Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started in photography?
After being asked to photograph a my cousin’s wedding in Jamaica and then my sister’s backyard wedding, I fell in love with photographing weddings and had the confidence to give it a go! I was a senior in college and about to graduate, and wanted to continue to do photography on the side, in addition to a career in graphic design and marketing. That was 8 years ago already, and new I’ve been able to transition to photography full-time. I’ve learned so much along the way by making mistakes (lots of them), hiring mentors and surrounding myself with community, and serving my wonderful couples as they begin their marriage.
Why did you decide to redesign your website?
I made the switch to a Showit site near the end of 2017, and immediately knew I needed a Davey + Krista design to start from — I’ve followed them for a few years and their designs always stand out to me! My WordPress site was becoming outdated and difficult to modify, and worst of all, it was not mobile-friendly.
I needed a fresh start and a design that was already built, easy to customize, and aligned with my brand + my couples’ style. My couples have excellent taste, and I wanted my site to reflect that same taste: a love for simplicity, story, and timelessness.
What is your favorite part of your new site?
Do I have to choose just one part?! If so, I’d have to say the main landing page. I had the freedom to completely customize the landing page to make a big impact as SOON as each visitor lands on my page. To me, a home page should very clearly state (1) what I do, (2) who I serve, and (3) how the visitor can contact me or take the next step. With the help of the template and some customization, I feel like I was able to accomplish all of that and make it feel very personal at the same time!
Is there anything else you think people considering re-designing their website should know?
For starters, I can’t recommend Showit highly enough. The platform is extremely custom, but you don’t need to know how to code to customize your site! That was a huge plus for me, and I imagine lots of my peers will love that, too. Davey + Krista’s templates are a wonderful solution if you have the passion to customize your own site, but don’t have the time to start from scratch.
The cost of a template is also a major plus, if you don’t have the budget to hire a designer to build you a fully custom website. When you pair your new design with some compelling, targeted copy/text, your site will immediately set you apart in any market! My site legitimized my healthy price increase, and I very quickly made my investment back TIMES 5 on just one wedding booking!
Don’t be intimidated, just begin somewhere. For me, that ‘somewhere’ was a Davey + Krista template, and I couldn’t be happier with the result!
You woke up this morning, had your wheaties, and kicked down the proverbial door (or a real door, who knows). You’re ready to tackle the day and show the world all the beauty you’re capable of creating. But you need a brand that’s as incredible as your work. Something that’s compelling and connects with your ideal customer. Like we said, you’re in the right place.