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9 Great SmugMug Sites We Fell in Love With (So Far)

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve curated a list of beautiful, functional SmugMug websites that caught our eye since we introduced the all-new look and feel. If you’ve recently joined SmugMug, perhaps these examples will spark some creativity in your next round of customization? (It sure did for us!)

So without further ado, here are 9 great sites we found and why they made our hearts skip a few beats.


Shooting Stars

Why we love it: Shooting Stars did a great job creating an airy, bright, simple canvas that shows off their photos. Their homepage provides everything you need: a simple slideshow, a clear welcome message, an easy way to contact them, a text navigation bar and three different services where the visitors can click to learn more. It’s navigation heaven! Best of all, they’ve included direct email and phone info in their footer, so it’s accessible from every page you’re viewing.


Sharon Lee Studio

Why we love it: In addition to Sharon Lee’s work being beautiful in and of itself, we love that she used SmugMug to house a business that wasn’t rooted in photography. Both Sharon’s artwork and wallpaper business websites are clean, simple and show off the fine patterns in her work. They also provide you with a personal background and a list of locations where you can see her work for yourself.


Nkosi Hamilton

Why we love it: From the second you land on Nkosi Hamilton’s portfolio site you notice the photography. With the dark sidebar and understated logo, you can easily click your way around but the photos always come first. This is uncomplicated at its finest, demonstrating how a clean and neutral website sets the stage for photos that pop!


Chronicles Photography

Why we love it: While Chronicles Photography’s homepage is simplicity at its best, we were particularly drawn to Dawn’s completely custom “Me & My Style” page. Her use of creative and fun photos paired with vital booking information clearly give her business an edge and a delightfully personal touch. Great job!



Lukasz M. Czajkowski

Why we love it: Lukasz Czajkowski had us at “food.” Really, do you need anything more than delicious, juicy photos covering nearly every inch of your homepage? Maybe not, but Lukasz knew how to get us hooked and his website did this right from the start.


Collecting Visas

Why we love it: When you travel as much as Milan Brown of Collecting Visas, your #1 goal is to leave a tempting photo-trail of the highlights of your trip. That’s why we love this SUPER simple portfolio site, an impressive stream of locations in beautifully balanced layout. It’s pure and uncluttered so the story shines through.


Todd Kawasaki Photography

Why we love it: Hawaiian fine art photographer Todd Kawasaki really knows how to highlight what he does best: that is, show the world how beautiful his photos look in print. We absolutely loved the custom graphics he created just for that homepage slideshow and you feel relaxed and warm looking at the soft background pic. If that wasn’t already enough, we’ve scarcely ever seen another site with a “Products” page as nice as his, which we think is essential for landing the sale.


Lost On Mars Photography

Why we love it: Aside from the intriguing name, we loved how Lost On Mars used a little customization-fu to create floating, rounded thumbnails that make their colorful images look like they’re literally leaping off the screen. It’s photos, photos, photos and a neatly organized way of showing them off.


Gilmore Gang

Why we love it: Photographs and growing families were made to go together, so it was a no-brainer for us to fall in love with the Gilmore Gang family website. What a fantastic example of a family archive, organized by year! We also liked the simple navigation bar that separates out the family’s most popular photos, undoubtedly what grandma and faraway families want to see first.


So what about you? We hope that these inspired you to think about all the different ways you can customize your own SmugMug site.

Our Show Us Your SmugMug contest may be over but our virtual door is always open for anyone who wants to show off and share a link. Tell us in the comments below!

  1. February 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    http://www.rakmilphotography.com A Traditional Journal layout! Suits my audience for whom in some cases navigating galleries is not self evident.

  2. February 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    My site (http://pierre-chaton.smugmug.com/) is organized more like a photoblog, always showing the latest photo on the front page. Uploaded photos are also automatically populating galleries like locations (countries and cities), themes or techniques using keywords and the Smart rules feature. The galleries are easily accessed through a menu. The system is easy to maintain as long as you put some attention in the keywording process, especially after moving to the new SmugMug.

  3. February 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Great sites, thanks for sharing them.
    My site (http://jchmportafolio.infoinnova.net) is using a similar theme of Sharon Lee Studio

  4. February 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I sure wish i could figure out how to create a custom site like Todd’s
    it is lovely..Al

  5. February 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Great sites…j’aime beaucoup ;-)

    http://www.carlitophotographie.com/

  6. February 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Very nice sites, really enjoyed Todd Kawasaki’s site…

    http://www.justinrayboun.com

  7. February 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I’ve spent a great deal customizing mine over at http://www.aaronmphotography.com! For those that are in need of customization tips, I’ve spent a lot of time on the dgrin forums helping others out and compiled the top ~75 customizations into 1 website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Customizations

  8. February 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Hoping my creative site will leave an impact on future photographers! Love SmugMug for creating beautiful creations for users to use professionally and for just plain fun! Hope you like and enjoy my work and don’t forget to sign my guestbook!

  9. February 18, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I went for a basic clean gallery, i look at the other templates but for a clean and easy look it works fine for me.- http://bpimultimedia.smugmug.com/

  10. June 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

    The Lost on Mars site has removed the SmugMug branding footer. Is that allowed now?

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