Evolution of a species…

So after 8 years working full-time as a wedding photographer, I finally have a website and brand that is ME; and that’s all thanks to the awesome Flosites!
I contacted Ross at Flosites back at the end of 2010 with the project starting in early 2011, and finally after an incredibly busy summer (and a fantastic holiday in Florida with Beki and her family – when I also asked Beki to marry me on South Beach Miami!!!) I finally got free time in my diary a couple of weeks ago to finish populating the beautiful site that Ross, Alina and Kostea designed for me – and I’m thrilled to be able to launch it to the world!
Back in 2004 when I first set up my business, I remember creating my first website on a desktop publishing program, finally graduating to ‘proper’ website creation in Adobe Pagemill, with the new flash site coming a couple of years later in 2008. Back then my branding was very simple, based on my old logo which was my sketching of my name, but very dark with black and grey tones.
In early 2009 I launched a new branding working on what had become my ‘image’ at the time, with a slightly hand-crafted, grungy feel with a website based on a Bigfolio template. This has lasted until this day with only minor changes, and although has served me well, the image just isn’t me!
Possibly being too close to the project, I found rebranding myself a difficult project, with attempts throughout 2010 causing only frustration. Working with a good friend of mine, Phil Ball from ieCreative in Birmingham, gave me an interesting idea with the red circle SJ and the incorporation of a brand new font face that brought the branding that has lasted through to this day, but now the new branding is live and I’m absolutely thrilled – I don’t know quite how they did it, but the branding really is ME, and I couldn’t be happier!
Over the eight years I have been working full-time as a wedding photographer, with a growing corporate and commercial photography business booming in recent years, I have evolved so much as a photographer and a person. From shooting 120/220 Fuji NPH roll film on a Hasselblad H1 and 35mm Kodak T400CN film back in 2004-2006, with a move to shooting on Hasselblad 503CWs in 2006, and finally moving completely to digital with the Fuji S5 Pro in 2007 moving to the D3 in 2008/9 and then changing camera systems completely in 2009 to Canon 5DmarkII’s shooting exclusively prime lenses things have really changed so much, and it’s amazing to finally have a website that reflects the true Stuart James Photography!
So after working with Ross and the gang at Flosites would I recommend them? Absolutely!! In a heartbeat!!
Let me know what you think, leave plenty of comments and enjoy the new voting section of the blog area, and come and say hello at the Stuart James Photography Facebook page and friend me at my personal Facebook page – and most importantly of all, please enjoy the new website!
All posts before this year will be migrated over to the new site in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, they can be accessed here.

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2 comments

  • John Hibbs September 30, 2011   Reply →

    Website looks fantastic Stu!

    • Stuart James September 30, 2011   Reply →

      Thanks John! Hopefully it feels more like ‘me’ to viewers too?

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