Start a Photography Website
An online portfolio is one of the most important assets you can have to display your work and photography services. Especially in the creative industry. I understand the majority of people do not have web design skills or design backgrounds, but this is not an excuse for not starting a photography website for your business. Online websites are a great resource for photographers.
Sure social media is a great starting point for many people, but you’ll want to consider having a permanent website with a custom domain. I’m a Professional Digital Designer by day and Portrait Photographer by night. I’ve designed and built websites for many companies over the last 10+ years.
How do I start a photography website? I’ve have been asked this question many times over my career from friends, colleagues and random people reaching out to my social media. For a photography website, the companies below are the best recommendation that I can give you.
Online Website and Portfolio Builders
Squarespace is one of the most popular and easy to use website builders on the web. Hands-down. It was created with simplicity in mind. It allows non-technical users to build great websites really fast. The interface is easy to use, and most importantly, they provide awesome resources to help you along the way. Pricing starts around $12.00/month billed annually or $16.00/monthly. Squarespace is a great way to start a photography website. Learn more about the benefits of Squarespace here.
Wix is very similar to Squarespace in many ways. The Wix.com interface is very easy to use for beginners. The online website builder has many professional templates for all business types including photography. Along with mobile-optimized features built into all designs. The Wix system uses drag-n-drop editing so you don’t have to know any code. Some basic plans starting at $10.00/month and going up from there. You can learn more about wix.com today.
Format is a little different because it really specializes in creative templates and online portfolios. The website templates showcase galleries and work with beautiful layouts. The website templates are mobile optimized for easy viewing on smaller screens. Pricing starts around $7.99/monthly with discounts for annual purchasing. You can learn more about format here.
A small price to pay for independence
I am sure there are more companies that provide online website tools. These are just a small sample that I always recommend to anyone asking about simple websites. In the end, you have to take the time and invest in your photography business and showcase your best foot forward. Building an online portfolio doesn’t have to be difficult, but make sure to put enough effort to make you look good!