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More than ever before a freelancer is their own studio. Sometimes that means you’re a one man or one woman show and sometimes that means you collaborate with a few partners. Either way the needs of a solo freelancer and a small creative studio are very similar when it comes to presentation. You need to be able to show your portfolio, the products/services you offer, and convert customers and leads through an effective landing page or call to action. To that aim I’ve gathered some of the best freelance and creative small studio themes from 2012 together and listed them below. I hope you enjoy them and as always please feel free to drop us a line in the comments below with your thoughts.

Capiton

Capiton is an extremely clean theme suitable for a portfolio or business website, it has minimal styling is very versatile.

Scrollcase

Scrollcase is a tidy little theme which could be used for a personal portfolio website – show off your photos or graphic work in style with a separate portfolio section.

Primento

Primento is a One Page WordPress Portfolio which includes a HTML Resume. The theme has a unique retro and creative look and feel to it which is easy to edit and maintain. Sections can easily be added and taken away to personalize your portfolio. The Portfolio supports images, multimedia such as youtube, vimeo, flash and a lot more. The Theme included all PSD to edit any design and details and the theme as you wish.

Primento WordPress Theme

Atom

ATOM is highly customizable, we already provide 4 kick-ass schemes but you can change the colors and the background pattern to create your own scheme!

Atom WordPress Theme

Studeo

Designed with a dash of simplicity, a pinch of minimalism, and a healthy helping of elegance, stüdeo is a minimal, elegant, grid-based portfolio WordPress theme for creative studios and individuals that’s all about showcasing your work with little distraction.

Studeo WordPress Theme

Bee Bee

Whether an artist, designer, photographer or anyone in the field of creative services the way your work is presented is crucial to first impressions. Bee Bee is an html template designed with that philosophy. The over all balance and contrast of the design was created with showcasing of works and sale of service in mind.

Bee Bee WordPress  Theme

Squared

An elegant minimalist theme for the professional photographer or design studio. This theme is fully ajax driven, employs deep linking, offers a fullscreen background gallery for featured photos or work, a range of shortcodes for easy layout creation, custom theme options panel for quick setup and much more. Hope you enjoy it!

Squared WordPress Theme

Desat

Desat is elegant and responsive portfolio WordPress theme with clean, sleek and customizable design. Theme includes awesome desaturation effects, lots of advanced features and functions and is based on solid backend framework.

Desat WordPress Theme

Cleanr

This theme is responsive, slick, minimalist portfolio theme which will help you showcase your work in a clean and elegant fashion. By the way, it scores 97/100 on Google Page Speed.

Cleanr WordPress Theme

Idea 3D

This theme can be installed within 30 second and that has a useful admin panel. It has an online support so you can talk with support team if you come across any problem.

Idea 3D WordPress Theme

Minotaur

Minotaur is an uncluttered minimal portfolio theme that is perfect for creative heroes who wish to showcase their work/talent. The focus should always be on yourself and your work; this theme does just that.

Minotaur WordPress Theme

Impromptu

A classy responsive WordPress theme for creatives, freelancers and business.
With post formats you can spice up your blog posts with galleries, audio, video and more. Super!
It’s responsive, so it works great on all devices. Awesome!

Impromptu WordPress Theme

CreativeLife

CreativeLife is a design WordPress Theme perfect for Portfolio, Blogging, Agency, Freelancer and Business. Block-style, Modular, full of cool features (discover all them in our demo!). Easy to customize (you can change background patterns, background pictures, key colors, custom sidebars, custom icons, choose between 2-3-4-5 columns portfolios, a great and powerful slider, a bunch of custom widgets, etc).

Creativelife WordPress Theme

SquareGrid

Hello. This is a SquareGrid theme for Portfolio. It has really powerful portfolio template that will can show your items for 5 different layouts. Also it supports Image (images), Audio and Video (youtube, vimeo).

SquareGrid WordPress Theme

Mercina

Mercina is a WordPress theme designed specially for portfolio display. Using a modern 2 column layout you can get a stylish website in a few minutes.

Mercina WordPress Theme

Jupither

Jupither is a responsive WordPress gallery and blog theme which is perfect for photography portfolios. Minimalist, ajax-powered one-page gallery is great for showcasing your favorite works without tiring your visitors. The template includes a intuitive gallery script with mobile gestures and drag functionality for desktop view.

Jupither WordPress Theme

Elevate

Elevate is the perfect platform for the creative agency or freelance professional on WordPress. This theme truly lets your portfolio’s personality shine through.

Elevate WordPress Theme

Denizen

Denizen WordPress theme is a creative, clean, beautiful and easy customizable theme. It’s perfect for Portfolios, Business and clean looking websites. This theme comes with massive and functional theme option page which gives you entire website under your control.

Denizen WordPress Theme

Stilo

Welcome to Stilo… A full-fledged Responsive Portfolio / Gallery Theme, built to showcase your beautiful works with a certain pizazz. It’s an easy to use theme with loads of nifty features.

Stilo WordPress Theme

Rawa

Rawa is a clean, minimal and responsive HTML5 / CSS3 template. It looks fantastic on mobile devices such as iPhones/Smarphones or Tablet-Pc’s. This is the perfect way to show your works/posts.

Rawa WordPress Theme

The First

The First is a Multi-Purposes WordPress Theme. You can change any background, color, heading font by using The-First Theme Settings inside Admin Panel.

The First WordPress Theme

Splaty

Splaty is a great wordpress theme for creative freelancers and even studios who want to show their work in a professional setting.

splaty WordPress Theme

Zwin

Zwin is an impressive and professional online vcard, a beautiful portfolio with sliding effect, resume and contact information with Google map.

Zwin WordPress Theme

1418 Imperio

Imperio 1418 is a beautiful, modern wordpress theme. Imperio is the perfect theme for creative agencies, freelancers and business’s that want a modern look. The beautiful textured look was carefully handcrafted to give it a unique look across the entire site. It’s very quick to setup and easy to customize, thanks to the intelligent admin panel, and the detailed documentation that is included. Imperio is very easy to work with, but never fear if you get stumped by something because you’re going to get the help of a true professional, Imperio comes with excellent support!

Imperio WordPress Theme

Woop

Woop is a single page portfolio template, perfect to promote your work. It uses the latest WordPress version and a full control of backgrounds and colors.

Woop WordPress Theme

Blenton

Blenton Template is simple and clean template with a lot attention to detail. It is suitable for a lot of different business and private uses including creative freelancers and studios.

Blenton WordPress  Theme

Jacto

acto is the perfect solution to your online portfolio. Whether you want to simply showcase your latest work or go further by adding a blog you’ll find what you need all in one theme. Whether your a designer, photographer, artist, illustrator, web designer, graphic designer or just need a personal website, Jacto can do the job.

Jacto WordPress Theme

50/50

If you’re looking for a simple, clean and intuitive wordpress theme, then you’re at the right place! 50/50 is perfect for a creative agency, a modern freelancer or general business. Clean cuts, smooth shadows and a bunch of awesome features to make everyone happy.

5050 WordPress Theme

Ability

Ability is a responsive, one page WordPress theme powered with AJAX magic & the slick Swift Framework.

Ability WordPress Theme

Vizar

Vizar is your super customizable visual WordPress portfolio theme. We packed it with everything you need to show your awesomeness and call success & fun into your business. Feel free to customize Vizar to really show yourself and create a magnetic visual portfolio site.

Vizar WordPress Theme

Purty

Purty is a fun and energetic agency, portfolio, and freelancer’s dream theme. It’s jam packed with loads of top-notch features, widgets, shortcodes, sliders and more…all to spice up your ever-growing presence on the interwebs.

Purty WordPress Theme

Saigon

Saigon is a wonderful wordpress theme for freelance professionals looking to display their work in a stylish professional website. You can change any background, color, heading font by using Theme Options inside admin panel.

Saigon WordPress Theme


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Hi! I'm Nathan B Weller: writer, book lover, and digital publisher. I use WordPress to launch blogs, products, businesses and portfolios for myself and my clients. If you'd like to see what I'm up to on a regular basis stop by my website at www.nathanbweller.com.

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  1. Derby

    terrific list.

    what about portfolio themes for writers who want to show various work, etc… are these viable for that type of content as well?

    • These themes are aimed more at being a visual portfolio for photographers, designers and artists. I suppose you could use them if you included a graphic with each piece of writing. ?

      • Sharilyn

        This is a huge issue for me as well.  As a writer with a portfolio of broadcast scripts and press releases, I don’t HAVE images to go along with my works, nor do I want to use cheesy stock photos.  Designers always ignore us, because surely anyone with a portfolio has giant graphics to showcase, right? 

        I recently FINALLY found a solution in Gridfolio (http://themeforest.net/item/gridfolio-wp-grid-based-single-page-portfolio/135592), which looks great as text-only (some great column styling) and works with a lightbox that supports pdfs.  

        • If its just text you are displaying, I would have thought most WordPress themes would be suitable?
          You could use the normal pages to display your work.

  2. Seems like some pretty interesting work, thanks for sharing.

  3. Good List … but None of them are Free :(

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