Originally Posted by LightningLawns
As for waiting for the 130k banner to load....How long did you have to wait? When I go to the website it comes right up and I have standard cable internet.
i would assume that it does load "lighting" fast for you. the problem is that a solid 50% of home net users are running on good ol' dial-up. to them, and the connection i visited your site from, the banner was a bit painful to wait for, especially when it's the first thing on your site. the rest of your page loaded while i was still waiting for the banner to load.
a strong suggestion for your intro page would be to keep the entire page and it's contents at around 75k or less. shooting the wad on one big image that holds up the page is not the best idea in the world. if managed correctly, you could get that image down to a 1/3 of what it is.
nice job on your picture pages, and managing their size. looks good. if i can make a suggestion, why not do some editing of one of those pics and integrate it into the banner? i have a bit different eye than what your customers may have, but i think it looks inconsistent with nice pics of your own work, and then having a featured image (the banner pic) that is an oft used piece of stock photography that doesn't quite fit.