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    UPDATED QUESTION

    Hi Everyone,
    i need some help coming up with a really good professional photography name.
    What do u think:
    illusions by lu / LJC illusions photography/ LC illusions photography/ creative illusions photography / unique illusions photography/ amazing illusions photography.
    Does any of these sound professional?


    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by creative_one; 09-30-2009, 07:17 PM.
    Creative One
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  • #2
    I don't really like "glorious" -- it might work (if it fits with some theme you have -- religious, or if it's in your name too), but otherwise it doesn't sound so good.

    I personally am a fan of the good old "Your Name Photography" -- but if you have something in particular that you do, you could put that in your title as well.
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    • #3
      search for the domain before you decide. register one even if you just point it at a blog (godaddy.com is a good choice, though i've also registered through wordpress.com as i host my blog there, and that's about as easy as it gets...)

      it's a pretty personal choice, but google the heck out of it first. I would think you want photography or images in the title (or something similar) to make it clear what you do.

      "creative photography" doesn't "stick out" as a memorable/unique name, and would be hard for someone to search for. "creative one photography" is better. I'm not a fan of the glorious theme... but everyone will have their own opinions!

      good luck!

      ETA: google not only to find out who else is using it or something similar, but also to see what someone would find if they were looking for you.
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      • #4
        Good advice here. I was calling myself CMD Photography (CMD being my initials) and then I Googled it. There is a CMD Photography in the same town as me!! I ended up searching domain names and Googling with a few other names I liked. I landed one and scoped it up. I am now Pink Clover Photography. Clover is my maiden name and both my parents have their own companies with Clover in the name and pink is a favorite color (I know, very girlie but hey I am what I am!) I very happy with my choice.

        Good luck to you!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by dcclark View Post
          I personally am a fan of the good old "Your Name Photography" -- but if you have something in particular that you do, you could put that in your title as well.
          I wholeheartedly agree.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by cherrygirl View Post
            Good advice here. I was calling myself CMD Photography (CMD being my initials) and then I Googled it. There is a CMD Photography in the same town as me!! I ended up searching domain names and Googling with a few other names I liked. I landed one and scoped it up. I am now Pink Clover Photography. Clover is my maiden name and both my parents have their own companies with Clover in the name and pink is a favorite color (I know, very girlie but hey I am what I am!) I very happy with my choice.

            Good luck to you!
            I should have done this but didn't think of it. Oops. There are two other slf photography, one on facebook, one on another site.

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            • #7
              Please dont take this offensively, i mean it in the most noble way - but none of those names catch my attention.

              you want something that represents you somehow. you should make it personal but that has a professional edge to it.

              im personally not a fan of using your name ONLY because there may be other people with your name unless your are extreemly well known. its not to say that i think people shouldnt do it or that i look down upon it - i just wouldnt do it myself. like me - i have a name that people dont remember alot when i meet them so to use it as my professional business name just didnt suit me. instead i made it personal by using my initials which is "N.Z" but spelled it differently "enze" and just added "images" to the end.

              you should do lots of research and get many opinions on any ideas you have to get a feel of what peoples reactions are to it.
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              • #8
                Sorry, but I'm not a fan of the glory thing either. I just named my business too, and I went with Bohemian Summer Photography. Summer is my first name and well, bohemian describes me and my work. Have you maybe looked in a dictionary or thesaurus for alternate words or descriptive words. I was looking and I was thinking... Creative Elegance Images, or something like that. Elegance is a better sounding word. Don't worry... when it finally hits you, you know. It took me two weeks to come up with mine. It was out of left field. Hang in there.
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                • #9
                  It doesn't need to be catchy or anything. I chose your most simple option, creative photography by lu.

                  It could even just be photography by lu. My watermarks simply say my name, and photography. Just as simple as that.

                  people would rather look at the photographs, rather than the name. so don't be so caught up with the name... it's not that big of a deal to most people.
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                  • #10
                    another general piece of advice - how easy is it for someone to hear the name, remember it, and be able to spell it correctly when searching?

                    for example, my last name is spelled without a letter that EVERYONE wants to put in it. I am always saying "(name) without a (letter)" I would NOT want to have to do that every time I say the name of my business, and it would mean some people wouldn't find me.

                    I have no idea what I'll use, if anything. k8et is hard to verbally get across (but I carry moo cards (mini business cards with my pics) almost all the time. my last name, no because of the spelling issue.

                    Of course, at some point I expect to be changing my name when i marry my guy, so there's always that to consider as well - there are still options, keep it just for the business if you built up a reputation, or if you aren't changing your name at all you don't have to worry about it :P (i've debated it myself but lean towards taking it for several reasons, none of which are "tradition" or because it's expected.)
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                    • #11
                      I believe there are much more important things to work on before selecting a name for your future photography business. Have you created a business plan yet? What is your target market? How are you going to advertise? Do you have a portfolio yet? What gear do you have now? What do you still need? How will you finance this? Legal contracts written and discussed with a lawyer? Insurance? ect

                      When I am ready to start selling my services I will have all these questions answered. Without these key questions answered and many more your setting yourself up for failure. There will be lots left to do and getting hung up a business name is a good want to stall yourself on things that really need to get done.

                      That being said if your just trying to sell images you want to take on red bubble or another similar photo selling site your name won't really matter. It will be your images that speak to the person and coax them to the purchase button. I haven't turned away from any photographer based on their name, it's always their images.

                      Unless of course their name is something like "Baby Seal Clubbing Photography", actually I would probably laugh and if I liked the images I may even buy more then I wanted.

                      BTW: That's going to be my business name so don't even think about stealing it.
                      Last edited by Murtasma; 08-27-2009, 03:41 PM.
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                      • #12
                        Murtasma,
                        Thanks for the advice.
                        Right now im setting up a website for my photography. I have considered what lens i still want to have. I don't know how far God is going to take this but for right now i just what a name for my photography & be able to sell my own pictures online on my own website & im not going to steal ur name lol.
                        I have some of those questions answered already. here is what i have right now:
                        Nikon D60
                        18-55 lens
                        55-200 zoom lens VR
                        UV filters & 3 other different filters as well.

                        Im not one to just take this very lightly im very serious about photography.
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                        • #13
                          If you are passionate and serious about photography then by all means continue. One thing to think about when choosing a name is, does the name reflect what type of photography you do. Looking at some of the names you have it sounds like you might be a nature photographer. Are you? Some people name their business after themselves too!
                          Last edited by Ania Photo; 08-27-2009, 10:16 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ania Photo View Post
                            If you are passionate and serious about photography then by all means continue. One thing to think about when choosing a name is, does the name reflect what type of photography you do. Looking at some of the names you have it sounds like you might be a nature photographer. Are you? Some people name their business after themselves too!
                            As of right now yes but i want to try to photograph people as well.( at parks events , church events etc)
                            I want a wide spread of categories that i shoot.
                            Last edited by creative_one; 08-28-2009, 02:55 PM.
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                            Nikon D60 ~ 55-200mm ~ 18-55mm

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                            • #15
                              Spreading your net wide is good at first, you might find what you love that way and then you can narrow your focus for the right clientele.
                              Ania Photo

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