Create a Gorgeous Photography Site with SmugMug in 90 mins

Easy to Follow Screencasts with Step-By-Step Instructions for creating your own custom photography website.
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  • Ryan Oakley Photography Nerd and Owner of

    Ryan Oakley is a part-time pro photographer and owner of a web-based company dedicated to helping people turn their passion for photography into a successful and fulfilling part-time photography business.

    Some people may think that Ryan spends way too much time messing around with techy stuff like - cameras, software, websites...but his passion for these things keeps him going (sometime very late into the night!)

    But more importantly, Ryan gets a tonne of pleasure from teaching other people how to solve their problems.

    Getting emails and blog comments like this from his audience is what makes the effort so worth it:

    "Ryan, THANK you so much for this! You helped me out!" 

    (Link to that REAL comment here)

    His reply to reply back is always the same - You're very welcome. :) 

    Ryan's passion for photography started about 8 years ago when he got his hands on his first decent digital camera just before taking a trip to South East Asia.

    His success as a photography business owner has led him on a path of teaching and helping others to reach their own photography and business goals.

    PS. Ryan wants you to know how difficult it is to write in the 3rd person! :)

    PPS. To get in touch with Ryan, click on the tweet button below, or send me an email through my blog .

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Create a Gorgeous Photography Site with SmugMug in 90 mins

Easy to Follow Screencasts with Step-By-Step Instructions for creating your own custom photography website.
47 reviews


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Your photos deserve the best.

But if your photos are stuck on your camera or hidden away in your computer where no one can enjoy them, then that is very sad indeed.


Hey, here's an idea! Let's build you a website through smugmug customization where you can share your photos and videos in all their glory!

Oh - Does creating your own photography website seem a little daunting?

I hear ya - it can be.

But no worries. I'm here to help! I can teach you how to build your very own, gorgeous photography website with this smugmug customization course - in less than 90 minutes!

With your new photography website you'll have:

  • A site that makes your photos look amazing
  • A site that will protect your images with right-click-protection, and password security
  • A site that you can sell your photos - and make a little cash!
  • A site that will allow you to upload and share hi-res photos and HD videos
  • Learn smugmug customization and make your own
  • A site built on a platform trusted by thousands of photographers

In this course I'm going to show you how to create a really great looking, user friendly photography website.

What are you waiting for? Let's get started!

What Others Are Saying About This Smugmug Customization Course

“I would be so lost without these videos! I really like the simplicity of the site. Nice and clean! Thanks!” - Shaylynn Grant, Shaylynn Grant Photography

“This is the most comprehensive set of vids I’ve seen on SmugMug from start to finish.” - Will Randolph, Helios Digital Imaging & Graphic Design

“I just spent the last couple of hours on your tutorial. Thank you so much for spending the time and effort to create this. It is providing just the kind of direction that I needed. I am up to step six and will work the rest of the way through tomorrow night. You rock!” – Sam

“Ryan, What an awesome tutorial! I used your tutorial to learn how to set up my smugmug site. My site is not a wedding site, so it is helpful for any site. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!” - Jo

“I have had a SM account for 2 years, taken a web design class, and I still could not filter through the potpourri of data to customize my site by myself.  I paid $ for similiar information that does not even work, and you shared it for free and it works. Thank you so much for this invaluable easy to understand information.” – Lifetimecompositions

    • Nadda, Zip, Zilch --- You don't need know ANYTHING about web design or website creation to complete this course. Yipee!
    • Over 10 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
    • Mission Possible: Build your very own custom photography website in as short amount of time as possible
    • photography lovers
    • photography pros
    • aspiring photography pros
    • videographers too!


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  • SECTION 1:
  • 1

    This video gives you an introduction to the "Create a Gorgeous Photography Website in 90 Minutes" Udemy course. It includes important information about who this course is for, why we're building our site on the SmugMug photo hosting platform, and gives a walk-through of the website I will help you create in this course.

  • 2
    Thank You!
    A thank you note to my students and an invitation to learn about how to earn some income from your passion for photography.
  • SECTION 2:
    Step-by-Step Tutorial
  • 3
    Create Your First Gallery

    In this video, we’ll create our SmugMug account (if you haven’t done so already), and create our first gallery – filling it with beautiful images.

    SmugMug (20% off, 14 day free trial)

    Demo Site -

  • 4
    Get Excited; Share the Love
    "I'm creating my own awesome photography website! Step 2, here I come!" ( Click here to tweet this qoute ) Of course - sending a tweet out is optional and not eveyone is on twitter. I can appreciate that. But for those that are on twitter, taking 2 seconds to click that link above will let people kn…
  • 5
    Upload a Few More Galleries and Create Our Portfolio Gallery

    In this video, we’ll fill out our site by creating a few more galleries and uploading more photos. I’ll show you how to use the “Quick Settings” feature in SmugMug. Then we’ll use the best photos from each gallery to create our very important (and impressive) Portfolio gallery. And we’ll be using a secret SmugMug ninja trick to create our Portfolio. That’s right – Secret. Ninja. Trick. :)

  • 6
    Setup our Site Settings, Menu Bar, and Social Media Profiles

    Step 3 is about creating our profile and site settings so things just “work” in the later steps.

  • 7
    Customize our Website

    In this video we start to modify the look and feel of your SmugMug site by adjusting the settings with SmugMug's "Easy Customizer" tool.

    This step is a bit long, so it's been broken out into 2 videos.

    Click on the link below to view the demo (finished product) site:

  • 8
    Create our "Work With Me" Page and Contact Form

    In this video we finish our work in the "Easy Customizer" tool.

    Click on the link below to view the demo (finished product) site:

  • SECTION 3:
    BONUS Material
  • 9
    BONUS: Free Favicon Image Download
    15.02 KB

    This is a free download of a favicon image that you can use for your new website.

    DOWNLOAD the favicon image now and use it when you go through Step 4a, which is coming up next.

    Bonus! :)

  • 10
    Pricing Your Photos

    In this bonus video I teach you the "Zen of Pricing Your Photos in SmugMug".

    1. Use just ONE pricelist

    2. Minimize the prints and products you offer

    3. Enjoy making money with your photography!


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  • Kendra LaBouf
    Excellent Tutorial Course

    So many people have complemented my smugmug website and it is all because of this course. I followed the step-by-step instructions and now have a working, profitable website. Thanks!

  • Richard Guenther
    Good course

    Ryan covers all the basics well in clear concise terms. Following this course you will end up with a well organized, goodlooking photo site and the knowledge to change, modify, improve or add to it as you need. Thanks Ryan

  • Ed Ball
    Taking a Step Up in Site Presentation

    Well worth the effort, easily followed along. I had previously subscribed to SmugMug and uploaded some photos, but didn't bother researching and learning the bells and whistles. With this course I was able to alter the site to where I now have a presentable presentation and contact form that allows clients to make direct contact. Highly recommend!!!

  • Paul Edward Robison
    Very Easy to Follow

    Ryan presents a step-by-step guide showing exactly what to do. You can use it to create a SmugMug site from scratch, or you can use it to learn how to modify an existing site.

  • Neven Andrilovic
    Very good, easy to follow and short

    I would recommend this course to everyone who is interested in setting up a photography website. Very good, easy to follow and short.

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