About the client
Paul Johnson (PjPhoto) is one of the UK’s leading wedding photographers. Throughout his 25+ plus career as a photographer, Paul has won many awards and photographed weddings at the most prestigious venues in the UK and Europe.
The project brief
The original brief was essentially a redesign of the old website, which was somewhat tired. It was to be more detailed, have more content and do a better job of presenting Paul’s fantastic work.
I was asked to create something fresh, modern and different from the competition. Displaying images in a large size, regardless of their orientation, led to the coding of a custom gallery. Paul Johnson’s website was to be a showcase and a point of reference for past and future clients.
A number of upgrades have been built into Paul’s website since the original build was completed, and in version 2 the underlying structure of the website had a new colour scheme/aesthetic laid over the top.
How I met the brief
PjPhoto is one of the more complicated website builds I’ve done like this. It was technically demanding to build as the design is complex. A lot of interesting layout issues arose during the building of the home page, all of which were overcome with some head scratching!
During the time I was building the main templates, a previous employer posted me a book on “responsive web design”, which is the art of coding a single website that can display on a variety of screen sizes, from desktop computer to smartphone. Inspired by this book, I set about coding Paul’s new website so it would work on an iPad, and the results were encouraging. The whole website was made responsive, giving Paul the edge over his competitors.
- Clean, stylish design, with a feminine edge aimed at the bride.
- Complex responsive build (one of my favorites!).
- Easy to use blog which is integrated throughout the website.
- Bespoke gallery which can display a variety of different image ratios without cropping.
Words from the client
Thank you so much for doing such a great job on the redesign of the site. I couldn’t have wished for better. I think I’d find it extremely hard to find another designer who’d give as good a service as you.