WEBSITE

Video navigation of website.

https://abigailedwards11.wixsite.com/mysite

In order to self promote myself and photographic work as part of the photographic futures I created a website. I kept the first page quite simple with a video of my previous work playing to grab attention initially. As shown in the video above. The buttons aligned on the top of the page take you to different pages where I’ve separated my work up making it easy to get around and look nice. The first page is ‘about’ where there is a brief summery on who I am and what I do, there is then a contact page off of that one where people can contact me via email and phone. I’ve included my primary location which is Kent/London. There is Widgets on the bottom of all the pages which when clicked the direct the viewer to my Instagram and Pinterest page which is shown as the logos of both apps, the viewer can then look at my work and follow me on other accounts which I feel promotes me further. The second menu then takes you to Portraits where I have brief summery and a gallery of my portraiture photographs. Then there is a Gallery page. As i find a lot of my work explores a few fields within photography I have mixed them all in here , but put in groups. This way people can view the diversity of my work. There is titles of each of my photographs which then ties the groups of photographic essays together and also a brief description when clicked. The last menu is called Clients which when clicked takes you to a different page that shows work that Ive done for clients apposed to my own free lance work. At the moment there is a folder of images called ‘Singapora Lounge’ which is a sequence of images I did and was commissioned for by a bar in Rochester. I like this website layout as there is a theme of simplicity but all the information is there for people to contact me and look further into my work.

Making of the website

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The main purpose that I wanted from my website was showcasing my work and making it easy for people to contact me. A web design based on simplicity allows my work to stand out. It also makes it easy for visitors to navigate my website. The more intuitive the design of my portfolio website, the better my work can be experienced. I was critical in choosing what images went on my website and chose the best of a selection rather than them all.

Social media is a great way to promote my work and online portfolio. It also makes it easier for people to contact me. So I added links from my portfolio site to my social media sites and back. Another advantage of social media is that I can show a different side of myself as a photographer.

Photographers websites that I used as inspiration:

http://www.koendemuynck.com

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Koen Demuynck’s First opening page is very simplistic it just has one of his images with a menu header separating his work into sections. I like this simplicity as it you want to then go in to explore more, its initially not over crowding. This is something I took forward I wanted my home page just to be one image rather than straight to a gallery.

He then has a menu separating his work into contact, people, etc. This makes it very clear and to the point again which is something I liked and have created my self having menus for portraits and contact and client work.

GRANT ORDELHEIDE

grantordelheide.com

Another photographer that has a simplistic home page is Grant Ordelheide.Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 4.11.18 PMScreen Shot 2017-05-08 at 4.11.26 PMScreen Shot 2017-05-08 at 4.11.37 PM

What I like is his black background it makes his images stand out and makes them more dynamic and contrasted. This is something I tested out on my own website to see what it would look like and I think it worked well. The layout of his website is very professional looking and again an influence to how I wanted mine to be portrayed. He had a plain front page with one capturing image then his images where again separated into menus

when entering his gallery his images where neatly on show in a grid when clicked on explains the titles and slight description which is again what I’ve done in my own website, leaving it with a professional image.

Having his name bold and in the corner consistently throughout his different pages is another element I liked as it creates a neat consistency and his name is now embedded with the viewer. Something again I have taken forward.

 

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