40 Beautiful Web Designs that Use Photographic Backgrounds

If you want to see even more websites that use large photos as their backgrounds, also check out this previous post: Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design: 30 Examples.

1. Colossal Media

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Colossal Media

2. Studio AIRPORT

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Studio AIRPORT

3. Kent & Curwen

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Kent & Curwen

4. Design Week Portland

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Design Week Portland

5. Royale

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Royale

6. Diehl Group Architects

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Diehl Group Architects

7. H-ART

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - H-ART

8. A Book of Beards

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - A Book of Beards

9. Evolution Bureau

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Evolution Bureau

10. Food Studio

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Food Studio

11. Planet Propaganda

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Planet Propaganda

12. Regenerate Music Company

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Regenerate Music Company

13. The After Bedtime Sessions

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - The After Bedtime Sessions

14. 49 Conduit Street

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - 49 Conduit Street

15. Beatbox Academy

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Beatbox Academy

16. The Kitchen Community

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - The Kitchen Community

17. Locals Apparel

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Locals Apparel

18. Nucoco Chocolate

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Nucoco Chocolate

19. Welikesmall

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Welikesmall

20. Minerva

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Minerva

21. Camacho Cigars

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Camacho Cigars

22. Aspect Photography

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Aspect Photography

23. SEED SPOT

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - SEED SPOT

24. Racket

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Racket

25. Whitmans

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Whitmans

26. Jason Miller Studio

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Jason Miller Studio

27. Drexel University

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Drexel University

28. The Paper Mill

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - The Paper Mill

29. Onside Sports Agency

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Onside Sports Agency

30. blacknegative

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - blacknegative

31. Plate the Slate

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Plate the Slate

32. Cappellos

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Cappellos

33. Helen Tsanos Sheinman

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Helen Tsanos Sheinman

34. Life & Thyme

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Life & Thyme

35. Yield Design

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Yield Design

36. Boundary Breaks Vineyard

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Boundary Breaks Vineyard

37. Noearaujoº

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Noearaujo

38. I <3 FR

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - I <3 FR

39. Stinkdigital

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - Stinkdigital

40. NBR New Zealand Opera

Web design inspiration: Photographic Background - NBR New Zealand Opera

Which one is your favorite, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  • We have a photographic background at http://www.foracure.org.au too.

  • I’m totally stunned after watching tremendous web designs collection having classy background in layouts.

  • That Royale picture is hilarious. I can’t stop laughing. Thanks for the inspiration, Jacob!

  • great collection….
    thank’s

  • Awesome post! As a print designer turned web designer this look feels right to me. I hope this way of designing isn’t just a trend. Love your site and have been inspired numerous times by it and all the freebies!

  • SQ

    Quite Amazing post.
    I like all such amazing inspirational design.
    The trend of big picture in website are good but according to my point of view i love to use new pictures to saw them in the web site.
    Such inspirations refresh my mind.

  • Great selections, thanks. The huge image background is really starting to trend and I really like the concept especially with user experience.

  • Tim

    I like the idea in general, and have “gone big” in a few designs, but frankly, a number of these examples reflect that can go wrong (not least, illegibility).

  • Skweekah

    Love photo bg websites. Keeps it simple yet chic.

  • Great Choices, We have started to incorporate a lot of large photos as backgrounds in our designs lately. The key is good contrast between the copy and the photo for maximum legibility.

  • Beautiful websites. Images can say so much more than words. Thanks for sharing.

  • That Royale one is a bit creepy haha