Working with Liam Bailey is always a treat in itself. Full of stories, affection and mischief, it makes for a fun atmosphere when working on a project. Always professional, Liam shoots a wide variety of photo assignments – that could be a shipyard, a university or a boardroom. He has a real knack for capturing people and says himself:
I know how to get good results from people at all levels – from new recruits to the CEO – and have experience of shooting in a wide range of locations and conditions, and often against the clock.
Over the years I have built many different digital products for Liam, including websites, newsletters and more. The previous iteration of the website was built by someone else and was using a frontend display of a commercial image storage system. Liam wasn’t happy with the display and content limitations.
As with any photography site, it needs to be to-the-point, show high-quality imagery and work across a broad range of screens, as you don’t know if a potential client starts looking at the site on a mobile phone or a large screen in an ad agency.
Starting of with WordPress as a CMS and a commercial theme, we modified the setup to provide for multiple main image categories for specific work and portfolio projects. It is quick and easy to navigate between projects, menus are compactly shown at the very top, the site background is clean and clear.
The photo galleries use a masonry layout and easily adjust columns and image sizes based on screen size. Single images can be viewed in a popup lightbox.
In addition to the photo galleries, we also added custom modules for testimonials and a newsletter archive, with the possibility to click through to the original newsletters and sign-up to the mailing list.
All in all, an enjoyable and successful project – with such great photography, how could the website look anything but sleek.