Showcase of Photography Portfolio Websites

Garrod Kirkwood

Another simple portfolio, this time for the wonderful work of Garrod Kirkwood. The navigation can’t be simpler and it is super easy to browse his portfolio, simply clicking on a thumbnail that you want to see. For those that want to see the photos at full-size, there is another option that allows you to enlarge the image even further. Great for those of us that have big screens and want to make the most of that factor.

 

Blue Lily

Blue Lily’s portfolio is a little bigger than most in this showcase, including a client log-in area, pricing pages, contact pages, and various gallery types to separate their work. Although such a large number of pages to visit, the navigation is simple to use, with loads of space left to display the fantastic images at the largest size possible. Photos are viewed automatically using a great slide-show, however we are left with the option to click through images manually.

 

Nick Onken

Nick Onken’s site is perfect for those of us who want a little extra to experiment with whilst looking through the various galleries. We have the option to select our favorite photos and add them to a “light-box” area, which we can visit later; this page obviously then showcases our favorite photos! A great addition to the site if you plan on showing somebody else your favorite photos; especially helpful if you’re looking to hire the photographer and want to talk it over with your family, friends, colleagues or clients.

 

Ken Kaminesky

Ken Kaminesky, like many others in the Flash section of this showcase, uses the size of your screen to his advantage to show off his brilliant work as large as possible; if your browser isn’t maximized, you have the option to view full screen it so you can see every tiny detail in his HDR photographs. To view the next photo in the gallery you’re currently looking at you simply click, simple!

 

Joby Sessions

Joby Sessions’ portfolio uses some fantastic eye-catching Flash (animated) illustrations that gets you interacting with the website as you as you hit the go button. Whilst being drawn in by the great animated effects the rest of the website is loading, meaning you’re not waiting around watching a blank screen waiting for images to load.

 

Zhang Jingna

Zhank Jingna’s minimalistic portfolio makes superb use of white-space to show of the beautiful photographs. The different galleries are easy to locate, and navigation throughout the portfolio areas themselves are very easy to use, simply clicking on the photo that you want to enlarge.

 

Lenny Wolf

Lenny Wolf’s portfolio uses a large blank area on the front page of his portfolio to cleverly draw your eyes in to the featured photo on the front page. The site is extremely simple to use yet is absolutely stunning to look at.

 

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge’s portfolio is completely black and white other than his extremely colorful photographic shots. The photos are categorized under different galleries such as “Editorial” and “Portraits” and are all shown on one page in small thumbnails. You can click on a thumbnail to view the image full size. Simple yet effective, and the white border around the whole design adds that extra something.

 

Kevin Murray

Kevin Murray’s portfolio uses some neat and modern typography, making the users experience a great one. Different galleries can be found at the top, and images are loaded in the background, similar to the front page. Images are browsed through by clicking left and right arrows.

 

Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf’s portfolio is basically made up of tags such as “rain”, “mature” and “chessmen”. This allows the user to easily find their way around the portfolio. When a tag is clicked, all images within that tag category are displayed as thumbnails with a larger view of the images above.

 

Andrew G Hobbs

This Polaroid-style portfolio of Andrew G Hobbs uses some fantastic Flash animation techniques to enlarge a “Polaroid frame” whilst messing other photos in the background up, allowing you to focus more attention on the enlarged photograph.

 

Ciril Jazbec

Ciril Jazbec’s portfolio allows you to select an “area” of photography when entering the site, such as portraits, advertising or corporate. Once an area has been selected, the viewer is presented with a sleek selection of thumbnails which can be clicked and viewed full-screen.

 

Nil Takipte

Nil Takipte’s portfolio uses some excellent hand-drawn style doodles, making the design interesting and very unique. Some great animation techniques have been used, allowing you to arrange and enlarge various sized thumbnails.

 

Ad Vlemmix

The portfolio of Ad Vlemmix uses the capability of full-screen Flash to view as many photos on one page as possible. The overlaying photos are normally black and white, and when clicked is brought to the front of the layers and transformed into color, making it stand out incredibly well against the black and white background.

 

Thomas Spiessens

Thomas Spiessens portfolio is completely slide-show based, using a great pixelated transition effect, making the slide-show much more visually appealing. The slide-show can be skipped through using a neat line of thumbnails directly beneath the enlarged images.

 

Brook Pifer

Brook Pifer’s portfolio can be browsed by clicking on a certain type of gallery such as “Entertainment” or “Advertising”. Each gallery can be searched through by either viewing thumbnails, or watching a sleek and eye-catchy slide-show.

 

East Photographic

East Photographic is a great portfolio, using a minimalist and gray-scale color scheme to make the fantastic work out pop out of our screens. Work can be viewed by photographers name or project, and is browsed through by clicking on the current image to view the next.

 

Jeffery Salter

Jeffery Salter’s portfolio again is very clean and minimal, using a very limited amount of color in the design itself. The portfolio itself is viewed by simply clicking on a gallery type, and then clicking on the current image to view the next.

 

Jill Greenberg

Finding what you’re looking for in Jill Greenberg’s portfolio is super-easy, with loads of different ways to find her different work. You can either view the whole portfolio, or select a name of a famous person and view their portraits. Clicking on a thumbnail enlarges it and removes the background, making you focus completely on the displayed image.

 

Jonathan Glynn Smith

Jonathan Glynn Smith’s portfolio has a great introduction, using colorful images and modern typography to create a visually appealing entrance for the viewer. The portfolio itself is very simple to browse, simply clicking on a gallery such as “Fashion Women”, “Fashion Men” or “Travel and Style” to get a neat selection of thumbnails with an enlarged image above.

 

Alessio Pizzicannella

The portfolio of Alessio Pizzicannella has a selection of thumbnails on the left-hand side of the design, which can be scrolled through, allowing you to change the current selection of thumbnails. Clicking on a thumbnail image enlarges it on the right-hand side, making the portfolio very simple to use. A great addition to this portfolio means you can click some where on an enlarged image to select a color – doing this will automatically change the background color of the entire site. This is great if you want to see a certain photo in a suitable setting, such as a photo with a lot of white on a white background, or vice versa!

 

Alberto Oviedo

Alverto Oviedo’s portfolio, like many others, allows you to select a gallery type, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. Once you’ve chosen a gallery type, you are presented with a horizontal slide bar, allowing you to scroll from left to right to view different photos in that one particular category.

 

Rinze Van Brug

As soon as we enter the portfolio of Rinze Van Brug, we are asked to select either “Fashion Photography” or “Travel Photography”. When you have chosen a category, you can simple click left and right arrows to scroll through photos.

 

Sarah Cheng-De Winne

The portfolio of Sarah Cheng-De Winne is one that stands out quite well in this list of portfolios, using large uppercase white typography against a dark image. When viewing the portfolio area of the site, you are presented with a selection of thumbnails of which you can click and view the images at a much larger scale.

 

Tim Melideo

Tim Melideo’s portfolio uses some grungy texture to make the photography stand out. The images themselves are viewed by clicking on thumbnails to view and enlarged version of the image directly above the line of thumbnails. Although this is a great Flash design, it could easily be achieved using HTML and CSS.

 

Lee Towndrow

The portfolio of Lee Towndrow uses a page full of thumbnails, which can be moved left and right allowing you to view more thumbnails in a similar category. Clicking on a thumbnail will remove all other links and thumbnails and make the image the exact same size as your browser; perfect for the full-size browsers.


Compiled exclusively for WDD by Callum Chapman, a freelance designer from Cambridge, UK. He is the creative mind behind Circlebox Creative and Circlebox Blog, and can often be found writing for design related blogs.

Did we miss your favorite photography website? Feel free to add it below…

  • Stu Green

    Another good one is a site I built recently for a client called Corrie Wingate who I think is a really great photographer. The site uses lots of jQuery but the photos are what really give it impact. Check it out:

    http://www.corriewingate.com

  • John Foster

    Really nice collection!
    I my opinion, http://www.maxliebscher.com could be on this list too

  • http://www.angeloff.net/blog angeloff

    Great Collection!

    May i suggest this site too http://www.badzhakov.com/ DAY section.

  • Lucian Lature

    About the second portfolio, I think the correct name is Alex Flueraș, and not Alex Fluera’s. Also the URL needs to be corrected.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Thanks, corrected!

      • Lucian Lature

        Are you sure?..Cause the link is still broken. It should be http://album.alexflueras.ro/ .

      • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

        Talked too soon before :) Now it’s fine :)

  • http://ricknunn.com Rick Nunn

    Wow, thanks for including me in this list, there are some fantastic sites up there!

  • http://cole007.net/ Cole

    Did a simple wee HTML/CSS site for a friend, Ryan McGoverne a while back.
    Awesome photographer:

    http://www.ryanmcgoverne.co.uk/

  • http://www.bobbymarro.com Eric S

    I just fixed my friend up with one as well. He does event photography, and portraits. hes really good.
    http://www.bobbymarro.com

  • http://piwigo.org Pierrick Le Gall

    Nice portfolios :-)

    I am Piwigo founder (photo gallery software, see http://piwigo.org ) and of course I see many photo websites.

    One of the best customization of Piwigo is Luciano Amodio portfolio http://www.lucianoamodio.it/portfolio

  • http://www.pixel-webarts.de/portfolio René

    Nice Sites! Here is another Site for your List. Awsome nature photography made by Jakob Magnus.

    http://www.jmagnus.de

  • http://AevumDesign.com Jeff G

    I’ve messed with a few different lightbox-based photography portfolios, and the one I see in your list from “Arild Danielsen” is one of the coolest and most “cool, I want to click that” designs I’ve seen… thanks for the idea… I’m going to learn from that one…

  • http://www.adamsheppard.org Adam Sheppard

    Many thanks for the shout out for my site http://www.adamsheppard.org
    I try and keep the site fresh and updated, integrating the latest technologies such as photosynth and silverlight deep zoom while maintaining a simple look and feel.

    You can read more about the site at the technologies I use at http://ashepp.squarespace.com

    Thanks again and let me know if you have any questions.
    info@adamsheppard.org

  • http://www.en.yourinspirationweb.com sarah

    Great list.
    I really love Robert Dann portfolio, it’s really creative. I suggest also: http://santossaul.com/. Do you like it?

  • http://www.timmelideo.com tim

    Thanks for the link!!!! The reason I designed my site to look like HTML is because I hate flash and flash photography websites. I needed to be able to protect my images, somewhat, from being saved because of some problems I’ve had. Plus I LOVE the backend management of Slide Show Pro director. And my site is using wordpress as well. :)

  • http://blog.aceinfowayindia.com Ajay

    Thanks! Great collection.

  • http://notthatcomplicated.com Stephen

    Dave Hill’s site is flawless.

    One thing that sets his apart from some others is the lack of loading time between pictures. Pre-caching is huge for the user experience.

    Another nice minimalist one is Christy Saucier’s at http://christy.saucier.biz.

  • http://azizuanaziz.blogspot.com/ Azizuan

    Great compilation. Thanks for inspiring. Keep it going.

  • Romskey

    Great !

  • http://mahmudurrahmanblog.blogspot.com Mahmudur Rahman

    Stunning portfolio collection. Truly Inspiring. Thanks for sharing this awesome post. :)

  • http://www.bebop-ad.com BebopDesigner

    Brilliant post! love it… in fact I was in the middle of writing a post like this one… guess I’ll have to think of something else eh? :)

    Thanks for sharing

  • soenke

    http://felixjork.de/

    Flash Portfolio I made with Flash.

  • http://www.alexfotograful.ro Alexander

    Dave Hill is the best!

  • Steve

    This site should probably be in the list: http://www.graham-mitchell.com

  • http://Www.crystal-Asia.com Ryan

    http://Www.benmcmillanphotography.com is worth a look. Minimal, and the gallery uses the left and right, space to view. ;)

  • Mark

    You forgot to mention the biggest problem with Flash websites for photographers, that – except in very few exceptions – users can’t create a link to a single image or gallery. In these days of social media sharing not being able to link to specific images or collections is a huge drawback. I can’t count the number of times I’ve found a great image and wanted to share it on Twitter, Delicious, and so on, but not been able to because the only link I can provide is to the front page.

    There are some ways around that but it requires more effort on the part of the developer. Noah Addis has a site you can link to individual ‘pages’ for example: http://www.noahaddis.com/#/home//portfolio__8

    For people worried about their images being stolen, it makes no difference whether you use HTML or Flash, there are very few people out there who don’t know how to take a screenshot.

    • http://www.manipulator.com robert green

      as someone who helps administrate jill greenberg’s website, i can tell you that there are significant changes coming viz the flash component of her site. we got an enormous amount of feedback about people wanting to be able to link deep into her site and hopefully we have solved the problem. look for the new site launch at the beginning of april.

  • http://www.theandazstudio.com Amo

    http://www.theandazstudio.com here is a east west fusion design!!

  • http://www.pojemario.com/ Poje Mario

    Some of them are really great !

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net Jordan Walker

    That is a really nice list of websites for photographers.

  • http://www.album.alexflueras.ro Alex Flueras

    Thanks so much for featuring my site!

  • http://www.espaciodecolor.com Felipe Martí

    Great surprise for me!!!!! Thanks!!!

  • http://www.greenandchic.com Carla | Green and Chic

    Great work guys! This is definitely an inspiration for me.

  • http://kenkaminesky.com/ Ken Kaminesky

    Just wanted to say thanks for including me in this list.
    What a lovely surprise to be included amongst some great photographers with cool sites.

  • Vita

    Nice collection!
    I’d like to add these:
    http://www.narcisvirgiliu.ro/index.php – Narcis Virgiliu, unusual nude
    http://www.alexmaclean.com/ – Alex MacLean, aerial photographer
    http://mishaburlatsky.com – Misha Burlatsky, old style photos, ambrotype technique

  • http://www.kwilliamsphotography.co.uk sue holdarth

    some great images here

  • http://www.partyshoots.co.uk Phil Tennyson

    Innovative ideas and a great concept to get photography better accessed.

  • http://mariorabie.com cintia lima

    Really nice photographer website… check it out

  • http://www.alejandroperazzo.com Alvaro Hernandorena

    liked most alex fueras one

  • http://www.designfission.com Edwin

    Take a look at Zhang JingNa’s website. http://www.zhangjingna.com

    Minimalistic style done in Flash.

  • http://www.whereiputstuff.com Bill

    Thanks for including Daniel Woolf’s site in the collection. This was the first photography site I worked on and am quite pleased with how it turned out.

  • http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com Going2bfamous

    great interface and beautiful work

  • http://www.neocubizm.ru/ Неокуб (The NeoCube)

    Excellent selection of designer sites

  • http://www.fotopesastuudio.blogspot.com sigrid

    thank you for collecting togheter all those great sites

  • http://www.twitter.com/codephase Codephase

    great collection.

  • http://lauhakari.com Lauhakari [mikko]

    I’d like to make shout out for http://www.kallekataila.com, mainly an artistic photographer from Helsinki, Finland… He has several shows/exhibitions going on in the world atm, and will be featured in the One Hour Photo at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington DC (May 8 – June 6)…

    [site by yours truly ofc ;) ]

  • http://mariciabydesign.posterous.com/ MARICIA

    Hey, very very cool!

  • http://www.facebookbackgroundslayouts.com BackgroundLayouts

    i liked John Morris design much.. its really cool and soothing design. my Sincere appreciation is from the heart…

  • http://www.designbeep.com Arshad Cini

    The collection is really good.I can spend a few hours with them

    Thanks!!!

  • http://www.dagmarabojenko.com Tidagger

    If you are looking for other well designed and interesting photography websites, have a look at Dagmara Bojenko Photography at http://www.dagmarabojenko.com

  • http://www.varesano.net/ Fabio Varesano

    Cool list. Really great websites here. You might also want to consider adding the website I created: http://www.ermannofalco.com/

  • http://www.goblinridge.co.uk Yorkshire Web Design

    Some great looking portfolio websites. I really like Ivan Vanderbyl’s work. Thanks for sharing Ted.

  • http://armorik.com.ba/ Roni
  • http://aryavrit.blogspot.com/ Upen

    Thanks for sharing and telling about Rick Nunn’s blog He is awesome.
    his posts are inspirational.
    He is so Talented…

  • http://albert-augustin-gestaltung.de Albert Augustin

    I also like http://www.qnut.org which is built with indexhibit and supersized!

  • http://www.laris-sa.com Lori

    maybe http://www.laris-sa.de.com ?!?!??!
    i like the homepage

  • http://www.gareth-howell.net/ James

    hey guys check out this photography site i’ve just finished designing/building.. http://www.gareth-howell.net/

  • http://www.jimconnollyphotographer.co.uk/ Siminki

    Good post!

    Also please check out Liverpool photographer Jim Connolly’s website – http://www.jimconnollyphotographer.co.uk

    He’s a bit of a legend around Liverpool and a great guy too…

  • http://www.volkanerdogan.com volkan

    Thanks great collection !

    I’ d like to add these :

    Turkish freelance photographer Serkan Erdoğan http://www.serkanerdogan.com

  • http://www.onfx.com Rudy Espinosa

    Wow! This is a great collection. Thanks for putting these together for us to enjoy.

  • http://www.charvidesigns.com venkat

    cool collection

  • footro

    Perhaps this one also should be included: http://przemekszuba.pl

    Fast, clean and full of light :)

  • http://www.clippingimages.com Shamima Sultana

    wow…amazing:)

  • http://www,robbydesigns.com RobbyDesigns

    Some amazing designs there, nice article. I especially loved the minimal designs, such a hard style to pull off.

  • zevi

    amazing designs

  • http://www.jameshughesphotography.com James Hughes

    Hi

    Have look at my site http://www.jameshughesphotography.com I don’t think I’ll ever finish it yet it covers the bases for now ! what do you think ?

  • Greg S.

    Wow! These sites give me some good ideas. I’ve been looking at some of the up-and-coming photog sites on the web and have found some really good ones. Example:

    http://bluestarphotos.smugmug.com

    This guy is doing work with HDRs and looks like he has a lot of promise and a great future. Check it out…

  • http://photographers-portfolio.com/ Portfolio website

    Beautiful list.Take a loot at this:http://photographers-portfolio.com/mydesign.php

  • http://glazemoo.blogspot.com Glazemoo

    Wow! Great collection. Paulo Boccardi is one of my favorite photography portfolio. Thanks.