Create Your Own Photography Website Tools
We know that as a photographer, your online presence is important for business. But that does not mean you need to be a web designer. Below are some tools that can help you automate or at least highly simplify this task, allowing you to focus on your craft:
If you do not want to do any of the dirty work for your portfolio site, they will provide you with hosting, domain name, template installation, 15 portfolio pages and services, and all the essential plugins.
With a SmugMug Pro account, you can build a custom photo website, have secure and unlimited photo storage, sell photos around the world while SmugMug handles returns and damaged prints, easily create private or public portfolio and gallery pages, and more.
Flothemes offers responsive WordPress themes for creatives, photographers and videographers. They offer a unique block building experience providing design flexibility and customization to your pages. The themes are mobile responsive and work great on all devices, they offer maximum control over SEO and are designed to be beautiful out of the box, with style kits built into the design.
Astra is a powerful theme that comes with over 150 premade templates, many of which are designed for photographers and other creative professionals. Astra lets you display your images on a minimalist, attractively designed website. You can use various kinds of image galleries, include audio or video, and optimize the layout to draw in new visitors. The theme is also customizable and can be modified to fit your personal brand.
OTHER TOOLS AND RESOURCES
Photologo creates logos for photographers that can be used for branding and to protect your photos from being used inappropriately. Logos are designed by calligraphy artists. You get both a desktop and mobile version. They have a quick turn around time and allow revisions if you are not satisfied.
RAWsie is a great little program for pro and amateur photographers that lets you compress RAW format photo files to the size of JPEGs without loss in quality, dynamic range, resolution, or color.
This company will help you with business cards, logos, templates, designs, mockups for your business. Download as many mockups, logos, design templates, and videos as you want, no design or video editing skills needed.
If you want to build your own photography site and are looking for an inexpensive hosting service, Bluehost is the way to go. They have one click WordPress install, 24/7 support, free SSL, and discounts on many other features.
Sellfy is an all-in-one digital commerce solution that is easy to create and manage (“build your store in under 5 minutes”). Digital product files such as photographs up to 10GB can be uploaded. It works great for creators, bloggers, and businesses looking to sell digital products, subscriptions or physical goods. Sellfy gives you the option of embedding products and buy buttons on your business website, as well as Facebook, and Youtube. They also allow you to integrate your payment processing and to utilize their built-in marketing tools (email marketing, discounts, upselling) and analytics. Sellfy offers a 14-day free trial (no credit card required).
Photo Repair Pro has been the exclusive photo restoration studio for Costco. All you need is a scanned or captured JPEG file of your photograph and they will within days send you back a restored photo as well as prints of the photograph. Some of their services include colorizing black and white photos, restoring old cracked photos, repairing sun faded photos, turning snapshots into portraits, and sharpening many of focus photos. Just look at their examples of work.
Star Backdrop offers thousands of different backdrops for studios, photo booths, portraits etc. Their themes include abstract, floral, architecture, sports, wedding, party, seasonal, splid and others. They come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs and several types of fabric.