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    I've recently been asked to do a photoshoot (christmas pictures for family, kids, pets, type stuff) and I have never done anything in a professional type manner such as that so I am extremely nervous! But I got to thinking I should probably get some business cards so I've been working on them and here is what I have come up with so far, any thoughts, opinions, ideas? I'm not sure what to do with the bottom left, I initially was going to put down various things I'd shoot but I don't want to be confined to that or portray that's all I will do. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!



    Here is one in all black I like better than the first one I think:




    Searching the net, it appears a lot of photographers will print a picture on the backside of thier card. I dont know if I want to do that. I think I'd like the back side to be white, so if I need to write anything, I can write it on there such as my cell phone number or directions or passwords to view thier prints or something. Thoughts on that?
    Last edited by wulf; 11-12-2007, 08:43 AM. Reason: 600px max width please - you can link to a larger version
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  • #2
    I don't think you need your name on there twice, and the tags "email" and "web" seem unnecessary. Also, you might want to consider playing with the layout, it seems very centered. Maybe a phone number would be good to have on there as well? Not saying you should post your number on the web, but just some placeholder numbers would work fine.
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    • #3
      thanks for the input. reason i don't have a phone number on there is mainly cause im in the military so I don't want to be stuck with cards i can't use when I transfer. I plan on leaving the back blank so I can write in my current contact details and what not...
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      • #4
        Were you going to print these yourself or are you going to have a commercial printer do it for you? From a design standpoint, the second card is better. I like the cleanness of it and leaving the back blank allows you to write things on it. You might try different colors, just to see different things.
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        • #5
          I am having them professionally printed, I'd like to do the front glossy and then the back just normal so its easier to write on the back.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by jdepould View Post
            I don't think you need your name on there twice, and the tags "email" and "web" seem unnecessary. Also, you might want to consider playing with the layout, it seems very centered. Maybe a phone number would be good to have on there as well? Not saying you should post your number on the web, but just some placeholder numbers would work fine.
            Took the words right out of my head! I thought the same exact things when I looked at the cards. Name on there twice seems redundant. Email and web is also a given, no need to have it on there.

            And now understanding why you don't want to have a phone number on there, having a white back is a perfect idea!
            - Sander <---- that's my name.

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            • #7
              I like the black one, but it's kind of desolate. I mean, you have white text on a black background, which is great. Except that's it, white text on a black background... The black & gray one while not really that interesting at least has the allure of some basic design to it.

              I'm not entirely sure what to suggest, other than possibly coloring some of the less important text a light gray or even a color. And what has already been mentioned, decenter the text, but still try and keep the design balanced.

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              • #8
                I agree with the comments about there being no need to have your name twice; I think you could just go with the large version and drop the small repeat. That would then let you push up the font size for the contact details - at present, they are going to be pretty small on a business card.

                I prefer the one with grey blocks; the black is just too plain. However, both would suggest to me that you might be the kind of photographer who specialises in monochrome work. If that's not the case, how about a splash of colour on there? Even if black and white is your thing, how about including a sample photo - a full picture or crop that works well at that size and demonstrates your skill.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the input, I see what you guys are saying, but I think big, so the reason it's like that is "Tracey Higginbotham Photography" is the business name, while my name is in the lower left. Say I wanted to make my wife cards or if I picked up an intern or something then I could put thier name down in the lower left instead of mine. So I wasn't looking at it like my name was on there twice.

                  Should I think about using a different name for company name then? I read an article on photography business cards that said it's imperative to have your name and "photographer" associated. Of course they also said to not use crazy names and stuff which is why I went with my name photography.

                  Thanks again guys, I appreciate all of your insight!
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                  • #10
                    I wouldn't worry about the cards for other people matching yours exactly, putting your wife's name on there in addition to the name of the studio/company makes perfect sense, because she isn't you (duh). For your own cards though, I don't think you're going to confuse anyone by only putting your name on there once.
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                    • #11
                      How about "Higginbotham Photography". That not only avoids your cards duplicating the name in its entirety but the two words are more even in length and I think they would balance better. I think your surname is unusual enough that this probably wouldn't clash with anyone else, although you should at least do a bit of Googling first to check (and perhaps more if you are setting this up as serious business venture where having to change the name later might be disastrous).

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                      • #12
                        A google for "Higginbotham Photography" brought back:

                        David Higginbotham Photography
                        Wyatt Higginbotham Photography
                        Steve Higginbotham Photography
                        Jeff Higginbotham Photography

                        And there were a couple other Higginbotham's that were into photography but were running it under a different name. So, while I didn't see anything for just "Higginbotham Photography" there seems to be a lot of Higginbotham Photographers... =(
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                        • #13
                          That is more than I expected, although it does seem to leave the option of just using your surname. Did you dig any further to see if they are still active and if they are any good?

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                          • #14
                            What about going with your screen name? There's all sorts of interesting names for companies out there that it's fun to experiment. A little bit different than photography but still in a 'business' sense, my mom and her friend started baking pies to sell and they called their venture "Pies Plus". There's also things like "Picket Fence Designs" and stuff like that. Really fun names that incorporate not just the person operating the business, but the overall tone of the business itself.

                            If that's not you though - then going with your surname with "Photography" after it still sounds like a good idea.
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                            • #15
                              one of the guys seemed really good, his name was coming up in everything!
                              about doing something with my screenname. I own higabyte.com as well and have thought about using higabyte productions but I didn't think that sounded professional enough??
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