica Hilltout

Chris Phelps65
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.

Chris Phelps66

Isabelle Ribeiro Photography67
There’s a lot to like about this website; a strong, simple front page slideshow, beautifully presented photo galleries, and a blog!

Isabelle Ribeiro Photography68

John Wright69
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.

John Wright70

Last Click Link

Andrew F Photography71
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.

Andrew F Photography72
  • 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.
  • 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 king73. 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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Andrew Gibson is a photographer and writer. He runs Magical Places Fine Art, an online photography magazine and another great photography resource.

  1. 1

    That was a great article, just for the photographs alone.

  2. 2

    Great inspiration for both, photos and presentation! Thank you!

  3. 3

    It’s rather easy actually to make beautiful photography sites, as long as you have beautiful photo’s that is…

    Some nice ones, indeed…

  4. 4

    Amazing photos!

  5. 5

    Great designs!

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    John Stirzaker

    July 10, 2009 5:47 am

    These websites are stunning but there’s some fundamentals here that seem to have been missed.

    You seem to have chosen photographers that are quite well established (photographing the stars) and this lets the designer onf each of these sites to let the images do the talking with very little insight in terms of readable content.

    There’s a layer of photographers underneath these guys that is a very saturated market and this market is what I cater for. It’s much more of a challenge to balance large, beautiful images with content that has to be search engine friendly in order for these photographers to be found. This market is more aimed it Wedding and Lifestyle photographers than the fashion/glamour end!

    I’m not saying these aren’t great sites because they’re but there’s a lot of other photography websites out there that contain a lot more search engine friendly content yet still have great visual appeal.

    We could all produce sites like this if the photographers are well established!

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      I definitely have to agree, and was the first thing that came to mind. I am also a photographer and though big, bold pictures are great when you are already well known, and no longer need to build and explain why a client should choose you then filling a web site with larger photos is the way to go, however like you said these web sites are a small percentage that actually represent the overall picture of photographers. I am competing with the studio down the road or the next town/city over – or who is listed in the yellow pages. Not photographers to the stars and National Geographic. There are some great ideas but no one is necessarily the right one for everyone. Each web site needs to represent the style and personality of that individual photographer – whatever type of photography it may be.

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    spit or swallow

    July 10, 2009 5:57 am

    Absolutely fab!

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    I really enjoy this list. Thank you so much!

  9. 10

    Terrible, will be selling my camera ASAP.
    I feel depressed after seeing those poor images.
    So cliched. Where has all the talent gone?

  10. 11

    What has happened to photography? What’s with all the naked or near-naked women?

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    The same overprocessed photography everywhere. So sad…

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    Hector Garza

    July 10, 2009 7:17 am

    Steve McCurry’s website is stunning… and he’s also my favorite photographer ever.

    Here’s another one: ;)

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    Very nice sites. One of my faves is

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    Otto Rascon

    July 10, 2009 9:33 am

    Thanks for a great set of inspiring sites, and inspiring photographers to boot. You guys are truly a great part of the creative world. Keep on Rockin’!

  15. 16

    I think simplicity in design is key. here’s one that I like… <a

  16. 17

    I see why you put Bottle Bell first.
    It’s simply amazing.

  17. 18

    hm, not as usual, many layouts in this article aren’t as beautiful as I expected.

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    I partly agree with Christopher Anderton’s points with regards to usage of Flash. But with many advancement made, most of his points have remedies or techniques to overcome such disadvantages.

    Slow loading, heavy on cpu?
    Its all in the optimization. The basic of all is to optimize your assets (images) in photoshop. Modularize your Flash file, so that not all sections are loaded at the same time. Optimize you Actionscript code too! And it will really help in the long run. And convert to AS3.0

    Very often they are hard to navigate, tiny presentation of the photo?
    That is where an Interactive Media Designer comes in and plan out the storyboard and figure out the flow of content. Web Designer got to work hand in hand with the Web Developer guys (Interactive developer, Programmer or whatever we are called by).

    Yeaaaaap… this i got to agree with you. Flash got a bit of prob with SEO. It is possible to overcome. IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE. It IS possible. Furthurmore, if you read Google’s blog, they posted an interesting article on 30th Jun 2008 that reads, “Google learns to crawl Flash”.

    Tracking, Google Analytics?
    If you read Google’s Analytics blog, they posted an article that reads, “Want to track Adobe Flash? Now you can!” dated 17th Nov 2008. Even before Nov 2008, developers have been developing their own techniques of tracking without GA’s official tracking code for Flash.

    I know this is not a HTML vs Flash article. But hey what-the-hell.. Just my two cents worth I would like to share :)

    Anyway thanks Christopher Anderton for the points that he mentioned. To some extent they are still valid. Especially abt SEO.. Flash is still a pain in the butt when it comes to SEO :)

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    Chris Phelps
    um, that apple looks badly photoshopped. why would i hire that guy?!

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    Alex Wilson

    July 10, 2009 5:01 pm

    Great list, thanks. I’ve always been interested in presenting a Flash-like site using HTML/CSS/JavaScript for my own work (I won’t link-whore, but search for my name plus “photography” and you’ll find me). I’ll find lots of good inspiration from this list, a definite keeper for my next web-makeover.

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    Christopher Anderton

    July 10, 2009 5:47 pm

    What’s up with all the FLASH based sites? One photographer i talked to said that it was to “protect the images easier”. I told him that making a screenshot selection on my Mac is taking faster than actually right click and save an image.

    The problems with the flash based sites most photographers use is:

    – Slow loading
    – Heavy on the CPU even on newer computers
    – Most of them just shows a tiny presentation of the photo, with no option to enlarge the picture
    – Very often they are hard to navigate
    – If it’s just a presentation of the photographers work given out to clients, and there are no considirations of SEO, ease of use and other things often described as “Web 2.0” features. Why the hell not just upload images on a FTP directory, or just save them as a Photoshop Flash (uhh) web gallery? Why even bother to hire a designer?

    Maybe kind of harsh, but you get the picture.

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    The Nonsense Society

    July 11, 2009 3:36 am

    Very unique work. Chris Phelps is incredible.

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    another great collection nice Photogrphy

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    You missed this fantastic one too:

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    Tejendra Shandilya

    July 11, 2009 2:25 am


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    Timonthy De Brander

    July 11, 2009 2:37 am

    Photography in full screen, but what if it become video of high quality! , Well this site is cooler I think : !!! What do you think? :p

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    Check this one by a local Omaha guy….

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    yes that nice , thank you Smashing Magazine , you rock design web sites really you the best web site in the whole world in design and cool minds

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    Christopher Prins

    July 11, 2009 5:36 pm

    Absolutely sensational work, most of them. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Kind Regards,

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    I was marveling at some of the amazing sites then got to the bottom and there was mine (in the last-click saloon) – I am very honoured and privileged to be here, so many thanks for that.


  31. 32

    Great roundup. Check out the first site though. It says: “Gallery optimized for Internet Explorer”. Ouch!

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    Here’s one I like:

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    So much good stuff!

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    Amazing Photographs… Thx

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    thanks a lot, amazing website!

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    Thank you for sharing with us. They are all strikingly beautful.

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    Daniel Kennedy is great

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    goog web sites thanks

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    This website is amazing loved it! :)

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    If you want to look at some stunning aerial photography, take a look at the websites for Adriel Heisey’s, Jayson Hawkes, Cameron Davidson, George Steinmetz and Yann Arthus-Betrand. Big images and simple designs.

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    The Vincent LaForet web site is a template provided and hosted by NeonSky in North Carolina. The Chase Jarvis site is also a template site, his provider is Livebooks. Same site that hundreds of other photographers currently use to promote themselves. I know of at least six other photographers who use Livebooks and four who use NeonSky.

    Another provider of well designed template sites is FolioLink and of course, Rob Haggart’s company, a photofolio. Check out aphotofolio’s site to see some sweet designs that work very well.

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    I LOVVEE all the art work on this page!! so COOL!!

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    Michael Wiesman

    February 15, 2010 11:21 am

    Great collection of some very professional and awesome photography. Some great web-programming I may add as well! Thanks for putting this together.

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    Ok I find how to already -they place the intructions :)

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    the ar the best

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    The site is way too busy…..too much writing on this site.

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    vijayaragavan india

    September 4, 2010 6:27 am

    nice Design very helping for me thans

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    Wow…. Great post

    I dont know what else to say

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    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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    Robbie Douglas

    February 21, 2011 7:17 am

    These are all brilliant examples!!

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    ankit bhardwaj

    April 14, 2011 5:52 am

    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..

  53. 54

    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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    Pavan Patil

    June 21, 2011 5:56 am

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

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    Abigail Anders

    June 28, 2011 8:13 pm

    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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    Nice and positive

  62. 63

    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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    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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    Timawus Ishaku

    December 7, 2011 4:13 am

    I love your post they are nice and educative.

  68. 69

    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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    Jacob Rasmussen

    December 22, 2011 2:30 am

    Amazing websites!

    So much good inspiration.

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    simplicity in a line-up of lively and colorful

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    kabeer khan

    June 13, 2012 3:00 pm

    Awesome collection!

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    Jeff Scheetz

    June 13, 2012 3:36 pm

    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: That’s pretty cool. Gavin uses Albedo and Timothy uses Modularity.

  75. 76

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

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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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