Do you offer consults on websites that already exist?
Yes! My fee is $95 for a 45-minute live call where we walk through the elements of your site that may be confusing or holding back your ideal clients from committing to work with you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions during this call.
I specialize in designs for small cash-for-goods (retail) businesses, artist portfolios, small service businesses, and e-commerce sites for info products. I may not be able to speak your website if you are outside these specifications, but don't let that deter you from reaching out to check! If you are interested in this consultation service, please send your website URL to me using my contact form and let me know that you are interested in a 45-minute consult. I will send you my response within 2 business days. If I am able to give you feedback on your site, we ought to be able to set up a call time as soon as I send my response.
I already have a photographer in mind for my website. Can you still help with my design?
Yes. It will be ideal if you and I plot out your site map before you arrange time with your photographer, so that you can be sure you know what photos you need, and we don't end up planning your site around your images. But yes, absolutely. Your images should match your brand, and my photography style might not be the perfect match, and I totally get that. If you do need my photography skills, you will get them at a premium rate when you sign up for a photography add-on with your web design. Just FYI.
Are your web designs responsive?
Yes! One of the big reasons I use Squarespace for all my designs is that the final product will always adjust to the dimensions of whatever device you're using.
I live in Timbuktu. Do you take long-distance clients?
Nope. But I share a lot of my techniques in the tutorials that come with my DIY web design kits. You can build a site on your own, or purchase a kit and outsource the assembly to somebody local to where you are, and get an excellent value that way, if you like!
I literally know nothing about technology. Am I going to be able to update my own website without help?
Yup. I created a video tutorial to walk you through all the most common update functions, which you will receive once your site is live. You won't need to know code or have any design training at all. All you'll need to know is your login password.
Why do you use Squarespace? Do you ever do WordPress sites?
I learned very fast after I started designing websites that the client is best served by a website that doesn't require a lot of tech expertise to update or grow with the business. If you own a restaurant, you might want to be on your site daily to update the specials; if you own a boutique, you might want to add new items to your catalog or remove items that have sold out. Nobody wants to have to call and pay a web designer for help every other minute. That'd be an enormous pain. But with Squarespace, once the site is up and running, you won't need to know more than how to type with two fingers. It's a pretty awesome platform.
I am familiar with WordPress, but no longer build sites from scratch on that platform. I am also hesitant to update existing sites put together by other designers, as this can sometimes violate contractual agreements between a business and its original web designer. All the sites I build, I do on Squarespace.
I'm thinking of getting one of your DIY web design kits. What do I need to know?
I'm pretty thorough in my descriptions of the kits, but here are some key points:
• You need to have Photoshop, even if it's just the two-week free trial
• The cost of hosting a site on Squarespace or using a custom domain name is not included with the cost of the kit
• Some of the DIY kits feature graphics and fonts that you have to purchase separately if you wish to use them. You certainly don't need them if they don't match your brand, but in the event that you do want to use them, I have deducted the cost of those items (as they were when I created the design) from my base price of the DIY kits so that you don't have to spend an arm and a leg.
Do you do photos for non-business use?
I've been known to do senior photos and engagement sessions, but for the most part, what I'm best at is business photography. If you have your heart set on having me to a non-business project, feel free to inquire.
Will you post images on my social media for me if I get your social photography subscription?
Posting images is not included in the cost of the subscription. A lot goes into social strategy, and it would not be feasible for me to do the social posting for every business that signs up for a social photography subscription. If you are interested in improving your social strategy, subscribe to my blog, where I do write about marketing, in addition to other business topics. In some cases, I am willing to assist with social posting for a predetermined period for an additional fee. Inquire if this interests you.
How far do you travel?
I'm a Maine-based photographer, in the Portsmouth/Kittery area. I am willing to drive to most places in New England, but special arrangements would have to be made for me to do work elsewhere. Don't let that deter you from inquiring.