After about three months and half a dozen theme re-designs, I think I'm finally happy with the way my website looks:
As a photographer, I wanted to come up with a solution that would showcase my work, but still allow me to have regularly updated informational content - WordPress seemed to meet all of my needs, and then some. The actual "blog" is in the News & Information section, but the entire site is built on WP with the exception of:
The "Client Proofs" area is powered by Coppermine Gallery; I was able to design the theme to match my WordPress theme.
"Event Ordering" links to Photoreflect.com, a company that handles my large event ordering needs. Sadly, their them selection is lacking and they don't allow for custom theming.
What may be of interest to other users is that I've been able to create a static home page, secondary pages with a bottom bar, and post pages with a sidebar.
Take a look and let me know what you think!