Zenfolio was started in 2005 by four photographer friends who wanted to create an online outlet for photographers. Zenfolio became their all-in-one web solution for both amateur and professional photographers. It allows photographers to organize, display and sell images.
Zenfolio is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, and is part of the Art.com family of brands.
- Full control over your account
- Photographer and customer can order prints
- Free trial
Zenfolio is best suited for amateur and professional photographers. It gives photographers several different options to display and monetize their work. The site was created with the idea of showcasing photos, so you can customize the themes and layouts to create a personal online gallery for your work. Customization is done by clicking and selecting various options, so you can still set up your Zenfolio account with ease even if you have no website design experience. There are no ads on Zenfolio, so you and your visitors will enjoy a distraction-free browsing experience.
You will maintain full control over who is able to view your images on Zenfolio. You can specify who can have access to each individual photograph or you can apply access settings to an entire gallery or group. In addition, you can offer visitors the option to download original photo files. With the Premium account, you'll also be able to apply watermarks on all your photos and videos to deter any unwanted use of your work.
Both you and your customers are able to order prints and other gift items on Zenfolio, including several different types of prints, photo books, apparel, photo boxes, personalized postage and other photo gifts. When your customers shop for prints, they are able to make changes like cropping the photos before completing their order. This is convenient for both the photographer and customer, as it saves some time for both parties. All Zenfolio products ship to the US and Canada.
Zenfolio also features the ability to export photos to Facebook, Flickr, Animoto and ProShow Web. Groups, galleries, and collections can also be shared through social media using Zenfolio's sharing options. Zenfolio also enables you to send email announcements about new photos and galleries - and the announcements can also be customized to match your themes, colors and layouts.
The maximum file size allowed on Zenfolio varies based which account you choose. The two lower-tier accounts limit image upload size to 36 MB, while the two higher-tier accounts limit it to 64 MB.
The Zenfolio Support Center has several different help categories, each of which features several articles. The categories range from Getting Started to Organizing Photos & Videos to Selling Your Work. Zenfolio also features video tutorials for general site use, portfolios, security, selling work and dealing with clients. The videos range from two minutes to one hour depending on the topic. Zenfolio also offers live webinars and free guides. These free resources can be valuable for amateur photographers or those who are new to the business and looking to increase their knowledge base.
Zenfolio offers a 14-day free trial, so you'll have the option to test the service before entering into an annual agreement. This is helpful if you're unsure about Zenfolio, since there is no free option.
- Limited editing options
- No commenting feature
- No free accounts
Other than cropping, Zenfolio doesn't offer any editing options. You'll need to do all editing before uploading anything to Zenfolio.
There is a community forum on Zenfolio, but there is no feature for commenting on photos or videos. This may limit your ability to gather feedback from other photographers, so if feedback and more detailed analysis are important to you, you may want to consider a site like Flickr.
Zenfolio also doesn't offer a free account - if you're low on cash, this may be a concern for you. You'll have to spend at least $30.00 annually to use the site.
The Bottom Line
Zenfolio offers robust, customizable online galleries for both amateur and professional photographers to display work. In addition, there are several ways to turn a profit on the site as well as access free tutorials and resources. Although Zenfolio doesn't offer a free account, just $30.00 for the Basic Plus package will provide you with a solid foundation to display, share, sell and advance your work.