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Mar 05, 2013 06:53 |  #1

Would you personalize your website on your camera strap?


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Mar 05, 2013 07:52 |  #2

No. You really can't see what the camera strap says. And we wear logo's on our shirts anyway.


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Mar 05, 2013 09:05 |  #3

I worked with one photographer and he wore a vest with the logo and website on the back on his vest. I really like the idea but I look terrible in a vest *LOL*

Where do you have the log on your shirt and do you have your web address?

How cool would a QR code be..*LOL*


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Mar 06, 2013 07:45 |  #4

I think logos on my strap, shirt or bag are all tacky and low-class. I don't know a single high end photographer that does this, but I do know a bunch of mechanics that do.


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Mar 06, 2013 10:21 |  #5

^ *LOL* I have have seen wedding photographers shoot with Canon CPS straps. Basically they are advertising Canon.

As soon as I am about to hit the high end wedding market, I'll will stop:)

Not sure what direction I will go but I do not see it was tacky.

Putting out your business card on a guests table " TACKY"


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Mar 06, 2013 10:56 |  #6

scorpio_e wrote in post #15683347 (external link)
^ *LOL* I have have seen wedding photographers shoot with Canon CPS straps. Basically they are advertising Canon.

As soon as I am about to hit the high end wedding market, I'll will stop:)

Not sure what direction I will go but I do not see it was tacky.

Putting out your business card on a guests table " TACKY"

CPS Straps are comfortable and nice, but I don't use them for weddings either. I also have gaff tape all over my camera, which generally covers the logos.

Dress for the job you want. Mechanics and plumbers have logos on their shirts. I don't think Ben Chrisman or Denis Regie or Susan Stripling or Cliff Mautner do. Where do you want your business to be? What business do you want to emulate?

I don't put my business cards on guest's table either and agree that that is tacky.

FWIW, I don't think having your camera logo on your camera or strap showing is tacky at all. That is kinda how the gear comes. And the high-quality strap is a nice replacement for the crappy one that comes in the box with the new cameras.


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Mar 06, 2013 13:50 |  #7

I wouldn't wear my logo because my logo is part of my branding which represents myself when I am not somewhere in person. Wearing a logo automatically creates an implication that you are under the company or subordinate to the company brand you are wearing (on your clothes, straps are gear and don't qualify in this discussion). As a photographer, I am trying to sell people on my work, but I am also trying to sell them on myself. Wedding clients would much rather see me in a nice dress shirt, vest, and bow tie than a company polo or other sort of branded clothing.

I'll agree with Tom's sentiment about the mechanic/plumber look as it's a great point. Be aware of people's perceptions and presuppositions, and avoid the bad ones when you are able.


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Mar 06, 2013 14:43 |  #8

i think it can be cool if it's subtle and stylish, for my business anyway. hell, in some circles even a mechanic style look is cool and would be appropriate. some people could probably pull off something gaudy and flashy if that fit their business model/client type.
some people could pull of a fricken macrame camera strap. not me, but i'm just saying if it doesn't work for one business, doesn't mean it couldn't for another. I think thomas is being a little overly judgemental imo. i would think a nice logo would generally look better than 'canon blah blah' on it.

like others have said though: look how you want others to see you and how you want your business percieved.


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Mar 06, 2013 15:49 |  #9

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i think it can be cool if it's subtle and stylish, for my business anyway. hell, in some circles even a mechanic style look is cool and would be appropriate. some people could probably pull off something gaudy and flashy if that fit their business model/client type.
some people could pull of a fricken macrame camera strap. not me, but i'm just saying if it doesn't work for one business, doesn't mean it couldn't for another. I think thomas is being a little overly judgemental imo. i would think a nice logo would generally look better than 'canon blah blah' on it.

like others have said though: look how you want others to see you and how you want your business percieved.

To be clear, I think a logo on a shirt is way tackier than a logo on the strap. I don't think a logo on a strap is going to be all that noticeable in many situations.


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Mar 06, 2013 15:54 |  #10

I go through way too many shirts to have some sort of logo or advertisement on myself... Have too many things on my mind on a wedding day, being a walking billboard isn't one of them...


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Mar 06, 2013 16:10 |  #11

Thomas Campbell wrote in post #15682825 (external link)
I think logos on my strap, shirt or bag are all tacky and low-class. I don't know a single high end photographer that does this, but I do know a bunch of mechanics that do.

Not sure if I would be considered high end but I am pretty sure I am not low end.
I have my Logo on my shirt and my Christian name is in the logo, I don't consider it tacky at all in fact I think its not only tasteful but useful because guests immediately know my name :)


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Mar 06, 2013 16:12 |  #12

Some interesting points and comments. Thanks for your input.

I think the point is to get people to remember you and your brand. There are lets say 125 + people at a wedding who have no idea who you are.

So let me throw this out there. How do you get those 125+ people to know who you are and your brand. It's not the B&G job to promote you at a wedding.


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Mar 06, 2013 16:16 |  #13

well i don't think it's anyones job to promote you at a wedding. you are at the wedding to do a job for that couple.
i would probably never go out of my way to promote myself at a wedding gig.

though i don't think adding a small logo to my shirt/pants/strap/bag whatever is going out of my way or intruding on that particular event at all.


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Mar 06, 2013 16:18 |  #14

SMP_Homer wrote in post #15684665 (external link)
I go through way too many shirts to have some sort of logo or advertisement on myself... Have too many things on my mind on a wedding day, being a walking billboard isn't one of them...

i don't think anyone is talking about being a walking billboard.
and if having a logo on your shirt or strap distracts you from doing your job, then well, yeah, don't do it.


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Mar 06, 2013 16:18 |  #15

scorpio_e wrote in post #15684734 (external link)
Some interesting points and comments. Thanks for your input.

I think the point is to get people to remember you and your brand. There are lets say 125 + people at a wedding who have no idea who you are.

So let me throw this out there. How do you get those 125+ people to know who you are and your brand. It's not the B&G job to promote you at a wedding.

You dont want 125+ remembering you as the guy who stood out because of the tacky nascar logoed out look either. Business cards at the reception table, and hopefully the bride and groom will share the work and let that do the talking.




  
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