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    when taking pictures of events (good way to get in free) I am often asked who am I taking pictures for. Since i take for no one in particular they will ask if i have a business card so that they can get in touch with me. And of course i don't. So i was wondering which is better, self made card or professionally done cards? And then what should go on it? any thoughts opinions or personal experience is welcomed.

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    As long as it's on good paper and well designed most people won't notice the difference.

    You should have your name (obviously) and if applicaple the name of your company. Actually, not if applicable. Make yourself a name, even if it's 'Your Name Photography.' You should also have different ways to contact you. Web site, email, that sort of deal. Phone number if you don't mind people having that.

    And something to make them remember you. Good image, catchy slogan, something like that.
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    • #3
      I agree with waffles on the necessary data - You should probably also have some kind of portfolio as well - even pointing them to your Flickr account would be better than nothing IMO.

      I don't think there's really much excuse to not have professionally done cards, as they're very cheap, but I also wouldn't think less of a photographer for handing me a card they printed up just for that. That's just me though - I would definitely get the done somewhere. I personally use MOO cards.
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      • #4
        As far as the self printing versus professional debate goes, just ask yourself these questions.

        1 - Do I have the resources to print them myself?
        2 - When I run out how quickly will I need to get more?
        3 - How many do I want to have available to give out at a time?

        Obviously if you can't print yourself get them made for you. If you'll need them the next day if you're like me and run out of things faster than you think you will then printing yourself might be the choice for you, otherwise you could get them made. If you don't need a lot then it might be cheaper to make them yourself, but if you need tons then get them made.

        If I had business cards (which really needs to happen soon) I would get them professionally made but have them saved somewhere on my computer so I could make more in case of emergencies.
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        • #5
          I recently had MOO Minicards made. I like the fact that it shows some of my photography along with my contact information. They were very easy to make using the link through Flickr.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by pictorial mastermind View Post
            when taking pictures of events (good way to get in free) I am often asked who am I taking pictures for. Since i take for no one in particular they will ask if i have a business card so that they can get in touch with me
            This may be a dumb question, but if you are not taking pictures for anyone in particular, how do you get into the event for free? Can you just show up with camera gear and they let you in?

            How does it work?

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            • #7
              I just got some zazzle profile cards, they rock and look very professional. I got the business card size with 2 of my pictures on it.

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              • #8
                I've found some really great ways to design my own cards on photoshop. I do my own logos, etc...so it's quite easy!
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                • #9
                  MooCard mini's are unique and not too terribly expensive.
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                  • #10
                    If you just want something cheap and easy I have always liked using Vista Print. You can use thier free business card offer and get a box of 250 for about $5-6 shipping.
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                    • #11
                      If you do end up putting a home phone/cell number on your business card, you might start answering your phone with "So and so photography" instead of just saying hello. It adds a surprisingly amount of professionalism in the eyes of the caller, and any friends or family who call shouldn't mind too much.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pictorial mastermind View Post
                        when taking pictures of events (good way to get in free) I am often asked who am I taking pictures for. Since i take for no one in particular they will ask if i have a business card so that they can get in touch with me. And of course i don't. So i was wondering which is better, self made card or professionally done cards? And then what should go on it? any thoughts opinions or personal experience is welcomed.
                        I went through Staples.com for my business cards. I got 200 shiney color cards with a clip art picture for $20, free shipping. They look really professional, actually.
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                        • #13
                          This might come down to personal preference, but do you recommend glossy or matte business cards? I am more partial to matte myself. They seem to be less messy.
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                          • #14
                            I prefer the glossy. It adds a layer of protection to the card. I've found some of the matte cards we've used can easily be smudged. The glossy coating helps prevent this. We do a lot of marketing material at my place of business so we typically go professional. You can usually find good local shops that will work with you, some will throw in some creative as well.
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                            • #15
                              I haven't personally come across the problem that in2mtns has, but I also haven't had very much professionally printed. I prefer matte to glossy though.
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