Classic Photography Theme for WordPress

Classic Photography is our latest free WordPress theme, and this one has loads of features that make it a great choice for photographers who need a quality website.

Theme features include:

  • An adaptive layout that looks great on desktops, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Full-color control! You can change the color of almost every element of the design.
  • Customizable homepage slideshow to showcase your photos.
  • Customizable photo galleries.
  • Upload your own logo.
  • Widget-ready sidebar.

Classic Photography Theme for WordPress

The Classic Photography theme uses a simple layout that allows your photos to be the focus, and you can display those photos through the slideshow, galleries, and blog posts. The simple layout also will look great with any number of color schemes, and you can easily set the colors from the theme options panel without touching any code.

This theme will also allow you to present a positive user experience to visitors on all kinds of devices thanks to the adaptive layout (the theme was designed on the Skeleton boilerplate). Navigating your site and viewing your photos will be possible not only for visitors on desktops.

The theme makes use of WordPress’s custom menu feature to give you full control over the navigation menu. The sidebar is widget-ready, so you can also have control over the content of the sidebar.

You can create an unlimited number of galleries and add as many photos as you like.

Documentation for the theme is available here.

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  • Katherine, September 23, 2013

    I’m having the same problem that Ian was having above, with the slideshow squishing at the end….before it starts the loop over again.

    Site’s not quite done yet, but you can preview on my testing server here:

    Let me know if you have any idea where the bug might be. Thanks!

  • Nathalie, September 4, 2013

    thank you for this great theme, that I installed with great pleasure this morning.
    I would like to know how to center my pages because I don’t want any widget. I think I have to disable the sidebar but I do not know how to do that. Can you help me please, thank you :-)
    You can see what I want to say on this page for example



  • Malcolm, August 29, 2013


    Just starting to build a site with your theme – which I really like.
    Is there anyway of password protecting the galleries?



  • Cleen, June 16, 2013

    Steven, please let me start by thanking you for your beautiful work and making it available to the public. The simplicity of these designs is what the Web is missing today!
    I do have a question, I’m struggling with this quite a bit and I’m sure it is just something I’m over thinking.
    I am trying to figure out the hierarchy of the menu as far as the gallery/portfolio goes.
    I am helping a friend create a photography site, and I would like to create separate galleries, so that when I designate a gallery those images have a title that people know those photos belong to.
    For example, if I have Landscape, People, Animals, when I go into Portfolio, it shows those separate categories and I know that the Gallery I’m clicking on within the Portfolio is Landscape, or People or Animals.
    On the other hand, I would prefer instead of each of those categories going into the main menu, that they are just a dropdown from my Portfolio page menu link.
    I know that I can just add a page and make a dropdown from the Portfolio, but then I guess that defeats the purpose of the Gallery?

    I’m just a little confused with this part, and I apologize in advance.

    Basically what is happening now is when I go into my Portfolio, there are just a bunch of pictures, and then when I click on a picture, it has in print below the pictures: Published in “gallery” (gallery being the designated gallery I have set up) instead of having designated Gallery titles within the Portfolio and then the header title to that Gallery when the images are clicked on.

    I hope I haven’t confused too much. I didn’t want to publish my friend’s website link here, so I can do it elsewhere if you would need it to see what I’m talking about.

    Thank you for your beautiful work with everything! I HIGHLY recommend your themes!

  • Chico, May 24, 2013

    hi Steven,
    I was not concerned about the visual and text tab thing. so stupid..
    it is working now. thank you so much!

  • Chico, May 23, 2013

    dear Steven, its me again

    i wanna start saying thanks for this amazing work again

    my question for you, its because im wanting to add some video works my on webpage. since i cannot add the videos to be displayed on the same way as the photos on the galleries, ive been thinking the only and the most simple way is to create a page and let them there, like a post.

    the problem is wherever i post any vimeo url, the videos dont appear on the page, just the links for them.
    i’ve read in some sites that wordpress by default automatically put the vimeo videos on the page then we put the urls on the posts. I already tried using embed codes and other ones, but nothing worked for me.

    sorry for being annoying!

    many thanks again!


    • Steven Snell, May 24, 2013

      I’m not aware of WordPress automatically adding the video if you just enter the URL. When you entered the embed code did you paste it in the “visual” tab or the “text” tab? If you flip over to the text tab and then paste the embed code into the page it should work. I just tested it on the demo and had no problems.

  • Chico, April 24, 2013

    first of all, thanks for this awesome work!

    my issue is with the image viewing on the gallery.
    i arrange my photos on the gallery on the best order i think they should be seem, but when you open an image and see the gallery images using the arrows, the pictures are presented in a random order. not the order the pictures are on the gallery

    is there any way to change this?

    plus, is there a gay to remove the arrows from the above the images as well? put them on the sides

    thank you very much and again, congratulations for your work!

    • Steven Snell, April 24, 2013

      Hi Chico,
      The images aren’t showing in random order. If you click on the one arrow it takes you to the previous photo and if you click on the other arrow it takes you to the next photo. I checked your site and this is how it is working. If you want the arrows to be moved you would have to customize the theme, there is no option to do that through the WordPress dashboard.

  • Ivan Tonov, April 20, 2013

    Hi Kerry,
    I found the way to remove the dots in the slider
    put this in Custom CSS, in general setings
    .nivo-controlNav { display:none; }

    And Steven thanks for nice theme

  • Kerry, March 16, 2013

    Hi, Thanks for the theme.
    Just one thing how can I change the colour of the yellow dots on the home slider?
    or delete them?

    thanks kerry

    • Steven Snell, March 18, 2013

      Hi Kerry,
      You would have to customize the code of the theme for that change. There is no option for that within the theme options.

  • Steven Snell, February 28, 2013

    Hi Ian,
    I’m looking into this issue and I’ll email you with a response.

  • Malc, February 18, 2013

    Just found your theme, and then the documentation. Though you could split the basic wordpress stuff from the theme specific information Thank You! for taking the time to provide documentation. i would have searched for ages, and and possibly abandoned the theme before realising i needed to set the home page template to ‘Home’…though it’s obcious in hindsight. Would be good to have a link to the page from this one as well – i only found it via google…

    • Steven Snell, February 18, 2013

      There is a link to the documentation in italics directly above the download link.

  • ululf01, February 6, 2013

    thanks, for his theme

  • Martin, January 2, 2013

    I just wanted to thank you for what you do and for this amazing website and the even more amazing WordPress Themes and Tutorials you make available for free to us. I registered my domain now more than a month ago and just could not get started nothing worked or looked right to me and then today my first day back at work after a month holiday it was quite and I started to search the web again and by some miracle I found your site. I say miracle because I have searched the web so many times already but everything always ended up right where I began and out of more money. Okay sorry I ramble on I just wanted to say what you do are really appreciated!

    Thank You.

  • Michael, November 1, 2012

    Thanks for this folks, amazing clean and simple. :)


  • AUDIOMIND, October 19, 2012

    Thanks for the cool photo theme Steven. Awesome and simple theme.