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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?
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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!

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    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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    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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    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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    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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