Today, photographers, artists and creative agencies working in visual mediums need to make sure that their work and their web presence will impress potential clients across a variety of mobile, high-resolution devices. In this Siteturner round-up, we look at some of the best mobile & retina-ready WordPress photography themes.
All themes in this round-up were selected by hand, and our choices are primarily based on design (both visual and UX). Sometimes features influence our decision: support for the WooCommerce plugin, for example. For this article, we first assembled a longer list of 40+ themes, and whittled it down to the cream of the crop.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in this round-up, be sure to check out our related articles, the Best Portfolio WordPress Themes for Artists, Freelancers and Agencies and the Biggest & Best Multipurpose WordPress Themes.
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The newest addition to our list, simply titled Photography, is really more of a 24-in-one kinda deal, and it gives you a lot of variation to work with. Twenty-four distinct, easy to install (read: one-click) demos are provided, with 70+ portfoio layouts to choose from. I mean, come on, that’s a lot of portfolio layouts, right?
Along with the portfolio and photo-oriented features, everything you’d expect from a modern WordPress theme is baked in: it’s responsive, retain-ready for high resolution, extremely customizable (with WordPress’s Live Customizer integration for real-time previewing). As a bonus, the premium plugins iLightbox and Revolution Slider are bundled free.
It’s probably worth taking a quick look at the demos to see the variety of styles/layouts included, and to get a better idea of everything this theme has to offer. Highly recommended, yo.More Info/Download
Next, we’ve got Black Diamond. In addition to being fully mobile and retina-ready, this WordPress photography theme features a fullscreen homepage slider (supporting both images and vido), top-notch album and gallery integration, and a portfolio with a masonry-style layout.
A ribbon-style gallery is also included, and a fullscreen blog rounds out the features. A drag & drop page builder is built-in, and the advanced options panel gives you plenty of control over the themes various elements, fonts, and colors.More Info/Download
Stellar is a high-resolution photography theme for WordPress that comes with two predefined skins, light & dark, and features a unique gallery/archive page to display your work. The theme is built horizontally, to mimic the way a client might view a photobook.
The theme is easy to customize, and includes lots of layout variations for your portfolio. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are integrated, the Stellar is translation ready (with WPML support).More Info/Download
The minimal, elegant Vega theme is one of our favorites. Elements like the parallax header background and fullscreen templates add visual flare, and the theme includes a useful drag & drop content builder for assembling and editing layouts. The popular premium plugin Revolution Slider is bundled for free.More Info/Download
Fully mobile and retina-ready, the team behind Essenza put a lot of thought and time into getting every detail just right. This is a multipurpose WordPress theme, and includes three pre-made styles for building corporate websites and personal portfolios. SEO optimized and integrated with Google Analytics.More Info/Download
Boika is modern, stylish photography with a lot to offer on the features end. An easy to use, masonry-based portfolio is provided, and the famous Visual Composer plugin is included free for hassle-free, frontend drag & drop page building (and unlimited layouts).More Info/Download
Next up, we have Camera7. This minimal, expertly designed theme boasts some tasteful, subtle visual effects that will make a lasting impression on site visitors, and it’s easy to use and manage on the backend for site admins. A variety of layouts are included to choose from and unlimited colors are available.More Info/Download
As the name implies, the mobile, high-resoltion Photo theme by GavickPro was built specifically with photographers and their photography in mind. The cutting-edge, fullscreen design makes for a strong first impression, and site admins can take advantage of two different portfolio pages, full-width slideshows, and plenty of options when building and customizing the site.More Info/Download
Photographer – A WordPress Theme For Photographers
The minimal, simply-titled Photographer theme is a brand new theme not to be underestimated. This highly mobile, retina-ready theme is the perfect way to showcase your portfolio, with its focus on content and user experience. Extraneous bells & whistles are eliminated in favor of a distraction free experience.
Easy to use, easy to customize, and SEO and translation-ready.More Info/Download
Barrow is one of the newest themes on our list, and features a sleek, grid-based layout. Two versions are included – a light, and a dark version – and Barrow takes mobile devices seriously by including support for touch screens.
An options panel based on the Redux framework gives users lots of options to work with. Barrow includes lots of documentation and XML demo date for fast & painless installation and setup.More Info/Download
City – Retina Responsive Creative Blog WordPress Theme
The City theme isn’t strictly intended for use as a photography theme, but we think it lends itself to that use very well. It’s highly responsive, retina-ready and four different blog styles are provided out of the box. Though perhaps not ideal for agencies and professionals, City is a great choice for hobbyists and amateur photographers who want to showcase their work.More Info/Download
Frame is another WordPress photography theme that takes full advantage of full-screen style. The modern, flat design provides an air of professionalism and class, and the theme comes in two flavors: dark and light. A masonry porfolio/gallery is included. Lots of options are available in the extended options panel for customization.More Info/Download
Photo – Responsive Photography WordPress Theme
Photo is one of the older themes on our list, but its lovely, pixel-perfect design doesn’t look one bit dated. Photo embraces the popular flat aesthetic, and adds touches of visual pizzaz by way of CSS animations and transitions. The theme is very versatile, with two homepage layouts, three portfolio layouts, two blog layouts and a slew of options, page templates and widgets to work with.More Info/Download
The massive Armada theme brings you a ton of flexibility along with its contemporary, professional design. Clean lines, white space and tasteful typography make Armada a standout, and an endless amount of layout options and theme are at your disposal. The theme also comes bundled with Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, and the premium Pricing plugin – all for free.More Info/Download
Another older release, mobile and retina-ready Tripod theme could have just has easily been released last week – its timeless, minimal design makes it a great option for independent photographers who want their work front and center. A drag & drop layout builder is included, adding flexibility, and multiple gallery options are built-in.More Info/Download
Fotopsy, though marketed by the developer as a multipurpose portfolio theme, really shines as photography theme. A boxed and full-width layout are available to choose from, and nine custom page templates are included adding additional functionality and display options. The menu can be aligned right or left. Want to sell your wares? The popular WooCommerce e-commerce plugin is also supported.More Info/Download
Simple and straight-to-the-point, the retina-ready WordPress photography theme Zanduco gives you two menu styles to choose from, three header layouts, and a built-in parallax slideshow on every page. The portfolio is smartly integrated, give you several ways to layout and display your work. WooCommerce is integrated with this one, too!More Info/Download
Galanty is fullscreen photography theme that needs to be seen up close to be fully appreciated, thanks to the pretty-nifty menu to the right. Be sure to check out the demo to see what we mean. We tried to get a screen capture of it for our screenshot, but couldn’t quite manage it.
Beyond the sweet design, this fast theme comes with features like Visual Composer for drag & drop page building, WooCommerce support, and a huge options panel that will allow you to tweak everything you see.More Info/Download
Bleeker is a simple, content-focused theme with a high-contrast, eye-popping visual design and fantastic UX design (user experience), in part due to the AJAX navigation that eliminates page loads. This mobile, retina-ready WordPress theme couldn’t be easier to install and use. Touch optimized, and an excellent choice for independent photographers and other creative designers.More Info/Download
DeRailed is multipurpose theme that, while not explicitly intended for showing off photography, is definitely qualified to the job. It’s perhaps not the best match for agencies, but WooCommerce is supported, and worth a look for independents and hobbyists.More Info/Download
You might already know from the screenshot if the Mega Pholio theme is for you. We liked it, and felt this list was a bit heavy on fullscreen photography themes. So here it is. 20 portfolio grid options are provided in Mega Pholio, fancy-pants parallax backgrounds, the premium plugins Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, and Essential grid. Lots of options on the background, if you can’t just leave well enough alone.More Info/Download
Finally, for your consideration, we have My Folio, another minimalistic portfolio theme like Bleeker, above. A breeze to use, My Folio comes packaged with a simple drag & drop page builder and unlimited color schemes to choose from. The AJAX loading eliminates the need for page reloads, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable user experience.More Info/Download
And that concludes our look at the best mobile & retina-ready WordPress Photography Themes. Come back next time, when we’ll be looking at a different type of WordPress theme. Probably something to do with parallax scrolling. Or sports! Who knows.