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    SkyeBrew
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    Hi,

    I have recently started running my own business as a photographer and would appreciate some feedback on my new website. I want to come across as approachable and professional, do you get that feeling? Are there any suggestions for improvement?

    http://skyebrewster.com.au/

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    Anonymous
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    Hi SkyeBrew,

    I’ve moved your thread over here to the Community Reviews section of the boards, which is the more appropriate spot for it.

    In keeping with the guidelines you’ll find at the top of the page in this part of the site, please ‘copy and paste’ the following questions into your post, along with your responses:

    1. What needs reviewing? (i.e. logo, website, idea etc…)
    2. What does your business do?
    3. Who is your target market?
    4. What specific concerns do you have?

    The more effort you put into your post, the more meaningful the feedback will be.

    Good luck for your review,
    Jayne

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    inkable
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    Hey I like your your site. Overall the design is clean and professional. Here are a couple of things I spotted:

    1.) The first image in the about slideshow isn’t very inspiring. At first impression it looks like a casual snapshot you took outside your front door. After looking at it again I see that there is more nuance to the image however I am not sure this makes for the best “introduction” image. Also it is hard to see the nuance of the shot in the two seconds it displays in the slide show. Consider putting the image of the woman at the bar, the kissing wedding couple and the sail boat further up in the deck. You want to wow the visitors on first impression.

    2.) Perhaps you can consider making the slideshow shorter (and remove some of the weaker images). There isn’t anyway to control the deck so you have to wait a long time to see the image that you want to see again.

    3.) Consider adding multiple galleries on each category. Perhaps you are still building your portfolio but if I was looking for a wedding photographer I would want to see their work from several weddings. As you are running a Joomla site there are loads of gallery plugins you could use to do this.

    Hope that helps! Best of Luck!

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    IncredibleCo
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    This may be off topic – by the way your website is fine – but if my name was skye brewster I’d be like a Private Detective or something cool like that. Skye Brewster PI has a good ring to it, as does Skye Brewster MD… #random

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    erinna
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    Hi Skye,

    Welcome to the forums, and Melbourne photography. I also did the BA Photography at RMIT. :)

    I agree with Inkable about the first image on your about page. To me its important to always show a consistent style or genre, and whilst I understand you want to show your diversity, I think it would be better to have just a few shots which have a similar style… eg. the lady at the bar, the barman working, bridal couple kissing.

    You’ve mentioned you specialise in portraiture, feature stories, natural landscape, wedding and commercial photography…. however the only galleries I can see are weddings. Just for future reference, when you have a few more examples, I would suggest to make each a new gallery to make it easy for people to find what they are looking for. :)

    Is there a reason you’ve not put your mobile number down as contact details?

    However, it is very clean and you’ve chosen a nice design. :)

    Best of luck with it all. Im always keen to meet other Melbourne photographers, so if you’d like a coffee and chat sometime, let me know. :)

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    Hi Skye

    Your site looks great, you have take some beautiful photographs of cape woolamai.
    Very nice.

    Steve

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    Hi Skye, great site overall and some really nice photos too!

    Some feedback- although my specialty is hiring, not website optimisation:
    The page lagged just a second or so when loading, I know that if you have a lot of images or plan to increase the amount of images – different hosting technology and image compression plug-ins can really help. Websites always come off professional when they load quickly.

    On the homepage/ about section, you have “Q & A”, which provides useful information to the visitor. I would consider using “FAQ”, as it is the most widely recognised and used term for the purpose.

    Best of luck and as I said, the site looks great, these were just a couple of suggestions!

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    I thought it was interesting that the Event photo that featured Lebanese Dancing included Joe and Tony Hacham. Both huge icons in the Australian poker scene. Joe being an international figure having won titles in the two biggest tournaments in the world (WSOP ME, and WPT FIVE DIAMOND).

    Random gig?

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    SmartBizBlog
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    with everyone else – the first photo looks like a happy snap from a regular joe on the street.

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    Zava Design
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    Get rid of the splash page. Very annoying, and you’re making your users click an extra time to actually get to where they want to get to: your site.

    It’s especially annoying when I click on your logo to supposedly go back to your home page, and it takes me back to the splash page. Most of your users would leave at this stage.

    You’re using Joomla which may mean quite a bit of bloatware, and together with a lot of photos as per your type of site, may result in a slow loading site.

    I would add (and create if need be) links to at least the following social media destinations:
    – facebook
    – flickr (SUPER important for your kind of business)
    – LinkedIn

    I would think about having a page/section on your site actually called “photography” or “photographer” for SEO purposes, such as “skyebrewster.com.au/photography”.

    And your lightbox images, I would expect the close button to be top right, not an enlarge button. Stick to common usability practices that users are used to.

    Other than that the site is easy on the eye, and easy to use.

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