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Since it's Sunday and a beautiful day I got to spend some time with your site. I love the air that surrounds it. The open feeling both on the site and it in images makes it very inviting. I don't think you are going to have any problem getting people to stick with it and explore. I may steal the work-not work thing it's so goood. I always have trouble with labels and you do a great job with that. I do have some questions for you. Why did you decide to go with flash? Not a criticism just a question. And why did you switch from LiveBooks to Aphotofolio?
Site does look great, like Jim said. I'm also curious why you switched over to Aphotofolio
Jim and Jamie thanks. I swithced from LiveBooks to aphotofolio for a number of reasons.1. After being with LiveBooks for 5 years they decided to restructure their policies and offered me the opportunity to pay them $500 for a prefab site or more money if I wanted to keep my existing site.2. Upon looking at it I found I could have more design flexibility with one of aphotofolio's templates with a more robust and diverse back end for file delivery and site management for less money than with LiveBooks.3.aphotofolio does not brand my site with their logo. LiveBooks charges extra for that option.4.Flash was an issue but I'd been using a flash site with LiveBooks so it wasn't an issue for me and aphotofolio came up with an iPad/iPhone html solution much faster than LiveBooks did and it looks better.5.Setting up aphotofolio site initially is more complicated than the zipless process that is LiveBooks but if you are at all technically minded the process is not bad as their instructions are clear.6. At one point I did run into an issue and used aphotofolio's help ticket system. I got a response in about 10 minutes as opposed to the roughly 4-24 hours it usually took LiveBooks.Jim the work/not work thing is just an attempt to get around having two sites to support commercial work on one hand and personal work on the other. I wanted to clearly brand the the aspects of my professional life and I didn't want to pay extra for that function. I think it is sometimes hard to tell where the dividing line is and I'm not sure I want to make that definition though I think there does need to be some distinction so I used something that felt good to me.
One of the things I got out of the Tim Mantoani interview that I posted last week was how his personal work feeds his work-work. It was really interesting and I have struggled to figure out how to integrate mine into my site. Your personal work dovetails nicely with your work-work while mine is so much different. Not to say that with a few projects I have in mind that it couldn't do the same thing.
I love the site. Ease of navigation and overall look aside, I love it because the imagery is top notch.I also like the fact that the work/not work blurs the lines between the problem solving you do as a professional and the personal searches you undertake as an artist.
I happened to click on the Madison Shooters and saw your mention of the updated sight. I've always enjoyed your photography, and wasn't disappointed. Your interiors and exteriors feel like you really enjoyed working at each, and your people are both warm and quirky. Thanks for the moments.
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