December 13th, 2011 by Helen
For those of you who have visited my website in the past few weeks you may have noticed some big changes. We have a brand new website, one that we hope will be more comprehensive, easier to use and more stylish. Like the old website we still have wedding, theatre and corporate sections, but we have also created a portrait photography and dance pages. There is now a separate Press & PR area and also theatre has been broken down into production, rehearsal and promotional photography. In the menu along the top you can see there is an about me section, a client list and a testimonials page that is hopefully far easier to find than before.
The new website has been built quick and easy to navigate and has been designed to work on computers, tablets such as iPads and mobile phone devices including Blackberrys and iPhones. May I say a big thank you to Long Story Short who were the web designers, to Core Copywriting for the copywriting and Sunil Kathare who built the site.
Take a look around the website and see what you think. I would be very interested in any feedback or suggestions you have, so please email me at email@example.com if you have any comments.
July 28th, 2009 by Helen
I get to work with some really creative people in my job, so I would like to highlight the graphic designer Matthew Burleton. Matt is a fantastic designer who I have worked with for a long time – he has done my logo, my business cards and much of my branding and stationery. I have also done photography work for him, and I thought you might like to see the process. Designers don’t use standard CVs, they have to find innovative ways to display their work. Matthew wanted to create an online portfolio of his work – a web CV. So I took lots of images of him holding a blank piece of paper, and I photographed work he has done and then Matt stitched them together in Photoshop.
The large final image is an amalgamation of three images. I photographed Matthew in the studio holding a piece of paper, and I shot him outside holding a piece of paper. Matt scanned a piece of graphic design work he had done for Oticon, placed it on the studio photograph and then placed that on the outside image. Please click on the thumbnails if you wish to see a large image.
In this montage Matthew wanted to display a menu he had designed for Pleisure Pubs. I photographed the menu with a macro lens rather than him scanning it – to give the narrow depth of field you can see in the photograph. Then we photographed Matthew outside holding a plain piece of paper. Matthew amalgamated them together in Photoshop to give the final image.
Some of the final images were more straightforward. I photographed Matthew and he added his details – it is a stylish way to present standard information.
Matthew is also the designer for my Wedding albums. I sell Loxley wedding albums, which are designed by Matt. If you are interested in seeing some of my wedding work please check out my wedding website.
January 3rd, 2009 by Helen
If you have been on www.helenmaybanks.com in the past few days you will have noticed I have a brand new website. We have been working on it for the past few months and feel it better showcases my work, is easier to use and contains a lot more information. Like the old one, the new site has a wedding section, but there are additional subsections of Jewish Weddings , Civil Partnerships and Testimonials. My previous site had a small page of corporate photos, but the new site has a much larger Corporate section, with subsections for Press and PR and Events and Conferences. I have a brand new Theatre Section that displays the work I have been doing for various theatres this year, Actors’ Headshots is now a subset of that. I have a Clients area where you can see some of the companies I have been working for.
We have tried to make the website quick to load and easy to view. It is a mixed site with both Flash and HTML – so we have tried to combine the great functionality of Flash with the speed and easy of use of the HTML. Importantly for those people who don’t have Flash installed in their computers they are still able to view a lot of my website. This also makes it phone, Blackberry and Iphone ready – for ease of use for those who mainly check the internet through portable devices.
There are lots of cool features, but one I want to draw your attention to is the 6 small boxes at the top. If you click on each of these the background of the entire website changes – so if you fancy a bright orange backdrop, or would rather have something a little more sombre the choice is yours.
For anyone nostalgic for the old website I have popped a few screenshots of the old pages here. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger image.
Take a look around the new website and see what you think. I will be very interested in any feedback you have, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments or suggestions.