The web design industry is one where designers can be as creative as they like, within reason! Past trends have included websites with oversized logos or headers, grunge style look and feel, hand-drawn designs, collage designs, large typography, one page layouts, oversized footers...the list can go on!
Somewhat of a trend which has become popular with the web design industry is the use of personal photography. There are many industries that heavily rely on use of photography, what makes it interesting is when the website uses photography which portrays the individual’s work, personality and aids to the design creatively.
Different industries showcase the use of personal photography in different ways. The use of huge personal photographs make the website approachable and distinctive at the same time creating a sense of unique personality.
Here we showcase some of the very best websites that have made use of photography to bring new life and edge them over their competitors.
Musicians tend to highlight their name as well as their photos, reinforcing the recognition they already have, and in some cases want to achieve. It can be said that sometimes the website design and look and feel of the website also reflects the genre of music, this however depends on the artist.
Being able to design your own site as a web designer can work out well. Knowing how to balance your photography along with the other elements on the page is something that most web designers are able to pick up on.
Facial recognition is a huge aspect of any actor’s/actresses career. Celebrity websites that contain personal photography can emphasise the real personality of the individual, hence sometimes keeping it simple is the key.
The modelling industry is similar to the acting industry where “looks” and talent can open many doors. With regards to websites it can be difficult to find the right kind of photography to portray the individual. It can also be seen that some models use their website to portray their talent; whereas others choose to portray themselves as the person they are, not necessarily involving the working industry they are a part of.
Rasmus Svingel - Architecture Student
Ken Mann - Life coach - Transformology
Alastaire Allday – Freelance Copywriter
Leah Haggar – Graphic Designer
Stephanie Hay – Writer, content Strategist
Do you use your personal photo in your website design? I'm sure there are plenty more out there that are a great source of inspiration. Why not let us know what you think or share with us some of the great examples that you have seen by adding a comment below.