11 comments

  • KQ DregerKQ Dreger, 4 years ago

    Pass along my compliments to your brother — he has a knack for capturing candid moments without making the subjects look silly. It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how many wedding photos we didn’t frame because of one awkward, mouth-half-open-with-pototates guest in the background.

    On the whole, you’ve built a tasteful, simple site — nice job! I dig the text and background colors choices, which distinguish you from the standard black and white photography portfolio, and the entire layout scales well across different devices. Although nothing immediately jumped out as need to fix, I do have a few areas you might want to consider revisiting if you have time:

    • In the contact form area, “What is your query regarding?” reads overly formal (and a bit off tone) compared to the rest of the site. I might look at rewording to “What can I help you with?” or “What services are you interested in?”. Go with the latter if you’re interested in keeping the third-person vibe established on the About page.

    • Homepage sliders / carousels are often unwieldy, but I think you’ve kept this one minimal, without any extra indicators or auto-advancing nonsense. That said, if you’re going to present photos in such a large way, I’d consider having each image link to its respective album. A few of the photos in the carousel really drew me in, but I didn’t have any way to find the rest of the set without manually going through each one.

    • Even though Wedding is in your navigation, it points back to the homepage, which confused me for a few seconds while I realized nothing had changed.

    • I was thrown off by the “Instagram // @Jeremy Blode Photography” copy, because I immediately attributed the @ sign to Twitter, not Instagram, and there wasn’t any indication that then entire string was a single link. Unless the “@“ is an important character, I feel like the link reads a little more cleanly without it, particularly when set in all caps?

    • On each wedding / travel album’s page, I’d look at ways to add a little variety to the single-column stack of images. Additionally, these pages are a ripe opportunity to inject some writing about the event, even if it’s only a few sentences at the top. Paul Stamatiou’s photo blog is a really advanced example of such a concept, but you can see how even a little writeup (coupled with some variety in the photo layout) makes the story of the event land.

    • Finally, and a little more broadly, I’d look at consistency of voice in your copy. You’re using first person voice on the FAQ page, but then third person in the About section. You’ve got hello@ for his email, which I read as friendly, but then the formal “What is your query regarding?” on the contact form. Whichever route you go, I’d make all the copy consistent.

    (Personally, I like the first person tone better. Everyone enjoys feeling like they’re a big third-person-bio type of creative, but I’ve always connected with and trusted folks who aren’t afraid to have a conversation with me through their site. If it’s just your brother, that’s not a disadvantage, and I’d make sure to sell the 1:1 aspect of his services.)

    As I mentioned above, I think you’ve got a really simple, smart looking site here. You’ve definitely done right by your brother, and I’d wager he owes you a free photoshoot or two. Take what you will from the above notes, but regardless, this is an excellent start.

    9 points
    • Matthew BlodeMatthew Blode, 4 years ago

      Thank you. You are an absolute champion of a human being for taking time out of your day to write this feedback. I will pass this on and make changes accordingly.

      2 points
    • Adam KissAdam Kiss, 4 years ago

      Brilliant feedback. followed

      2 points
  • Matthew Blode, 4 years ago

    I'm happy to share with you the wedding photography portfolio that I designed and developed for my brother. It is also the first site I have built using Craft CMS so please let me know if anything breaks...

    2 points
    • Diederik EenschootenDiederik Eenschooten, 4 years ago

      Looks good! pictures are really good as well!

      One thing you might want to try too fix, load time. It might be a good idea to compress the images quite a bit (almost 11 seconds to load the page)

      1 point
      • Matthew BlodeMatthew Blode, 4 years ago

        Oh shit. 11 seconds? Where are you located? My server is set up in Sydney, Australia and I'm using Key CDN to deliver the images which I thought would help a lot. Any chance you could email me a screenshot of your network waterfall in incognito mode to test the speed of the site and I will try and optimise it. Email: m.blode@gmail.com

        0 points
        • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, 4 years ago

          Just opened the site (US) and none of the pictures are showing up. like the links to them went bad?

          1 point
          • Matthew BlodeMatthew Blode, 4 years ago

            My fault. I was fixing the CDN for the images and I broke it. It is fixed now. The images are slow right now because they are not in the cache on KeyCDN's edge servers. I'm currently fixing that.

            0 points
        • Diederik EenschootenDiederik Eenschooten, 4 years ago

          I'll send you a email with the details soon

          0 points
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 4 years ago

    hm. A bit vanilla, isn't it? But I am glad you didn't blindly follow recent trends.

    1 point
    • Matthew BlodeMatthew Blode, 4 years ago

      Yeah my intention was to be very bare and minimal in order for the photography to shine through

      2 points