Beautiful Personal Photographs Used in Web Design

Beautiful Personal Photographs Used in Web Design

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!

Beautiful Personal Photographs Used in Web Design

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

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.

Madonna
Madonna

Anna Neale
Anna Neale

Margaret Durante
Margaret Durante

Mike Dignam
Mike Dignam

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

Web Professionals

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.

Fei Hu
Fei Hu

Dominik Geisler
Dominik Geisler

Shihabs
Shihabs

Im Dan
Im Dan

Ian Feather
Ian Feather

Wes West
Wes West

Tony Chester
Tony Chester

Basil Gloo
Basil Gloo

Adam Dannaway
Adam Dannaway

Kathryn Cornelius
Kathryn Cornelius

Actors/Actresses

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.

Emma Watson
Emma Watson

John Travolta
John Travolta

Will Smith
Will Smith

Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee

Models

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.

Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford

Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen

Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell

Baptiste Giabiconi
Baptiste Giabiconi

Naresh K
Naresh K

Random

Rasmus Svingel – Architecture Student
Rasmus Svingel

Ken Mann – Life coach – Transformology
Ken Mann

Alastaire Allday – Freelance Copywriter
Alastaire Allday

Leah Haggar – Graphic Designer
Leah Haggar

DJ Eric C
DJ Eric C

Stephanie Hay – Writer, content Strategist
Stephanie Hay

Conclusion

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.

Krishna is a web designer based in Cambridge, UK. She is passionate about all things design related and loves learning about new techniques and technologies.

Comments

  1. / Reply

    Rule of thumb seems to be: photographer, hipster blogger, celebrity/musician. *lol*

    Some really good examples, though, and some measurable inspiration as well. Thanks much.

    • ron,
    • April 29, 2011
    / Reply

    hi
    some are really nice. i think it gives a really personal touch to a site, but use it only when it is needed.

    my site use me too:)

  2. / Reply

    Really nice examples. These are some awesome inspirations, brought me back from my designer slump. Thank you!

    • TheKat,
    • April 29, 2011
    / Reply

    Won’t work if you’ve got a face like a smashed crab, like me…

    But some of the designs are extremely well done.

  3. / Reply

    You’ve got to be a bit of a poser to have a website like this.

  4. It is really important to go for the photography which depicts the individual’s work, personality and helps to the design creatively.

    Really a good post friend :)

  5. / Reply

    Thanks in advance for your help

  6. / Reply

    Well, I am guilty as well, have used my own photo for header, though it is only my hair lol

    • Rana Mukherjee,
    • May 2, 2011
    / Reply

    Nice

  7. / Reply

    For me personally those ones seemed well made, and some, I would say, even brilliant. But mostly I disliked Miley’s one, think it could be much better.
    But still general impression from the presented designs is cool. Many thanks for such inspirational examples

  8. / Reply

    Wow! Feeling REALLY REALLY Great, Proud, honored to be in this list…
    Amazing collection of photography site!
    -Shihab

  9. / Reply

    Great article, a collection worthy of note. As a graphic designer are always interested in viewing other Web sites of competitors and to take every kind of inspiration.

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