Every photographer knows that taking great photos can feel like only half the battle—figuring out a great way to display your work is equally important.
The best portrait photography portfolios are usually simple, utilizing lots of white space, leaving the focus on the work and the faces of the people in it. These outstanding portfolios also tend to display a well-balanced combination of composed and candid images, demonstrating the photographer’s versatility.
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Texas-based fashion photographer Sabine Ruth Fletcher’s portraits are simple yet vibrantly colorful. Her minimal theme matches this aesthetic, with a modern font and neat layout complementing the style of her photographs.
New York photographer Daniel Cavanaugh’s portraits are raw, personal, and color-saturated. He fills up the entire screen of his online portfolio with his work, creating a high-impact horizontal scroll that forces you to take a closer look.
3. Luc Coiffait
Based in London, via Newcastle, Luc Coiffait has shot for brands like Adidas, Bentley, and Urban Outfitters, and his editorial work has appeared in publications like I-D and New York Magazine as well as Vogue in a range of countries. His portraits are polished and well-staged, and his displays his work in a close-cropped grid that gives an instant feel for his style.
4. Tomas Smith
It’s easy to get lost browsing through Tomas Smith’s photos. The French photographer’s work is intimate, lush, and there’s loads of it to look through. Because different projects are arranged neatly, the volume of images isn’t overwhelming, though, and the way they fill the page in a horizontal scroll helps add to the immersive effect.
Canadian photographer Justin Aranha uses a vertically-scrolling theme to showcase his unique, creative portraits (this one was made by coloring photo paper with pencil crayon). A handwritten logo offers a memorable means of displaying his name.
“I love photographs in which people are unaware of being photographed,” says Amsterdam-based Wardie Hellendoorn. Hellendoorn created an unconventional collage layout by layering images over each other, creating a fun and unusual main page.
7. Dy Duyen
Photographer Dy Duyen works across a range of photography genres, but her uniquely composed, personal portraits really shine. The Ho Chi Minh City-based photographer uses a super clean theme to keep the focus of her website on her work, with large-sized images that grab the viewer’s attention.
This German photographer created a custom logo that reflects her quirky photography style. Riedinger’s grid-based display offers a neat preview of her images. (Wondering how to create your own memorable logo? We’ve got you covered.)
Currently based in Los Angeles, photographer Laura Kampman works with a focus on self portraiture and editorial shoots. Kampman has worked with publications like Vogue and New York Magazine. Her website is clean and simple, with images displayed one at a time.
10. Kyle Dorosz
Brooklyn-based Kyle Dorosz fills up the whole page with his portfolio images. The first gallery visitors see when they open his website is a selection of new work, which is a good way of keeping his portfolio fresh and making sure viewers look at his most recent shots first.
11. Cameron Lee Phan
Whether he’s shooting self portraits or fashion editorials, photographer Cameron Lee Phan always creates a memorable mood with his work. Born in Texas, he is now based in New York, where he is “focusing his work on portraiture, self-portraiture, fashion, and moments of synchronicity.”
Matilda Hill Jenkins uses a horizontally-scrolling theme to show off her fresh, colorful portraits. Creating separate pages for personal and commissioned work allows this London photographer to effectively display her published shoots as well as more intimate portraits.
13. Sam Payne
Sam Payne’s portfolio website instantly lets visitors know what kind of work she does. The English photographer shows a sample of her portrait work with a grid layout that fills up the whole screen. A top right menu allows for navigation to her blog and contact page.
14. Clement Pascal
This French photographer’s portfolio includes work for brands like Nike, Urban Outfitters, and Dazed. Pascal divides his work into categories including portraits and fashion for ease of navigation. The creative spacing between gallery images adds a sense of dynamism to his website.
15. Anastasiia Sapon
Hailing from Kiev, Ukraine, photographer Anastasiia Sapon is now based in San Francisco, where she shoots portraits for a range of print and online publications. Her portfolio is tidily organized in grid format, with separate galleries for tear sheets as well as personal work.
16. Stephan Pramme
This no-nonsense German photographer makes his portrait portfolio stand out by including a brief description of each photo subject. Depicting a variety of professionals, from actors to activists to trade union leaders, Stephan Pramme’s portraits are polished and crisp.
17. Mia Wodstrup
Danish photographer Mia Wodstrup keeps her portfolio simple by only including a few images in each category (“People,” “Products,” “Studio”). Selecting only the best images lets her work shine and keeps the viewer interested.
18. Madeleine Bolle
Netherlands-based Madeleine Bolle documents family and friends with warm, light-filled images that highlight the personality of her subjects. Her photo projects are simply divided into “Stories,” with minimal explanations, allowing her photography to speak for itself. She shares her commercial work in another website section to keep everything organized.
19. Madz Rehorek
Globe-trotting photographer Madz Rehorek has worked in France, Australia, and the United States, and is currently based in New York. Her sharply detailed portraits are arranged in a grid that makes great use of both color and white space.
20. Klaudia Nieboj
Klaudia Nieboj is a Poland-based photographer specializing in elegant portraits and fashion shoots. Her sidebar menu lets you easily browse through all of her different work, from editorial projects to coverage of glam parties and weddings.
Cover image by Dy Duyen. This article was originally published Sept. 8, 2016, and was last updated with new information on April 20, 2018.