For the first WordPress theme to be reviewed here on WP Photographers, I decided to start off with one that I know well because it’s the theme I use for my professional photo business.
The theme is Modern Portfolio.
It’s a Genesis Theme, So…
Modern Portfolio is built by StudioPress and is a child theme for the Genesis framework.
Because it’s based on Genesis, it has the advantages of that system, including a solid code base from developers active in the WordPress community, good security, plenty of search engine optimization (SEO) features built in, as well as a few things that can be configured through a panel in the WordPress dashboard.
Some portfolio or photography themes want to show one giant image on your homepage, or they focus on only on your work and make it hard to share other information you might want visitors to see. I was looking for a portfolio theme that not only allowed me to share portfolio examples of my event and portrait photography, but also let me feature my blog posts (with photos) on the homepage, as well as making it easy for potential clients to learn more about me.
The Modern Portfolio Homepage
Modern Portfolio allows for a modular homepage that can feature various sections. This is done by using several widgets to piece together the homepage. Let’s look at my site’s homepage, using Modern Portfolio, and break down each section.
Across the top is a menu, shown on each page of my site. From here folks can jump to the most important sections. Each of these links to somewhere on my WordPress site except for the link to my Fine Art, which is hosted by SmugMug.
Below the menu is a quick one-line introduction, with a link to my About page where folks can learn more about me.
The next section is the main “portfolio”, featuring six photos, with titles. These are representative of my work. Each of these is actually a blog post, and clicking these will take someone to the full blog post. So where you see a photo from a conference, clicking that photo leads to a blog post that shows several images from that conference. This provides a bit of depth to the portfolio.
Below that is a section where I state my services in one line, along with a link to my contact page. If someone’s on my homepage and just wants to reach me, it should be easy.
The last major section on the homepage showcases three recent blog posts, again with a decent-sized thumbnail (we are photographers, after all) and the viewer can click through to read more.
Who Is It For
Modern Portfolio is a great theme for photographers offering services or a wide range of information. In my case, it’s worked well for my event, portrait, and corporate photography services.
Were I attempting to show off big fine art or travel images on my WordPress site, I might lean towards a different theme that figured bigger, bolder photography on the homepage, but for a photographer offering services I really like Modern Portfolio.
You can buy Modern Portfolio from StudioPress.