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Old 11-18-2009, 03:52 PM
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Naming my Photography/retouching business

Hi All,

I need help coming up with a great name for my photography/retouching business. My first and last name is common and I have searched many combinations trying to use my real name, but every domain has been taken. So, I am now completely frustrated and over-thinking every idea I have. I would appreciate ANY advice or suggestions.

My portfolio is diverse. It consists of modeling/fashion, products, children, and weddings, professional bands, and even some sports.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:05 PM
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Hi All,

I need help coming up with a great name for my photography/retouching business. My first and last name is common and I have searched many combinations trying to use my real name, but every domain has been taken. So, I am now completely frustrated and over-thinking every idea I have. I would appreciate ANY advice or suggestions.

My portfolio is diverse. It consists of modeling/fashion, products, children, and weddings, professional bands, and even some sports.

Thanks in advance.
My advice would be not to create a website with all of those categories.

The norm is do one thing and do it right.

Fashion/Beauty

Portraits

kids

Sports

Wedding

Still life/Products

So if you do everything, the norm says you can't do any good enough.

It doesn't matter if it's true or not. It's the way the business works.

Separate websites for different target.

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Old 11-18-2009, 04:33 PM
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Re: Naming my Photography/retouching business

Naming a business is always so much fun! Some thoughts:

Tell us more about where you are located. The populations of different areas seem to have different expectations of what to expect from a name.

If you really do all the things you mentioned, then perhaps a kind of "generic" name may be called for. A football team may not always think to call "Mikes Glamor Photography" for team photos. When I had my studio open my generic name and lack of a listing of all the things I did in the yellow pages caused customers to call and they usually started the conversation with "I saw your ad and I wanted to know do you do ???? Not surprisingly I usually did ????!

If you use your name and you are a really small business, then after a period of years customers tend to ask for you only. If at that time you want to sell the business the new owner will spend a lot of time explaining that you are no longer there and usually a number of the customers will just walk away. This kind of makes business like that hard to sell.
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:58 PM
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Re: Naming my Photography/retouching business

Thanks Godmother. I do plan on separating my work into categories on my website. I think that is the norm as well. The reason that I have various types of work for my portfolio is from experimenting and trying to figure out what genre I liked best. I have photos that I really like from all, but my passion lies with glamour, fashion, and nature. I do pretty well the sports too, but mainly football because I love the sport myself. I am very capable of shooting weddings, but find it stressful and well, portraits are just boring to me. With all of that said though, I respect your opinion and think think I will take heed to it by focusing more on the glamour and fashion. I also thought about having a separate website for retouching and putting a link on each one to connect them. When I get better at retouching


Mike, Your exactly right! Trying to name a business IS fun and was for me too at first, until every time I said, "That's it!" the domain name was taken. Now I'm just aggravated
I agree with everything you said and believe a generic name would suit me well. Plus, like I mentioned, most of the domain names were taken with my name (Kelly)...including initials. I live in between Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC, which is pretty nice in the fact that both are fairly large cities. Very marketable.

I debated on whether to mention this, but some of the names that I liked that were taken we are:

Candid Exposure
Candid Apple Studio (was told it was too cheezy anyway)
Digital Design Studio (is a premium domain and can be mine for around 4 grand!!)

Thanks again to you both for your help. I am new hear and feel blessed to have ran across such a great forum
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:18 AM
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Thanks Godmother. I do plan on separating my work into categories on my website. I think that is the norm as well.
ok... do this... find a great/published photographer, one that you respect a lot and check if he/she has a lot of categories in his/her website

About how you chose your name...

Candid photography is photography that focuses on spontaneity rather than technique - you really want your business related to something that's the opposite of professional photography?

About Digital Design: 4 grands for a name that could suit a web designer nicely?

what about http://www.unknownestudio.com/ Is not the most positive name... but a talented photographer could make it work!
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:26 AM
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Perhaps something that relates to your area such as CharCo of CoChar (Charlotte and Columbia) and then add Imaging so you are CharCo Imaging?

I am not sure in todays world that I would use the word photography because it tends to rule out retouching type work. Imaging is a broader term that covers a bit more ground.

Anyway my advice is free and hardly worth the cost
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:29 PM
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Re: Naming my Photography/retouching business

Kelly, welcome to RetouchPRO

It is my understanding that you want a name for a photography business first then maybe later, a separate name for a retouching business

Whatever you decide keep in mind some of the things discussed in this thread: "Things that say "I'm not really a professional"

Just to get you thinking of different alternatives
APS Photography (Artistic Photographic Specialist)(for alphabet listings, yellow pages etc)
AKA Kelly Photo (just for alphabet listings)
PBK Photography (Photos By Kelly)
IBK Photos (images By Kelly)
EPP Images (Elegant Professional Photography)

You might also try contacting SCORE - (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
in your area

Good Luck! Everything is subjective
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:25 PM
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Re: Naming my Photography/retouching business

Thanks Godmother! I have indeed set my standards high as to how I want to present my new business. I have gone back to the photographers websites who have inspired me, as well as, that I feel set the standard as to where I want to grow. Not many genres at all

I value your opinion and appreciate your enlightening me on the conception of the word CANDID. Wow, I just viewed it as the opposite of posed subjects, which is what I love.
Even when I have portrait sessions, I want my client as relaxed and "unposed" as possible. Yikes. I really think I am getting more than I bargained for on this site. You all are awesome! Also, giving the unknowstudiio some real thought. Thank you!


Mike. I like your name as well, along with the idea of keeping the businesses together instead of separate. Do you think I would get as much work by having the two together? I was thinking other photographers may not use me, but that wouldn't prevent corporations from using me, of course. Thank you for your help.


GrannySDC, I love, love, love your ideas!!! However, I just did a godaddy domain search and they were ALL taken :-(
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:41 PM
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Re: Naming my Photography/retouching business

Hey Godmother,
I forgot to mention this...I emailed you--maybe a week ago--because I had read where you were great at retouching hair and even had Dove as a client. You mentioned that you were going to make a tutorial of it. Were you serious? If so, I am interested in buying. I enjoy learning all that I can.

Thank you :-)
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