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35 Beautiful Photography Websites

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 Link

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

Bottle Bell Photography

Daniel Kennedy Photography5
Top class professional photography presented in a simple to navigate, beautiful website.

Daniel Kennedy Photography6

East Photographic7
An unusual site because it belongs to an agency rather than a single photographer.

East Photographic8

Jason Bell9
The website of world renown celebrity photographer Jason Bell. Yes, that’s Mickey Rourke on the front page.

Jason Bell10

Jeffery Salter11
Simple and effective design.

Jeffery Salter12

Jill Greenberg13
A beautiful website from a master photographer. The photos are big, bold and colourful.

Jill Greenberg14

Jonathan Glynn Smith15
A dramatic splash screen and beautifully minimalist design.

Jonathan Glynn Smith16

Kim Mendoza17
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 Mendoza18

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

Levon Biss

Rankin19
A bold and colourful design from one of the UK’s foremost fashion and editorial photographers.

Rankin20

Steve McCurry21
The warm colours of this website are unusual, and make the website stand out.

Steve McCurry22

Timothy Hogan23
This website expands to a full screen to show off the photographer’s photos.

Timothy Hogan24

Lara Jade25
A beautifully designed flash based website.

Lara Jade26

Brent Stirton27
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 Stirton28

Burn Magazine29
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 Magazine30

Gavin Gough31
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 Gough32

Timothy Allen
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 Allen

Mitchell Kanashkevich33
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 Kanashkevich34

Bruce Percy35
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 Percy36

Face On Images37
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 Images38

Your Beautiful Photography39
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 Photography40

Pablo Corral Vega
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 Vega

Colin Prior41
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 Prior42

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 Cowart43
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 Cowart44

Paolo Boccardi45
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 Boccardi46

Anna Kuperberg Photography47
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 Photography48

Vincent Laforet49
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 Laforet50

Chase Jarvis51
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 Jarvis52

Stefan Soell53
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 Soell54

Amy Deputy Photography55
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 Photography56

Jessica Hilltout57
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 Hilltout58

Chris Phelps59
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 Phelps60

Isabelle Ribeiro Photography61
There’s a lot to like about this website; a strong, simple front page slideshow, beautifully presented photo galleries, and a blog!

Isabelle Ribeiro Photography62

John Wright63
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 Wright64

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Andrew F Photography65
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 Photography66
  • 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 king67. 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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  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/12/showcase-of-beautiful-fashion-websites/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/09/movie-website-designs-examples-and-current-practices/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/03/captivating-winery-websites-for-your-inspiration/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/23/30-beautiful-real-estate-websites/
  5. 5 http://www.danielkennedy.com/
  6. 6 http://www.danielkennedy.com/
  7. 7 http://www.eastphotographic.com/#/newwork/5
  8. 8 http://www.eastphotographic.com/#/newwork/5
  9. 9 http://www.jasonbellphoto.com/#/home/
  10. 10 http://www.jasonbellphoto.com/#/home/
  11. 11 http://www.jefferysalter.com
  12. 12 http://www.jefferysalter.com
  13. 13 http://www.manipulator.com/
  14. 14 http://www.manipulator.com/
  15. 15 http://www.jonathanglynnsmith.com/
  16. 16 http://www.jonathanglynnsmith.com/
  17. 17 http://www.kmendozaphoto.com/index2.php
  18. 18 http://www.kmendozaphoto.com/index2.php
  19. 19 http://www.rankin.co.uk/
  20. 20 http://www.rankin.co.uk/
  21. 21 http://www.stevemccurry.com/
  22. 22 http://www.stevemccurry.com/
  23. 23 http://www.timothy-hogan.com/
  24. 24 http://www.timothy-hogan.com/
  25. 25 http://www.larajade.co.uk/
  26. 26 http://www.larajade.co.uk/
  27. 27 http://www.brentstirton.com/
  28. 28 http://www.brentstirton.com/
  29. 29 http://www.burnmagazine.org/
  30. 30 http://www.burnmagazine.org/
  31. 31 http://www.gavingough.com/
  32. 32 http://www.gavingough.com/
  33. 33 http://www.mitchellkphotos.com/
  34. 34 http://www.mitchellkphotos.com/
  35. 35 http://www.brucepercy.com/
  36. 36 http://www.brucepercy.com/
  37. 37 http://www.faceonimages.co.uk/
  38. 38 http://www.faceonimages.co.uk/
  39. 39 http://www.yourbeautifulphotography.com
  40. 40 http://www.yourbeautifulphotography.com
  41. 41 http://www.colinprior.co.uk/
  42. 42 http://www.colinprior.co.uk/
  43. 43 http://www.jeremycowart.com/
  44. 44 http://www.jeremycowart.com/
  45. 45 http://www.fashionphotographer.it/
  46. 46 http://www.fashionphotographer.it/
  47. 47 http://kuperbergweddings.com/
  48. 48 http://kuperbergweddings.com/
  49. 49 http://www.vincentlaforet.com/
  50. 50 http://www.vincentlaforet.com/
  51. 51 http://www.chasejarvis.com
  52. 52 http://www.chasejarvis.com
  53. 53 http://www.stefansoell.de/
  54. 54 http://www.stefansoell.de/
  55. 55 http://amydeputyphotography.com/
  56. 56 http://amydeputyphotography.com/
  57. 57 http://www.jessicahilltout.com/
  58. 58 http://www.jessicahilltout.com/
  59. 59 http://www.chrisphelps.com/
  60. 60 http://www.chrisphelps.com/
  61. 61 http://www.isabelle-ribeiro.com/
  62. 62 http://www.isabelle-ribeiro.com/
  63. 63 http://www.johnwrightphoto.com/
  64. 64 http://www.johnwrightphoto.com/
  65. 65 http://www.andrewfphotography.com/
  66. 66 http://www.andrewfphotography.com/
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/content-strategy-storytelling/
  68. 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/14/non-profit-website-design-examples-and-best-practices/
  69. 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/03/captivating-winery-websites-for-your-inspiration/
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/23/30-beautiful-real-estate-websites/
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/04/showcase-of-beautiful-sports-websites/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/12/showcase-of-beautiful-fashion-websites/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/09/movie-website-designs-examples-and-current-practices/
  74. 74 http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/
  75. 75 http://www.thebestdesigns.com/
  76. 76 http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/elements-of-great-web-design-the-polish--psd-32
  77. 77 http://www.myinkblog.com/2009/03/21/4-principles-of-good-design-for-websites/
  78. 78 http://www.alistapart.com/articles/taking-the-guesswork-out-of-design/
  79. 79 http://www.layersmagazine.com/design-photography-website.html
  80. 80 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.

  1. 1

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

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  2. 2

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

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  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…

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  4. 4

    Amazing photos!

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  5. 5

    Great designs!

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  6. 6

    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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  8. 9

    errejesseme

    July 10, 2009 6:05 am

    this is the special one http://www.virgilioferreira.com/

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  9. 10

    I really enjoy this list. Thank you so much!

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  10. 11

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

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  11. 12

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

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  12. 13

    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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  14. 15

    Very nice sites. One of my faves is

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  15. 16

    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’!

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  16. 17

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

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  17. 18

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

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  18. 19

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

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  19. 20

    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).

    SEO?
    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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