Why on earth have I put myself through the rigours of finding a new supplier and then tiptoeing through the minefield of options to reach a point where I am happy with the outcome? Well I tend not to accept the status quo for too long and I really was looking for a site which would show my images off to better effect. At the same time I decided to reduce the number of images as well as the number of pages. Simplification plus better projection.
So here we are. Getting here though was a struggle. I think these layouts, templates and instructions, are designed by people who were probably presented with a laptop or PC as a gift at birth with not too much consideration for those of us born in the 1950's. Well the easy option would have been for me to do nothing but I do not really like shirking a challenge. For me it is akin to wading through waist high water. I think I have reached dry land.
The proof will be in the pudding. What is the purpose of a website? To display my work and hopefully be attractive enough to encourage print purchase or for anyone, individual or company, to think my work good enough to attract an enquiry about a commission. Does it work? Well I remember having a conversation some years ago with a highly renowned and respected photographer who surprised me by saying he did not sell much direct from his site but that it was essential as his shop window. Importantly he added that he ensured it was kept up to date with new work added. There is nothing worse than someone having a look one month, returning a month later only to see the same images. I review my content on a frequent basis. The more I can get out the greater the opportunity to add new work worthy of promotion. Trouble is I am not very good at promoting my work, a common trap photographers and artists fall in to. We seem to believe that our work will sell itself. True to a point. In a previous life I was a director selling contracts worth millions but do it for myself? Oh dear.
Anyway when in one of my galleries, hovering over an image will display the title; to look at any single image just click on the image to open it on a new page. When you have finished just click on the 'x' in top right hand corner to return to the gallery page. No doubt I will continue to tinker with the site until I am completely happy, for a while!
I have also acquired a new Domain Name www.timothysmith.photography......no .com....no co.uk, just .photography
September was really all taken up with a geographically large commission, planned and executed to time. I have always considered it important to communicate with clients during such work and keeping them updated of progress. Whatever I have done in my working life has been determined by giving of my best; now when I am behind the camera that remains the objective and it is no different in front of my PC and final delivery of a commission. I like to think clients can be assured of my wholehearted attention.
I do hope you approve of the change and enjoy looking at my work, who knows it might encourage a sale or enquiry!! Now I must put the finishing touches to my site. I would welcome comments or observations about the new look. You can use the Contact page to send a message.