I’m still in the midst of investigating photoblog options. As I previously mentioned, I’ve been playing with Pixelpost. The preliminary results of that effort can be viewed here: http://thejavajive.com/photoblog
Just for kicks I installed Flogr – which creates a photoblog from your flickr account – removing the need to upload images multiple times (via the blog, pixelpost, etc). It’s an interesting concept but won’t be my ultimate solution. Here’s what it looks like: http://thejavajive.com/flickr
And lastly, thanks to a suggestion, I’ve started giving ThemeForest a look. It seems like a fantastic way to seek out fresh designs from a plethora of talented designers rather than purchase from just one company. This may be a solution if I decide to build it based off of WordPress again.