(For more info on “Simonson On Location” see the previous blog entries, Creating Simonson On Location, Parts 1, 2 and 3)
After 3 months of preparation and work, Simonson On Location is finally online!
I finally got to send out the e-mail announcing Simonson On Location’s debut on June 1st. It was exciting to watch the subscriptions start coming in. You may already have subscribed. If you haven’t yet, you can do so by clicking here: Simonson On Location
Or keep reading to get more information on what you’ll find once you do subscribe!
One of the things that changed in the final days before we went online is the way I present my storyline for each photo shoot. I wasn’t happy with how hard it was to read the stories: the type was too small, plus it was black type on a dark blue background—way too hard to read. So I worked with Mitch to create a vertical white “story box” running along the left side of the first page of each gallery. As you can see from the screen shot above, it’s now an inviting, easy-to-read design.
We made a lot of other small changes too, but the version of Simonson On Location that’s now online is pretty close to the screen shots I showed you in Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the “Creating Simonson On Location” blog entries.
Pricing is $14.95 per month to become a regular subscriber, or $24.95 if you’d like to subscribe for just one month with no automatic renewal.
WHAT’S IN THE LINEUP, EXACTLY?
We went online with about just under 3,000 photographs in 53 galleries, spread over 14 different models. Here’s the lineup, in case you’d like to know the details before you make the leap and subscribe to the site:
BAIANO: 2 galleries, total 88 photos. Baiano Gallery 3 will go online June 15 with another 42 photos. This is the story of how I found and photographed Baiano in a little Brazilian surf town.
BRUNO: 5 galleries, total 278 photos. How I took Bruno to a nude beach south of Rio de Janeiro for a photo shoot, and found out I had to get naked too!
EDUARDO: 3 galleries, total 153 photos. Eduardo Gallery 4 will go online June 15 with another 122 photos. All about how I met Eduardo at a little cafe in Rio, then photographed him in the nude on the veranda of my 12th-floor Rio apartment.
ISRAEL-WELLINGTON: 5 galleries, total 251 photos. The story of how I found two models in Salvador, Brazil, and our trek to a deserted beach 3 hours north of the city.
JEFF: 4 galleries, total 226 photos. How I met and photographed mischievous Asian boy Jeff at my Waikiki apartment in late 2009.
JORGE: 3 galleries, total 134 photos. How Dominican-Nicaraguan hunk Jorge and I dodged a storm and wound up having a wonderful photo shoot at Diamond Head Beach at dawn.
KAIMANA: 3 galleries, total 171 photos. How I took Kaimana to a secluded Oahu beach and had him go surfing naked.
KAINOA: 3 galleries, total 197 photos. All about my backyard-pool photo shoot with gorgeous Hawaii local boy Kainoa.
MARCELINO: 4 galleries, total 189 photos. The story of my California photo shoot with cute Mexican boy Marcelino.
MARCUS: 4 galleries, total 185 photos. Marcus Gallery 5 goes online June 15 with another 75 photos. The story of my very first photo shoot with Marcus on a deserted beach in Angra dos Reis, Brazil.
MARCUS-SANDRO: 4 galleries, total 202 photos. All about our wild weekend with the Brazilian Boat Boys, Marcus and Sandro, among the many islands of Brazil’s beautiful Costa Verde.
NOHEA: 4 galleries, total 217 photos. How I took a beautiful jewel (Hawaiian boy Nohea) and placed him in a beautiful setting (a backyard jungle with pool).
TOMMY: 3 galleries, total 144 photos. How I met tall, beautiful, dark-skinned Tommy and took him to Diamond Head Beach at dawn to capture a series of stunning images.
VICTOR: 3 galleries, total 216 photos. How I met Nigerian-born Marine Victor and photographed him in two gorgeous Hawaiian settings in one day.
So that’s the lineup as of the first week of Simonson On Location’s debut. As I said above, there are now nearly 3,000 photos, and more will be added every 2 weeks from now on. Join now and watch the stories as they unfold! Here’s the link: Simonson On Location