Yeah, I have to admit that I use Wordpress as the equivalent of the screwdriver in my toolbox. I use it for everything - screwdriver, hammer, chisel, can opener, etc.
My one recommendation to the OP is to install a couple of test sites and play around a lot. You'll soon learn what's easiest for you and that should be how you choose to implement your site.
BTW, I vote for the Wordpress/Gallery combo - though I might now vote for the Wordpress/Zenphoto combo.
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