Last Updated January 2 2023
Squarespace is our top pick for the best photography website builder. Why? Because you can make beautiful photography websites like the ones in this collection easily with Squarespace.
It has stunning photography templates and all the features a photographer looking to showcase/sell their work needs. It includes a great blogging platform, solid ecommerce, an easy-to-use page editor, nice gallery blocks, an appointment scheduling block, and more.
The following photography websites use all of Squarespace’s features effectively. Notice what they do and use whatever you like as inspiration for your website.
Note: You can make nice photography websites with other builders as well. Squarespace just has the best value-to-effort ratio.
Scott Snyder is a product/object photographer based in Costa Mesa, California. His photography is clean-cut and top-of-the-line quality, as apparent from his minimal photography portfolio website.
The professional photographer showcases his best photos with plenty of negative space on the homepage. You can find more about each photography project by clicking on the associated photo: He mentions his roles in the project, what he did to successfully complete the project, about the client, and more for each photo. It’s a lot of (well-written) text, but it follows the “show and then tell” principle I discussed in the intro.
Besides showcasing his work on the homepage, he has a separate Work page where he has displayed more of his works beautifully in a two-column layout.
Even the overall website experience is fantastic. Scott uses easily-readable fonts; the scrolling animations are on point; there’s a small ‘about me’ section; there are appropriately placed CTAs (Contact, Instagram); etc.
Meiwen is a professional designer and photographer that features travel, people, editorial, and interior photography. He is also a designer, combining his many artistic talents to help his clients with branding, art direction, and more. If you plan on selling other complimentary services alongside your photography business, see Meiwen’s website.
His site is minimalistic. On the homepage, he has gone with two main things: a short bio and his photography and design portfolio with a few featured items. The minimal navigation bar helps visitors find more of his portfolio items, the contact form, or the primary social media profiles (Behance, Instagram, and Pinterest).
Potential clients interested in his photography click on “photographer” from the site title or navigate through the navigation bar. And they find this gorgeous four-column portfolio:
Levon Biss is a photographer in London. He has some authentic and gorgeous work with people, soccer, and insects. His work has been published in TIME magazine, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many other respected international titles.
The website showcases featured photos uniquely yet in an obvious way as far as user experience is concerned. It doesn’t follow a fixed column and an image per column structure. Instead, the designer has fixed the container width and defined whitespace between two images — in simpler words, if the image fits side-by-side in the defined space, it will enter there; otherwise, it will go below.
Besides, the menu on the left side looks natural for navigation of other important pages. It hides all the menu items behind the icon, which is not ideal for desktop sites. However, it works beautifully in this case because Levon gets to showcase his work in a full-screen gallery.
Note : Levon also has a Shopify store on a different domain, where he sells his photos. He could have chosen Squarespace Ecommerce to sell on the same website, but he didn’t for some reason. See our Shopify vs Squarespace comparison to learn why Squarespace Commerce would have worked.
Peter McKinnon is a photographer, videographer, and YouTuber from Toronto. His 5 million+ subscribers YouTube channel has some awesome tutorials that help others learn in a fun way. You can also purchase presets and buy gear from him.
His website is more of an influencer’s personal brand website where they sell their merchandise and less of a photography portfolio. You’ll notice how Peter is at the center of the website and not his work.
If you want to build a website for your personal brand and showing photography is secondary, then Peter’s website may be a good inspiration.
Jonathan has worked with big brands like Heinz, The Coca Cola Company, Amazon, and small businesses like Ginger & White London cafe (whom we featured in our cafe & coffee shops website examples collection) over his 20+ years of professional photography career. You can categorize Jonathan as a food photographer., though he also has other stunning work.
His website is an excellent example of a photography portfolio website keeping photos front and center. Though, it could use some whitespace.
This website can be a good inspiration for photographers with huge portfolios (like Jonathan’s). Jonathan showcases thumbnails of different projects at the top. People can click the thumbnails to see all the work of that particular project.
Mike Kelley is a photographer located in California. You can view his excellent work that is focused on architecture, as well as his love for airplanes. He loves the world of art and design and merging these into his projects.
The website is clean, with the homepage divided into two columns. The main section showcases his works, whereas the left column helps visitors navigate different parts of the website - his work portfolio in a particular sector, the ecommerce store where he sells portraits, the about page, the contact page, etc.
Adrieana is a photographer raised in New Jersey. She has some sharp and breathtaking images of animals, people, and more. There are a lot of black and whites for a classic yet loud vibe. She also used to be an opera singer and learned a lot about what it meant to succeed from her years in that field.
She uses a slider to show her beautiful photography in the portfolio section. I love the images but am not a fan of the portfolio design choice here. It isn’t bad per se but looks very 2015ish — but it sure is a way to showcase photography in case you are looking for something that isn’t just photos stacked in columns.
Pedro moved from Brazil to the USA when he was 22 years old to further his education. His portfolio is an impressive tribute to his imagery skills. He is unique in his images in that they are not just beautiful but soulful and emotional as well.
His portfolio with images in three columns looks like an Instagram profile, which is great because a) it looks beautiful, and b) Instagram would have tested a lot of options and found a three-column design is the best.
Liller Photo is run by Lauren, who is based out of Chicago. She offers weddings, engagements, family sessions, and more. She has a fun yet soulful vibe and appreciates to her core what she gets to capture. Her Mom being an artist, taught and inspired her to follow her artistic ways.
The website homepage is a simple slideshow of her recent best work. I am not a big fan of sliders, but no one can deny showcasing full-size pictures right at the top will work wonders for a photographer’s website.
Jessica Chou is a photographer serving California. Her work has a documentary vibe to it, and she likes to take a raw approach to her practice. You can find images of some big names within her portrait portfolio.
The site uses a well-built Squarespace photography template that showcases her work in a single-column layout, which makes the photos pop and gives the website a minimal look.
Alex is living in Montreal and providing photography services, including headshots and editorial work.
The website uses a nice masonry gallery with ample whitespace as borders to display all gorgeous photos.
Mathieu Stern was born in Paris and is now a professional photographer and filmmaker. He loves to experiment with vintage and new-age lens. His lens museum page is an awesome exploration of a huge variety of lens options. You can also see where his work has been featured and view his blog.
Grace is a photographer and a creative mind all around working on several different projects. She also works for Gingko Bioworks, using strategies based on Biology as opposed to production.
Will is based in London and has stellar commercial and editorial photography. Take a look at his portfolio and you’ll see all sorts of celebs in his lineup. He also offers classes and travels worldwide for his projects.
Brandon is a photographer based out of New York. Check out his portfolio and his instagram directly from this page. You can also view neat before and afters and learn about the gear he uses to achieve the look.
Sharon and Danilo Vasic are a married photography duo based in Europe. They both have experience in fashion and advertising, which overflows into their portfolio of weddings and editorial.
Coran started learning about photography at the young age of 15. He has always had a natural zest for the great outdoors and nature-based adventures. He combines these two into one beautiful work of art and has compiled an impressive portfolio.
Sean is an actor, photographer, and filmmaker in Washington. He graduated from Boston University and is extremely well-rounded in his skills. He’s worked with several popular companies you’ve heard of such as the Banana Republic and is no amateur in the business.
Tomi is a 35-year-old photographer that has set out on a 5-year journey to travel the world by bicycle. You can view his glorious adventure on his site and read about why he started the journey. His connections to riding, nature, and photography are a fresh outlook on life!
Edgy photographer and videographer that has worked with Reebok, Addidas, musicians, and more. Her work is wild, fun, and artistic. It’s fun to view her portfolio and be a part of the advertising adventure.
Frank Gomez is a wedding photographer serving the San Fransico area. He’s got a classic style and has been working for 30 years with a hefty amount of experience. You can also check out his blog and learn new things that might benefit you in your search for a photographer.
Marvin Lei practices photography in Long Island and NYC. You can contact him for all people-related photography. He also has a page for Lens Ball photography which is unlike anything we’ve seen! Check out his page on what gear he uses, and find the companies he works with for branding specifics.
Unrated is a media production company. They work with other artists in photography, video, and graphic design to create amazing new projects and push the limit with their thought processes.
Abbi and Callen are a married couple that loves to do adventurous elopement photography. They thrive on the great outdoors and their portfolio is fun to view, certainly well off the traditional wedding photography you’ve seen before.
Deanie Chen is based in Los Angeles. She focuses on portraits, lifestyle, sports, and live music. You’ll find it all when browsing through her site. She currently attends college as well and is furthering her education in addition to her art skills.
Gemma is an experienced wedding photographer. She also offers family photography and couples images aside from weddings. Look to her blog for advice on photography, venue recommendations, and more.
Tayler Smith is a photographer from NYC. You can check out her cool and modern work with dogs, still life, portraits, and live events. Her photography is full of life, fun, and colorful around.
Must have: A typical photography portfolio includes the photographer's best work, an about section, and a contact form or contact details.
Can have: You can (and should) add other things like testimonials, social media feed, print store, etc.
You don't want to confuse the visitor or have them just scroll through your mesmerizing photos, so do not add more photos than necessary to showcase your skill. Remember: Less is more.
If you have a large portfolio, it's best to display your work in a funnel. First, show thumbnails of featured projects at the top and then show more photos of each project if the visitor clicks the thumbnail.