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    20 Jan 2014 - 4:06 AM

    So I've been out on the inter-galactic web for awhile now, seems to be alright most of my work comes in through facebook book or external sources.
    but I have been rebuilding my website recently and updating it, looking for some opinions and thoughts.

    Alex Slaven Photography

    Many Thanks in advance.


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    My thoughts:

    Bin the pics in the "About" page and try and get someone to take a pic of you that makes you look employable. Bin the "IM" shirt and the "look" and try and make people take you seriously - the "IM" shirt is for YOUR time and you need to show people what you'll look like when THEY hire you.

    You need to work on your group posing skills - the picture of the 5 Scout leaders is truly bad! - and if I'd been sent to cover Princess Anne and came back with the 5 you've shown, the editor would have sacked me! However the Robert Englund media shot is a cracker - it looks like this is your area to me, and with your contacts at Paisley.org you may get more opportunities in that field - which is also quite specialised, so may bring in more work in the long term.

    Be ruthless in what you show. Balloch and Lochwinnoch galleries are mince - delete them. Also your studio stuff looks a little thrown together - you and a few mates at college playing around - for commercial work and in the real world, it needs to be better than this. Try and get a few "faces" for your studio work that people would recognise - Scout leaders, councillors, Provost, local band members etc. and try and improve that gallery.

    Always amazes me the amount of "photographers" you come across on Facebook, all looking for bookings or to do weddings, and all looking to "build a portfolio"....but that's by the by...

    And lastly, you have now stuck your head above the parapet. You have openly touted for business and therefore you need to make sure that you have ALREADY registered yourself with HMRC and are looking into paying NI contributions. They look on here, on Facebook and on the web, so look into doing some kind of business course if you want to do this seriously and long term.

    All the best.


    Coast Critique Team 61337 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Feb 2014 - 2:42 PM

    Some great advice from Andy. Your website is your portfolio, your showcase to the outside world. What do you want to achieve with the website? What is your brand? What market do you want to attract?

    If you are serious about having a successful photography business then do not under estimate the importance of the business and marketing side.

    Good luck.

    iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Feb 2014 - 3:00 PM

    I like the site and found it works well and is easy to navigate around.The galleries are easy to use.
    Whilst Andy's points above have some relevance I thought your individuality comes through.
    As Coast says think carefully about who you are aiming the site at.


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