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jgbeam
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Sep 10, 2004 12:04 |  #1

Since I do have a small (tiny) but regular market for some of my photos, I'm thinking of designing a business card, one which I could easily modify for different targets. Would any of the pros be willing to post their cards for some inspiration? :)

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Sep 10, 2004 12:23 |  #2

Hell no, I don't want you stealing my ideas!!!

Well, not really, you can design your own card pretty easy at Vistaprints (external link) and they are pretty reasonable on price. Watch for specials they will have running. I just recieved an email a few days ago about 250 cards, free.


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Sep 10, 2004 13:00 |  #3

IndyJeff wrote:
Hell no, I don't want you stealing my ideas!!!

Well, not really, you can design your own card pretty easy at Vistaprints (external link) and they are pretty reasonable on price. Watch for specials they will have running. I just recieved an email a few days ago about 250 cards, free.

Hey, I know all about those sites! I want something as flashy as yours. :wink: 8)

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Sep 10, 2004 13:35 |  #4

LOL See you do want to steal my ideas!!!


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Sep 13, 2004 13:12 |  #5

The first consideration is what do you want the card to say to the reader about your business. Do you want to be flexable, reliable, calculating, down to business, no nonsense expert, jack of all trades, specialized...

Chosing a font style and layout style will impart a "flavour" to the card. If the flavour is not in jive with your text, you'll confuse the reader.

Suggest getting a book from the library on desktop publishing, or layout to get some ideas on styles and what they can mean.




  
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Sep 13, 2004 13:52 |  #6

Well I guess I'll share mine, here it is.

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Sep 13, 2004 18:01 |  #7

My simple card...

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defordphoto | Celebrating the art of photography®
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www.ussbaracing.com (external link) | www.rfmsports.com (external link) | www.nwfjcc.com (external link)
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Sep 14, 2004 10:17 |  #8

Thanks for sharing. That's a nice informative card, well composed and graphically attractive. I need something along those lines, that can be printed in quantities, but I also think it would be nice to have a more specialized set of cards as well, each directed toward a specfic market. In my case it would be architecture, performing arts and portrait. I could include a representative photo on each one and make them in small runs.

Do you think your card has produced any business? Do you actively market your services or rely on referral and repeat work?

Thanks,

Jim




  
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Sep 14, 2004 10:27 |  #9

I used Vistaprint. Their deals can't be beat.

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Sep 14, 2004 14:13 |  #10

awwhh rfm, no phone # baby? :P


on the serious note, as the above poster asked....

Do you think your cards generate anything for you?




  
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Sep 14, 2004 15:45 |  #11

Ogrt48 wrote:
Well I guess I'll share mine, here it is.
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OGRT,

do you cater to a special style of photography?

I'm just curious.

Maybe it's my biblical age (35), but the 'sailor moon' theme (I suppose that is what you are referring to) doesen't ring a bell - photographically - for me.

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Sep 14, 2004 17:36 |  #12

My card has definitely generated business. But, my website has generated more.


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Sep 14, 2004 18:44 |  #13

Well I am just starting out and am looking to get my cards printed. Since I plan to have one key market, but also do work in others I wanted to have cards that reflected that. So I am planning to get several card styles printed. Eventually, if I can find a printer that will work with me (and I think I have), I would like to have two different cards for my key market (horse photography) and others that will have designs that feature general types of photography (product, portrait, stock, etc.).

So without more rambling, here are the designs I have thus far. Unfortunately my day job got so busy I haven't finished this project yet.

1 (external link)
2 (external link)
3 (external link)
4 (external link)

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Sep 15, 2004 00:50 |  #14

i dunno, maybe you do stuff with horses or something...

but i'd vote for #1 faster than....... hell nevermind...

#1 is cool.




  
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Sep 15, 2004 04:54 |  #15

Yeah I do alot of horse photography. Now that I read it, I didn't write that post very well.

But thanks for the kind words.

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