It was about time for what seems for me like a yearly refresh to my portfolios. It’s an end of winter thing when I can’t stand the way my work is being shown anymore, and I have more photos I am proud of on my hard drives than online. It starts as a simple task, and then obviously turns into a website overhaul. It turns me into a bit of a hermit for a few weeks because though hiring someone would be the simple route, I’m one of the crazy ones that decide to do it all myself.
Well maybe all by myself is an overstatement. Flothemes took care of the bulk of the work, and with the little bit of coding/graphic design knowledge in my back pocket from the time I was a really cool thirteen year old, I made it my own.
So why did I do it to myself? Two weeks of not eating or sleeping; just clicking?
I needed to split up my wedding work and my commercial work. I was sending clients and couples to a mixed site and it wasn’t working. // I wanted to take back my blog as a blog and not as a storefront homepage. Both sites will share this blog as a place for my most recent work but it isn’t the first place to be introduced to my work. // Retina compatibility. I got myself a new editing machine back in November and I was appalled at my own photos looking absolutely terrible on my old site because the resolution wasn’t there. // Keep my travel work from being lost in the depths of the internet. //
I wanted a consistent look between the two sites, my wedding work influences my travel work and vice versa I was able to make them have a similar feel with a few differences. // There are different gallery options and you are not limited on the number of galleries and photos you can have! HALLELUJAH! // I can show photos in grid form, and in a slider gallery depending on the shoot. Storytelling which I feel is so important to my wedding work isn’t sacrificed, but being able to highlight one image in my commercial work is possible. // Finally the homepage makes a BIG impression. //
I’ve added a few additional pages too – an industry friend’s page and an albums page and an ode to kissing which was previously on my blog, but makes me smile so much I didn’t want it to get lost post after post. I even shockingly wrote an about page – one of the most dreaded tasks for any photographer who spends their days with the spotlight on anyone and everything but themselves.
So though its been fun to go through work over the past five years and reorganizing it like a good ol’ spring cleaning I’m glad it is over. It’s time to get shooting again!