Kodak is offering free mommy contact cards (you have to pay shipping) and I was thinking about using it as a way to market myself before I'm full on in business. I don't know if that's a crazy idea or not, so I wanted to run it by you.
I haven't ordered yet, just saved it so I could get some feedback first. I'm calling myself an "up and coming" photographer since I'm not in business ... but I'm not sure that's what I should be doing. I'd love suggestions on that. Here's what it looks like so far - front is on top, back on the bottom. I have my business email address followed by my personal email (so I can give the card to anyone I want to touch base with me, photography related or not)
And my current dilemma is whether I'm cut out for business. I want to do it because I enjoy doing it and because people love my work. But I'm wondering where I will find the time to set everything up that will have to get done before I start charging "big girl" prices. I feel like I'm not ready and that I will never be ready. But one of these days I have to take that step. For those of you who have seen my work, am I close to being ready from that aspect? I hate this period of self-doubt. I'm not normally this way, but my WHCC print issue is causing me to question my work (even though I'm not convinced it's because of my editing).
I think it's a great idea! I'm not sure about the wording, but it's not a negative 'I don't know' it's just from inexperience. I think the layout and colors are wonderful and I think it would be a great tool to get your name out there. What a neat thing for Kodak to offer.
I think you have a wonderful style and clarity to your photos. You capture great moments and I think you are well on your way to making the big girl bucks You have been a large inspiration for my journey, and I definitely look up to you and your knowledge.
I hope you find the self-confidence you deserve and are able to find the time to make this into what you want!
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yeah, the "up and coming" thing isn't such a good idea. I liked the sound of it last night, but after thinking about it, that's not what I want to say.
I can call myself a natural light photographer, and list my blog (but the url is kinda long). I do have a domain name but I haven't built a website yet so I don't want to list it. unless I can temporarily direct my domain name to my wordpress blog for the time being. would that be silly?
do I even need to go that far? I really want to have this contact card, as I think it will be a good thing in the long run, prior to going the official business card route. I don't want to make it all about my future business but at the same time, it's something I'd consider as the "initial contact" for potential sessions.
so I changed it to just Natural Light Photographer and then added my website url - it gives me incentive to do SOMETHING with my website for now. haven't officially ordered it yet. does the name in blue look okay? my other options are black, green, red, white, no color top (full photo card). I really like the photo I've chosen, but perhaps there's mommy goggles going on. really would love some feedback, thanks!
I just checked the other options, and the blue is clearly the best. so ignore that question. But I'd love to know if the picture "grabs you" - if someone gave you this card, would you be impressed?
and here's the link if you want to order your own
I would go with a different photo. They are really small there, and centered and walking away from you. I would pick a photo of a smiling kid or one that has more connection and isn't centered. That is the kind of photo that people really want of their own kid and would draw them into your business better. Send me your pricing list if you get a chance? What are you charging right now? I think you just need confidence after you work out your printing issues.
Be careful...once you start charging, all the people who just love your (free or cheap) work suddenly don't need you. You really need to think about what you're going to charge, how many sessions you will be able to handle, figure out your business plan...who are you marketing to, what do they want, what will they spend, what do you offer that other photographers don't. I've quickly found that it is a huge waste of time charging bottom basement amounts, because when it comes time to charge full price, you have to start all over trying to get clients. The business thing is HARD! I'm sort of drowning over here myself which is really frustrating because I see so many mediocre photographers who thrive. Being a photographer is one thing....being a business owner....a completely different thing.
Wife to Rich~ 8/16/03 Mom to Nathan~ 9/30/07
Thanks for the link, Gwen! I signed up for mine!
I agree w/ pp that you have some other high impact images that would better fit.
As for your dilemma ... you have serious talent. You have already grown so much and I know you will continue to be hounded by those who want your services. If you WANT a business out of this stuff, you CAN make it happen. It's so hard to find time, I know. But the benefit of working for yourself is that you can set your own hours, right?