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Postby -Neil- » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:34 am

there was a post i read ages ago, cant find it for the life of me so posting this in new topic, i've made two business cards thought id share, they are meant to be simple so hense not alot on them.

I want to have some to leave on tables at wedding im doing in september.

Trouble is that i want to make one but finding it hard before i send it somewhere to be printed, as i can normally only have about 250 minimum order i need to make sure i get this right.

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Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:40 am

Most important thing is to make the business cards, and mostly the photo you print on it, relevant to your target audience. The business cards above makes me think your a wildlife photographer, yet you plan to use them at a wedding...

The thread you were searching for is this one:
http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5791

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Postby -Neil- » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:09 pm

thanks bjorn, yeah the picture i want to use, maybe a portrait one would be better, thing is i like the wildlife ones i take, so maybe not using a picture at all? so much to think about.

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Postby Citruspers » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:16 pm

I used a DSLR self-portrait I made. Not because I think I look so good (I mean, that's obvious :lol: ), but so the client knows they won't be hiring a rooky with a powershot. It also attracts a bit of attention because it's not a standard layout.

I opted to go for the portrait layout for the card (not landscape), because, heck, why not? This way it still looks okay if I use it as a bouncecard for my flash.
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Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:17 pm

I've always thought using a picture on your business card is a good thing to do, but I've decided not to, since it can't show all the sort of work you do. If you'd put a portrait on there, how would people know you shoot decent landscapes?

So, leave pictures off. Design a nice logo if you can, and consider a white instead of a black card.

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Postby -Neil- » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:26 pm

think ill have a go now bjorn and a design rather then one of my pics.
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Postby jeremy1302 » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:02 pm

Have you ever shot a wedding before? If so Id put a picture of the bride and groom on the card just so people get the idea of what you are before even reading anything.

Id also maybe call yourself a "wedding photographer" rather than just "photographer" just because if thats your target market, people like to think theyve hired a specialist.
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Postby onlinedrifter » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:06 pm

Are you willing for people to phone you? If so, put a phone number (landline or mobile(cell)) on the card. Not everyone has the internet.
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Postby Mark. » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:11 pm

Here is my Business card, very clean, minimal nothing fancy or off putting does what it says on the tin.

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Postby -Neil- » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:11 pm

Well at the mo im just an amature, but unless i get myself out there ill never get any more experience so ppl have suggested to do business cards.

Try some designs at mo but im getting designers block :twisted:
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Postby -Neil- » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:19 pm

i like that simple sytle but i want something with more to it, had a go, but this might just seem like i do landscapes?

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Postby Mark. » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:21 pm

Just keep them simple and clean!! i also think images on cards pigeon hole you into a photographer type, unless stated on your card (like mine, i will never do weddings).
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Postby -Neil- » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:58 pm

got a pic of me on it, which i like, and put some pics of the things i can and have taken pics of..

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I've modified this one slightly from...
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Postby jeremy1302 » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:11 pm

Thats nice I like it now!

Still not sure about the title "Photographer"
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Postby Citruspers » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:17 pm

For the record, this is my card:

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