Exercise 25 My Website.

I have had a working website now for several months.  The address is http://www.briancooneyphotography.net/

Constructing it has been both a challenge and  also very rewarding.  It’s great to see all of what I consider to be my best work on display for the world to see.  Overall I am very happy with the site, I think however that it is a never-ending project and  while I am content with it as it is now I know that I have already seen things that need changing.  I have recently revisited two countries that I have galleries for already on the site and now I need to figure out how to either supplement the existing galleries or to add new ones.  I also want to add a page with links for new work and a blog to publicize what I am doing at the moment both as part of my learning journey with the Open College of the Arts and also my new role with oceancapture photography, a news link if you like.

I would like to sell my photographs as limited edition prints and I have a page detailing the costs and the various details such as paper quality etc however at present I have no reference system for the images on the site making it difficult for someone to order the print they require.  This is something I need to action.

Because I photograph in different formats such as 6×6, 12×6 and 4×6 I chose to display the different galleries in slide shows however I notice some discrepancies in how some of the formats are displayed.  I haven’t figured out yet whether this is due to a setting on the site or some other problem yet.

As i say, I am pleased with the site but regard it as an ongoing project that must be updated and maintained.




About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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