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Obviously, in our industry, a striking and well thought out website is paramount. I was initially drawn to liveBooks because of the customizable template idea. I wanted a site that was uniquely mine, but needed some parameters and didn’t want to have to think about coding, etc. My primary concerns were ease of use, elegant design, and uniqueness. I worked with my own designer to come up with the overall look and the liveBooks team took it from there to make it real. It was an easy and smooth process.
liveBooks offers a great way to get up and running quickly. The Scaler sites are great for the impact, and there are many well designed templates to choose from. The back end is made easy for the photographer, just upload and place images into your portfolio and it is instantly live.
As a director and photographer, I needed a website that could host both video and print. liveBooks was the obvious choice. I’m constantly generating new work and it is important that I be able to manage my own content from wherever I am in the world. I also appreciate that liveBooks is constantly developing, upgrading and adapting new technologies to their website templates. And liveBooks is extremely user friendly. It allows me to keep my websites looking fresh and up to date. I especially love the new Scaler sites. In my business, so much of the bidding process happens digitally, so it’s important to have a strong website that is easy to navigate and makes a statement about my particular sensibilities.
I recently completed a multimedia public art project for the City of Culver City in which I had created a series of photographic diptychs and directed a film called “The Secret Life of Swimmers.” When I was asked by the City to create a dedicated website that could function as an online virtual gallery for the work, I went straight to liveBooks.
What’s not to love about liveBooks? I chose liveBooks because, uploading and managing content is as easy as it gets. Before that, I had a pretty ordinary static site that was a nightmare to keep up to date, taking hours of my precious time to just upload a couple of images. Now new work can be uploaded and tagged within minutes using the well designed, easy to use editSuite. Adding SEO keywords is simple, intuitive and crucial to help search engines find your site. And now with the recent introduction of Scaler, which allows for bigger images that scale to fit the viewer’s monitor, my work has much more impact and is displayed on the web in the best possible way.
Being a designer as well as a photographer, customising and branding my site to ensure consistency with my company identity is essential. The liveBooks support team made implementing my company logo and colour palette effortless.
I’ve been using liveBooks for over 7 years now to showcase my editorial and commercial work. I recently expanded my work to include backstage images. Since I am involved with so many designers and shows, I wanted to launch a second site to display this work. I knew I needed something compatible with how I currently represent myself. At first I considered a blog, but having had so much control over the design and content of my liveBooks site I wondered if I could take the design of my existing website and modify it to accommodate this new venture.
This seemed like a good idea, but the timing was tight. I was only a week and a half from shooting my first show in NY for fashion week when I contacted liveBooks. After 2 emails, I was already in my editSuite naming portfolios and loading imagery. The integrated design process and exemplary customer service at liveBooks made the launch of my new site (www.schmidt-show.com) seamless.