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| p.1 #16 · Take a look at the website? |
It's fine to shoot some cheap weddings early. Your tight selection of wedding images is a good move. I think your wedding gallery, though small, conveys a good message, and probably warrants a higher price on the site (i.e., for folks who find you that way). If you shoot some cheaper weddings by attracting brides in other ways, e.g., CL, no harm done having a higher price on the site.
Your site navigation is challenging. On the ABOUT page, scrolling is not intuitive -- you have to click the stylized arrows at the top and bottom of the scroll bar. There's no scroll wheel functionality, and clicking the scroll bar itself does nothing. That's annoying; not sure whether you can change the coding, but adding responsiveness to scroll wheel input would be a good move, at least.
When I went to page 2 (images 9 and 10, I think) of the wedding gallery, it took forever to load the images, and I gave up. Could be a fluke. I'm using Chrome. (It eventually worked, but I clicked on the thumbnails to no avail a dozen times.)
For pete's sake, get rid of the handwriting font for body text. It's tough to read more than a few words in that font (and fonts like it). Find a serif font you like and use it for body copy, if your site allows you to do that. Use Georgia if that's all your templates allow -- at least everyone has it.
Google your city name and wedding photographer (e.g., "Downingtown wedding photographer" or try the largest city name near you) and read the ABOUT pages for the first 20 or so wedding photographers. Get a sharp pencil, and jab yourself in the arm every time someone writes the word "passion" within three words of "photography." Have bandages handy. Also have a box of tissues; you'll probably shed tears of frustration after realizing how unintentionally narcissistic the entire industry tends to sound when we talk about ourselves.
Then, make your ABOUT page different from all of those same-sounding pages. This is probably the hardest part of sorting out your brand and branding, and you may not be quite ready for it, but at least find some way to talk about your clients and your value proposition to them, rather than your abbreviated autobiographies and personal history of photography, which does nothing to set you apart from any other 20 year old with a camera + kit lens.
Find a way to include your city or region in searchable text on EVERY page of your entire site, and in EVERY blog post. I had to scroll down your blog several entries and look carefully to figure out where you are (and I'm not sure I got it right). That's death for a web site. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can find your site, and not have a clue whether you're local or 1000 (or 10,000) miles away. Talk about your location all over the place. EVERY PAGE, preferably multiple times. This is especially true for you ABOUT and CONTACT pages, which should both have prominent text telling people where you are and what you do.