|Ron Antonelli using the Wells template|
My criteria was as follows: 1) a simple design that allowed the images to dominate the pages; and 2) depiction of images, one at a time, in a large format. In order to get a feel for how images would look with each template, i viewed the demo that Squarespace provides for the templates. I also searched out the work of other photographers who were using Squarespace templates. I had already seek +Scott Kelby's soon-to-be launched sports photography site and found Ron Antonelli's site on the web. Like Scott, Ron was using the Wells template.
I found another photographer who was using the Front Row template. Momentum was still in the mix but I kept coming back to Wells. White background, large images simple navigation. That was the ticket.
After choosing to go with a logo and opting to have the menu sidebar on left side of the page, font selection for the menu was the next order of business. This is where Squarespace deviates from limited choices. Holy crap, I was looking at at least a couple of hundred font choices and I had to pick one. Long story short, I chose Julius Sans One, which I thought went nicely with the Papyrus font I used in the logo. I adjusted the sidebar size, some of the cell padding including that of the gallery images (made the gallery images a bit smaller than full bleed), and went with the numbered gallery control at the bottom left instead of a "Prev/Next" or bullet type gallery control. After all that, it was time to begin work on the galleries.
|Wide World Of Sports|
|In The Studio|
|Entrance to Birkenau|
|My first DSLR image|
With many images, there is a sentimental or nostalgic attachment that clouds my judgment in terms of whether to include them in galleries. Some images bring back memories, a special moment that has nothing to do with the image itself, or any of a million other peripheral reasons. For example, I am hell bent on including the car image above, not because it's an earth shattering rendition of a street rod, but because it was my very first image shot with a DSLR. In addition, my wife gave me that Nikon D50 for Christmas in 2005 and a couple of kit lenses so I could begin to explore the world of digital photography. After the Christmas dust settled and the battery was charged, I went out to test out my new toy. I happened across the car and fired off a few images. So, this image carries a lot of sentimental baggage with it.
That is where the advice of others comes into play. I have asked friends to view my site and pour through the images I have currently included and asked them to tell me which ones don't spin their wheels. After receiving feedback, I will take their advice into consideration and finalize the galleries. Hopefully, in a week or so, the process will be completed and the site will be finished.