Customize SmugMug

Some of you have come here from my “How to Make an Online Photo Album” article, where I recommend SmugMug as a great place to host your photo portfolio. Rather than choose the basic themes from SmugMug (which are quite good and flexible), I wanted something extra special and really customize my SmugMug page.

Reasons to further customize your SmugMug site:

  • You have a unique logo or brand and you want it presented in an unexpected way.
  • You want your portfolio and website to look totally unique and stand out.
  • You have an idea for something, and the default themes just are not cutting it.
  • Or, when it comes to your online business, you are simply willing to invest in something that keeps your brand and web presence wonderfully unique.

This is a screenshot of my customized SmugMug portfolio

SmugMug Coupon

If you haven’t signed up for SmugMug yet and are interested in getting started today with SmugMug, use the SmugMug Coupon of “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to save 20%. That will save you money on an already affordable product. You’ll love it!

Save money on SmugMug Customization

I asked for a coupon code of “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to save 10% on custom designs. It doesn’t matter which one of these you choose to customize your SmugMug portfolio. I’ve checked them all out and they are all legitimate and do good, solid, dependable work. If you have any problems with any, please let me know via email or in the comments.

Also, please note that the data points below may be a little bit outdated.  For the best results, just contact each of these companies and they can give you the full scoop.

Zoho Deisgn

For my portfolio, I chose Zoho Design — the gentleman that helped me out there was Justin Busa.  They charge from $400 and up, based on how customized you want the site.  He is very sharp and they have great versatility.

The above site is an example of a “Basic website” design, according to Zoho

The above online portfolio from Turner Forte is an example of a more advanced “Custom Website and Logo Design”

To contact them and get a quote, just head over to the Zoho Design Website!

Green Man Design Studio

I’ve met another quality high-end customization gentleman named Todd Atteberry. He runs Green Man Design Studio, and his costs are based on a higher level of features. They start at $750 and go up to $1,500. Todd also seems like the kind of guy that would throw in a free beer too.

Todd’s main page will get you all the info you need, including more details on pricing/packages.

Here is a nice sample image from his portfolio

New Skin Media

Melissa Crain has a very good eye and she runs New Skin Media. Her prices start at $350 and go up from there. From her website, you can see her vast portfolio of various looks and more details on her prices. Melissa has a good sense of style, and excellent taste in color and layout. I think you’ll agree! Below are two varied examples of her work.

A very pretty blog for Arken Studios – Melissa has a nice graphic design touch, eh?

And here is a very different look – more sleek and net-dark, which is also cool

j R Customization

Jerry Roek runs j R Customization and his prices start and $600 and go up from there, depending on the size of the project. You can spend some time poking around his site to see examples of his work for various clients. He has done everything from wedding sites to portrait sites to landscape sites.

Above is an example of a landscape photographer’s port that has a nice look to it.

Above is a sample from Louisiana Moments Blog

Any questions about the nature of these reviews? Visit my Ethics Statement. It’s all quite simple!

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  • John Harrison


    Thanks for the inclusion of my Nature and Landscape photography SmugMug site! I had no idea it was up here until a friend sent me a note. Ditto to all comments about creating an online gallery and using SmugMug. They have totally made it simple to give a full-service presentation so I can worry about shooting and uploading pictures rather than coding and flash stuff. I have too many friends who have unfortunately spent thousands of dollars on SLOW and painful to use websites. I started out trying to customize on my own as well and then got on the web and found Jerry and Alicia. He put a nice SmugMug customization together for me and all my graphics were doing by Alicia at Moments Photography. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I also highly recommend any photographer starting out to look at SmugMug rather than either a free service or custom do it yourself solution. Then look at one of the folks mentioned above to create your brand and identify focusing on delivering what is important to you and your customers. You will be much happier in the end and able to focus on your photography instead of frustration. I am off to shoot more nature shots in Yosemite and the Bay area! John

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  • Roc

    Trey, I have a designer customizing my Smugmug web site right now and I have a page that is called Places Worth a Visit. If it is OK I would like to put a link to Your Home Page. I enjy going to your site and others who haven’t heard about just might go over there. Please let me know, Thanks Roc

  • Stuck In Customs

    Sure thing! :)

  • Pradeep

    I was hoping to see some self help tips in this post.

  • Claire

    Me too Pradeep! I prefer the DIY method. :)

  • Daniel Stainer

    I cannot say enough good things about Zoho Design and Justin Busa. If you want a pro looking website without the pro prices, then check them out. They’ll take an already stellar photo hosting service (Smugmug) and trick it out anyway you want. I can’t tell you how many people have complimented my site! Honestly, it was one of the best photo business decisions I’ve made.

    Trey, thanks for the shout out. You rock!

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  • Stewart Stockdale

    I would like a web site , with a home page aqnd links to the various galleries .
    nothing to expensive.
    Thanks Stewart

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  • Geir

    Just one question about organizing your portfolio. I find no categories there, just around 50 pages of images to wait for or look through. Inspiring for the first twenty pages, but after that….? And the next time I return I have to start from scratch again.

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    Thanks Trey for your tips and advice. As a newbie to Photography, you certainly provide me with fantastic starting points and ultimately the decision making process easier amongst the varied choices out there.

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  • Mike

    Going to sign up for Smugmug to see if I can make a few $.  Thanks for the tips.

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