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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · my first website - on the right track?


Hi,

I am about to enter the wedding business (sounds terrible to me). I must be mad to even try this in an over saturated market. As a new-be I have read a lot here and found some very valuable advice all ready, thank you for this.


This is what came out trying to create a website:

http://www.schmidt-weddingphoto.com/


If you have the time to give some critique, advice or comments I would be happy to hear them.

English is not my first language (obviously), so how terrible is the text? Yes, I know, I used the word passion ... (bash it, please).


Thank you for helping a new old kid on the block.


Heiko






Aug 14, 2012 at 01:04 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · my first website - on the right track?


I like it.

Can you change it so the front page does not scroll on a 17inch monitor. I think that is the norm these days and non scrolling pages look cleaner.

The line "You are unique, so should be your wedding pictures. Photo reportage with an artistic touch." looks slapped on under the pic on the front page. Needs to be styled so it fits the design a little better. You could probably have that under your header instead.

The About and Who I Am should be the same thing. Get that onto one page.

The galleries should be a single gallery of your best work. When a visitor wants to see lots of images from individual weddings they will go to your blog.

Have someone go over the site and clean up the typos.




Aug 14, 2012 at 06:01 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · my first website - on the right track?


"Etc." not "ect."


Aug 14, 2012 at 07:09 AM
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Warum schreibst Du englisch, obwohl Du in Deutschland wohnst?

[why write english, when living in germany?]



Aug 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · my first website - on the right track?


Hi,

thank you very much for the constructive input so far.

Why I write in english though i am (still) based in Germany is of course a very valid question.
On the website I explain that in my first blog poste.
In a few month we are moving to Australia, so I thought I may as well start in english directly.
Of corse the whole concept is questionable when an the front page is written:

Lüneburg, Hamburg (Germany)
but that will be changed once we moved.


And, on Saturday I will cover my first wedding in Poland, so I hope for a bit of destination wedding, too.


I am not sure what to charge, any suggestions based on my portfolio?



Thank you,

Heiko





Aug 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM
 

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Heiko, in your about section, I would make it more positive than the negative it is now. Don't tell me what you won't do, because if I am a bride that wants some of that, am I going to be able to work with you to get that? Instead, say positive things about the moments you will capture. Otherwise you are limiting yourself.

Andrew



Aug 14, 2012 at 02:03 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · my first website - on the right track?


Hi Andrew,

yes, make sense.

thank you


Heiko



Aug 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · my first website - on the right track?


Nice work. Nice clean site as well.

+1 to the guidance that the "About" & "Who am I" sections should be combined.

+1 to the guidance that leading with a negative "When you hire me to cover your wedding you won´t get" is not the best way to go.

Maybe you could drop the "About" page entirely (let your images speak for you), & add a picture of yourself to the "Who am I" section.

FYI - you will find by analyzing website traffic reports that people spend a VERY brief amount of time sizing you up. Make sure they are looking at images not reading text (especially if English is your 2nd language).

My free advise (& you get what you pay for!)... Go very light on the words. When I look at your images I think "wow - this guy gets it, I'd hire him". When I read your text I think "huh - not sure if this guy gets it". Let your images speak for themselves - they are very good.



Aug 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · my first website - on the right track?


@ RudyPro

Hi Francis,

thank you for the input/advice.
Will reconsider the "text" thing.

Thank you also for your kind words about my images.


Heiko



Aug 15, 2012 at 07:36 AM





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