Thanks everyone for your comments. I really appreciate them all.
I apologize to those people who suffered slow loading times. It isn't related to your internet speed, but your (and my) location. Living here in Tasmania is kind of the end of the earth (next stop Antarctica). I switched from a US-based web host to a local one (Melbourne-based) and the loading times are now excellent here in Tasmania which is where all my clients are. Unfortunately that degraded the experience for non-Australian visitors. I can apologize, but I'm not going to change it because it's optimized for my clients.
I will do some more testing with the slideshow on slower computers though. It may be that the "ken burns effect" (the slow zoom/pan) is a bit too resource-intensive for older PCs, and I can completely appreciate how jarring and annoying a jerky slideshow can be.
I must admit I was a little puzzled about people recommending I put a contact form there instead of my email address. There *is* a contact form directly below my contact details.
I'm not sure if perhaps it wasn't appearing to some people (veritasimg mentions getting a 404 error), or if it was simply overlooked. Either way it seems like more than one person missed it, so it needs some attention to fix or be made more prominent to visitors.
Great to hear positive feedback about the wallpapers.
The missing price lists are a work-in-progress. I have recently relocated across the country and in the process of re-pricing all my services to suit a different economy here. Numerous people noticing no prices just confirms to me how important this is. Thanks.
stillinamerica wrote in post #15627873
your Wedding images are no where near the quality of your commerical or portrait work. Your commercial and portrait work are very good.
You said you wanted honest critique....here it is. I liked you on FB, I cannot believe you have less than 1oo likes....focus on what you are great at!
Thanks particularly for your comments, they gave me some real food for thought. Some things you mentioned (like the logo) I believe come down to a difference in personal taste, but your post is exactly the type of honest opinion I was hoping for. I agree with you (and Veritasimg) that my commercial work is stronger than my wedding work. The fact that you both pointed this out is an indication that others may feel the same way. However rather than dump the weddings, I think I should use this as motivation to work on improving my skills in my weaker areas. but I do also take your point that I should focus on what I'm good at. I need to balance that with what is going to pay the bills.
Thanks for liking my facebook page. I'm also scratching my head a bit about having less than 100 likes there. I know I should be more proactive about marketing it, but I'm left feeling very underwhelmed at that figure. I'm open to suggestions.
veritasimg wrote in post #15628192
<snip>It draws me into the emotion of the people.... and then SPLAT! A large red motocycle?! Huh?
- You seem to have different good works being showcased in your website leading me to be unsure what are you great at.
- Lastly the Blog and Contact me links in your About in the Wedding page --> 404 Page Not Found.
I completely agree with you about the "different good works being showcased in your website leading me to be unsure what are you great at" comment. Believe it or not, it used to be a *lot* worse before I cleaned it up extensively.
The problem is, I actually *enjoy* shooting a variety of things. I'd love to not have to specialize in one aspect of photography. I understand that specializing allows me to focus my marketing and most likely generate more income, but the wider the variety the more I'll enjoy it.
I'd love to hear any suggestions about how I can resolve this conflict. Having said that, yeah I think the red bike photo has to go. It doesn't quite fit in there.
It's a shame my blog didn't work for you (it should have). I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall whenever I write anything on my blog. Like my facebook page, my blog doesn't have much of a following. But I also think that in order to *get* a following, it needs a decent chunk of content. It's a chicken and egg thing.
Clearly my next task after tidying up the loose ends on my websites is to market the hell out of them (and my facebook page). I really need to build a client base here in Tasmania, and the best website in the world is no good unless people visit it.
Thanks again everyone who has taken the time to view and comment.