So, I broke down and, gulp, bought a theme (yikes)!
This allowed me to get a site up quick and not spend too much time thinking about it. Like I said, when I'm home or on weekends I don't want to spend a lot of time outside work on this stuff, I want to take pics or spend time creating in Illustrator and Photoshop. Oh, by the way, I won't do any web work through Dyer Creative, so please don't ask. If you have a question about your website or need a photo shoot, count me in! But as far as building and designing a site, count me out.
So, now what?
Glad you asked! I have been working in the design world for a long time (pretty sure I started on Photoshop version 1). Over the years I've done a variety of graphics, from brochures, invitations, logos all the way up to a gym floor for our high school.
A few years ago I had an idea, my niece was graduating from high school and I was trying to think of something special to do for her as a gift. Our high school has been fortunate to have several individuals over the years take photos at sports and nice enough to post them on Facebook. My niece played soccer, so I started looking through some of her soccer pics. Then I googled "soccer posters" and that's where it all started. I made her an 11x14 print, framed it and the rest is history.
I had so much fun making this that I decided to start doing graphics for other athletes and posting them on social media. The response from those athletes and their parents was overwhelming, so I started offering prints for sale and started doing them as gifts. Over the past four years I've done 20-30 prints for friends and family, some for athletics, some for the performing arts, and even one for the military.
This branched out last year when Nate was a senior. I offered to do the senior banners for soccer...then basketball...all of the fall sports from this past year...and as I have just finished within the past few weeks the winter sports senior banners.
Up until recently I've always used photos taken by other people for my work. Honestly, I've always been a little scared of photography. There's a lot of pressure! Photographers are supposed to capture some of the most important moments in the lives of their subjects. I've always been scared I'd really ruin someone's moment. But then I borrowed a camera during this past soccer season and started taking shots. Turns out I really enjoyed it. It was therapeutic. When I started looking at them I was like, "hey, I'm not too bad at this!". To make a long story short, I bought a camera and immersed myself in learning to take my own photos...and boy, am I glad I did!
I shot my first senior pic session a few months ago and, boy, was I nervous! But once we got started it became more natural and I started having a lot of fun, and in my opinion, they turned out pretty good :-)
Anyway, that's my story in a nutshell. If you're in need of some photography or design work, or if you'd like to get a custom print of someone you love as a gift, I'd love to hear from you. You can fill out the contact form here or look me up on Facebook here.