I could really use the counsel of some WordPress pros. I'm designing a photography site (like an online portfolio) but I also want to include a blog. I want the blog to look like the rest of the site (mainly just by keeping the nav bar header) and that's where my questions begin. My site will have a navigation bar at the top with about 5 links, which I also want to have at the top of my blog. Is this possible? Are there any good tutorials?
I've read that WP can be used to run a whole site. Should I do that or just create my site as usual then just have the single WP page? What will be best/easiest?
I know html basics but i'm pretty new to CSS.
The WordPress theme i plan to create is very simple. i just want my site's nav bar header at the top, index.php center-left and sidebar.php center-right, then maybe an unobtrusive pattern behind index/sidebar. I appreciate the help.