Mango Power Girl Photography
Mango Power Girl and I are proud to present her new portfolio at Mango Power Girl Photography. There are new photos and diptychs from MPG and for my part, upgrades to the design and features of the site.
The short answer on its technical details: I started with WordPress and phT for YAPB and customized each. I would not release the work I did for MPG as a stand-alone set of code, but I could do similar work for any photographer or artist and so could you, with the tools I referenced.
If you’re considering WordPress then ready-made themes I might work with include http://bueltge.de/photos/ from http://bueltge.de/photoblog-theme-fuer-wordpress/465/ from Germany, or the flexible and simple http://photoblog.xyloid.org/.
Design side, MPG and I surfed roughly 75 to 100 good photography portfolios, first. Design memes emerged which made laying it out and color choices simple, per the goal of looking professional or industry standard.
A portfolio site and especially in photography should stay nearly out of view, moving you through scenes like a stage crew. This is not the time for gimmicky user interfaces in Flash which take two minutes to load and invent whole new ways to use a mouse — portfolios for which relatively few potential clients will have patience.
MPG needed graphics to represent her portfolio on other sites, and to incorporate it within those sites, such as her own MangoPowerGirl.com. On the left is one such graphic, which is shown in a sidebar of her site like a “tower” ad, linking to her portfolio.
MPG’s portfolio feature requirements included:
- — to be able to update it herself,
- — to have it easy to page through, with large-enough photos one at a time, and
- — to have categories with “thumbnail” views per each including an “all photos” category.
MPG’s photography portfolio is broadly compatible across browsers, operating systems, and even hardware and display settings, e.g. scaling well for lower screen resolutions while maintaining image quality.
Above all MPG’s photos are a joy to see. View select work at Mango Power Girl Photography, hundreds more photos centering on food, nature, markets, and related stories at Mango Power Girl, and thousands more of her photographs, one uploaded almost daily in MPG’s flickr stream.
p.s. for a super fast portfolio, you can also tag photos or group them in a set on flickr. For a tag, try the word ‘portfolio’ or any word, then to present the portfolio, share only a link to the slideshow flickr automagically generates per tag or set.
Here’s an example from my own flickr stream, showing photos I have tagged with “wallpaper” meaning they could be used as a computer desktop, wallpaper, or background image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianglanz/tags/wallpaper/show/