New Website Launch!

12 02 2009

website-splash

Well, the new year has kicked off and is well underway.  There have been some exciting developments here, the first of which is the release of my newly redesigned website!  The old website was well worn and used… but sadly out of date!  The new website utilizes web Flash technology that allows me to present my images in an active and high quality fashion!  The downside to the Flash site is that it requires a high-speed Internet connection and is not viewable on many mobile devices.  Therefore, I have also made available a standard website that IS fully accessible on mobile devices and slower Internet connections.

One of the really nice features of this new website is the new Calendar.  On this calendar, you can check for a request session dates.  If you are planning a date for a wedding, an event or other photographic session, you can go to this page, look at the calendar, see if I have any sessions booked and request a date.  Just one note, though. Just because a date indicates I have a booked session, it may not be an all day session. I may only be an hour long session.  If you need an all day photographer – for a wedding, race, event, etc. You can see if that day is open.

One of the other features I’ve included in the site is the Testimonials page.  Since I’ve been involved with the Operation: Love Reunited program, I’ve received many nice emails and letters from service personnel and their families.  I now have a great location to share the page with others.

Go to my site and explore it.  I’ve had a great time pulling it together.  I plan on changing the content and photos about once a quarter.  One last thing regarding my new site I would like your feedback on.  I’ve included music on most of the pages.  It is royalty free music, which means you will not hear the latest Fall Out Boys, We The Kings, or Yellow Card song.   Licensing that music is just too expensive.  My question to you is do you like the music or do you find it distracting?  I will add a quick poll to this post. Let me know!

As always, I will be interested in any feedback you want to give me in order to improve the site.

Thanks!

— Jeff

 





When the Old Meets the New

13 11 2007

Old Greets New

Sometimes having a camera at hand is just a good thing. It is so easy these days, with cameras in everything from dolls eyes, to cell phones to… well the latest $5000 digital SLR. It doesn’t matter what you have, just use it.

On a recent trip out of town, Sherry was sitting in the hotel and we started a video chat on our Apple MacBook laptops. For us, it a common occurrence (both the trip and the free video chats) but for Sherry’s folks it was a new experience. Now mind you, both are 89 years old. Sherry’s mom grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks where she had to soak the wagon wheels so the rims would stay on as they took the horse and wagon to church! Sometimes I think about the progress and the change they’ve seen in their lifetimes…. I am amazed. From wagon wheels to cars, to commercial flight and space ships and to the thing called the “Internet”. Until the other evening, the Internet was only something they heard warnings about on Fox News. Then the Internet came to rest before their eyes as they held it in their hands. I turned the laptop over to Ann and Leroy so they could see and talk to their daughter.

It was a marvel to witness. They were amazed and delighted to almost reach out and touch their daughter who they missed. Leroy whispered that he never thought he’d live long enough to see something like that.

Sure glad I had my camera.  It would’ve been a shame to have missed!