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How to get gorgeous photos for your full width website (and not be disappointed!)

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a very long time. I’m a big believer in getting your own personal vault of photographs that you’ll be able to use as you or your web designer builds out your new online home.

I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve had disappointed clients because the incredible photos they have do NOT work for full width websites. The key is ensuring that your photographer understands how you want to be using your images so she (or he) can do the best job they can for you!

I’ve created this video tutorial to illustrate how different landscape images can look as you’re viewing the site online. I’ve also linked to the test page I used on this very site to show you the images full sized and cropped. By looking at them, you can begin to get a sense of the distance your photographer needs to be from her subject to get amazing photos for you to use.

Take some time and do your research first so you can direct your photographer on what kinds of things you want in your cropped shots (because, they will need to be vertically cropped for computer screen sizes!). Of course the option is present to use media queries to show different images at different sizes, but it’s important to note you’ve got about 550 px – 750 px in height to play with (and about 1600px-2000px in width).

My hope is that this video clears up any questions you may have!


The link to the page with images I used as examples in the video is here (in case you want to share the perspective with your photographer!).

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Krista Smith

Hi there, I'm Krista. Not only do I design + code websites, but I offer customized strategy and coaching that help you highlight your gifts, identify & attract your ideal client, create services that sell, and code happiness right into your business model.


  1. Dawn Serra | Sex Coach on April 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Your video is awesome and I am so impressed with the quality of it, as well as the information you shared. WOW. How long does it take to make these videos on the regular??? Go you!

    • Krista Smith on April 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Dawn — thanks! Once you get in a groove, it only takes about 20 minutes to put one together :)

  2. Marci on April 22, 2016 at 7:02 am

    This was super helpful, Krista. Thank you!

    • Krista Smith on May 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Awesome, Marci! SO many times I’ve had clients disappointed with their photos. Hoping this helps you with your clients to!! xo

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