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Feb 05, 2014 23:07 |  #1

I'm just getting started. I have to go through the hoops: license, llc, ins. Etc.

This is one of my potential logos. The vast majority of my work will be residential real estate, family and senior portraits, and other things that aren't time sensitive (such as weddings, ceremonies, etc.). It will be part time and local.

Any feedback on the logo is appreciated. It was all made using photoshop elements and a logo-making app for the outer circle. Is will go on my business card and flyer.

Thanks.

IMAGE: http://fairbanksfamily.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-NmB8pKH/0/M/image-M.jpg

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Feb 05, 2014 23:30 |  #2

Too busy. Will not reproduce small.


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Feb 06, 2014 00:27 |  #3

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #16667173 (external link)
Too busy. Will not reproduce small.

+1.

While you're going through hoops, you might want to pay a graphic designer. ;)


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Feb 06, 2014 00:40 |  #4

Good advice. Find a designer that will swap you for photography services. Barter.

I was a designer for 15 years before going back into the family business. I can give you a few tips to save both of you time.

Get a pencil and paper. Make a few lists of keywords and organize them.
What do you shoot? What kind of style are you personally? What are your favorite colors (I suggest using two)? What orientation do you prefer for corporate ID pieces?

Pick three fonts you like. List why you like each one, more keywords. Write down all the text you want. List them according to importance.

Find works by others that you like. Jot down why you like them... what elements you like in each of them. Conversely what don't you like? What things do you find to be terrible design?

You get where I'm going. Make the designer understand YOU and YOUR style. By doing that they will understand you better and be able to nail it for you. And, if you decide to go at it yourself you'll discover things you didn't know or had never thought about.

Before I ever jumped on the computer I would try and have a good initial meeting with the client AFTER I gave them the above homework. If they decided not to do it then I decided that they were not who I wanted to work for. If they didn't take themselves seriously then why should I take them seriously? There were plenty of other clients out there waiting.

Hope this helps a bit.


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Feb 06, 2014 07:05 |  #5

Here are my two initial logos. The camera in the middle is a public domain clip art. Remember, this will be local and primarily real estate and casual portraits. Not really establishing a brand, per say.

IMAGE: http://fairbanksfamily.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-RSnGJhC/0/S/image-S.jpg

IMAGE: http://fairbanksfamily.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-9RpB9gq/0/S/image-S.jpg

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Feb 06, 2014 08:58 |  #6

Rotate the text another ten degrees clockwise and bold the font.


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Feb 06, 2014 09:05 |  #7

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #16667851 (external link)
Rotate the text another ten degrees clockwise and bold the font.

Thank you.


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Feb 06, 2014 09:54 |  #8

I like the second version better than the first one as well for the same reasons other have suggested. cleaner, simpler, will reproduce better as a watermark.


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Feb 06, 2014 10:42 |  #9

I would like it better if "Photography" wasn't upside down.


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Feb 06, 2014 12:11 |  #10

jwhite65 wrote in post #16668124 (external link)
I would like it better if "Photography" wasn't upside down.

ditto


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Feb 06, 2014 16:24 |  #11

EOS-Mike wrote in post #16667623 (external link)
Here are my two initial logos. The camera in the middle is a public domain clip art. Remember, this will be local and primarily real estate and casual portraits. Not really establishing a brand, per say.

QUOTED IMAGE

QUOTED IMAGE

Maybe because I'm a photographer, but when I see any logo that uses a camera, I think amateur/cheesy.


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Feb 06, 2014 16:26 |  #12

Just to add, none of those logos says "Fine Photography" to me.


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Feb 06, 2014 16:30 |  #13
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Keep it simple, dude.


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Feb 06, 2014 17:05 |  #14

Good tips. I'll keep working on it.

Ok, what is good (I have some negatives as you guys pointed out, and they make sense), but are there aspects of the two designs worth keeping?

Thanks again. :)


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Feb 06, 2014 17:11 |  #15

Hikin Mike wrote in post #16669045 (external link)
Just to add, none of those logos says "Fine Photography" to me.

ELIJAHWEDDINGS wrote in post #16669059 (external link)
Keep it simple, dude.

Agreed with these comments. For what you describe your business as, and what the logo will be for, I'd stick with a simple treatment of your name and title/business/etc (ex: photography). Ditch the circle concept and go simple and classy. Believe it or not, this is actually MORE difficult to pull off well if you don't have a good grasp of typography and such. But still worth a shot if you're not interested in hiring a designer.


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