Any of you that have been reading this blog for a while know that I am a big fan of Seattle Photographer, Aaron Leitz's work. I appreciate all the advice and input that Aaron has given me over the last several years. Aaron is the one that convinced me I should setup a flickr discussion group to go along with this blog. Here's the post where I announced the flickr group in Aug of 2007. Aaron's advice turned out to be right on target.
Aaron has a blog now that I wanted to point out to everyone. Looks like he started it back in January of this year but I just found out about it a couple of weeks ago when I talked to Aaron at Scott Hargis's book launch celebration in Seattle.
Aaron was mentioning he was surprised by the number of clients that tell him they've looked at his blog and make some comment about something on the blog. I can believe that. There is something more personal about a blog than a portfolio site. These days if someone is going to hire you for anything they are likely to google your name in which case your blog will come up along with your portfolio site unless you are being unusually stealthy. Clients are going to be interested in what you've blog about so I think it is a big advantage to have both an informal blog where you talk about what you are up to in addition to a more formal portfolio site where you just present breathtaking images. Both have their place and I think Aaron's blog and portfolio site are an excellent examples of how to approach these two types of sites. Oh yea, by the way, Aaron's sites don't use Flash. They look great on any hardware or browser you have. An when he uses portrait mode images on his portfolio site he uses two side by side portrait mode images to fill the landscape mode slide show format.