I think it's going to be tough to make picture suggestions for you since your site(s) seems to have a little bit of everything for everyone. I'm not sure what you're trying to say or who you're trying to reach.
• If I may ask, why do you use "Aerial Promotions"? I was expecting lots of, uh, aerial pictures.
• On the home page of Aerial Promotions, the slide show whizzes by much too fast and the transitions drive me crazy. It takes a while to realize that the secret information on how to control the slideshow is buried in the photo captions. But the captions whizz by too fast and I'm too busy trying to look at the pictures to even notice the captions.
• If you shoot events for the people who were at the event, then you probably need to have tons of pictures so that everyone can find pictures of themselves. But if you want to show your event photography abilities to future customers, then you need, perhaps, only a dozen pictures. A hundred-picture gallery isn't going to interest anyone except those who were at the event.
Perhaps your site can have one set of galleries for potential clients - these would be the "highlight reels". Each would have a reasonable number of pictures.
A second set of galleries would be just for the event attendees and would have the hundreds of pictures necessary. These could be linked under, say, "Clients", Client Proofs", "Recent Events" or whatever might be appropriate. These could be password-protected so that: (i) you can have a bit of control over them and (ii) it would keep potential clients from "wandering away" into these galleries and becoming lost or bored.
Of course, you'd give out the (simple) password to all the event attendees or, maybe better yet, have them send you a request via e-mail or Facebook. An easy password might be your business name which would "force" people to remember your business name.
• Your 500px site promises lots of "NUDE CONTENT" (My kind of site!
) But when I click through the "mature audience only, user discretion is advised" warnings, there's only pictures of people with their clothes on ?!? Is this some kind of 500px bug?
• When using HDR, be careful about removing (or not having) black tones. Pictures without any dark tones tend to look very grey.
HDR helps to increase the dynamic range captured by the camera but the final picture still needs to have contrast throughout the entire tonal range. Otherwise, the picture will look very flat and dull. Yes, there are lots of flat, dull and grey HDR pictures online, but this only proves that many folks don't know what they're doing.
(BTW, all things equal, as camera resolution goes up, the camera's dynamic range goes down.)
HDR is not magic. It works by compressing tones and reducing contrast. Why? Because your computer monitor, a photographic print, a newspaper page, a magazine page, etc. can reproduce only a limited number of tones. This limited tonal range will never
change, with or without HDR.
HDR allows you to capture a wider-than-normal tonal range by blending several pictures together and then compressing the tones so they can still reproduced onscreen or on paper. Once these tones are squished together (aka. "tonal mapping"), you have to put the contrast back into the picture. (Yes, very occasionally a flat, gray picture with no shadows or highlights can look cool).
A perfectly done HDR is where the HDR effect isn't even noticeable. Although, sometimes, the way-over-the-top HDR effect can look neat.
• Your various "bridge" pictures are interesting. This is a subject that might allow a bit of over-the-top HDR.
• You've got many good pictures. Some photographers complain that they can't get good pictures when shooting little kids playing sports. But you've got several nice pictures of little kids playing basketball and hockey.
• Methinks that several of your sports pictures could be better cropped to get rid of distracting backgrounds or to tighen up the picture to make it a bit more dramatic.
• Some pictures need better colour balance, contrast and sharpening.
• You've got a wide range of pictures which really shows off your versatility.
• The "portfolio" pictures of that little girl and the sample comp card: All the pictures basically show the girl looking and smiling at the camera. But for something like this, you'd need some full-length pictures, maybe some sitting, and definitely a more varied range of looks (hairstyles + expressions).
Plus, the lighting isn't quite right for this purpose. This lighting would be perfect for family pictures but it isn't fashionable/trendy enough. Current trend is more top/front-lit to flatten out skin tones.
There's a new-ish fashion photographer, almost out in your area, who I suspect might have a lot in common with you. Not by coincidence, her mother owns a reasonably well-known modeling agency. If I can find her site, you should take a look at how she shoots children/teens.
• Something else but I forgot what it was.
(edit: removed some sample pictures)