Say Hello to my new Website!

Welcome! Yes, you are in the right place. This is the new look of my blog.

Why all the changes? Well … I wanted my blog and my photo gallery to be integrated into one website so folks can browse around, read my stories, and see my photo gallery at the same time in the same place. That all sounds much easier than it really is, believe me! I’ve been working on this for some time.

I also changed the domain name, which made it all much more complicated, but it had to be done.

Geek Note:
The site uses wordpress with a graph paper press theme (modularity) which I customized by creating a child-theme. Then I integrated it with photoshelter which powers the gallery.

So, what does this mean for you? You will now have a much better experience and a cool new “eye” logo to look at! All of the links to my old blog posts will automatically forward here so you don’t have to do anything. If you have a bookmark to my old blog, you could change that to http://blog.annemckinnell.com.

Here are some new things for you:

  • Click on the “gallery” link at the top right to check out my photo gallery! I am still working on adding all of my images to it.
  • If you want to receive my blog posts in your email rather than coming here all the time, you can do that by subscribing to the blog posts over there in the sidebar on the right where it says “Receive Blog Posts by Email” –>
  • Sign up for my newsletter – also on the sidebar on the right. I will send you my latest photography tutorials, excerpts from the most popular blog posts from the past month, ideas on changing careers and business planning, my latest images, and free wallpapers delivered to your inbox once each month — or so. I will also send you a FREE copy of my first eBook which should be ready in the next few weeks.

Please leave me a comment and let me know how beautiful my new site is :) I also accept other forms of praise, constructive criticism and useful feedback.

Since I am trying on new things for size, here is an image that is much different from my usual thing. I always admire the minimalist long-exposure black and whites by other photographers so I decided to give it a shot myself. I made it at dawn in Charleston, South Carolina. Please click the image to view a larger size.

Charleston, South Carolina

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    • says

      Thanks for subscribing Andy. Integrating the blog and the gallery is not easy, it takes quite a bit of research since there are so many ways to do it, but none of them are particularly easy.

  1. Gregg Marquardt says

    Great update, Anne. I like the site-map look of your home page yet I also like that the first thing visitors see at the top of that page are your images – good call.

  2. says

    I really like it! The only thing I might do is increase the width of the post column, so you can make your images larger on the blog, but that’s a minor thing (and personal preference).

    I may have to hit you up for advice on how to integrate a Photoshelter site directly into WordPress, as I want to do the same thing on my site in the next few months :)

    • says

      Hi Marc, yes feel free to email me about how to do the integration. I’ll help out any way I can. Some people use the photoshelter plug-in but the other way, the way I chose to do it, was to use graph paper press.

    • says

      Thank you Mark! It was on my to do list for about a year and it takes a bit of dedication to actually make it happen. I did little bits here and there and finally put a week aside to finally finish it. I think it will be worth it.

  3. John Lemen says

    I was referred to your site and work by a Facebook Travel Photography member because I asked about places to shoot in Charleston (going there in a couple of weeks). I cannot comment on you site change because I’m new, but I really like what I see and now I have more shooting ‘musts’ than my trip time will allow.

    Thank you!

    • says

      Hi John, thank you very much for your kind comments! I really enjoyed Charleston. We went on the trolly tour which was great because they cover a lot of area and it allows you to get your bearings before you start wearing your feet out walking around downtown. Folly Beach was the best! We stayed at an excellent campground on James Island. It was a state park campground and if you stay there you can park right at the pier on Folly Beach for free (since it is also a state park). At the campground on James Island, they were setting up the most amazing Christmas lights! I only got to see some of them lit up as they were testing them, but it is going to be an incredible show, you should check it out!

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