Below are the top WordPress themes for photographers perfect for both amateurs and professionals. Each one includes 4 screenshots so you can get a quick view of each theme along with a short description. If you want more info simply click on the “view the demo” button under each.
Vertex is a modern looking, responsive theme that comes with 5 preset color schemes. The design includes a parallax effect which is unique as well as a call-to-action feature which you can use to promote a deal or event.
Origin is a fully responsive theme that has a unique grid-based design. It also comes with 5 different color schemes out-of-the-box, but you can easily change these to any color you want.
Simplemag has a cool, vintage-style design that is quite popular right now. It offers such features as a full review system, full width image carousels, off-canvas navigation for mobile devices (it’s totally responsive) as well as a drag and drop page composer so you can arrange your content how you prefer. It’s sliders are also touch friendly.
Modest is a clean, minimal theme offering lots of whitespace. Modest is part of the Elegant Themes family so it has all the features you’d expect such as short codes, perpetual updates, full browser compatibility and comes with 5 different styles that can be applied via the theme admin panel in one click.
Central offers a customizable header, parallax templates and animated page transitions. You can choose between full-width, boxed, or grid based pages. Central includes lots of shortcodes as well as the popular Slider Revolution plugin.
CreativePearl offers a host of features including a responsive layout, centered logo, 4 portfolio templates, unlimited sidebars, ajax contact form and more.
Deepfocus offers 5 different graphic styles to choose from as well as being part of the awesome Elegant Themes membership (only $39.95) site where you get access to 86 themes for one low price. Deepfocus is compatible with all major browsers and offers a responsive design and a plethora of theme options including shortcodes to create complex layouts as well as custom page templates.
Division is a fullscreen WordPress theme with some nice features including ecommerce via WooCommerce and a drag and drop page builder. Division is also responsive so it adapts to standard monitors to iPhones, iPads, etc. Includes 6 different header styles.
Envisioned is a straightforward theme that you can use to display your photography. This theme is simple and elegant and is compatible with all major browsers. It also includes 5 different color styles to choose.
Furies includes 11 gallery templates and filterable portfolios. Furies includes 6 portfolio templates and 8 homepage gallery options for displaying your photos in different manners. This theme has support for playing music on pages if that’s something you’re looking for. Furies is also responsive.
Gleam is an AJAX heavy theme and comes with a full-screen page template for showcasing your photography as well as a non fullscreen gallery with a lightbox. You can use custom background images on posts, pages and even categories.
Kingsize offers a fullscreen layout with 5 different gallery types. It is one of the most popular photography themes on themeforest. You can customize site background images including support for youtube and vimeo videos.
My/folio is a fully responsive. It offers a simple drag and drop page builder along with unlimited color schemes. My/folio has been tested across all major browsers and comes with extensive documentation.
Nero is responsive, retina ready and includes 10 different portfolio templates along with 14 gallery templates. It includes 11 skins + a skins manager with access to 300+ google web fonts and social sharing support. Nero also supports video usage from youtube, vimeo and self-hosted videos in normal aspect and full-screen.
Pitch is a grid-based theme which is fully responsive and Retina ready. It’s full HTML5 and CSS3 and includes 8 page templates and 4 portfolio styles to showcase your photos. It has full-screen image and video support along with a host of built-in shortcodes so you can custom every post or page as you see fit.
Scroller includes content sliders, a scrolling menu, parallax support and is probably better suited for photography studios because of it’s non-standard features such as client logo display, pricing tables and team page template. It comes with 3 homepage portfolio sections which gives you more options as well as 7 post formats including standard, video, audio, gallery, image, link and quote. It also has an author template in case your site has more than one author. Responsive as well.
Serendipity is a fullscreen, responsive theme with 10 readymade transparent skins. It’s cross-browser tested and includes 200+ retina ready icons and access to 500+ google fonts. It has a smooth scrolling jquery feature making scrolling through your pages quite nice. It comes with custom widgets for twitter, facebook, flickr and recent works.
Skylab is a fully responsive theme with an option to display your photos in both a masonry-style layout and fullscreen. It includes the popular Slider Revolution plugin that allows you to create responsive sliders easily. You can easily customize the background of this theme with custom background images as well as choose custom colors for other aspects of the theme via the custom admin panel.
Studio8 is a minimal, but bold AJAX based theme. It has an easy to use gallery feature allowing you to upload 100?s of photos at one time if you need. It’s simple but elegant hover effects give this theme some unique styling.
Studiofolio is fully responsive and has a nice clean appearance due to it’s grid-based layout with customizable padding for whitespace. It includes the Slider Revolution plugin as well as the Fresco Lightbox plugin giving you powerful tools to create sliders with nice lightbox popups. You can choose between fluid or fixed-size layouts with customizable box sizes for your content.
Titan is fully responsive with large fullscreen display options including ecommerce functionality thanks to woocommerce support. Titan includes 14 different gallery templates and 8 portfolio templates with filterable options so you can display your photos in style. Support for music playback on pages. It also features password protected galleries.
Surreal is a single-page responsive theme with a nice parallax scrolling effect. It includes a masonry style portfolio section as well as a fullscreen slider. You can create galleries via an easy drag-n-drop function. It has a bold look with it’s large typography if you’re looking for something different.
Tripod is responsive and offers that classic look a lot of photographers seem to love with the logo front and center in the header with menus on both sides. Features a drag-and-drop layout builder to build custom layouts including timeline view, list view, grid view, masonry view and thumbnail view. Ecommerce support is provided by WooCommerce which is a nice feature.
Cesar includes 15 gallery and 6 different portfolio templates to choose from. Cesar is also eCommerce ready allowing you to use the popular free WooCommerce eCommerce plugin to sell photos or other products.
Rewind is a new, responsive and retina ready WordPress theme. A special feature allows for 500px and Flickr RSS image extraction via RSS. Automated tags extraction from image IPTC data and automated creation of media-tags archives
Frame is a modern theme. Create portfolio or galleries of your images with a variety of page templates, from masonry style to fullscreen grids for both photos and videos. Includes a unique portfolio/gallery template animating your photos with a smooth Ken Burns effect. Fully responsive and retina ready.
Fuerza theme is a responsive, retina ready multipurpose WordPress theme complete with eCommerce support via Woocommerce plugin. It comes with a ton of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts.
Lens is a new modern theme. Fully packed with fullscreen slideshows, grid based galleries, a journal to keep up with latest photo shoots. Responsive, retina ready, unlimited colors, portfolio/galleries for both videos and photos.
Lumen features a colorful yet simple and elegant design with a fully responsive design which adapts to mobile devices with support for YouTube and Vimeo videos. WordPress 3.7 ready. Includes nice AJAX menu.
Chameleon is responsive and offers many different customization options. Chameleon includes 6 different color schemes and a color control panel, allowing for an unlimited combination of custom colors, fonts and backgrounds.
Flexible is a responsive theme with a filterable, ajax-powered multi-media gallery that is quite unique amongst Elegant Theme’s themes. Flexible includes many page templates and customization options.
Envisioned is a simple and elegant theme offering 5 different predefined styles. The homepage includes an attractive carousel style gallery allowing visitors to click through your best photos easily.
Harmony is originally geared towards musicians, but it has many cool features that would make for a great photographers website. Harmony is totally responsive and has a nice parallax design feature which you have to scroll to see.
Feather is a simple theme with 6 different built-in color schemes. You can of course customize the color and design to suit your needs.
Lucid comes with 5 different predefined color schemes and is fully responsive. Touted as a magazine-style theme if you use your imagination you can see how this would be perfect for a photography portfolio website.