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Two Things Tuesday

This post is not running-related, but I have two things I need to throw out there to all of you in my bloggy world and hopefully you will throw something back, specifically your opinions.
  1. I added a poll to my sidebar. Someone mentioned it is hard to read my blog because of the black background. Let me know what you think!
  2. I am working with a client that is a photographer. What are the things you look for in the photographer you choose to have document the important moments in your life? What would sell you on one photographer over another? Why would you pay more for one over another?

RUN: I have a lot of safety pins.


  1. Black background is fine, but purple font is difficult to read in my opinion

  2. I agree with marathonmom--I like the black, but the purple is a bit tough to read.

  3. Was your lettering always white? I can't remember. I dont really remember having too much trouble reading it. Either way I am good! I usually read in my google reader then click on the blog to comment!

  4. I agree with the others - the purple is the only part that I have found difficult. But, I'm not complaining...

  5. 1) Your blog has a black background? Hadn't really noticed.

    2) Since you asked for opinions......As someone who used to own a successful photography business, the thing that I notice right away is the lighting of the photos (although I've been admittedly lazy with my blog photos, but hey, it's about the running and not the photography). Especially since the advent of digital SLRs (and their relative inexpensiveness), everyone's a photographer now. I immediately look at the photos to see if the person behind the camera knows how to use lighting to their advantage, both natural and artificial. I would never hire a photographer that simply puts a flash on top of their camera (or worse, uses the built-in flash), because it casts a horrendous shadow underneath everyone's chin line. Having someone who knows where to put a light and how to use it is worth paying $$ for. Rant over.

  6. I don't use a photographer often, but we did on a recent trip to Mexico. This person was very creative with her shots and did not do any standard poses. She knew how to angle the camera just right for the best shot and kept us looking natural, not stiff. She kept things very relaxed, which kept us relaxed and resulted in some great shots.

  7. When I use a photographer i really look at the their work that will determine how much I'm willing to pay. Also what kind of package deals do they have but mostly their past work.

    as far as your background it is a bit tough but I agree with the other girl that I usually read in my reader anyhow so... yeah. lol

  8. I think it is a little hard to read! It works though :) As for photographer look at their past work and see if it fits you needs/desires :) Good luck!

  9. I agree with the rest...purple is not eye friendly but the white on black is fine. As for a photographer...if his name is Ron Adair do NOT hire him! (He is a photographer that lives in your neck of the woods.) He did my wedding and although I like the took me five years, yes FIVE YEARS, to get everything I had paid him for.

  10. I think part of it may be the font. Try the Arial and see what happens. You also have alot of brightness going. One thing I tried is using an off white color.

  11. Love your survery :) I would pay more for a photographer. I went with the cheapest for my wedding photography and I paid for that!!!

  12. It's not significantly harder for me to read the blog now. I would pay more for someone with cool effects and style, cool albums, and extras in the deal (such as points toward products, more time during my event, etc.


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