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May 24, 2012 08:50 |  #1

So I finally told myself that between working full time at my day job, 2nd shooting, and shooting primary for my buddies company I needed to get my website up and running. I kept talking about it, but never did anything.

It is still a work in progress, but I would like your opinions on the overall layout, quickness, etc.

It runs plenty fast on 5 different computers I tried. It also runs as shown on Ipad without any issues I can see.

This is very exciting for me as I feel i'm finally taking the leap :D

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May 24, 2012 09:16 |  #2

jamesb wrote in post #14478030 (external link)
So I finally told myself that between working full time at my day job, 2nd shooting, and shooting primary for my buddies company I needed to get my website up and running. I kept talking about it, but never did anything.

It is still a work in progress, but I would like your opinions on the overall layout, quickness, etc.

It runs plenty fast on 5 different computers I tried. It also runs as shown on Ipad without any issues I can see.

This is very exciting for me as I feel i'm finally taking the leap :D

http://www.jamesbernat​chez.com/ (external link)


Direct link to wedding portfolio:

http://www.jamesbernat​chez.com/portfolio/wed​dings/ (external link)


I like the design. Did you use a template or has it been created from scratch?

**EDIT**

I see you're using Invictus theme...thanks!


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May 24, 2012 09:35 |  #3

Thank you! As you already found out i'm using Invictus. I've never designed a site before and wanted an easier way to make one. So far, I really like it and it fits my style well.

My main want was something clean that allowed the photos to pop right from the get go! The Engagment page should be like the weddings as well. I just need to tweak the pricing/about me/blog and i'll be happy for now.


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May 24, 2012 10:58 |  #4

I'm not sure if you're loading full-res photos, but it took a moment for photos to load.


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May 24, 2012 11:58 |  #5

The photos under the portfolio were exported from LR at 15% JPEG, 72 pixels per inch. They are still very large. Would you recommend exporting to a specific size? I want them to be big enough to fit in the frame, but not enlarge to a massive JPEG that is right clickable.


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May 24, 2012 15:14 |  #6

When I click on portfolio its not immediately obvious that you have to select either weddings or engagements. 2 clickable pics would be more usable. Your previews are way too large, too many, and a mix of portrait and landscape, which makes the layout look untidy. Group your pics into landscape and portraits, crop a square out of the most interesting part of the photo giving the viewer reason to click that photo, he has to want to know more.

The contact page has too large a space that you have between the menu and the content blocks you have on the other pages, also align it to the menu like the other pages.

Dont have pages with empty content or under construction, fill it at least with a paragraph in the about us, a line in the pricing page saying"click here to obtain a quote' etc. You site has already been indexed and when the previews come up on google it will say ''under construction", which looks like an unfinished site.

Overall I like the layout and navigation




  
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May 30, 2012 18:01 as a reply to  @ FerozeK's post |  #7

Couldn't see any text under about me or pricing.

Also, where are based, you neglect to say. You really need this information on your website.


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May 30, 2012 18:59 |  #8

Your site looks great, we're using the same theme :)


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May 30, 2012 23:09 |  #9

I have no problems with your site. It loads very fast.
I am not a wedding photographer, I do Real Estate (architectural) photography.
That said, I do not like those moving pictures.
You already said you have to work on your site. Start working on text, tags and seo. Especially on your blog. Write articles, place at least 2 per week and give people and your clients the change to give comments.
Good luck.
I think that is priority one.




  
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Jun 02, 2012 00:01 |  #10

Nice start, looks good, nice images too :)


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Jun 02, 2012 00:04 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #11

Loads very fast for me also. Nice photos!


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Jun 10, 2012 22:48 |  #12

Amazing portfolio!


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Jun 15, 2012 20:31 |  #13

Brian Parkes wrote in post #14508094 (external link)
Couldn't see any text under about me or pricing.

Also, where are based, you neglect to say. You really need this information on your website.

I have to do it in the next week. They are both currently empty.

Thank you Brian. I did forget to add my city and town under the contact page.

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When I click on portfolio its not immediately obvious that you have to select either weddings or engagements. 2 clickable pics would be more usable. Your previews are way too large, too many, and a mix of portrait and landscape, which makes the layout look untidy. Group your pics into landscape and portraits, crop a square out of the most interesting part of the photo giving the viewer reason to click that photo, he has to want to know more.

The contact page has too large a space that you have between the menu and the content blocks you have on the other pages, also align it to the menu like the other pages.

Dont have pages with empty content or under construction, fill it at least with a paragraph in the about us, a line in the pricing page saying"click here to obtain a quote' etc. You site has already been indexed and when the previews come up on google it will say ''under construction", which looks like an unfinished site.

Overall I like the layout and navigation

I added a page so if they click on portfolio they will then be able to choose from the two galleries either way.

Ronny Geenen wrote in post #14509465 (external link)
I have no problems with your site. It loads very fast.
I am not a wedding photographer, I do Real Estate (architectural) photography.
That said, I do not like those moving pictures.
You already said you have to work on your site. Start working on text, tags and seo. Especially on your blog. Write articles, place at least 2 per week and give people and your clients the change to give comments.
Good luck.
I think that is priority one.

I may just change it to one single photo on the homepage. Not a slideshow of 8 photos. It will still pick a random photo every time you go to it so I like that aspect.

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Nice start, looks good, nice images too :)

Thanks!

madjack wrote in post #14519297 (external link)
Loads very fast for me also. Nice photos!

Thank you!

Shamir wrote in post #14560969 (external link)
Amazing portfolio!

Very glad you enjoy it. I found choosing photos was the hardest part. I still have a few more to add and I also have to add some under Engagements as well.

EDIT: Decided to sit down and get more done. I got a quick about me and pricing page up. I also changed the homepage so the slideshow doesn't start unless you click play.


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Jun 18, 2012 15:02 as a reply to  @ jamesb's post |  #14

Very fast to access. Really like the site. My question is are you adjusting or editing your photos in any type of software program like Photoshop or something similar?

Loaded question...... right? The reason I asked was I took note to just a couple of pics I might have adjusted a little bit (do some marketing on the side for some friends and its mostly adjusting photos) but over all like I said the site is great. I really like your layouts and what you are doing.


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Jun 18, 2012 16:50 |  #15

Nice looking site. If its a template and you can amend it, I'd reduce the opacity of the black boxes so some of the image in the background is visible.


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