Having a website presence as part of your photography business is becoming increasingly important. It is always great to be able to hand out business cards that include a website address where potential clients can take a look at your portfolio. Starting the process to create a website may seem very daunting, but it is actually very easy these days.
Wix’s Website Builder has become well-known with photographers as a good starting point for quickly creating free portfolio websites. I know many photographers who have used their service to create visually stunning sites. Learn more on how to create a free website:
This blog post is specifically focused on how to create a flash-based website. Many photographers prefer flash style websites because they are usually more interactive and responsive to quick navigation through a large collection of photos. You can also layout your portfolio’s navigation in virtually any way you want.
1. Choose a suitable template
Once you create a free account with Wix, you start creating your site immediately and the first step will be to select a template that you like. They have a specific category for “Photography” templates which contains many professional templates.
2. Edit the template and make it your own
Edit the layout of the homepage and other primary pages. Replace the filler text with information that accurately describes your photography business and specialties. Adjust the color arrangement, borders, and backgrounds to match your photographic style.
3. Edit the site sections for your business
Decide what primary site sections you would like and arrange them in an order that makes sense. You can adjust this by editing the links on the template and renaming them. Some of the site sections you may want to consider creating:
- portfolio/gallery pages (portraits, weddings, engagements, etc.)
- biography page
- services page
- customer testimonial page
- awards page
- contact information
4. Choose your photos carefully
Go through your photos and create a folder of the very best that you would like to display on your website. Pretend you are the client and imagine how they will perceive your collection on a first impression basis. Upload your very best
5. Customize your portfolio/gallery pages
Choose from the many styles of navigation offered for displaying your photos such as slideshows, carousels, photo albums, cover flows, and matrix type galleries. Add captions to your photos and adjust how you would like the captions to be displayed to your visitors. Keep in mind that your clients may not have very much photography knowledge so you may want to keep your captions short and sweet.
6. Publish your new site and start spreading the word
After everything is customized to your style within the editor, publish the site online. At that point you can start mentioning the website on your online profiles, business cards and anywhere you choose to advertise.
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