Themes aimed at Photo Pros
The new Scrollider theme looks very promising. I especially like that it uses responsive design. However, after speaking with someone in customer service, I was told that the theme is not really geared for photographers and that he saw no real need for such an idea. Woo is one of the best providers of WP themes. There are tens of thousands of photographers who have options like ProPhoto Bogs, Photocrati, Theme Forest, ZenFolio, and PhotoShelter as viable options. So how can Woo develop a theme like Scrollider--which attempts to incorporate a portfolio feature--without thinking there is a market for pro photographers to utilize such a theme if it catered to their specific needs. We need flexible portfolio/slideshow options, social networking integration, and solid eCommerce integration. So far, none of the above-mentioned companies knock it out of the park yet. ZenFolio and PhotoShelter are solid on the eCommerce backend but they don't develop for mobile devices and their gallery layouts are ugly. ProPhoto offers good design but limited options and no responsive design. You get the idea. I'm willing to work with Woo and perhaps other photographers would come on board to help develop a comprehensive photo theme solution
We are planning and gathering info on a professional photo theme/plugin which we could hopefully release next year.
There is a similar request under WooCommerce Child Themes, for a photo cart
I've also been researching such a Theme for a long time, and there is nothing that fits the bill.
Photographers sell images two ways, and it needs to cover both needs.
1. Client projects - these images are behind a login and are for clients to view only. Images can be viewed and selected, and print options/products selected through a shopping cart.
2. Sell prints - this would be a gallery of images, divided into categories, where anyone can purchase a print of an image (various print options). Submission of an enquiry for info on licensing an image would also be useful.
An existing shopping cart theme would require each image to be set up as a different product, with print options set up as variations. But this would quickly create a huge product list.
It would be much better to have the products as just the print options, and then associate that with an image by selecting an image from a gallery. That way, each image does not have to be set up as a new product. It is just added to an image gallery. And then referenced from the shopping cart by a unique code when someone wants to purchase a print of that image. Similar to the Product Add On plugin.
Ideally, it is the image that the customer selects first, and then the customer selects the print options, followed by delivery options.
Obviously, if it's a very popular theme, then it would also require some customisation options so a photographer could have a unique theme. A dark and a white theme would be a minimum, so you can have a black or a white background.
Wondering what the status on this is...
I'm 100% with you on this Glen! It's EXACTLY what I need. The companies like ZF who I have used are nowhere near a pro option and Woo could literally get thousands of photographers using this system if it would work in the right way.
So glad to hear there are some themes and plugins on the way! Going to save me lots of time and money. Might just start a business doing sites for photographers. ;)
Thanks for the update @Magnus look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Mohamed Hamad commented
I'm using statua right now, and have been working on adapting scrollider for a photo theme to update my site. I love the look of scrollider but it doesn't showcase photos like statua. What I'm having to do is adapt the portfolio template to use woo slider to display attached images using the short code in the template. It would be awesome if it did it right out of the box and readily responsive. I are with the original poster that woo needs better themes for photographers.