Creating this site has taken far longer than I would have ever expected. Sure it is a completely rebuilt site but.... it looks about the same? (www.peterwphoto.com) Well it is not at all. This version is several steps ahead of the other site. This site is 100% based around my blog and the iPhone. Images are larger and wider than they have been previously. This is the very first flash free version of my website. This means that every single iPhone will be able to load all of my pages and interact with the site. Zooming in on the thumbnails and selecting the images work flawlessly.
I as a photographer see a lot of images that I like but may not want to capture 15mb worth of the image. Very often I will take a picture with the iPhone and do some on the spot editing, smile and then put the iPhone back in my pocket. I have gathered a collection of images that were taken by the iPhone and created its very own gallery page. I want to show off how capable this device is.
Now onto the other big player in the new version of the site, my blog. If you are a photographer and you do not have a blog you might as well give up. Blogs allow people to get to know you and also allow people to find you. Traffic to www.peterwphoto.com has doubled since I started actively updating my blog. I always tell people that I am one of the busiest photographers out there and the blog helps me to prove it! :) I have added a small blog snippet to the front page of the site to allow users to click one of the latest blog links that appear. I have also dedicated a page all to displaying the latest image large on my site. This page will constantly update so when users return they will see a new image even if they never visit my blog.
The Final large change has been a little video that I have been working on for a while now. To me the contact page has always been the most boring page of every website. A few people have done it right but most are downright bleh. The video is nothing fancy, its just a small amount of commentary alongside video and photos. The video of course will play natively on the iPhone!
Technically the site is very simple. I have a vision that everyone should be able to access the site without extra thought of where do I go? I have visited some photo sites where I as a very techie person had trouble viewing. I never want my visitors to be distracted by navigation just the images themselves. I feel that if you disagree with me you should send your site to your parents and see how easy they get about viewing your work. I want my visitors to stay as long as they possibly can and take in all of the visuals.
In the end it is all about getting the site on as many computer screens possible. It's all about placing my work in a clean way on the web where I am confident to point people to. I can finally pass out all of these new business cards and postcards.