So in case y’all didn’t know this about me, when I set my mind on something, I spend many late nights doing said task until every thing is just perfect.
I have wanted to update my website for a couple of months. I had been using Adobe Muse but there were many things that frustrated me. I wanted to do this or that and since the program was so new, it was limited in capabilities. I also used blogger for my blog and I didn’t like the fact that they were not integrated in the same website or same design.
Two weeks ago I began researching new website designs. I cannot tell you how many other amazing photographer websites I visited that I was trying to get inspiration from. Maybe 50-100? I loved looking at how they laid out their content, how their brand was cohesively conveyed, and of course, what made me want to keep clicking! A common theme among most of the sites was ProPhoto! I would say that roughly 80-85% of those sites that I looked at used ProPhoto templates for their sites. I have known about ProPhoto for a while, researched it, and did absolutely nothing. Until two weeks ago…
Now here I am introducing my newly designed fancy-schmancy website. Yes, after a week of hemming-and-hawing, I took the plunge and purchased ProPhoto for WordPress. I found a design theme that I loved and purchased it since I didn’t particularly like any of the included themes available. Let me tell y’all, it was SO easy. It takes a bit learning where everything you can customized is but once I mastered that, I was whipping out new pages and content super quick! If I had any questions, their video tutorials they have are so helpful. I created this whole website in a week! Just last night, my moma was clicking through the whole website checking for typos and anything that didn’t make sense (she was literally clicking all over the place) and I was able to easily follow along and make the corrections with no problem. Easy peezy!
But wait, I have not only customized all of my website to match my modern black/white/gold brand, I have also restructured all of my packages.
As my business has grown, I feel like the direction that I am going in has changed for the better! I have listened to many of my clients’ feedback and have tried to create a package and product that is just perfect. Instead of being a purely “shoot-and-burn” photographer, I have now crafted new packages that include both digital images and high quality, professional products.
I now offer albums and wall artwork so that images aren’t tucked away on computers anymore, but displayed proudly on your walls. It absolutely tore me up to hear that the majority of my client’s hadn’t printed their images and they were being filed away in technology that is changing so rapidly. *gasp* My clients spent all that time getting ready, doing their session, and I spent time editing photos and….then they were forgotten. Hidden. So now I offer products that are meant to be displayed, adored, and shared.
All in all, this is such a exciting and much awaited moment for me!
Please take some time, click around, and let me know what you think!
To check out my new pricing structures, click here!
Please leave a comment and let me know what your favorite part of my website is because I am dying to know!
If you find a mistake, pretty please with whip cream on top email (email@example.com) me? I want to make sure everything is in tip-top shape!
Maegan Story - Sami I love you, your work, and this new website! It looks great! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!!April 27, 2016 – 9:56 pm
Ronda - Love the website! You done great!!!April 27, 2016 – 9:57 pm
Olivia Lewis - I love your new website!!! It is very easy to navigate and is very simple and classy.April 27, 2016 – 10:11 pm
Megan Stewart - I myself love taking photos, I find lots of inspiration in your photography, also your new website is beautiful lol❤️April 27, 2016 – 10:22 pm
Lacey miller - love the colors of gold and white!April 27, 2016 – 11:07 pm
Kimberly Hardy - I love your new website! It is so easy to navigate and showcases your work wonderfully.April 28, 2016 – 5:49 am
Kandi - I love your new website!!! This is the most awesome thing I’ve seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing your passion, talent, and beautiful pictures with us. P/S <3 the black & goldApril 28, 2016 – 9:16 am
Hannah Jones^2 - Sami, I’m so excited for you and your business! I love the new web-page. Best of luck!April 28, 2016 – 2:12 pm
Kellie Jones - Love your new website! You always take such beautiful pictures of Cash and Judge!April 28, 2016 – 9:33 pm
Kristi - Sami, you are such a creative, kind, and amazing person! Love your website and all the pics!!!April 29, 2016 – 1:59 pm
samimastrario - Ahhhh, that is the sweetest compliment! Thank you!April 29, 2016 – 2:30 pm
Gayle Miller - I love the website, the ease of navigation, showcasing of your work, and answers to initial question are available. Great job!April 30, 2016 – 2:41 pm
Lacey Lewis - I love your new website!!!April 30, 2016 – 4:00 pm
Pam Peacock - The website isinformative and looks good.April 30, 2016 – 4:24 pm
keri ponder - Love to new site. Easy to flow from one thing to the next. Love the fonts.May 3, 2016 – 5:52 pm
Maryann Whiddon - Loved your whole site, very informative. Lots of great pictures and very detailed! Great job!May 3, 2016 – 6:04 pm
Stevi Thompson - Looks great Sami!May 3, 2016 – 6:06 pm
Amanda Beard - It’s gorgeous Sami. Good choice of layout and colors. Fonts are spot on. 😀May 3, 2016 – 6:23 pm
Rebecca Stewart - I love the photographs you display on your new website. Your passion for photography is evident in the truly amazing photographs that you take.May 3, 2016 – 8:39 pm
Carrie - Adorable pics!May 3, 2016 – 9:13 pm
Jennifer chalon - Would love to win a mini session! Your pics are beautiful!May 3, 2016 – 9:40 pm
Samantha Vice - I love the layout and colors you’ve chosen! Very cute blog!May 3, 2016 – 11:02 pm
Melanie - I love your website. I especially love how you listed the prices for each session.May 3, 2016 – 11:55 pm
samimastrario - Thank you! I was hoping to be transparent and make sure everyone knows exactly what they are getting before they book! ❤️May 4, 2016 – 7:07 am
Joy Purvis - I love how easy it is to navigate your site! Your wedding pictures of Hannah & Stuart were the best I’ve ever seen!May 4, 2016 – 8:58 am
Misty - Beautiful pictures! Will def keep you in mind when my baby girl gets here in a month or 2! 🙂May 4, 2016 – 9:51 am
ashley - Love you work and the new website!! Just beautiful!May 4, 2016 – 1:27 pm
Katie Wilson - We love the new website! We are long overdue for our family pictures and can’t wait until we take new ones.
Sami is very talented, we loved every picture she took. Her cheerful personality instantly makes you comfortable, so you hardly notice that you are having your picture taken. Family photographs can be very stressful, but with Sami, it was enjoyable. She even found a way to make our youngest, a very shy girl, smile and take a great picture. We love her work!!May 4, 2016 – 2:19 pm
Ann K - Sami, so proud of you & your work! Love to see all those pictures. Especially the babies!May 4, 2016 – 11:21 pm
Lauren Pilkinton - Love love love your new website!!! You are so talented and you can tell you absolutely love what you do!!! I know everyone’s pictures you do you amaze them with your beautiful work!May 4, 2016 – 11:23 pm
Jeanell Webb - Beautiful website. Your photographs are imaginative and of course your subjects are preciousMay 5, 2016 – 3:40 am
Vickie Gunn - Sami, I Love Your Website!!! Your photography is outstanding, as you certainly have been blessed with a wonderful gift! I know you have worked hard on it, & it really has paid off!!! I enjoyed the video that you created for Georgia Lou this week, & I’m sure they will cherish it forever! Congratulations on your new business & good luck to you always!!!May 5, 2016 – 6:47 am
Mike Mastrario - Sami, I love the new website and the awesome work you are doing. Keep up the good work and continue to make us proud.
DaddyMay 5, 2016 – 8:07 am
Michelle Holder Poole - Sami, I love your new website, you are an awesome photographer, great with children and adults. Good luck in the future!May 6, 2016 – 9:19 pm
Andrea Story - Sami,
We love your distinctive style: classy and romantic yet also playful. And we love you, too! Love that the blog is so open so that parents can know what to expect when planning their first year of photos…one less mystery for a new mommy to solve!May 11, 2016 – 4:33 pm