So, we made it through the holidays in one piece here at McCarthy Photographic for the most part unscathed but not entirely.
I hope you and your families had a great Christmas and a safe and happy new year too. 🙂
There are a few new things coming our way this year and keep an eye here and on our Facebook page for the latest news and announcements.
We had planned to do a major revamp of the web site, even though it’s only been about a year since our last major update. Well, we bought our new software and a set of new themes and galleries and ended up actually taking down everything except the home page for a few days. Hopefully, it didn’t affect you personally. We’ve been discussing the issues with the software developer and were at least able to restore the original theme and content, some things still don’t work as expected or as they should. I’ve given up on the planned update for the time being and am focused on trying the fix the last few issues and get things back to 100%. Funny, my wife’s response is always “Was it working before? Then why did you have to mess with it?” I know, if only I was as smart as she is, right? 🙂
2013 ended in a bit of a bang for me as well since after more than 30 years, I sold all my Pentax camera gear and made the switch to Nikon. That was a tough decision, let me tell you. I’ll be making a series of posts over the next few weeks documenting the change as well for your edutainment pleasure. 🙂
Keep an eye out here as I plan to start posting a series of short photography tutorials to coincide with episodes of The Big Picture. If you haven’t head of The Big Picture. It’s a TV show I co-host with my friends David Grandy and Ashley Campbell on Eastlink TV. It airs each Wednesday evening at 8:30pm and is available on Eastlink On-Demand. It’s not presently available on-line, but we are working on it and I’ll keep you posted. You can visit our Facebook page to ask photo related questions and comment on photography news and more. Hope you enjoy this new content as it becomes available. 🙂
Another thing you will notice in the very near future is that we will now be charging HST and you will see it as an extra line items when ordering through the galleries. Sorry about this, the government is making me do this.
I’ve been hard at work trying to strengthen the search capabilities and shopping cart functionality in the galleries and you will see much better searches and more options when the new racing season starts in May. Can’t wait to share the better searching with you then. As time allows, we will go back through 2013 galleries and try to update them to the new search functions, but it is a rather labour intensive process and will take a fair bit of time.
You may have also noticed that we have removed some of the NSFW content and are building a brand new sister web site for our fine art nudes, glamour and boudoir images to keep things separate from the racing and commercial work that will continue to be shown here at the main site. This new sister site should be available in the next few weeks and you will see a link in the menu once it has been fully tested and ready to go.
So, I think this covers things for now. If you have any suggestions for improvements you’d like to see, we’d LOVE to hear from you. Visit the Contact Us page and don’t hold back. 🙂
Watch for new workshops coming up this year as well. Announcements for our workshops will all be done on the main site as well as through our Facebook page and Twitter feed. So make sure you follow both for the most up to date info.
So, welcome to 2014. It’s going to be an awesome year!