Hey jdleblanc, my first inclination is to ask, “why side-scrolling?” I’m just wondering. I think its okay for a personal site or a portfolio site – depending on what you want that site to accomplish. What kind of work do you hope to attract? Or is this just for fun? If you’re looking for corporate-type clients, I’d advise against side-scrolling. Anyways, just know that your portfolio needs to match the needs of future clients.
The best minimal side-scrolling portfolio I’ve seen is Jon Contino’s. http://joncontino.com/selected-works