Elegant Themes offers over 87 different themes to choose from when you sign up. Not all are made for photography so you have to go through them to find something that works. I’ve done that and found 12 that are perfect for photography or a portfolio website. I still think Elegant Themes is the best deal in the industry as far as what you receive for the price. For as low as $69 you get access to all of their themes. You can of course opt for the developer license which I have done for $89 per year that gives you access to their plugins as well. Yes, you are free to use their themes on as many website as you like. They do not place any restrictions on how many times you can download or use a theme, nor do they limit the number of domains that you can install their themes to. So if you change your mind about a theme you installed you can download another one of their themes and install that. You’re never stuck with just one theme design.
So, here are the twelve themes I find great for photography websites.
1. Vertex Theme
Vertex is a responsive theme so it adjusts accordingly to display nicely on mobile devices. The homepages is designed to engage your visitors and tell your story through galleries, sliders, testimonials and team member bios.
2. Deepfocus Theme
Deepfocus is also a responsive theme so it looks great on iDevices and other phones/tablets. Like some of the other themes it comes with 5 predefined styles which you can customize to your liking via the custom ePanel admin panel.
3. Envisioned Theme
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.
4. Gleam Theme
Gleam is an AJAX heavy theme so it loads most of your content via smooth transitions. Gleam comes with a beautiful full-screen portfolio page template, allowing you to showcase your images full screen and un-interrupted by your content. A non fullscreen gallery is also included, along with lightbox popups.
5. Modest Theme
Modest offers a simple and elegant design with a 3 image carousel including a text description on the homepage . It includes many different gallery and portfolio templates to choose form.
6. Origin Theme
Origin is responsive and grid-based. It displays a multitude of your images all in a grid that adjusts according to your screen size. It includes 5 predefined color styles that you can customize.
7. Feather Theme
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.
8. Harmony Theme
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.
9. Lucid Theme
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.
10. Evolution Theme
Evolution is responsive and includes 4 built-in color schemes. It has a simple header with logo front and center. Includes all the popular page templates, shortcodes and is compatible with all major browsers.
11. Flexible Theme
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.
12. Chameleon Theme
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.