bookmark_border10 Photography Careers You Can Actually Live Off

10 Photography Careers You Can Actually Live Off
10 Photography Careers You Can Actually Live Off

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” You probably have heard these wise words more than once or twice. But turning your passion for photography into a source of income you can live off of is significantly easier said than done.

The first steps are easy enough: Get your hands on a camera, practice as much as you can, and create a photography website to showcase the results. But these three things will only take you so far as a professional. In order to be able to turn your hobby into a job you can live off of, you’ll need to put a lot of energy and time into developing your professional skills. And, of course, you’ll need to find a specific field in which you can actually make money.

Need some guidance? Take a look at these ten photography careers to get ideas for finding your professional path.

01. Wedding photographer

Wedding photography is often considered the ideal choice for making a living out of capturing images. It covers three of the main points people look for in their career: It’s meaningful, pays well, and there is a high demand for it. Plus, you get to shoot photos people will treasure forever.

The most common way to become a professional photographer in this field is through partnerships. This includes both working with established photographers in the field and building professional relationships with businesses such as caterers, venues, and stores.

Of course, there are some downsides to this career. Otherwise, every photographer would be a wedding photographer. You’ll need to develop excellent people skills, and be ready to deal with demanding clients and stressful situations. You’ll also need to prepare yourself for the wedding photographers off-season, meaning the times where the weather is just not right for people to get married.Photo captured by the talented Wix user by The Wild Bride

02. Commercial photographer

Commercial photography includes images that are used to market products and services. This career comprises several types of photography, including architectural, product, portrait, and food photography. These photos appear in media such as ads, catalogs, websites, and social media.

Different photography careers come with different skill demands, and in order to become a commercial photographer you’ll need to put a strong focus on your technical knowledge. There will hardly ever be a story behind your shots, other than how amazing your client’s business is. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be capturing images people can fall in love with. In fact, any sponsored image from your favorite photography Instagram accounts will fall under the commercial photography category.

Over the last few years, the rise of social media has had a major impact in this field. With large follower amounts and engagement as a seal of approval, more and more photographers are actively reaching out to brands for commercial collaborations. This has resulted in a general shift from meticulously prepared shots to images that aim to look as candid as possible.Photo captured by the talented Wix user Lois Hong

03. Portrait photographer

Portrait photography is one of the photography careers with the largest customer demand. This is because of the incredibly broad diversity of types of imagery it includes. From school photos and corporate headshots to professional photoshoots and studio sessions, the number of potential gigs for a portrait photographer is nearly endless. And, of course, let’s not forget about the rapidly growing world of pet photography. Yes, you can actually make a living off taking pictures of cute puppies and kittens.

But with great opportunities comes great responsibility. In order to build a successful career as a portrait photographer, you’ll need to develop strong interpersonal skills and a personal photography style. Most of the people you photograph are likely to have little modeling experience or might even be camera shy, so your charisma will be just as important as your technical skills.

You’ll also need to learn how to negotiate with clients and ensure they’re always happy with the results. After all, most of your gigs will end up coming through referrals.Photo captured by the talented Wix user Sugar & Shutter Photography

04. Travel photographer

Travel photography is, for many, a lifelong dream come true. Not only do you get to spend your days exploring new locations and cultures, but you actually get paid to do so. The wanderlust fever is more contagious than ever due to social media. Now, aspiring photographers around the globe are wondering how to actually make their dream come true.

If you truly want to pursue this photography career, start by putting your feet on the ground and think about the hard work behind it. It means getting up early to capture those stunning sunrise shots, carrying heavy camera accessories for hours on end, and staying indoors editing images rather than swimming in the hotel pool. The results will most definitely be worth it, but you need to be ready to put in the effort to get them.

It’s really not easy to make money as a travel photographer. Especially if you take into account how expensive it can be to produce those pictures. Your best shot is to start by building a powerful portfolio with your very best work. Work as a freelancer and sell your photos to magazines and travel agencies. You should also reach out to brands that could potentially sponsor your trips, and try to build professional relationships with travel writers and other authors you could collaborate with.Photo captured by the talented Wix user Mario Moreno

05. Stock photographer

Stock photography is one of the most accessible photography careers, yet also one of the most commonly ignored. The likelihood of being able to make a living off this type of photography is slim, but it can be a great way to make some extra money.

You can start by selling photos that are already on your portfolio in microstock platforms such as iStock, Dreamstime, and Adobe Stock. These have a lower entry barrier and account for the largest sales. Later on, work on shooting very diverse images for which you can imagine many potential commercial uses. Professionals in the field recommend uploading a few dozen images a month in order to take full advantage of the opportunities these platforms provide.

If stock photography is something you’d be interested in pursuing, take a look at these pro tips on how to sell stock photos.Photo captured by the talented Wix user Bjarte Rettedal

06. Photojournalist

Photojournalism is the act of documenting events for publications. The popular saying ‘an image is worth a thousand words’ has never been more true as it is in this photography career, as photojournalists must capture still images that perfectly convey complex stories.

This photography career will put you forefront of news and culture, and will help you become a visual storyteller. Needless to say, it will demand a lot of dedication in exchange. You’ll most likely have to start covering not-so-exciting events and working as a freelancer in order to put together a solid photography portfolio. With time, you’ll be able to start submitting your work for publication and hopefully make a name for yourself in a trusted news agency.

In becoming a photojournalist, you’ll be following the steps of renowned photographers such as Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, David Seymour and, of course, the beloved Peter Parker.Photo captured by the talented Wix user Justin Sullivan

07. Sports photographer

Sports photography is one of the photography careers that has been less affected by the lowering entry bars to the discipline. While professionals in other fields find themselves fighting against smartphones and social media, it’s hard to imagine anything else than high-end tele lenses on high level sports events.

It’s also one of the most dynamic jobs in the discipline, as there is neverending action unfolding right in front of your camera at all times. Meaning, you’ll never be bored but you’ll need to develop incredible technical skills. The bad part is that you’ll need to invest in powerful lenses in order to be able to capture everything going on in the game.

One of the biggest benefits of sports photography is just how accessible it is. You can start working on your career at any time: All you need is to walk to the nearest soccer field or basketball court. Start with amateur games and move towards professional events as your skills improve. Sell your work to local publications or partner with teams in order to get your work out there. Every goal, fault, and finish line you capture will take you one step closer to the NFL, NBA, NWSL, or MLB.Photo captured by the talented Wix user Ian Langsdon

08. Wildlife photographer

Wildlife photography is the antithesis of many of the photography careers of this list. In a world where everything is about action and speed, one of the most important virtues of a wildlife photographer is patience.

While some spectacular shots require fast reflexes and a strong hand-eye coordination, most of the time is spent waiting for animals to do something or appear nearby altogether.

Due to climate change and the rapidly advancing endangerment of numerous species, professionals in the field are now using photography as a tool to raise awareness. Because of this, the popularity of wildlife photography is at an all-time high, making the opportunity to have your work published even more likely.

The path to a successful career starts with a solid portfolio that you can show potential publishers. Submit your images for publication and enter contests to maximize your exposure. Develop a unique style or put together visual stories to maximize your chances to have your work printed, and maybe even exposed in galleries.Photo captured by the talented Wix user Stew Nolan

09. Fashion photographer

Fashion photography is the perfect middle ground between portrait and commercial photography. If you have good people skills and like clothes at least half as much as you love photography, this photography career will fit like a glove.

Other than fine art photography, fashion photography is one of the professional fields in which you’ll be able to make the most of your artistic and creative ideas.

Just like the fashion industry itself, fashion photography is an incredibly competitive area. In order to build a successful career you’ll need to become just as good as networking as you are behind a camera.Photo captured by the talented Wix user Kelly W Clark

10. Scientific photographer

Scientific photography is probably the last thing that comes to mind when thinking about photography careers. However, it is an incredibly interesting profession with a very high demand. The job of a scientific photographer is to record data and illustrate technical information for medicine, science, business, and government purposes.

The imagery captured by scientific photographers is commonly used in training, conferences, and exhibitions. Essentially, these photos are meant to capture experiment results in a way that shows the resulting data in a visually alluring manner.

In order to become a scientific photographer, you’ll need to develop a college-level understanding of the area you want to specialize in. Rather than seeing this as a major obstacle, you should consider it an opportunity to expand your knowledge and strengthen your photography skills.

bookmark_borderWhat Should Creative Professionals Blog About?

Every creative professional’s heard the suggestion at some point: “Why don’t you start a blog?” Maybe you dismissed it as too time-consuming, or feel like you don’t have any design, art or photography blog ideas. As a creative professional building an online presence, a blog is a great way to add personality to your portfolio, helping you attract clients and adding dimension to your work.

You don’t have to go full-out lifestyle blogger and start photographing every meal you eat to create a blog for your portfolio. Your blog can be your space to share personal projects that don’t fit in with your professional work. You can use it as an online diary of works in progress, travel images, or news about exhibitions or events you have coming up. You can use your blog to share behind the scenes looks at what you’re doing or to discuss what inspires you.

As long as you commit to updating your blog on a regular basis, you don’t have to stress about posting super frequently. Even monthly updates can be enough to keep your online portfolio feeling fresh and interesting.

We put together 31 blog topic ideas that you can adapt for your personal style. There’s also examples from other portfolio blogs so you can see how others turned simple ideas into something fresh and interesting.

Photo by Jack Davolio

1. Cover an Event

This is still a great blog post idea even if you aren’t a professional photographer. Try snapping a few photos at the next creative event you attend and make a post about it. If you are a photographer, use your blog to share event coverage that doesn’t fit in with your main portfolio. For example, wedding photographer Jack Davolio used his blog to share some incredible images from a festival he went to.

2. Talk About Work You Admire

You don’t have to post just your own work on your blog! Make a post about a favorite artist to share insight into what influences you.

3. Link to Your Press

Your blog is a good place to share links to any interviews you’ve done or places where your work has been featured or recognized.

Photo by Shriya Samavai

4. Turn Your Blog Into a Diary

New York photographer Shriya Samavai uses her blog as a photo diary, sharing images from different places she visits without any explanation, so the photos speak for themselves. Your blog is the perfect place to share where you’ve been and what you’re doing without having to explain too much or worry about things looking polished.

5. Link to Content You Like

Share a link to a friend’s project or work by another creative you admire. Who knows, they might even return the favor! You can also make a post sharing an interesting link that’s relevant to your field, like an article, video tutorial, or gear review.

6. Review a Product

If you’re a photographer, this could be a new camera, or if you’re an illustrator, maybe it’s a new set of pens. You don’t necessarily even have to purchase the product to do this—you could just discuss a new innovation in your field using info you find online. This quick postby Canadian photographer Joe Martz offers a summary of a new lens he tested and a few images made with it.

Photo by Ana Topoleanu

7. Post Personal Work

Keeping your portfolio looking professional and consistent is a priority when you’re using it to attract new clients. That means that your blog is the perfect place to share more intimate, less professional work. A self-portrait series, goofy cartoon project, or casual shots from a friend’s event are great examples. Get inspired by this blog post where Mexico-based photographer Ana Topoleanu shares a moving series of intimate portraits of friends.

8. Share Some Outtakes

Recently added an editorial shoot or portrait session to your portfolio? Share some of the images that didn’t make it into your portfolio or weren’t chosen by your client. This is a good way to share lots of work while ensuring that your portfolio stays neatly curated.

9. Try Something New

Test out a brand-new medium or method of creating, and discuss. If you’re an artist who specializes in painting, try your hand at making a sculpture, and document the results.

Photo by Amarpreet Kaur

10. Talk About Your Hobbies and Interests

This might not seem relevant to your portfolio, but sharing your interests you’re your blog readers gives them more insight into who you are. You can also challenge yourself to showcase your hobbies in a creative way. This blog post about baking a cake, from Canadian photographer Amarpreet Kaur, offers a chance for her to demonstrate her video and photo skills, revealing a bit about her personality too.

11. Talk About Challenges

Do you have a procrastination problem? Stuck trying to think of inspiration to complete a big project? Write a post about it. It’ll show that you take your work seriously, and that you care about doing the best possible job.

12. Make A Playlist

Share the music that you like to listen to when you work, when you’re looking for ideas, or when you’re trying to unwind after getting an important task done. If you want to get creative, you could create an image to go along with as well.

Photo by Laura Guese

13. Tour Your Workspace

Share some images of your desk setup or art studio. This can be a simple, quick post for when you’re not feeling up to something more lengthy—or, you could make the post a detailed tour of your workspace. For example, see Colorado-based painter Laura Guese’s blog post sharing a studio visit she had.

14. Link to Content on Your Portfolio

This is a good idea especially if your portfolio is large and you want to make sure that visitors see your best content. Make a post about why a certain project was challenging to complete, or why it’s your favorite.

15. Share Your Process

Post pages from a sketchbook, preliminary designs, talk about how you set up a photo shoot. Discussing how you create gives visitors to your site a deeper understanding of your work.

Photo by Neil Buchan Grant

16. Do A Year-End Summary

When January starts approaching, make a blog post discussing the biggest projects, challenges, and accomplishments of your past year. This is a nice way to re-share previously posted content. This blog post by Scottish photographer Neil Buchan Grant is a great example.

17. Share Your Goals

This could be a New Year’s Resolutions-themed post, or you could do it at any time of year. Share some personal and/or professional goals you have for yourself and how you’re currently working towards them.

18. Announce Upcoming Events

If you have a show coming up, share it on your blog. Even if visitors to your site can’t attend, it’ll be a useful update on your current work.

Photo by Jon Reid

19. Write a Travel Diary

If you’ve recently gone on a trip, do a post about it. Share some images and experiences you had. Travel photographer Jon Reid uses his blog to share his many stunning travel photos, letting him keep his portfolio from getting too cluttered. This image is from a blog post about a visit to the Scottish Highlands.

20. Offer A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Your Work

Write a post explaining what went into a project on your portfolio. Designer and illustrator Chris Haughton has an incredibly detailed example of this on his blog, where he shares the fascinating process of creating a children’s book from start to finish.

21. Share A Lesson

Talk about a time you learned something important on the job. These kind of posts are interesting to other people in your industry, and also show your commitment to your work.

Photo by Colin Swift

22. Take a Day Trip

You don’t have to go abroad or take a long vacation to write a travel blog post. Try visiting a nearby park or natural area, or even just part of your town or city that you haven’t been to before. Document the results in a post. Colin Swift, a photographer based on Canada’s east coast, has a great example here.

23. Share A Work in Progress

If you’re working on a big painting or an ongoing photo series, share what you’ve completed so far. This is an easy way to keep your portfolio freshly updated when you don’t have any new finished content to add to it.

24. Link to Your Social Media

Do you post frequently on Instagram or Tumblr? Do you have a professional Facebook page for your creative business? Make sure visitors to your site know about it by mentioning it in a blog post. Try making a photo roundup of recent images you’ve shared on Instagram that can’t be found in your portfolio.

Photo by Olivia Mroz

25. Post Unedited Work

Fashion photographer Olivia Mroz has an excellent example of this in a blog post titled “Unedited, uncropped and just resized.” It can be tempting to hide raw, un-retouched versions of your work, but sharing it on your blog adds authenticity to your portfolio without detracting from your polished final work.

26. Create a Tutorial

It can be time-consuming, but making a tutorial to share on your blog can help you get visitors to your site engaged and interesting in returning to your blog. Visual artist Amir Zahed’s post “How to Make Your DSLR Video Look More Cinematic: Color Grading Tutorial”is a perfect example of an interesting, relevant how-to post that will have readers coming back for more.

Photo by Neil Ta

27. Challenge Your Readers

Suggest a challenge that people reading your blog should try. If you have blog comments enabled, ask people to give you feedback. Encouraging visitors to your blog to engage with you is a great way to get people invested in your site. In this blog post, photographer Neil Ta challenges readers to photograph family and friends more often.

28. Share What Motivates You

Is there someone whose career you look to for inspiration? Do you find a certain activity is always conducive to creativity? Write a post about what keeps you going. Get inspired by Colorado-based photographer Chip Kalbeck’s blog post about his work essentials.

29. Make A List

List your essential gear, your favorite websites that relate to your field, your favorite types of projects to work on, the best places to get work done… Lists make great blog posts. You can even incorporate advice into a list, like in this blog post where travel photographer Steph Ridenour shares a list of tips for planning a cycling tour.

Photo by Brandon Titaro

30. Celebrate a Holiday

Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and any other holiday can provide inspiration for timely blog content. Multitalented creative Brandon Titaro made a festive blog post to share a holiday card he created.

31. Get Seasonal

You don’t have to wait for holidays to be inspired by a certain time of year. Try using the current season as the framework for a blog post.

bookmark_border29 Marvelous WordPress Photography Blog Themes For Hobby and Professional Photographers 2019

In the past, if you wanted your picture taken, you would have to pose for a portrait. Nowadays, even our mobile phones have high-resolution cameras. Although we have gotten used to the idea, it is amazing and profound that you can capture time in frames and immortalize a special moment.  Of course, you can squander this ability by taking bad pictures in odd angles, yet there are people with an artist’s touch.

Of course, those talented individuals will need a medium through which they can express themselves. Creating your own photography blog seems like a great idea, considering the popularity of this trend. Even massive photography salons use these sites as a method of advertising, providing samples of their work.

However, everyone expects an artist to have an eye for quality. If you own a shoddy website, people will not get to see your post. They will move on, as soon as they see your home page. In addition, you need to avoid issues like slow loading speeds, poor coding, or resizing errors.

But how can you manage these issues, if you are a person who lacks technical expertise? The answer is to avoid them entirely. By purchasing WordPress theme, your site will gain a versatile kit that improves its practicality and aesthetic design.

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Gillion is a packed up specialized WordPress theme that will make you shine. It has so many panel options and customizations without the need of coding! It is made with Unyson framework and uses Visual Composer to build. Gillion has a highly customizable layout with blogs styles and 7 demos included. You will find a responsive and fast page loading thanks to SEO and speed optimization. Gillion gives you a great support team to aid you in anything as well. It is a theme thought for tasks to be done quick and easy. It is oriented to blogs and magazines. Have fun playing with its unlimited colors, headers styles and more! Get Gillion!MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Soledad

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Soledad is a completely visually stunning and expansive, graphically polished and attractive, highly technologically articulate and meticulously designed, well structured and very flexible, feature-rich and easily customizable responsive WordPress magazine and blog theme. It’s a theme that while sufficiently strong and nimble to adapt itself to a whole slew of diverse website archetypes, has been uniquely designed to perform at top level as a blog and magazine website theme, and due to its graphical proficiency and image-laden layouts and design approach, is peculiarly well suited for the purpose of designing, building and maintaining modern, sophisticated and elegant photography blog websites.

Whether you are an amateur photographer or a professional, a freelance travel photographer or a professional wedding photo studio, Soledad has the right plugins, features, resources, tools, templates and shortcodes to let you smoothly sail your way to a gorgeous and powerful photography blog that lets you tell your tales and show your works in the most favorable spotlight, every single time. Soledad includes over 250 fresh-faced demo websites with 250 different Live Customizer options for you to fiddle with, so you can rest assured your photography website will definitely be one of a kind. Strut your stuff, with Soledad!MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Photosy

If you would like to start a blog about photography and everything related to it, do things in style with Photosy. This elegant, contemporary, creative and rich website canvas is packed with features for hammering out the precise blog your want for yourself. Each of the included nineteen demos has a blog section which you can put to use without the need to make any changes to it at all. All this tells you is that Photosy’s blog section is already spectacular, as well as very versatile.

Amazing page customizer, fully responsive and mobile-ready, a ton of handy shortcodes and eye-catching typography, these and loads more traits Photosy has to offer you. As far as the blog goes, Photosy’s supports all types of posts; standard, video, gallery and audio. With Photosy, you can make what feels right for you and create a fully functional photography blog in a snap.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Moon

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Owning and updating a quality photography blog can be a very rewarding and challenging endeavor. Moon is a quality WordPress theme that is both powerful and user-friendly. It is a virtual Swiss Army knife, with a large variety of features at its disposal. There are multiple post format variations such as video, standard, link, image, audio, and so on. You can also feature content from popular online platforms such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, and YouTube. The internet gives, but it also takes away. Although it offers untold opportunity, it can be hard to hold onto your work while posting online. Moon has integrated a smart photo protection feature for your pictures, making it impossible for someone to download your work by right-clicking it.

Certain pages and sections can be closed towards most followers in order to provide exclusive access for certain clients. No technical knowledge if required: simply select the password and let Moon do all of the work. This photography blog theme can help you to harness the potential of social platforms, as it has introduced an intuitive social interface. The interface is non-intrusive, as it doesn’t occupy a lot of screen space. For those who wish to sample Moon, a live preview was made available.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Breviter Pro

Breviter Pro is a WordPress theme ideal for writing and displaying updates. It features IU and UX design being even mobile friendly. You will get it with a live demo and the right for custom support! Breviter Pro uses interesting perks like a unique top bar and 6 custom widgets. Play with amazing headers and footers to choose from too. Try its elegant slider and confirm its power!  Breviter Pro uses social media through icons to pin and its documented. With its life customizer you’ll see everything you do! Start getting the hang of this powerful tool! Start using Breviter Pro!MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Kalium

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Kalium is a fresh and youthful, lightweight and flexible, aesthetically minded and very responsive WordPress creative multipurpose, portfolio and online shop website theme. This theme is a truly unique platform for developing websites, an intuitive, powerful solution capable of exhibiting all sorts of content in the most appealing, attractive presentations, owing to its gorgeous customization features, the inclusion of the Visual Composer premium plugin to fine-tune your layouts without writing a line of code, and a whopping 30 diverse styles for presenting your image portfolios and galleries in engaging fashion to a discerning audience.

Kalium is always dressed to impress, with an uncomplicated approach and a polished feel that responsively adapts to every device and browser on the planet, so everyone can enjoy your content. Kalium is a perfect theme for photographers, travel photographers, photobloggers and all related industries and fields. If you are looking for the fastest and most flexible way to showcase your photographic works to the public in the best possible light, Kalium is where you need to go. Unique, smooth hover animation effects will impress your visitors while they browse through your works, the LayerSlider and Revolution Slider will keep them entertained and connected, while you sit back and enjoy the traffic!MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Uncode

Uncode is a visually stunning and professionally designed, eloquent and expressive, highly creative and responsive WordPress creative multi-use multipurpose website theme. This theme is a marvelously flexible and incredibly versatile website building platform constructed around an enhanced presentation of the intuitive Visual Composer drag and drop page builder, which allows you to quickly and effortlessly customize and make your own any of the 30 beautiful concept homepage template websites provided with Uncode for your convenience and time-saving benefit.

Uncode is a visual masterpiece to behold, and its gracious usage of premium plugins such as the LayerSlider and Revolution Slider, along with its deft and capable handling of multimedia galleries and a multiplicity of post styles, types and formats, makes Uncode a fantastic fit for a photography blog website. With the premium and incredibly gorgeous custom iLightbox, showing off your impressive visual content is now easier than ever and with really memorable results in your end user experience. Uncode is perfect for travel photo blogs, family photo blogs, photography journals or photography aficionado collection websites. If you’re keeping the world up to date on your visual musings and findings, Uncode is the right theme to do it in style! Try Uncode today!MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Bridge

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As a photographer, amateur or professional, you would want to own your own website. Make the right move and pick Bridge, a WordPress photography blog theme. Of course, this tool goes way beyond photography thanks to its multi-purpose web design and hundreds of ready-made demos. You can now start your photo project and take it to new heights with a sophisticated, creative and modern page that Bridge gets you to create.

Bear in mind, you do not need any prior experience to work with Bridge. The tool is not only super simple to use, but also comes with video tutorials, documentation and access to a team of friendly experts. Working with Bridge will never feel lonely and building a masterpiece is an utmost guarantee.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Jannah

Jannah is a beautiful and flexible WordPress theme. It’s suitable for many kinds of creative business, even photography blogs. It has more than 15+ slider layout, a bunch of color layer options. Choose between 15+ pre-skinned demos or over 800 Google fonts. Plan your site with customizable layouts, and limitless header styles. Besides, it has Post pages, post layouts, and masonry layouts. The only limit is your imagination. It’s compatible with slider revolution to show your work in the best way. A photograph blog requires being integrated with the social media community. Buddy Press design offers you that. And you can add notifications to your menu.

Jannah is built-in custom widgets. It means that you can select from 12 social counter or social widgets. Amazing ha? Yes, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, subscribers, Flickr, among others. Besides, post list widgets, like recent content, most viewed content, popular post, and so on. Also, you are able to integrate your website with content from Instagram. Take advantage of Parallax effect and video background: construct a beautiful landing page. Jannah provides you with lifetime free updates and six-month free support. Also, it has a quick an easy setup. Get real your dream, launch an astonishing photography website. Get Jannah!MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Travis WP

Travis WP is a photography and gallery dedicated WordPress theme. It has tints of orientations to photoblogging, but photos none the less. It was built with 18 gorgeous gallery layouts and a one-click data import. Travis WP has dark and light themes and uses Elementor as page builder. This very powerful retina ready tool is WooCommerce ready too. It’s made for professional photographers and experimented freelancers who want portfolio building. It isn’t however just a resume website. Travis WP is pixel, perfect, widget ready and SEO friendly.

It comes with an excellent child theme, free constant updates and 24/7 custom support system. It is translation ready thanks to WPML plug-in. Travis WP has a special gift: no coding skills required! And thus, it has a simple panel and intuitive menu to use. You can play with unlimited color pallets and custom files for CSS and JS. Publish in grid, masonry, regular columns or just galleries! Travis WP is meant to be a photo guru, as simple as that. For writing posts, titles and general texts, enjoy +650 Google Fonts. You’ll also get Google Maps and AJAX compatibility. Get crafty and quick with this stunning theme…Start using it Travis WP!MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Blogging

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Blogging is a WordPress theme that can enhance every aspect of your photography website. It is also very versatile, considering that it can fill almost any role. Blog construction is facilitated by the presence of unique widgets, along with HTML5 and CCS3 markup. This product understands that delivery is part of the artistic process. With Blogging, your page elements are well-organized, avoiding screen space waste.  The entire layout is intuitive and easy to navigate, resulting in one of the best browsing experiences on the web. Basically, this theme gives you the impression that everything is where it needs to be.

This additional level of organization is vital for content-heavy blogs that provide regular updates. Your site will be optimized for search engines. This gives you a great chance of obtaining high search engine rankings. As a result, both your view count and your profit margin can increase.

If a page is not responsive towards mobile devices, its follower base can diminish. Thankfully, that is a situation that Blogging avoids, given that it can display your gorgeous photographs on tablets, desktop PCs, laptops and smartphones. It will also work with most major web browsers. For a free sample of this theme’s features, the live demo can be accessed.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Interactive

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Interactive is a charming, modern and addictive website theme. If your goal is to create a stunning photography blog that manages to captivate its audience, this product can be your greatest ally. With Interactive, you will be able to convert one-time viewers into die-hard fans who follow every post. If written reviews aren’t your thing, be sure to check out the Live Demo in order to experience the theme’s main features. In terms of aesthetic customization, Interactive lets you alter the blog’s color palette. Don’t be scared of running out of options, as there is an unlimited number of choices.

This product does its best to reduce the waste of screen space. For example, the implementation of an Off Canvas Mobile Menu assures that your options interface will be hidden if it is not being used. For a more comprehensive guide of Interactive, the expansive Documentation source can be consulted. It is especially useful if you are new to the WordPress network. Most of us will justifiably refuse to follow a page with sluggish loading speeds. Thankfully, your site will be lightning-fast, displaying your artful content without delay. It should be mentioned that following the purchase, this theme can be used on more than one website.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

WordX

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When searching for an excellent, high-quality WordPress theme, why settle for anything less than WordX? It is functional and efficient, while offering a gorgeous and intuitive interface. Despite its power, it remains simplistic and easy to use. WordX realizes that not every user has a computer programming degree. Thankfully, its customization and installation process can be completed by a child. It is also very quick. From start to finish, it only lasts a few moments. You can literally design a top-notch photography blog during your lunch break.

WordX supports high resolution images, assuring that your customers can enjoy your best work on their Retina device screens. In addition, this theme is completely responsive. WordX showcases every single post on the screens of laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Cross-browser compatibility was included as well. This adaptive theme will allow you to work from anywhere, uploading and updating posts while on the move. WordX has incorporated a charming option that allows you to feature your artful photographs on a jaw-dropping carousel. If you plan on posting often, this feature is a must-have. Of course, you deserve to be compensated for your hard work. Adsense was added to guarantee a constant stream of advertising revenue, while avoiding intrusive ads that can ruin your reader’s browsing experience.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

NewsPaper

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If you are an artist who is attempting to create a jaw-dropping website, look no further than NewsPaper. This high-quality WordPress theme can be your greatest ally, considering that it has many practical features. Nothing can ruin your site more than slow loading speeds. Users might forgive a low-quality post, but they will never forget if you waste their time. Thankfully, with NewsPaper, you won’t have to worry about those issues. This is one of the fastest themes on the web, providing an ideal browsing experience for your loyal followers.

NewsPaper is optimized for search engines, giving you a great chance of climbing those pesky search engine rankings. SEO-readiness usually results in more exposure, and an increase revenue stream. If you purchase NewsPaper, you can use it for other websites. The offer stands, even if the site in question is not yours. However, your theme support privilege will not extend to the new sites, and they can only be covered if a Membership plan is purchased. For those who wish to sample this theme, a live demo was included. In addition, you can also view the voiced tutorial videos. Despite their short timeframe, they manage to explain everything in detail.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Tulip

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If you are looking for a WordPress theme with a flawless, breathtaking design, be sure to check out Tulip. Its layout is streamlined and clean, while its interface is user-friendly and intuitive. Tulip incorporates many useful features, resulting in a staggering degree of versatility. Basically, it can fit any role or market niche. However, it is best suited for artist, photography, or writing websites. Indeed, this product can properly showcase your photographs, videos, galleries, or articles.

Regardless of your user’s device, he/she will be able to access your content. Tablet and smartphone owners can benefit from the same quality experience as their laptop and PC-loving counterparts. In order to facilitate customization, Tulip has introduced 9 different layout variations for your blog. You can also designate sticky posts, eliminating the need to establish specific categories for post sliders. In addition, this theme incorporates Original Customized Widgets and 7 Custom Widgets.

Raising brand awareness is crucial for any respectable marketing campaign. Thankfully, you may now implement your own personalized logo via the amazing WordPress customizer. With this tool, users can also modify the background images, include custom favicons, hide sections, and so on. Typography modifications are easy to implement, considering that there are over 600 Google Font.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Brook

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Brook is a spacious, light and versatile WordPress theme for blogs. Its primary purpose is to enhance every single aspect of your website, elevating it to new levels of artistic quality. The site creation and customization process has been greatly simplified, due to the inclusion of a large roster of practical features. While designing a theme that is suited for website developers is a respectable goal, Brook has decided to go in another direction. Realizing that most of its users lack any programming knowledge, it has streamlined and simplified every single feature. With Brook, even a toddler can create an amazing website.

In addition to being very user-friendly, this theme offers improved speed. Few WordPress products can match its lightning-fast loading times. For more information regarding Brook, you can either check out the expansive documentation source, or you can access the live theme preview. Your website will incorporate personalized widgets for: blog gallery grids, about author sections, blog lists, Instagram, and social media links. These widgets expand the theme’s capabilities, and enhance its market value. It is without a doubt that Brook can manage to increase your view count, and your profit margin. Last but not least, we need to mention that you can translate the entire page due to the integration of WPML support.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Phoxy

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Phoxy is a massive WordPress photography blog theme with an assortment of ready-to-use content that will create an extraordinary space for your photo project. With 38 demos, over forty galleries and more than ninety blocks, you have it all available and ready to put to use. For the fastest website launch, you can use the demos you dig out of the box, update it with your material and you are ready to roll.

Personalize your website however you want with Phoxy and the convenient customization features it offers. Although coding knowledge is not necessary, advanced users are also allowed to edit the code of Phoxy and alter every section of the theme to the very last detail. Every user also gets free lifetime worth of updates for your website to stand the test of time.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Skylon

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Differentiate yourself from the masses with Skylon, a drone aerial WordPress photography theme with a blog. Five predesigned home demos and more to come ensure a quick-start of your unique project and make you appear professional from the start. With only one click, you get to import the sample and you can already start tweaking and improving it with your sophisticated work. Incorporate all the inner pages and you can be ready to get online quicker than ever.

WpBakery page builder, Revolution Slider and Booked Appointment are three premium plugins that Skylon offers for free. If you would like to make a strong impact on the industry, start your online photo project like a pro with Skylon. The outcome you are about to realize will also be mobile-ready, search engines compatible and optimized for superb user-experience.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Redwood

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Unlike other themes which treat blogging as an afterthought, Redwood is specifically designed for this market niche. This high-quality WordPress theme will surely manage to impress followers with its gorgeous, classic and clean aesthetic design. It incorporates a marvelous slider that can display your most artful photographs, placing them front and center. This can improve user retention rates, as it puts your best foot forward.

Most themes will only give you a dark or light site skin option. However, Redwood offers an unlimited color palette. It unshackles your page from the limitations of conformity, allowing you to design a photography blog that matches your vision. It is refreshing to know that this product strives to be a universal solution to every web development problem. In fact, Redwood is probably the last WordPress theme that you will ever need to buy.

Its layout can resize and adapt to the screens of laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Regardless of the device, browser, or operating system, your pictures will turn some heads.  Multiple post format variations were added, including Music Posts, Video Posts, Gallery Posts, and Standard Posts. As your site grows in popularity, you might want to keep your followers updated. Thanks to the innovative MailChimp feature, you can now compose interesting newsletters.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Untica

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Did you become interested in sharing your outstanding photo content with the world? Why you could not come at a better place. We have tons of remarkable WordPress photography blog themes here for you, and Untica is one of them. With four marvelous demos, you can now start your own online project in a snap of a finger. No need to be tech-savvy either. Untica suits users of all skill level; in fact, even it is your first time creating a blog, you will succeed at it with Untica.

Untica is also 100% compatible with Gutenberg block builder, supports unlimited colors and lets you customize all layouts and sections. Besides, if you feel like translating Untica, you can do that, too, without a hassle. With little work, you can now craft a spectacular web space for your photography masterpieces.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Kotlis

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To create a strong and unforgettable first impression on all your visitors, Kotlis is what you should go with. This WordPress photography theme is unique, original and out of this world. Besides, Kotlis also follows all the latest trends in web development, which make it professional and sophisticated. No need to look further, you can stick with Kotlis and shine online in as little time as you can possibly imagine. In fact, it is hard to understand how quickly you can have your photo page live; but by taking action, all will be much clearer to you.

Kotlis has seven different home designs, dark and light layouts, six portfolio styles and engaging scrolling effect. Other treats include drag and drop technology, custom widgets, MailChimp integration, subscription form, shortcode generator and striking parallax effects. Distinguish yourself from the masses by putting Kotlis to play.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Newman

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You do not really need much other than a solid WordPress photography blog theme to start making moves online. To get things moving forward, take a peek at Newman. It is a comprehensive solution that will help you establish the desired web space where you can share the most amazing photography from all sorts of different locations you have been to. Whether an amateur or professional photographer, an online portfolio coupled with a blog is definitely wise to own.

Import and install the demo content with one click on the mouse and begin benefitting from the amazingness that Newman brings to the table. Page, header and footer builders are ready for you to tweak the layout of Newman and make it follow your unique style precisely. With Newman, you also will not need to worry about responsiveness, browser compatibility, fast loading speed and search engine optimization.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

The Voux

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For bloggers who are searching for an ideal WordPress theme, The Voux is an exact fit. It includes a large number of useful features, resulting in versatile site that can fit any role. Basically, every element was designed to increase your chances of success. With this product, your blog can attract more viewers, turning casual fans into die-hard followers.

Love it or hate it, the impact of social media in modern society is undeniable. Its relevance makes it hard to ignore, if you are attempting to run a business.  Usually, WordPress blogs will include some token social widgets in order to complete their feature list. However, The Voux goes all out.

There is a special section for social media data in the Theme Options tool. Parameters such as data relevance and availability can be controlled from the theme backend. You can even select individual networks on which to post updates. The Voux promises a loading feature that can display articles while the reader is scrolling. In addition, it is now easier to link specific posts, as the URL automatically adapts to the page that is being showcased. If you wish to experience these features without having to spend money, you can always access the live preview.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Paperio

Paperio is a beautiful and responsive WordPress multipurpose blog website theme. This theme is an eloquent website building platform for amateurs and professionals alike. Articulating custom blogs for any purpose is a walk in the park with Paperio. Sophisticated demo websites and page templates speed things up. All you have to do is fine-tune your layouts and elements with advanced admin settings. The Live Customizer lets you really switch things up and craft anything else. Endless colors, hundreds of fonts and dozens of animations and transitions await you. Paperio is very media-savvy and handles galleries, video and audio without a hitch.

Photographers love showcasing their work with Paperio. It’s a great tool for telling powerful visual stories. Grid, masonry and column list layouts let you narrate the way you want to. Single photo or full-blown gallery posts look great across all devices. Paperio’s awesome SRCSET technology makes image loading very efficient. Users only load your content in the highest quality their screens can render. This saves you considerable traffic without loss of quality with the mobile audiences. Slender and lightweight, Paperio plays well with social media. Custom social feeds are built right into this theme. Take your photography to the world, with Paperio!MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Rosemary

Rosemary is a WordPress theme that will capture your heart. This is a product that can enhance your website, properly showcasing your artful pictures. Rosemary’s simplicity and dedication towards quality will never go out of style. This product shuns excess, and concentrates on what is important: your photographs. It offers some post and layout versions, and it includes a stunning area slider tool.

Several important widgets were added: Custom Social Widget, Custom Instagram Widget Plugin, Custom Facebook Widgets, and a Custom Latest Post Widget. Social media integration is extremely important, in a time when these networks are home to billions of user accounts.

Multiple post types are available, including: music, gallery, video and standard posts. Also, there are 5 different layouts for your blog, each bringing something different to the table. Even if you do not possess coding or programming knowledge, you can easily personalize your site via the WordPress Customizer plugin.  Options are simplified, intuitive, and user-friendly. From start to finish, even a child can create a decent page in a matter of moments. Any site that wishes to grow must consider translating its content for an international audience. Thankfully, Rosemary customers can design an excellent multilingual page that is sure to impress users from across the globe.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Elegance

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Elegance is a WordPress theme that can help you remain relevant in a hyper-competitive environment. Contrary to popular belief, online business success does not depend on talent alone. It requires research, marketing strategies, and a deep understanding of search engines. Without engines like Google, the web would be an unconnected pile of sites. Themes like Elegance understand the algorithms and criteria that search engines use. Every site element, keyword, and code, is implemented in order to increase your search rank positions. With this product, your view count and profit margin are sure to improve, as a result of the increased exposure.

In addition to generating revenue, merchandising stores can spread awareness regarding your site. However, users will refuse to do business with a shop that they do not trust. Thankfully, Elegance has implemented one of the most trustworthy eCommerce plugins on the market: WooCommerce. If you are short on time, you can always import some demo pages. This spares you from having to start from scratch. Also, demo pages allow for further customization and improvement, acting as basic design templates. Elegance has implemented a useful off-Canvas Menu, and an Infinite scroll function. If you wish to sample these features, a live demo can be accessed.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Lily

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Lily perfectly reflects the artistic spirit by implementing an elegant and simplistic design. Every post can be improved and complemented by this WordPress theme, given its vast roster of practical features. It also offers versatility, as it is able to adapt to any website or blog niche. Lily has 4 distinct variations for your home page, in addition to some eye-catching Parallax sections and CSS3 animations.

The power of any popular product lies with its accessibility. While many sites have neglected mobile device integration, this theme has chosen the opposite route. All Lily site elements are completely responsive, capable of showcasing your quality photographs on smartphones and tablets. Basically, as long as something has a screen and a Wifi connection, it can view your content. We should also be mention that your blog will feature cross-browser compatibility.

Font Awesome Icons were incorporated, along with 600 Google fonts. All successful sites must consider a multilingual format, given that it can increase your view count and profit margin. Thankfully, Lily has incorporated the versatile WPML plugin, which facilitates the translation of your blog. It also supports Right to Left writing, for languages such as Hebrew, Arabic or Japanese. For more information, be sure to access the live preview.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Oxie

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Few WordPress themes can ever hope to reach the same level as Oxie. This is a charming, sleek and simplistic product that refuses to be mediocre. Its strength lies in its and practical design, free from any unnecessary interface elements. Oxie is quite versatile and it can adapt to any role. However, Oxie is ideal for image-heavy blogs, travel, food, fashion, and family web pages. Unlike other WordPress products, Oxie offers more than just a binary dark-light color scheme. An unlimited range of colors is at your disposal, and you can create your dream site. Indeed, you photography blog will only be limited by what its owner can imagine.

Customized typography can greatly enhance the appeal of a site. Thankfully, this product incorporated over 600 incredible Google Fonts. With such a broad selection, even the most cynical users can find something that suits their needs. There are 20 variations for homes pages, in addition to 30 distinct blog layouts. Monetization and social media support are also part of the package. At the end of the day, Oxie takes care of the unpleasant parts, while letting you enjoy the passion and creativity of blog ownership. If you wish to see what it has to offer, you can check out the live theme preview.MORE INFO / DOWNLOADDEMOGET HOSTING

Piemont

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Piemont is an excellent WordPress theme for photography bloggers. Using its awesome features, you can design a fully functional site in less than 2 minutes. It incorporates some valuable premium plugins that further expand its capabilities. For example, you can use WooCommerce to facilitate the creation of your online stores through which you can easily distribute your merchandise. Considering that thousands of sites have chosen WooCommerce, it must be doing something right.

In terms of customization, the possibilities are virtually endless. There are 20 different styles for headers, 5 different blog styles, 5 blog listing layouts, over 650 fonts, and 4 Featured Post Slider Layouts. If you want to alter the page’s color scheme, you can use the available 11 pre-defined layouts. However, nothing is stopping you from designing your own. You can easily control and alter all options via the powerful Piemont Control Panel.

Despite is size and scope, this panel is well-organized and intuitive. Everything is where it needs to be, facilitating navigation even for novice users. If you wish to learn more about Piemont, you can access the free Documentation source. In addition, the developers added a useful Theme demo. Your blog will be able to feature limitless menu variations, variable logo positions, and a MailChimp newsletter option.

bookmark_borderTips to Help You Start a Successful Photo Blog

As you learn more about using your camera, and start taking beautiful pictures, you might also want a way to share them with the rest of the world. There are many social networking platforms that are ideal for this sort of thing like: Instagram, Flickr, Google Photos, Tumblr, and Facebook, along with hundreds more.

However, one of the most popular, and effective ways, to share your pictures is a simple, humble, tried-and-true blog. Even though blogs are sort of like grandpas in our modern internet age, there’s a reason they have stuck around for more than two decades: they’re intuitive, easy to set up, and they allow you to have full control over your content. Many photographers enjoy using blogs because of their flexibility and customizability, and if you want to spent a bit of money for a dedicated blog platform like Squarespace, or a self-hosted WordPress installation (we recommend you set up your hosting using Bluehost who have a great deal running at the moment to get you hosting and a free domain and simple WordPress setup at 50% off the normal price), you can get even more creative.

If you are thinking about pursuing this route there there are some things you need to consider before setting up your own photo blog.

There are many sites that let you build photo blogs, several of which do it for free.

There are many sites that let you build photo blogs, several of which are free.

Know why you are doing a blog

This first point seems kind of obvious, but a lot of photographers find their blogs stalling out, and gathering dust after a few months, because they did not define their purpose for doing the blog when they first began. Many people start blogs because they just want to share random pictures, but if you want a viable long-term blogging solution, you’re going to need something more.

Are you starting a photo blog to get your name out there, and generate sales leads (potential customers)? Do you want to make a mark in your community? Do you want to simply post photos you think are interesting? Whatever your reason for doing a photo blog, it’s important to make sure you at least have one, in the first place. If you have never done a photo blog, then it’s likely you are doing it for personal reasons, such as trying to learn and grow as a photographer. That is an outstanding goal, and one that has helped many other bloggers, become much better at photography as well.

Once you know precisely why you are doing your blog, it will serve as a guide for everything you post. Brandon Stanton started the well-known Humans of New York blog with a specific purpose: to photograph 10,000 people living in New York City. This helped him have a sense of purpose and direction when taking and posting photos, and doing the same thing can greatly benefit you as well. If you cannot explicitly state why you are doing a blog, it is much more likely to gather virtual dust after a short time, and any readers you do manage to pick up, will possibly stop investing their time in it as well.

One of the first pictures I ever posted to my blog. It's not even an interesting photo but I was just starting out and can look back on this to see how much I have learned since then.

One of the first pictures I ever posted to my blog. It’s not even an interesting photo, but I was just starting out, and can look back on this to see how much I have learned since then.

In 2008 the web analytics firm Technorati found that roughly 95% of the blogs it tracked, went more than 120 days without being updated. When your blog goes four months without anything new, it is more than likely a failure. So how can you keep your blog not only surviving, but thriving past 120 days, and well beyond? Here are few more tips that might help:

Clearly articulate the purpose of your photo blog to your viewers

Attention spans are short, and people today have a never-ending stream of tweets, news clips, soundbites, app updates, and cat videos coming their way, almost every waking moment. So,how on earth can you make your blog stand out, and get noticed amid all the other sites, apps, and feeds that people check on a daily basis?

New readers should be able to tell within five seconds, what your blog is about. The best option is to have a specific niche that your photo blog serves (e.g. wildlife, surfers, snowflakes, street pictures, etc.). But, even if it’s just pictures you like taking for no particular reason, you should at least make that clear to your readers upfront. You’re basically setting expectations right from the outset, and giving your audience a clear sense of what they will get out of reading your photo blog. Some people do this by having a descriptive name for their blogs, a brief tagline, or a set of pictures that instantly conveys a sense of purpose (e.g. flowers, cattle, cars, sunsets, etc.). Whatever the purpose of your photo blog is, if your readers can’t figure it out, they’re going to quickly move elsewhere.

My blog is specifically for photos I take with my 50mm lens, and I make that clear to my readers immediately when they visit the site. If you don't let your readers know what your blog is about they will probably not stick around very long.

My blog is specifically for photos I take with my 50mm lens, and I make that clear to my readers immediately when they visit the site. If you don’t let your readers know what your blog is about, they will probably not stick around very long.

Post new content regularly

Not every blog that is updated regularly is going to be a success, but every successful blog is updated regularly. I have seen too many photographers start blogs that are updated daily, then weekly, and before long, the rate at which new pictures are posted slows to a trickle. Soon it’s a photo every couple weeks, then one a month, and then a written apology by the blogger about how he or she has just been so busy lately, but they promise to start posting more photos soon. More often than not, soon becomes later, then later becomes never, and a once-promising photo blog becomes another statistic of failure rates.

The best way to combat this problem, is to not post pictures whenever you feel like it, but instead post them on a regular and predictable basis. This gives your readers something to expect, and also imparts upon you, the blogger, a sense of accountability, which helps keep your camera in your hands and out of your closet. My photo blog is titled “Weekly Fifty”, and because it requires me to post a picture every single week, I almost always carry my camera with me, and am constantly looking for photo opportunities. In almost three years I have never failed to post a photo each Wednesday morning, which has helped me build a nice following, with regular commenters as well.

A few years ago I ran out of ideas for pictures to post, but I knew I had to stick with my weekly schedule so I made this image that turned out to be one of my more popular photos.

A few years ago I ran out of ideas for pictures to post, but I knew I had to stick with my weekly schedule. So, I made this image, that turned out to be one of my more popular photos.

One trick I like to recommend for photo bloggers, is to schedule your posts in advance. This doesn’t work well for blogs about news or current events, but as a photo bloggers you do not have to be timely in the same manner. I currently have complete posts (each with a photo, written explanatory text, and an accompanying 4-minute audio commentary) scheduled for the next six weeks. I use WordPress, which allows me to schedule posts in advance, so each of these six posts will be automatically published on subsequent Wednesdays at 1:00 a.m. This gives me a bit of padding, if I ever find myself in a position with lots of things going on in my life, and my readers know that they will get a new picture each week, no matter what.

Of course the catch here, is that I can’t merely sit on my laurels in the meantime. I have to keep taking pictures, and producing new blog posts, so that six weeks from now I don’t run out of material. This type of accountability is enormously helpful for photo bloggers, and if you’re not sure where to start, I always recommend doing one picture each week. If that’s too much you can lower it, and if it’s not often enough you can increase it, but I have found that a weekly schedule is a sweet spot that gives you enough time to take pictures, and doesn’t overload your readers with so much new content that they start ignoring it.

Engage with your audience

Building a loyal audience is the holy grail of almost every blogger, but it’s not easy to do. Your readers have many obligations, alerts, people demanding their time, and often it’s difficult enough just to get them to visit your blog in the first place, much less comment on a photo, or offer some kind of reaction to it. Early in the life of your blog, visitors will usually not be invested in your pictures enough to leave comments. But, as you start to build traffic, and readership over time, you will likely have a few people who start to offer feedback on your images.

When you do get commenters it’s essential that you interact with them, in order to build a sense of community, respect, and mutual sharing. If someone likes one of your pictures, say “Thank you” and ask if you can see some of their photos too. If someone offers a bit of constructive criticism on a picture, try re-taking a similar photo using their suggestions. You can offer a Call to Action by posting a photo, and encouraging your readers to take, and share similar photos in the comments section. This type of audience engagement benefits all parties; by giving you even more reasons to continue your blog, giving your readers a reason to keep coming back, and giving new readers a sense that your photos are interesting and worthy of comments.

I ran my blog for almost a year and a half before getting any regular commenters. Now I get about 40 comments each month, a number with which I am very happy.

This chart shows my comment statistics for calendar year 2015. I ran my blog for almost a year and a half before getting any regular commenters, and now I get about 40 comments each month. It’s not huge, but it’s a number with which I am very happy.

If your blog grows to mammoth proportions, and you start getting hundreds of comments on each picture, it might not be reasonable to reply to every single one, but until that happens you need to take care to give each commenter a personal response. If people are taking time out of their day to leave comments on your pictures, knowing that you personally read and responded, will make them want to keep visiting your blog, and engaging with you as well as other readers.

On my blog I have a few loyal readers who comment on every single picture, and it’s well worth a few minutes of my time each week to respond to the things they write. This helps make my commenters feel valued, and builds a sense of community that would not exist otherwise.

Push content to your readers

People rarely go out of their way to visit a blog, so instead you need to find a way to push your new pictures to them. One of the most effective ways of doing this is to ask your readers to sign up for email updates, but you can also use social networks to get the word out about each new post.

Every Wednesday my email subscribers get that week’s photo in their email inbox, but I also publish a link to my blog on Facebook and Twitter, and put that week’s image in my Instagram feed as well. (With the last option people are not directed to my blog, but I still get to engage with them about my pictures.) If you would like to ultimately generate revenue from your blog you might want to focus on ways of pushing content to your readers that, as often as possible, will bring them directly to your site and not to somewhere else that also has your photos.

I woke up the morning this photo was published and found two comments had already been posted at about 2am. This type of engagement is possible because these people subscribed to email updates. If you don't have a way of pushing content to your readers you will likely not get the same level of engagement as you would otherwise.

I woke up the morning this photo was published and found two comments had already been posted at about 2am. This type of engagement is possible because these people subscribed to email updates. If you don’t have a way of pushing content to your readers you will likely not get the same level of engagement as you would otherwise.

Define your success criteria

I teach a Project Management class at Oklahoma State University. One concept we talk about often is how to tell if a project is successful, and the same holds true for your photo blog. At what point will you know that your blog has succeeded in meeting your goals? Will you be happy if you have two comments, and 10 social media shares for each picture you post? Are you looking for a way to generate a specific amount of revenue from your blog? Or is your success criteria more esoteric, such as using your blog for a sense of personal growth and development?

Having a set of clearly-defined success criteria is not necessarily essential for a blog, but it will give you something to shoot for, and a way of knowing whether you have gotten there or not. Whatever your success criteria is, take care to not compare it to anyone else’s. For example one of your photos might get five comments and 10 social media shares, but then you talk to a friend who just had five thousand visitors to his blog. Whose blog is more successful? The answer is…they both are.

Success depends entirely on how you define it, and thankfully the internet is big enough for millions of photo blogs to coexist. Congratulate your friend, and ask to see the photo that was so popular. Don’t make your blog’s success a competition, because and as long as you are happy with how things are going, then that’s the only thing that matters.

This photo had a great deal of personal meaning to me, but it generated very little traffic and almost no comments. If my success criteria is only quantifiable through numbers I would have been let down, but instead taking this photo forced me out of my comfort zone and made me try something new. Because of that I considered this one of my better photos even though raw numbers might say otherwise.

This photo had a great deal of personal meaning to me, but it generated very little traffic, and almost no comments. If my success criteria was only quantifiable through numbers I would have been let down, but instead the sheer act of taking this photo, forced me out of my comfort zone, and made me try something new. Because of that I considered this one of my better images, even though raw numbers might say otherwise.

Ignore the numbers

Visitor statistics can be so exciting, but they can also lead you down the path to the blogging dark side. It can be fun to log in to your account dashboard, and see that a recent picture generated 200 visitors, but those numbers don’t mean anything, if they don’t translate to reader engagement. Imagine building a store and getting hundreds of people to come see your wares, but having every one of them leave without making a purchase. Not only would your store be a failure, but you would quite likely be disappointed on a deeply personal level.

As a photo blogger you need to strive for quality over quantity, and look for ways to build a loyal following, not just try to increase raw visitor statistics. You might get a nice feeling seeing one of your photos get hundreds or thousands of views, but what happens when a different (or far better) picture you post gets only a couple dozen views? Visitor traffic is a fickle mistress, and if you pin your blogging hopes and dreams on simply making the numbers go up, you could very well be setting yourself up for a painful failure.

February 2015 was a big month for my blog, but the numbers have gone down dramatically ever since. Since my success criteria is not measured in raw numbers this drop in traffic makes no difference to me, but if numbers are your goal then you could very well end up chasing a white whale that can never be captured.

February 2015 was a big month for my blog, but the numbers have gone down dramatically ever since. Since my success criteria is not measured in raw numbers this drop in traffic makes no difference to me, but if numbers are your goal then you could very well end up chasing a white whale that can never be captured.

I used to run a movie and TV review website, and wrote an article about the now-defunct show, “Man versus Food” on The Travel Channel. Somehow the host of the show found out about the article, tweeted it to his followers, and that single article generated more traffic than anything else we had ever posted. The problem was that those visitors did not stick around, and within a few weeks we were back to the same relatively low numbers we always had. At the time I figured blogging success meant getting sky-high traffic numbers, and when those numbers did not pan out I thought we had failed.

When I started my Weekly Fifty photo blog, I took an entirely different route and tried hard to ignore numbers about visitor statistics, and have been much happier as a result. I do my blog because it helps me learn and grow as a photographer, and I get a great deal of personal satisfaction out of it. I appreciate the continual challenge it offers. In short, I’m a happy and successful small-time photo blogger, because I don’t let numbers and statistics define what success means to me.

This is by far the worst photo I have ever posted on my blog, and it's almost painful to look at it now. But early on in my blog I had no idea what I was doing, and it was only through taking lots of bad pictures that I learned how to make a good image. Even though this picture is kind of embarrassing, it served a valuable purpose both on my blog and for me as a photographer.

This is by far the worst photo I have ever posted on my blog and it’s almost painful to look at it now. But early on in my blog, I had no idea what I was doing, and it was only through taking lots of bad pictures that I learned how to make a good image. Though this picture is kind of embarrassing, it served a valuable purpose both on my blog, and for me as a photographer.

Do you have a photo blog, or are you thinking about starting one? I’d love to hear any tips you would like to share, and will try to answer any questions you might have as well. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll do my best to engage with you, the dPS readers, so you feel valued and keep coming back to our site. 

bookmark_border32 Photography Blogs You Must Follow as a Photographer

With the digital age ushering in a greater need for visual content, photography business has become a competitive and thriving industry. Whether you are an aspiring photographer just starting out or a professional photographer looking to build your business, you need to keep pace with the rapidly changing trends and new technologies coming out every month.

Thankfully, there are a ton of photography blogs out there which regularly publish resources, articles, reviews and photo stories designed to do just that – to keep you informed and inspired with the latest in photography.

Here’s how following photography blogs can help you:

  1. Get Inspiration from photo stories, interviews, and resource articles
  2. Improve your Skills with blog posts on photography techniques, software tips and tutorials
  3. Bookmark Resources that can help you with your photography business
  4. Stay informed about the latest cameras, gear, and technologies.

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 Tip: Choose 2-3 photography blogs and follow them regularly.

With so many blogs on photography around, you need to pick 2-3 photo blogs that cover the full spectrum of information you need to stay informed and inspired and then follow them regularly.

Here are the 32 best photography blogs that you must follow: 

1. Feature Shoot


Showcasing the work of established photographers, Feature Shoot focuses on featuring photo stories across several categories. Topics include portraits, still life, landscapes, fine art, and documentary photography. They appreciate images that tell stories and focus on the narrative behind each photo. The Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Alison Zavos has worked with many photographers to create one of the top photography blogs with an archive of over 4000 photo blog posts. Post formats include artist interviews, reviews of exhibitions and virtual shows. 

2. Chase Jarvis


Chase Jarvis travels the world capturing both still and motion pictures. He aims to be “…as creative as possible towards everything I endeavor.” So, his photography blog features inspiring photo shoots, in addition to tips on how to improve your photography. He often interviews his subjects or other professionals in his blog posts.

3. Richard Bernabe


Richard Bernabe combines his interests in travel photography and writing to bring to life a photography blog with a well-traveled perspective. He cites adventure as the force driving his travel photography. You may have seen his work in news, travel and cultural magazines. His writing focuses on his favorite projects and photography tools.

4. Joe McNally


As an award-winning and internationally acclaimed photographer, Joe McNally has photographed on assignment in nearly 70 countries. His projects are mostly commercial and editorial with a client list including well known international brands. Also, he has shot for notable magazines. On his photography blog, he mostly writes anecdotes from his journeys and projects, offering advice for photographers at any level of learning.

5. Davis duChemin


Working as an assignment photographer, best-selling author, and digital publisher, Davis duChemin has explored the world in search of compelling images. His clients include mostly humanitarian organizations. His posts focus on people, world events, and publications that inspire him. It’s not unusual to find an interview with a fellow professional mixed into his writing. 

6. Depositphotos Blog

 Depositphotos has a great blog where they write about photography, design, and marketing. They publish photography tutorials, latest trends, stock photography insights, and marketing tips. If you need some inspiration, you can read their interviews with famous photographers, explore featured collections of images from their library or keep up with the latest trends.

7. The Sartorialist


An early influencer in fashion blogging, The Sartorialist showcases street fashion through powerful images. Founder and photographer, Scott Schuman explains that he started his blog to generate a dialogue between the fashion world and “normal people”. Now, you can find his work in major fashion publications. Additionally, he has worked with major fashion and lifestyle brands. On his photography blog, you will find thought-provoking images of everyday people, as they explain what they wear and why they wear it.

8. Ken Kaminesky


Ken Kaminesky likes to take photos because he loves the work. For fifteen years, he has supplied lifestyle images for stock photography agencies. With technically sound and consistent work, he knows how to set up an excellent photo shoot. His posts focus on tutorials and “how to” articles featuring knowledge from the field.

9. PixSylated


Based in California, Syl Arena calls himself an addict to color and shadow. He approaches his photography as a true artist, exploring the medium’s role within the art world. On his photography blog, he writes about current events and photography tools. Often, he offers advice for aspiring or student photographers.

10. Two Loves Studio

Two Loves Studio is a blog about everything you’d ever want to know about ’the how to of food photography’. Here, Rachel combines her love of food photography with her education degree to share tips, techniques and information on how to take better photos of food and also how to start a photography business. She runs masterclasses to help you become an expert at Lightroom, composition and business for food photography. Her most popular posts are focused on lens and tripods so you can get the most out of your gear.

11. Kristen Kalp


After starting her own photography business, Kristen Kalp was initially overwhelmed by the competitive industry. That led her on a journey to align her business goals with her introverted, yet relationship-craving, personality. On her blog, she writes about running a small blogging business including, how to self-promote locally. She offers a realistic view of small business photography for anyone starting out.

12. Zack Arias


For twenty years, Zack Arias has had a successful photography career. He considers himself more of a director than a photographer because he specializes in getting his subjects to show their personality on camera. His posts include a mix of his latest projects and his current inspiration. His upbeat attitude permeates each story on his photo blogging website.

13. The PhoBlographer


This group describes itself as uncovering, the psychological principles behind photography. They focus on news, tips, tutorials, and reviews from a real-world perspective. Most of their posts are highly informational with advice about techniques and products. 

14. The LawTog


Rachel Brenke combines her law degree with her photography business to help other professionals understand the legal nuances of the photography industry. She approaches her website from a business consulting perspective. Most of the posts offer strategic information to help other photographers build and market their work while keeping the legal aspects in mind.

15. PhotoFocus


PhotoFocus considers itself an education resource for both aspiring and professional photographers. They want to see their readers reach success as artists. So, they interview photographers and business leaders in the photo industry to collect helpful information from the field. Most of their posts contain training videos, useful podcasts, and camera reviews. 

16. Skip Cohen University


Skip Cohen University aspires to provide online access to educational tools in the photography industry. They create webinars, podcasts and blog posts to photographers at all levels. One of the best photography blogs, most of their posts focus on building your skills and staying abreast of current photography trends. 

17. Creative Live


This website focuses on all forms of creating including photography. They aim to provide readers with creative tools to express new ideas. Most of their posts offer advice on how to create and share your photography work through multiple mediums for the maximum impact.

18. Light Room Killer Tips


With the goal of helping fellow photographers shortcut their skills, Light Room Killer Tips generates useful lists and tutorials. Their focus includes the entire photo shoot from initial planning to the final editing and post-production. Formatted for quick access, their posts are easy to read and reference.

19. Digital Photography School


Founded by Darren Rowse, Digital Photography School is one of the best photography blogs. Their target audience? Anyone who wants to has a camera and wants to use it well. Sharing tips and techniques to improve your photos, this website offers free tutorials on a range of photographic skills. Posts also provide useful information for anyone looking to keep current on photography news and trends.

20. Click it Up a Notch


This down-to-earth blog grew from one mom’s journey in capturing great family portraits. Now, she writes about how to use DSLR cameras to photograph your life. Her posts contain simple, useful tutorials with practical advice. 

21. The Modern Tog


Written by Jamie Swanson, The Modern Tog chronicles the ups and downs of her wedding photography business. She explains how to make money taking photos by setting up reasonable pricing guides and creating a stable business structure. Most of her posts include tips and resources focused on how to run a wedding photography business. 

22. MCP Actions


MCP Actions started their blog with one goal in mind. They purpose to make photography and photo editing easy and fun. So, they developed lessons based on common situations and everyday challenges. Their advice includes tutorials, before-and-after features, and personal essays. 

23. Shutterstock Blog


Although they are best known as a stock photo company, Shutterstock’s blog celebrates the tools that innovate creativity. Their writers explain how to take great photos and run a solid photography business. Most of their posts contain lists of resources aimed at particular photographic and business niches. 

24. FStoppers


This online community’s purpose is to educate and inspire professionals working in photography and videography on photography techniques, reviews of latest cameras and gear and business tips. Fstoppers has gained quite a following over the years and has become a top resource for gear reviews. Several news outlets such have featured their content. 

25. DP Review


Another helpful review website, DP review provides useful reviews of digital photography gear. They format the information like a database and include consumer reviews. Most articles focus on digital cameras, printers and editing software. 

26. The Joy of Marketing


Offering marketing advice for people with photography businesses, The Joy of Marketing wants to help your business expand. The editors have worked in the photography business and understand the challenge that small or new business owners face. They write about tips to increase your clientele and create a strong reputation. 

27. Media Novak


Writing as a creative design agency, Media Novak merges photography and web design. They want to help business owners present a strong visual story. So, their posts offer useful tips on how to leverage the power of the internet and use online tools to present your business well in the digital age.

28. Anton Gorlin Photography

Anton Gorlin’s Photography blog is brimming with his own photography experiences and guides on how to become a better photographer. Check it out to see stunning photographs of the ocean fronts of Australia and Newzealand.

29. Contrastly

Contrastly’s mission is to help photographers all around the globe improve their craft and learn new skills. They create unique Lightroom & ACR presets, Photoshop actions, and eBooks. And they also publish a popular blog with instructional articles, tutorials, and reviews. A must bookmark!

30. SLR Lounge


SLR Lounge is dedicated to providing high quality education and resources from working professionals.  They specialize in Lightroom, Wedding, and Portrait Photography education, with some of the best photography training systems on the market.  Their international team of writers cover photography news and inspiration from around the world.

31. Lin and Jirsa Photography


Lin and Jirsa Photography one of the best wedding photography studios in the world, specializing in Indian and other South Asian Wedding Photography. Check out their website for some wedding photography inspiration.

32. PhotoWhoa


PhotoWhoa is a site lovingly curated for photographers. The blog takes you down the struggles and successes of every photographer you can think of. It is a plethora of information for a newbie photographer with valuable tips from the horses’ mouth.  Subscribe to their newsletter to read the latest interview of your favorite photographer.

33. Shotkit


Shotkit is a popular and useful resource for photographers of all standards created and run by wedding photographer and author Mark Condon. It gives you a peek inside the camera bags of some of the world’s best photographers, and includes a multitude of in-depth gear guides, reviews and instructional content to help photographers improve and grow their business. Shotkit is well known for its down-to-earth, personal approach to content, both on the site and in the newsletter.