A better title for the post might be “Places your WordPress consultant shouldn’t go when she is developing sciatica,” because I’m sure it didn’t help. Strictly speaking, carrying a heavy prosumer camera up a ladder has nothing to do with either WordPress or web development, but it has a lot to do with making sure the client gets the best possible website.
In this case, the client (whose site is almost ready to go live and will appear in the portfolio before the end of 2012) didn’t need anything particularly special in the way of design or development. The gorgeous new Executive Theme from StudioPress was perfect out of the box. (Well, the fonts are a bit small.) What the client needed most was help with copywriting (he’s not a native speaker of English) and overall brand development.
I’d originally asked my client to provide photos, but he didn’t have any on hand, and wasn’t having any luck getting them. So once my husband brought his good cameras back from Holland, I proposed an expedition to take new photos. This turned out to be a good idea, because actually seeing the work my client had done gave me a much better understanding of his business than simply talking to him had, and made it considerably easier to write the copy.
As for why I was the one on the rooftop when my husband is far the better photographer, the answer lies in a quote from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”: I’m older and I have more insurance.