Real Estate and Forex and Life, Oh My!

Apparently I don't know what it means to be a consistent blogger. Anyways there are a few things to be updated in my life. 1. Real Estate Investing Since last November I have been interested in investing in real estate. I Read more

Time Keeps Marching

The summer has been a whirlwind of fun. My parents were here for about 6 weeks, though they did travel a lot during that time. I was able to spend about 8 days with them down at my sister's Read more

Made It Through The Winter!

Well it seems that the winter is finally over. In fact there wasn't much of a spring around here. As my friend Casey put it, in Wisconsin there is winter, and then there's a death match between winter and Read more

New Job Finally

I've been back in the States since October and have had a couple of jobs here and there, but they weren't very good and didn't last long. Well it's been just a bit over four months and I finally Read more

I've Been Everywhere Man

Well I have now come to the end of my career on cruise ships. I thought it'd be nice to provide a little list of all the places I've been in the last 3 years. Most of the names Read more

I'm Off to See the Wizard

The wonderful wizard of Alaska!! Yeah I can't wait to be back in Alaska. Sounds strange to say that because it's gonna be 5 long months of hard work but it's gonna be a nice change - at least Read more

Skydiving in Honolulu

Well, this is definitely something worth writing about. I jumped out of an airplane. The airplane was 14,750 feet in the air. The free fall was 60 seconds. It was amazing. I had never thought about sky diving before Read more

Next Contract - Panama Canal and Alaska

With also a few other places thrown in such as Tahiti, Bora Bora, Hawaii and Christmas Island!! If you're interested please see below my itinerary for this next contract on the ms Statendam. I'll be joining it during dry dock Read more

Ideas And Examples For The Best Templates For Photography Business Cards

After you’ve started your business, you’re going to want to promote yourself. One of the best ways to do this is to create business cards. There are hundreds of types of business cards and you really need to decide what you want yours to look like.

Three Reasons To Make Photography Business Cards

1) Business cards can give you more exposure.

Without a business card, you’ll be constantly writing your number or website down on a piece of paper to give to clients. This doesn’t look professional and little scraps of paper can easily be lost. If you go the extra mile and get business cards, you’re going to have a significant increase in both how people see you and also the number of people who see you.

You can put your business cards in places that are likely to be seen by people who are interested in your services. This increases the number of people who know about you and therefore your business will have greater exposure.

2) You will become more self-confident about your business.

Being professional and feeling good about your business go hand in hand. If you really are a professional, you’re going to feel self-confident about yourself. If you don’t even have a business card to offer people when you meet them, it’s going to be harder to feel confident that you are a professional.

3) Set yourself apart from your competition.

A nice fancy business card can really set you apart. As a photography business you have even more potential to look really good. You aren’t constrained to boring business cards that someone like a computer nerd or a strict businessman would be confined to. You can really get creative. In fact, it’s expected that you would be creative simply because of the type of business that you are in. Many photographers either don’t have a business card or their card doesn’t set them apart. This is where you can shine.

Ideas For Creating Your Own Photo Business Card

As I have mentioned in previous posts, brainstorming is always the way to start. You want to get as many ideas as possible so that you have lots of different ways that you could go. If you just have 2 or 3 ideas, you won’t be getting the most out of your business card. You should just start sketching a bunch of designs for your business card. Keep going until you can’t think of anything else. Then tomorrow do the same thing again. Before you know it you’ll have quite a bit of design ideas and you’ll be able to choose the one that you like business cards templates

After you’ve done a lot of brainstorming, you’re ready to move to the next step of putting together your business card. You can use a variety of software. I used Adobe Photoshop and then exported it as a pdf. Then I just uploaded it to a printing company online and they printed out a few hundred business cards for me.

Examples Of Photography Business Card Templates

After you’ve created your own business card, go to these sites to see if you can find any more inspiration. You can also use their templates to help you create a business card without much effort.

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Cool Logo Design Ideas For Branding Your Photography Business

What is hip? What is cool? Do you want to know what the essence of being awesome is, especially when it comes to designing and branding your photography business? Yes of course you do!

Lucky for you, that’s what I’m here to talk about.

If you look at any major business out there and think of their logos, what comes to mind? Apple, Nike, Pepsi, Mercedes, Google, ebay, CNN, the list goes on. What makes any of these cool? To me, it’s the simple fact that they are all simple and easy to remember. When I was in school I was taught the lesson KISS. It stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. It’s really true! Simple is cool.branding photography business logos

Another thing is that they are usually easy to remember. Some of the logos are just a simple object like Apple, and some are just a word like ebay. Other use a combination. The ones that are the easiest to remember are just one or the other and you don’t need a word to remember that the Apple logo stands for Apple Computers.

The best way to get a logo that you’re happy with is to start brainstorming as much as possible. Just get to work sketching down a bunch of ideas on a piece of paper and do it as fast as you can. You’ll come up with a bunch of garbage but you’ll also get a few gems in there.

There are many things that can be seen as cool, and many things that can be seen as totally uncool. There are however several rules that you can apply when creating a logo for your company.

Rules For Designing A Logo For Your Photography Business 

First off, “Form follows Function”. This law of design means that for whatever you are designing, you should make sure that the form that you give your creation lends itself to the function of said creation.

By following this school of thought you wouldn’t design a logo for a business targeted to old people that is hard to read. You wouldn’t design a simple and boring logo for a business about something that is super exciting. It is imperative that you make sure that your logo design supports the function of your business.

Secondly your logo should versatile. What does this mean you ask? Well, simply put, it should be able to be used in any form of media. This could be on the web, in print, on the face of a building, on a T-shirt, etc etc etc. The more simple you make your design the easier it will be to use it anywhere.

Thirdly, as just mentioned, your logo should be simple. It’s easy for beginning designers to go all out and design something that is really intricate and fancy. You might think it’s cool because you’ve spent a lot of time brainstorming for ideas and drawing tons of sketches, but in the end something that is really complicated is just going to confuse people.

Finally your logo should stand the test of time. This means that you shouldn’t outdate it right from the start with a date or mention of something that is going to clearly give its age away. You want to be recognized as a company or business that is active and relative any time, not a company that was cool and worthwhile 20 years ago.

There are plenty of other guidelines that you can use to guide yourself in designing a logo, but these are the main ones that I like to use.

Branding Your Photography Business

Many people get logos and branding confused. They are similar but they are not the same thing. A brand is the larger idea or image of you business. You can even say it is your reputation. When you think of buying products from a store, the brand name products are always more expensive than the generic brands. Why? Because people trust the brand names in any particular niche more than they trust generic brands. Not only do the have more trust but also they often have the “cool factor” going for them.

So creating a logo for your photography business is only the first step in creating a brand name. You need to take the next steps and start to create a reputation for yourself. You want to be known as the photo company that goes above and beyond the call of duty in whatever photo niche you are a part of whether that be wedding photography, sports photography or travel photography or anything else.

The best way to begin this is to make sure that you offer a quality service or product. There’s nothing worse than getting a bad rap right off at the start. It’s easy to ruin your reputation and can take years to repair it. In some cases the damage can be irreparable.

Don’t undersell yourself. If you set your prices too low, people will believe that you are the budget photography business and that your quality matches with your prices. It’s much better to be known as a little more expensive because your quality is so much better, than it is to be known as the cheap guys who do anything for a buck. Even if you have good quality and low prices people won’t necessarily understand this. It’s the old adage at work “You get what you pay for”.

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Take It Easy!!

Well vacation so far has been absolute bliss. We’ve actually been kinda busy until recently traveling to Ireland and keeping ourselves busy in London, but it’s been positively delightful. I’ve been able to lounge around not doing a whole lot, and it’s totally fine. I could definitely get used to not working.

Niamh and I took a 6 day trip to Ireland to visit her many family members over there. Most of her mom’s side of the family lives in Ireland so there were plenty of people to meet. We also toured around the city (Dublin) and had a grand time. We went to Newgrange, an extremely old Stone Age Passage Tomb. It’s actually older than the Pyramids. We also made a stop in Kilmainham Gaol, an old prison in Dublin. They wanted to keep Niamh there but I was able to bribe them into letting her go. (joke). It’s actually not an operating prison now, it’s just a museum. Very interesting tour.

Now we’re back in London and we have nothing to do for the next 10 days or so. It’s nice to just sit around and not do much unless the desire strikes us for something. Actually, last night was a big party to welcome home Niamh from her contract on the ship. It was a lot of fun to meet many of her friends that I hadn’t met yet. I went bowling with her brothers and sister the day before when she was busy with some other friends.

We had wanted to go to Scotland during this vacation but the time is running down a little bit. We have a few other things planned that may require a trip up north to be postponed to another vacation. We’re still gonna try and fit it in but no promises at this point.

As you might have noticed I have done a major overhaul of this website. The wonders of free time! So this site is no longer going to be focused solely on my travels. I’m branching out and focusing the site on other types of photography. I’ll be writing articles on different aspects of running and creating photography businesses. I feel like I’ve had a lot of experience with both photography itself as well as the business side, seeing as I’m a photo manager working on cruise ships. That said, I will definitely still write posts on what I’ve been up to in my manic traveling around the world. The photo gallery itself is also new and upgraded so all my photos are still here and I’ll continue posting photos. So no fear! This is merely an addition to the site not a drastic change.

Well that’s about all for now. Please check out this space as I’m planning to continue to update the site more often and hopefully keep up to date a little better during my next contract back on the Ryndam.

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