Mike Hartley first started designing photography websites in 2000. Over the past twelve years, he’s been carefully keeping an eye on the photo website industry—competitions won, mistakes made, feedback from photo editors, art buyers, photographers—and after much consideration, he officially launched bigflannel Portfolio in the Fall of last year.
bigflannel is a template portfolio that already has over 50 users. Before taking on a template though, Mike created award winning custom websites for others such as St. Louis-based portrait photographer Mark Katzman, whose site won a place in the Website Category of the PDN Photo Annual.
Mike says he decided to build a template after becoming frustrated with the available options for photographers,
I was fed up of the jargon and tech mumbo-jumbo fed to photographers by many of the website portfolio companies. I knew I could build a great looking and cost-effective product. To my mind, most of the products available have three problems: 1) they are too expensive, 2) they are proprietary and closed systems, and 3) they proclaim far too much. bigflannel Portfolio is 1) cost-effective, 2) uses a 3rd party admin or content management system and 3) claims only to display work professionally, not change one’s life. I also aim too, and hopefully do, deliver great support and always will.
bigflannel is continuously updating and trying to perfect their template. Currently, Mike’s working on a full HTML5 version for desktops and mobile that he’s planning to release this summer. He hopes the site will let users, “concentrate on their work, not their portfolio.”