Top 15 WordPress Themes for Photographers

Introduction

WordPress has become one of the most popular blogging tools available today. It is a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that is great for blogging, building websites, and much more. Another key point is that WordPress has search engine optimization (SEO). Content is easily managed and updated without having extensive knowledge of HTML. Admin interference is no longer restricted to webmasters.

Developers were quick to recognize the potential of WordPress and are now creating plug-ins, themes and widgets for even more variety in your website or blog. Below are some of some of the top premium themes that we recommend. Paid themes are more advantageous because of the customer support, upgrades and of course premium features, not to mention top-of-the-line design.

Canon5Dtips.com site is as well running on WordPress Engine.

 Note: Responsive themes are good for mobile phones and other handheld devices, but there are enough plugins that can turn any, or at least help with alternative themes for your WordPress site, for mobile and other device users.

Some themes from this list are great for Photo and Video in same time. Check list of features and check live preview to see which theme suit your needs the best. Check video theme top list: Top 15 WordPress Themes for Video (vlog)

 1. Photorific

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Photorific is a neat WordPress theme that features unlimited sidebars and three widgets, namely Recent, Popular, Flickr, among many others. It is a premium WordPress theme that is particularly appealing for photographers because of the wide space allotted for photo posts. Its sleek design and video support makes it a viable choice for photographers of all kinds.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Photorific"]
  • Fullscreen Background Image Slideshow (Upload unlimited images for each page/post/portfolio item)
  • Custom Background Image(s) for every page/post/portfolio item
  • Black and White Navigation Style (Choose the style you want from the admin panel)
  • Slideshow Options
    • Slideshow On/Off
    • Display images randomly or in order
    • Slide effect (fade, slide right, slide left, slide top and more)
    • Slide Interval Time
    • Slide Transition Time
    • Pause On Hover On/Off (pauses slideshow when user hovers image if set to on)
    • Image Protect On/Off (disable right clicks and image dragging)
    • Keyboard Nav On/Off (use keys to navigate through images)
    • Set slideshow performance options
  • Lightbox OptionsCustom Post Type for Portfolio
    • Easily Change Lightbox Theme From Within Admin Panel
    • Lightbox Gallery (go through images through lightbox by clicking arrows/thumbnaills)
    • Allow/Dissallow Image Resize
    • Show/Hide Lightbox Title
    • Change Opacity
    • Default Image Width
    • Default Image Height
  • Custom Post Type for Gallery
  • 4 Portfolio Layouts (1, 2, 3 and 4 columns)
  • Choose Your Own Colors With Color Picker
    • Navigation Links Colors
    • Search bar background/text color
    • Logo Color
    • Text color, link color, headings color (h1, h2, h3)
    • Much more..
  • Font Settings7 Cufon Fonts Installed
    • Choose font family for text
    • Choose font for navigation/headings (cufon)
    • Change font sizes for text, header items and more
  • 30+ Shortcodes (Blog, Buttons, Columns, etc)
  • 3 Custom Widgets (Recent Posts, Popular Posts, Flickr)
  • prettyPhoto Lightbox (with video support) for portfolio
  • Unlimited Sidebars
  • Compatible on all major browsers
  • Threaded Comments
  • Enable/Disable Footer
  • Enable/Disable search bar
  • Google Analytics
  • PSDs Included for easy editing
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2. Viewfinder

 

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Viewfinder comes in two options for you to choose from: dark and light — great for those who have difficulty choosing between “on white” or “on black” backgrounds. It is minimal in design, which paves the way for the visual impact of your photos. There is plenty of room to maneuver the different settings to better suit your preferences, whilst still retaining its simplicity.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Viewfinder"]
  • Minimalistic Design & Valid HTML
  • 2 Homepage Layouts: Slider (user defined width) or Grid
  • 2 Colour Variations: Light & Dark
  • Create Unlimited Galleries
  • Optional EXIF Data Display
  • Small, Medium or Large Thumbnail Display (small in demo)
  • Full Localisation Support (contains .po/.mo files)
  • 3 Custom Widgets (Twitter, Flickr, Video Embed)
  • Extensive Theme Options (Unbranded!)
  • WordPress 3.0+ Ready (Menus & Featured Images)
  • jQuery Magic (Dropdown Menus, Homepage Slider, Filterable Galleries)
  • Page Templates (Archives, Full Width, jQuery Contact Form)
  • Custom Login Logo & Custom Default Gravatar Support
  • Column Shortcodes
  • Layered PSDs for Customisation
  • Extensive Documentation[/spoiler]

3. Panorama

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It doesn’t get much better than full screen space for a photographer looking to showcase his work to the wide, wide web. Not all people are confident enough to post their work at this size, but for those who do, check out Panorama by themeforest. Knowledge of programming [particularly PHP5] is required to fully utilize this theme, and when you do, you’ll be amazed at how far you can customize your website. Content is viewed in slide form, providing a seamless and professional feel to your galleries.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Panorama Full Screen"]
  • EXIF Data
  • Valid HTML
  • Background pattern theme option
  • YouTube video fullscreen background option
  • YouTube video mute sound option from theme option
  • Fullscreen photo slideshow auto-paginated background (for Home Page, Categories, Search results, Posts, Tags)
  • jQuery custom events calendar solution
  • Premium MP3 Player integrated
  • 2 WordPress custom menu positions (left / right)
  • Scrolling tags menu option (right position)
  • Standard sliding menu for 2 positions (left / right)
  • Theme option to disable unwanted standard menu buttons
  • 7 rooms for your own social links (flexible width container) editable via theme options
  • Blog
  • Working contact form with validator
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Web Fonts
  • Cross browser
  • OptionTree
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4. Gallerific 2

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Gallerific 2 is a must-try for any serious photographer. It’s complete without seeming cluttered; sophisticated but not coming across as too much. It boasts some great features like custom post types, widgets and a custom-built homepage slider. Best of all, it’s totally free to all Gallerific customers!

[spoiler title="List of Features - Gallerific 2"]
  • Clean code and fancy jQuery makes this theme a blast to browse through.
  • Post Format Support (Images, Quotes, Standard, Video)
  • 4 custom widgets (Child Page List, Recent Posts, Flickr, and PhotoDune Photos)
  • Simple, non-branded theme options
  • WordPress 3.2+ ready (menus, featured images, custom post types, post formats)
  • Page templates (Archives, Full Width, Galleries)
  • Layered PSDs for easy customization
  • Extensive documentation
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5. Momento (responsive)

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Momento is another well-designed theme out of the Obox factory. It is a WordPress Theme on a seemingly basic design, but with a scalable layout (responsive). One of the most important things in showcasing photos is the compatibility of the theme with the dimensions of both landscape and portrait-oriented photos. No more stress figuring out how to re-size your photos to fit your theme! Momento takes care of this problem with its full-width slider. You can also use this theme to incorporate your blog into your website.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Momento"]
  • Unlimited Color Schemes
  • Adjust the header background to any transparency
  • Full Width Slider along with a second optional slider
  • Page-Title Background Image can also be a slideshow (see About page for example)
  • Video Support in the 1, 2, & 3 column portfolios
  • Video Documentation with a detailed written help file
  • Demo Content included in an XML Import file for quick setup
  • Easily adjust the default heading sizes and colors from the options panel
  • Shortcodes built into the WordPress Visual Editor for ease of use
  • Support for WordPress custom navigation menus
  • Flickr, Twitter, & Social Media Widgets built-in to the theme
  • Includes layered PSDs
  • Responsive Design
  • OCMX Live Features:
    • Custom Logo Input
    • Page Templates
    • Menu Management
    • Advert Management
    • Automatic Image Resizin
    • Ajax Comments
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6. Knead (responsive)

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Knead is simple way to show your work with portfolio template page. The template offers three different column layouts to choose from. Knead theme has that simple (minimal design) look, it’s incredibly easy to navigate without having to sacrifice the design aspect of your site. You can use it as standard blog with side widgets as well. Knead offers two color options for you to choose from (light or dark).

[spoiler title="List of Features - Knead"]
  • Portfolio Section with 3 different column layouts to choose from
  • Services Section – allows you to list all your latest work
    • Adding a service with a short title, icon and detailed copy including images and video
    • Includes some slick jQuery effects
  • Include a feature slider, services, portfolio items and blog posts!
  • Widgetized Home Page – change home page layout to suit your needs
  • Slogan Widget
  • Option to work like standard blog
  • Two color schemes
  • Responsive Design
  • OCMX Live Features:
    • Custom Logo Input
    • Page Templates
    • Menu Management
    • Advert Management
    • Automatic Image Resizin
    • Ajax Comments
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Note: Somewhat lower rating from users on Themeforest, but we believe support solved issues members had, after changes this theme is 5 star as well.

7. Photolist

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Photolist is yet another sleek design theme. It features a unique photo slider that extends across the full width of your screen, without detracting from the overall minimalist impact. A new gallery plugin lets you drag and drop your photos for faster customization. It also has built-in filters like negative, brightness, Gaussian blur, contrast, grayscale and colorize for you to choose from. The quotes custom post type feature is useful for showcasing positive feedback about your work on your homepage, to pique clients’ interests. It comes in seven different colors that are all equally attractive should you decide to change things up a bit once in a while.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Photolist"]
  • Includes a unique custom slider
  • Galleries and Filters
  • Quotes Custom post type
  • Seven color schemes
  • Responsive Design
  • OCMX Live Features:
    • Custom Logo Input
    • Page Templates
    • Menu Management
    • Advert Management
    • Automatic Image Resizin
    • Ajax Comments
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8. Azione (mobile compatible) – New

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Azione takes a very modern approach to online portfolios because of Obox Mobile. Obox Mobile is a WordPress plugin that converts your site and makes it compatible with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Azione also allows unlimited videos in a categorized format. 940 pixels of viewing space is more than enough for showcasing photos and HD videos.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Azione"]
  • Widgetized Home Page – change home page layout to suit your needs
  • Short URL Support
  • oEmbed Support
  • Self Hosted Video Support
  • Works as Standard Blog too
  • Light and Dark Color Scheme
  • Obox Mobile Compatible
  • OCMX Live Features:
    • Custom Logo Input
    • Page Templates
    • Menu Management
    • Advert Management
    • Automatic Image Resizin
    • Ajax Comments
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9. Blocco (responsive)

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Blocco is a cool, almost retro style photography theme that utilizes a “block” style to showcase your blogs, portfolios, medias and much more. Links are placed as tabs on the right hand portion of the page, customizable to include your social media links. Not only is it a great way to showcase your photos, it is optimized for videos as well. Its “responsive design” which adheres the site to suit your chosen device (laptop, tablet, mobile).

[spoiler title="List of Features - Blocco"]
  • Cross Browser & SEO Friendly
  • Social Media Integration
  • Widgetized Content Areas
  • Custom Menus Support
  • Optimized for Video
  • 100% Valid HTML and/or HTML5
  • 100% Valid CSS and/or CSS3
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10. Folio Elements

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The Folio Elements is a minimalistic theme, featuring a slider to showcase your photos. Viewers simply need to click on the arrow buttons to browse through your photos. The black background provides a good contrast to your photos. Links on the upper right hand portion of the page are customizable. Each video or photo has details on mouse over.

Easy way to show your work with no extra stuff that gets on the way, very minimalistic design that points out what is most important, and that is your work. Each post can contain either 1 video or up to 6 images within a photo set.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Folio Elements"]
  • Cross Browser & SEO Friendly
  • Custom Menus Support
  • Custom Color Options
  • Optimized for Photo
  • Optimized for Video
  • Social Media Integration
  • 100% Valid HTML and/or HTML5
  • 100% Valid CSS and/or CSS3
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11. DeepFocus

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The DeepFocus WordPress theme by elegantthemes was created as a CMS with Page-Based structure; however, it can be used as a regular blog as well. Thumbnails are re-sized automatically to create a uniform look. For ads and announcements, a 125×125 and a 468×60 space are allotted. This space is modified through wp-admin and can easily be turned on and off. With the gallery layout, robust blog and CMS-style homepage as well, making a DeepFocus an amazing solution for artists/photographers looking to build an online presence.

[spoiler title="List of Features - DeepFocus"]
  • Opera compatible
  • Netscape compatible
  • Safari compatible
  • WordPress 3.3 compatible
  • Five Color Schemes
  • Gallery Section
  • Threaded Comments
  • Optional Blog-style Structure
  • Gravatar ready
  • Firefox compatible
  • IE8 + IE7 + IE6 compatible
  • Advertisement Ready
  • Widget ready sidebars
  • Theme Options Page
  • Custom thumbnail images
  • PSD files
  • Valid XHTML + CSS
  • Smooth tabless design
  • Advanced Features:
    • ePanel theme options
    • Shortcodes collection
    • Page Templates
    • Complete Localization
    • Support and Updates
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12. Envisioned

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Envisioned comes in five color schemes (blue, gray, green, purple, brown). What’s great about this theme is how easily you can control it with the ePanel theme options. The use of shortcodes can help shorten your workflow in dealing with functionality and the variety of your content. The theme’s MO and PO files enable you to translate the theme’s design without the hassle of hunting through PHP files. Easy to use, nice effects, makes it one of the best themes for photographs out there.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Envisioned"]
  • Opera compatible
  • Netscape compatible
  • Safari compatible
  • WordPress 3.3 compatible
  • Five Color Schemes
  • Gallery Section
  • Threaded Comments
  • Optional Blog-style Structure
  • Gravatar ready
  • Firefox compatible
  • IE8 + IE7 + IE6 compatible
  • Advertisement Ready
  • Widget ready sidebars
  • Theme Options Page
  • Custom thumbnail images
  • PSD files
  • Valid XHTML + CSS
  • Smooth tabless design
  • Advanced Features:
    • ePanel theme options
    • Shortcodes collection
    • Page Templates
    • Complete Localization
    • Support and Updates
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13. ePhoto

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ePhoto is a fabulous theme for those who wish to convert their blog into a gallery, most especially photographers. Other artists can also make us of this theme, as it is an efficient way of showcasing digital imagery. The content will be image-based, but there is a separate page where normal text blog posts can be integrated alongside photo posts. It comes in two skins — black and blue — that can be accessed at the Theme Options page. Its smooth, tabless design is something to consider.

[spoiler title="List of Features - ePhoto"]
  • Opera compatible
  • Netscape compatible
  • Safari compatible
  • WordPress 3.3 compatible
  • Two Color Schemes
  • Integrated Blog Section
  • Threaded Comments
  • Optional Blog-style Structure
  • Gravatar ready
  • Firefox compatible
  • IE8 + IE7 +IE6 compatible
  • Advertisement Ready
  • Widget ready sidebars
  • Theme Option Pages
  • Custom thumbnail images
  • PSD files
  • Valid XHTML + CSS
  • Smooth tabless design
  • Advanced Features:
    • ePanel theme options
    • Shortcodes collection
    • Page Templates
    • Complete Localization
    • Support and Updates
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14. Statua

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Statua is theme from Woothemes that is incredibly easy to customize. It features a minimalist style that is attractive to many. Photography-wise, it allows a variety of options that can alter the look of your photography portfolio or photoblog, whether it is single image posts or image galleries for bulk images. There are three layouts for the homepage for you to choose from. Statua also has a layout for photos in a grid style as an overview of a number of photos all at once. Another homepage layout worth mentioning is the one emphasizing the photo sliders. Overall the theme is very flexible, with many layouts and settings that photographers would have fun combining to produce different effects to showcase their work.

[spoiler title="List of Features - Statua"]
  • Custom Post Type for Photos
  • Alternative Layouts
  • Photo Sliders
  • Custom Typography
  • Custom Widgets
  • Alternative Styles
  • WooFramework:
    • Custom Shortcodes
    • Sidebar Manager
    • Custom Navigation
    • Built-in SEO options
    • Backend theme options
    • Cross-browser compatible
    • Auto-sizing thumbnails
    • Localized for translations
    • Custom page templates
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15. ClearPhoto

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ClearPhoto is a theme designed for photography enthusiasts and anyone with a portfolio wishing to showcase their work. It features a clean and elegant layout with a variety of features that also make it a good choice for business websites and blogs, or even online magazines.

[spoiler title="List of Features - ClearPhoto"]
  • Theme Settings Page for Easy Customization
  • Alternate Home Page Template for Business Sites
  • Quick and Easy Logo Integration
  • Multiple Background Patters/Colors
  • Featured Content Slider
  • Featured Galleries/Projects Slider
  • Multiple Home Page and Archive Post Layouts
  • Multiple Page Layout Options
  • Featured Page Widget
  • Featured Category Posts Widget
  • Optional Custom Welcome Message
  • Subscription Form Widget With Social Networking Integration
  • Footer Widgets
  • Multiple Banner Ad Locations
  • Automatic Post Thumbnails
  • Built-In Author Page
  • And More….
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Hosting for WordPress sites

While visual effects, simplicity, functionality are very important for every website, most important is platform that serves clients. Shared hosting companies offer a lot for “nothing”, but when your site want more resources you might consider best WordPress hosting there is: WPEngine hosting.

 

Providers of above listed themes

There are plenty of other themes that could help you build amazing site. You might check providers of themes and find what you like the most:

 

Elegantthemes

Elegantthemes is one of the popular WordPress theme provider because themes are made very user-friendly, even without knowledge and skills in designing and programming. The ‘ePanel’ or options page lets you customize your site in many unique combinations. Each theme comes equipped with a widget-ready sidebar, custom thumbnail images, search bar and gravatar ready feature among others. Unlimited access to all of their themes for only $39, great value. They offer Handheld Theme, HandHeld works in tandem with your normal theme, and is only used when the plugin detects that your visitor is using a mobile phone.

 

Woothemes

Woothemes is a provider of themes developed using CSS, PHP and WordPress. These themes cater to a variety of functions such as magazine, portfolio, business and personal types. The backend part of the theme allows you to customize your page the way you like it without having to code it. You can also combine features from more than one theme. Resizing thumbnails and size of text is made easy with the auto-sizing feature. The unique Woo framework allows for custom page templates and even translation features. However, Woothemes is not as compatible cross-browser unlike Elegantthemes and Obox-design.

You have two options, buy themes separately and get 2-3 bonus themes, cheapest solution but you don’t get PSD files. Or the club participation which  is perfect for multi-site owners, freelancers, and web agencies needing access to ALL their themes.

 

Themeforest

 

Themeforest is one of the most popular marketplace for template developers such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento and many more. Themes have excellent functionality with an extensive network of tools that provide you a great number of options so that you can fine-tune every detail of you site. There are three main categories for Themeforest WordPress themes: blog, e-commerce and CMS or Content Management System. With over 750 premium WP themes to choose from and counting, customers will have a lot to consider.

Themeforest is part of big company name envato, and under same page you can easily browse and buy from other envato markets such as audiojungle, themeforest, videohive, codecanyon, photodune and others. Great thing about this market is that you can get all on one place.

 

Press75

Press75 is among the known theme providers of clean, unique and efficient WordPress themes. Users are faced with an interface with excellent content management options and features. One of the downsides to this provider is their rather limited selection of themes. At 17, they are behind other providers such as Woothemes, Elegantthemes, etc; however, they do release a new theme every month. Press75 Themes are also not SEO-friendly, but that problem is easily solved with free WordPress SEO plug-ins, like All in One Seo, or Platinum SEO.

Press75 has three very interesting packages:

Single – get 1 theme by your choice with lifetime updates and support

Essential - get all themes + all themes for 1 year

Lifetime – get all themes for lifetime

 

Obox-design

Quality Themes, Quality Support

Obox-design themes were developed with both websites and blogs in mind, particular for business, news, portfolio and entertainment. Like Press75, their selection is considerably smaller than other providers; however, the diversity of themes is sufficient. Obox themes are good across browsers and are search engine optimized.

Themeforest include Obox themes in their marketplace.

Very interesting package from Obox:

Single Pack – 3 themes included

Developer Pack – 2 themes included with PSD and Obox Mobile

Membership Pack – all themes with everything

 

Solostream

Premium WordPress Themes

Solostream is not so known WordPress theme provider, but they offer themes that are easy to customize and search engine optimized. Multiply page templates allow for variety within your site. Expect great support via forums, tutorials and videos. It’s relatively cheap, at $79 for 21 professionally designed themes.

May be cheapest from above:

Basic - get all themes with free update 1 month, free support 1 month

Silver – get whole package with everything, PSD included, 3 months updates and 3 months support, 1 theme each month, revenue is Quarterly

Gold – get everything as above with 12 months support, 12 months updates, revenue is annually

Solostream is different from others cause they have videos to help you get going with your site, and can help you how to generate more traffic and make better content on your site.

About Tommy

Photography allows me to be what I want to be, to be where I want to be, and to do what I want to do ... I'm not professional photographer and I don't need a title, I love to take photographs and that is what I do, I love to learn and I always try to do it better ...
  • Daniel

    Cool themes, sadly none of them work well on mobile devices like the iPad :/

    • http://www.canon5dtips.com/ Tom K.

      Daniel, we had little issue, before article is completed, I will update it, with all other themes. There are some responsive themes, that are compatible with iphones, ipads, etc. But thanks for notice. 

  • ABQstyle

    Nice selection! I like themes that feature big images, ideally 960 pixels wide. I personally use Catalyst from ThemeForest at http://petersonlive.com

  • Hannah

    Tom, great blog – thanks! In your opinion which would be the best theme for a business orientated photography site which needed capability to show video alongside stills? 

    • http://www.canon5dtips.com/ Tom K.

      Hannah thanks ! I’m writing about video themes as well, of course that photography or video themes could be used for both, and there are amazing themes to choose from.

      Great question, but please give me some time to finish second article and then get back to your question, I do have list of my favorites that are exactly for your needs, business orientated photography sites. 

      Thanks one more time. 

    • http://www.canon5dtips.com/ Tom K.

      Hannah, you should check article about Video WordPress themes that I wrote, it is great for showcase, small business and photos as well, I’m really amazed with research and couple of themes I have found. Check it out: Top 15 WordPress Themes for Video (vlog)

  • http://www.apptha.com/ Wordpress Themes

    Cool WordPress themes collection list..Especially,Clear Photo WordPress Theme looks awesome in this list because, It h features a clean and elegant layout with a variety of features that also make it a good choice for business websites…

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