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Contest: Enter to Win Business Cards & Marketing Materials for Photographers

Even in the digital age, some traditional marketing materials are still needed.  One such item is business cards. Business cards are often the “piece you leave behind” that represents your company, your work, and your brand.  You need to make sure your cards make a statement and allows the recipient a way to connect with you later.

252x125mcp Contest: Enter to Win Business Cards & Marketing Materials for Photographers

Today’s contest is sponsored by Color Inc Pro Lab, an advertiser on the MCP Blog. They printed my business cards and sent me samples using a few different finishes: gloss, pearl and watercolor.  They are all really nice, but for my particular cards, I am in LOVE with the pearl finish.  It gives the cards an almost metallic look and they are just beautiful in person.

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Do you need new business cards? Color Inc. is giving 4 lucky winners 250 double sided business cards in the finish of their choice.

To enter (you may do entry 1 or 1, 2, and 3 for more chances to win) -winners will be picked at random on Sunday, February 28th.

1. Leave a comment on the blog for this post (not on Facebook) – and answer the following for your 1st entry:

  • What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
  • Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

2. Post one of the following to Twitter and/or Facebook (and come back and comment to let us know you did for your 2nd entry):

  • What information should be on a business card? Win 2-sided business cards by commenting here: http://bit.ly/mcpcicontest
  • Do you think photographers should have pictures on business cards? Win 2-sided business cards by commenting here: http://bit.ly/mcpcicontest

3. Ask your blog readers what they think business cards should have on them, by doing a quick summary of this post and its questions; then link them here so they can comment. Come back here and leave a comment with a link to your blog post for your third entry.

And for those of you who want to order business cards now, Color Inc is doing a promo for 10% off through Sunday the 28th of February by using the code: biz10.

 Contest: Enter to Win Business Cards & Marketing Materials for Photographers

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    Marti says:

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    That’s a great question. I would say…name (obviously), studio name, phone number and website.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    Yes, at least one. Or, at least a visual. I have seen some beautiful business cards that have a professionally created logo and I think that is fine as well. As long as it is part of your branding.

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    erin benesh says:

    i think the two most important things are a website, because they want to see your work, and an email address, because they will want to get ahold of you as soon as they see how fab your work is! the first thing when buying a product or service i want to see are visuals of whatever i’m buying. i will then contact the business if i am still interested.

    i think a small sampling should be on the business cards…if they don’t see something that grabs them immediately and sends them to your website, that business card will stay in the jeans pocket and go through the wash!

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    Shuva Rahim says:

    The part of the country or region you serve or are based out of. For me it’s “Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois” I try to put this on my business cards, especially if you are meeting clients or colleagues from out of your area you want them to identify you, remember you much better than a phone number ever will.

    I think photos on a business card can’t hurt, as long as it isn’t distracting. If you’re in a meeting with other businesses, most likely your will stick out because you have a photo on yours.

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    Jeanine says:

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer? Biz and Photog name, website, phone, email

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way? Yes, you want to show off your stuff and I think they are more apt to keep the card and share it with others.

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    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    Obviously your contact information, but I also feel its important to put what kind of photography you do. I get so sick of people asking me about weddings. I don’t do weddings, I have no intention of doing weddings! If I put “children’s photography” or something like that. People get the idea.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    That’s really up to the photographer. I personally have photos on mind, but I do kind of like the intrigue for a card without. It may get me to their website faster, but that could also backfire on you.

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    Michelle Cahal says:

    1. Along with all the usual info, I think a statement of intent is important. Something original to show that you can use your own head and ingenuity.

    2. I don’t think it matters whether or not there are photos on the business card. Putting one photo would seem to me that you’re going to ‘specialize’ in that type of photography (babies, flowers…). I could go either way though :)

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    Stephanie says:

    The logo, website, email and phone numbers.

    It would be nice to have a couple of images on the biz card. It would be like a mini portfolio!

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    Michelle Cahal says:

    Just tweeted too!

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    traci says:

    *What inf do you feel is important to have on a biz card for a photog?
    I feel the business name, phone number, website and location. If you biz name is not your name I would have your name somewhere, at least I think I would :)
    *Do you think photogs should have photos on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    Yes you want people to see your images and fall in love. that is why you want them to call you. if there isn’t at least one image your biz card might be easier to forget.

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    Of course, contact information is vital. Website, email, etc. Also, what type of sessions you specialize in seems like a necessary piece of information.

    Yes, I think photographers should include at least one image. It gives the potential client a (tiny) sample of your work and makes the card more memorable/eye-catching.

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    Yes, I think it is important for photographers to have at least 1 image on their card that represents their style well. Although…..choosing that ONE photo is really hard!!! I would love to have the pearl cards too, pearl is my favorite finish for most items~

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    Lori M. says:

    This day and time I think all that is really necessary is name, studio name, phone number and website. Addresses are no longer vital because you can get additional contact information from the website that most folks are going to check out if they are interested in you.

    Photographs on the card are great to show style and for a mini portfolio. That’s why double-sided cards are so wonderful. You can have the best of both worlds!

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    chesley says:

    1. name, phone number & website
    2. yes, but not too many. just to give them a sense of your style so they want to see more!

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    Shelly says:

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    I would say that the most important thing to have would be your contact information, especially your wensite so the client can see your work.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    I think that a business card could contain a couple photos at max, as long as they are not distracting. Personally though, I would rather see a cute design with the contact info and check out the pictures on the site.

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    Alicia says:

    1. All the basic things; but the name should be prominent. Most of my marketing materials have just my business name. It’s nice for folks to see a real person attached, with a real first and last name.

    2. Yes! I think it’s a fun way to share an image, and sets the card apart from other business cards the client might have.

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    I retweeted the contest on my twitter account and on my facebook page.

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    I’m a fan of simple – business name, name, website, email and phone. My first cards had photos, but unless you are ordering in small quantities and for a specific promo, I prefer cards with no photos. I used a photograph of my daughter for my first cards, ordered a gazillion and felt totally boxed in by the image – especially when I decided to focus on weddings!

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    Kristin says:

    Name, phone number and website are all the only things I think are absolutely necessary. Too much more becomes too cluttered.

    I do like cards that have photos because it connects you with the person and gives you a sense of their individual style.

    Kristin

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    1. Business Cards need the business name, contact name, email address and website as well as a brief description of services i.e. -portrait photographer, -action photographer, -specializing in black and white photography
    2. I like business cards with photos for photographers. It provides a snapshot (so-to-speak) of the quality of your work and your photographic style.

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    Alexa says:

    I think it is important for a photographer to have all the information on their card that is necessary for a new client to contact them! Website, phone, email. Also, the area that you serve. For me, it’s north east ohio.

    I also think that photographer’s should have photos on their cards! For a potential client to get a good idea of your style, photos are a must!

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    Marla says:

    Pictures are a necessity on a photogs card. I think it’s a good idea to give a few cards to your clients. That way, they can share with friends, and if your work isn’t on your card, they may not be inclined to go to your website to see more . . .

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    Noelle says:

    For a business card to be informative it will need your name, your business name, phone number, e-mail, and website address. I do feel like one picture would be great to include. That way the person interested knows right then that they like your work.

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    Johanna says:

    I think you should obviously have your name, company name, and a way to get in touch with you. If you have a website then that info should be on there.

    I think it should have a picture or pictures if you don’t have a link to a website just so someone could get a taste of your style.

    But having no pictures (if you are a photographer) leaves a taste of mystery!!

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    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    Website!!! This is the most important these days!

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    On flickr I’ve seen a few really amazing bc with photos on them. however, most end up looking a little cheesy. the best ones have been those with just one really amazing photo on one side of the card.

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    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    I think simplifying the info your clients have to wade through is best. I keep it to my name, email, phone and website.
    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    I think it can help and hurt both. I’m on the fence! I think it’s hard for someone to take a card and not see even a small sample of your work, but on the hand, it’s hard for 3 little pictures on a card to properly represent what your work is like.

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    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    Definitely the website! Potential clients need to be able to access your portfolio and that’s the easiest way for them to see your work.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    I do think there should be at least one image that’s representative of your style on the business card. That gives the person a sample of your work instantly.

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    Marguerite says:

    - Website link and phone number

    – Yes, I think the image is something to draw them in!

    I’m really excited about pearl business cards!

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    GayleV says:

    What should be on a business card? Obviously name, all the contact information, and definitely a website!! However, your card should also contain your branding–logo, tagline, look and feel, etc. Whatever it is about your biz that you are trying to communicate. Should you have photos? I don’t think it is necessary and should only be there if it further’s your brand!

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    Carrie Harrison says:

    1. Name, website, email and phone contacts are a must have.
    2. I like the idea of including a picture because that is what you’re advertising, right? However…keep it simple! If they put your card in a stack in their wallet,etc they will easily be able to find yours bc it has a picture…so it should stand out amongst the others.

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    Rebecca says:

    Name of studio/photographer
    website
    email
    phone
    I think it can be helpful to have a taste of what the photographer’s style is on the card by having a picture on it.

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    My new brand is being launched in april, so this would be PERFECT!!
    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer? Contact info (FOR SURE) and your brand identity!
    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way? I am a no picture kind of gal. THat is just how I roll, nice, simple and clean-looking.

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    Vicki Putnam says:

    The basics like name, website, phone #, email.

    I like photos on the cards, but they are not necessary, depending on design.

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    Myrn says:

    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    I think the basics work well for photographers. Their contact info and website info. I would also include tips and tricks and also great suggestions for clothing and locations

    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    I think it would work well.. Instead of a logo, use one of your favorite photos as your logo.

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    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer? Definitely your name. A phone number, email address, and website address would be helpful too.

    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    I don’t neccessarily think a photograph needs to be on the card, but the card should definitely reflect your style whether you use a photograph or a logo.

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    margaret says:

    name, phone number, email, website

    definitely a picture on the card, not too much but something to grab their attention and make them go look at the website.

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    Pam McCready says:

    Name, contact info (phone, email or both) where you are located and website…and having what kind of photography you do helps too.

    and ABSOLUTELY!!!if it works with the card and what you are going for…its what you are selling afterall!!! :) but it needs to be done right so it doesn’t overpower the card I think…and if it does…leave it out…afterall…they can go look at your website :)

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    rachael schirano says:

    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    at minimum, i think there should be the business name, the contact name, the contact phone number and email and website (if there is one). also helpful is the type of photography and any other pertinent information for the client. i think the simpler the better.

    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    yes, because photography is visual. i think that the images say far more than a bunch of text could.

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    Heidi Lawson says:

    Have business cards … but would always love more!

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    Melissa Power says:

    I think that business name, phone number, email address, and an overall style of what your business represents is good to have on a biz card.
    I think having a photo on your biz card for photographers is a great idea. It makes the card unique!

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    Susan P says:

    a quick positioning statement that explains what you offer and how it is different (this is not easy sometimes!) :) and some quick contact info (like phone number and blog/website…and yes, i think at least one striking photo is great!

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    Jen Towner says:

    I was just struggling with business cards this weekend. I designed them myself for my first ever “expo”. I was embarrassed. They did not look professional enough for what I want to put forward.
    I am still on the fence to whether or not have photos on my business cards. I do think my logo is important. I had friends and family ask, “Why don’t you have your pictures on on cards?”

    Since people were asking, it may be important. It is what the customers want that is important, right?

    I also made 2-sided postcard-like cards that I handed out. Those looked better than my business cards. I so need someone to design a card for me! :D

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    Susan P says:

    i tweeted about this post – username @designsbyprater

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    Judy says:

    1)Logo, contact info, etc.
    2)Yes a picture gives the prospective client a taste of your work. Makes them want to go to your website and see more.

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    Web addy, tel #, and logo/branding. I learned the hard way not to put email addy since it often changes or address. Photo is good, but not necessary.

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    •What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer? Contact info/location/where they can see your work are most important. You want them to know the who/what/where so they aren’t left wondering.
    •Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way? I have read a lot of opinions on this but I do feel one strong photo should be on the card. It should be a good representative of you work and give a clear message of what you shoot.

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    1) Contact info: phone & website. All the extra’s are just too much.
    2) Photos… it depends. I have photos on the back of my cards… but I’m contemplating not having them on my next batch. It’ll be interesting to hear other’s thoughts.

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    Jen Towner says:

    I clearly didn’t answer the questions that were asked in my comments above!

    I think website, logo, facebook links and phone number are very important. I cannot believe how much my facebook fan page has done for business.

    People love photos. When they ask for your card, if they see a photo I am sure it is a nice little reminder as to why they ask for your card in the first place. I am noticing, however, that very high end photogs in my area do not put photos on their cards…

    I have been placing my logo on so many things. I am hoping that will be helpful towards my branding being noticed right away.

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    Tasha says:

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    First and foremost is your website. The second is contact info and that should include your name (if different from your business name) and at least a phone number or an email address.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    I think there should be one strong image on the card, preferably on the front. I believe that is the best way to grab a potential client’s attention right away. The photo will give the clients an idea of what type/style of photography you offer but also it’s more memorable rather than just words.

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    Sabrina Bowen says:

    •What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer? Name, contact information, and website information so that the prospective client can see the photogs work.

    •Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way? I really don’t have a preference. I’ve seen great cards with and without pictures. I do like to use Senior Rep cards as business cards for my seniors to pass out, and for those I put a few pictures and their name as well as my contact information.

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    I feel that a photographer’s business card should not only list the company name and contact information, but it should include a consistent color scheme and feel of your blog and website. It should also show a link to your site so prospective clients can have the chance to view your work. As for pictures, I don’t really feel like they have a place on your business card unless it’s a head shot of yourself (even that’s pushing it). Referral cards, marketing brochures, etc should have pictures, but it’s difficult to find a picture that will withstand the length of time between buying your business card and handing out your last one.

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    Sabrina Bowen says:

    http://www.facebook.com/southerngracephoto

    Here is the link to my second entry! Just posted! :)

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    Andrea says:

    Oh this is a great giveaway!!!! I just designed my business cards!!! I think every card should have contact info on them. A phone number is a must, email, and website. I didn’t really think about putting a photograph on my card. I think for an apt. card maybe, but I didn’t put a photo on my card. I thought my contact info and what I photograph was inmportant.

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    Kelly V. says:

    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer? I like to keep it simple: business name, website, phone number

    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way? I don’t think it’s a must, but what other industry has such an abundance of compelling art for a business card?

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    Miranda says:

    I think he two most important things on a photographers business card would be your website and phone number!

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    michelle riebeek says:

    Your website is a must! I know some photographers i follow i don’t know their name but they have an outstanding reputation from the business name.
    Photographs of examples of work is important I feel.

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    Web address and a photo. That with my business name. I want people to come to my site and see what I am all about before they contact me. I hate it when people contact me and they have no concept of my style or personality or pricing. It wastes my time and theirs.

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    Michelle says:

    I have to agree that I think website info is a must. It allows clients to view your work. Also contact info like an email and phone number. I do like a picture on your card just for the fact that it grabs attention I think. It allows the client a quick peek into your style.

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    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    Aside from the obvious name and number, I think that in today’s web world you should also have your website and email address.

    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    I think that photographers should have a picture on their card. It helps the client to remember you. It also shows a little taste of your style.

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    SHANNON G. says:

    “What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?”

    -Personally I believe all basic info should be included. (EX: Name, phone, email, website). I also think a short & sweet & simple catchy tag line…can help connect with the client. If you have a motto.

    “Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?”

    -I strongly believe that on the opposite side of the card there should be a photograph of your work with a shadowed or embossed logo. If they customer loses your card (which can easily happen), and is later browsing through photographers online, in a wedding magazine. etc…your photograph & logo will hopefully trigger remembrance and stand out when they come across it somewhere else.

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    Lisa says:

    Logo, name, biz name, website and email

    I think a photo is good…gives the customer a “feel” for your work at a glance, though I agree that it could “label” you as doing a certain type of work, when there are actually several types.

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    Robyn says:

    I think that it is highly important for you to have both your logo and your website on your business card. Everything else is secondary.

    All of my previous business cards have not had a picture on them, just my logo on one side and info on the back. The new ones I want to get made will have a picture on the front and logo and info on the back… I figure I might as well promote myself as a wedding photographer as that is what I shoot 90% of the time!

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    1. I think it is important to have a statement of your uniqueness, for others to grab your trueness, and get to know the true you, before you take their pics. What a great way to see that it is not just a stuffy photographer, that wont take the time. I also think that it is important to have the website, contact information, and your Logo. That is a great eye opener for people to see your dandy work, and appreciate it, so they can know they actually want to go with you the photographer.

    2. Just a small picture or two would be great!!! That way they are not just looking at a name, and dont just flip it into their pockets, they can actually see your unique work and hold onto the card.

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    The most important info is contact info – of course.

    Yes- I think that is what is going to make your card stand out and not get thrown in the trash. Who could throw away a sweet pic of a baby!

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    Greg H says:

    1. Basic contact information

    2. I think at least one photo, but I don’t think the photos should overpower the important information

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    Erica Young says:

    I was wondering the same thing so it’s really hard for me to answer these questions. But I would definitely say:
    1. Name, studio name, phone # and website
    2. I think they should have at least maybe 1 photograph on their card.

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    Taana says:

    A phone number and web site address should at least be on the business cards. Also, a small photo would help promote business! :D

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    Greg H says:

    Just sent a tweet

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    Alisa Conn says:

    I feel like a true representation of your work is important on a business card.

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    Sarah says:

    I think that the most important things to put on your business card would be your website, because that is where your work is showcased and your first impression. Also, your phone number or email address for the client to get in contact with you.

    I do have photos on my business cards, because when you showcase your photos for the client to preview, they will be more intrigued to go to your website.

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    Carli Canata says:

    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer? website, name, contact info. i like to keep it simple. (k.i.s.s.)
    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?i dont think its NECESSARY, but i think its a good idea to because its one more way to show off a piece of your work.

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    Misty says:

    I think it’s important to have name,phone number and website on the business card. I like photos on the cards but I’ve seen some without them that are really nice as well! What a fun giveaway this is! I love your blog and I’m so grateful for all the information you share with all of us!

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    Erica says:

    I believe the two most important things to be on a business card for a photographer is Name, Company name, website address and contact information.

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    Obviously, your contact info. Beyond that, I think having something on there, no matter what it is, that makes you stand out. Something to make someone remember your card.

    And yes, I think photographers should have a photo on their cards! Its showing someone your work, and may be the thing that convinces them to use you!

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    Andy Mars says:

    What a cleaver idea! I hope I WIN!!!

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    Erica says:

    I feel like it is important to have a photograph on your business card as a photographer. We photograph people places or things. Also, I find it personalizes the card.

    The most important information to be on a business card for a photographer would be Name, Company Name, Website Address and Contact Information.

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    Andy Mars says:

    What a cleaver idea! I hope I WIN!!!
    Important information: em, phone #, website
    I think one of your exceptional unique image should also be included so people will remember you.

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    Elise says:

    1. I think only basic info should be on a business card, otherwise it gets cluttered and people won’t even read all of it. Business name, location, email, website, maybe phone.
    2. Honestly, I’ve seen some with photos that I like, and some without photos that I like. I could go either way.

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    Erica says:

    I’ve shared on FB! :) Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Erica says:

    I tweeted! Thanks again for the chance to win!

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    Becca says:

    1- I think you need to have your Biz and Photog name, website, phone, email . . . also I like the idea of including the area you’re from . . .

    2-I’m torn about photographs on your cards. In one way i think it’s great to show people what your style is and grab their attention – but if it’s not done right, or if you dont pick the right photo to capture your style, or if you do more than just one specific area of photography (ie-seniors, family, engagement, babies . . . ) it can be limiting too . . . so I dont know!

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    Chelsea says:

    I feel that the information you need as a photographer on a business card is your name (for a personal connection), phone (more personal contact), email, website and any social networking… the more ways available for them to contact and research you the more likely they will be able to connect with you and your business.

    I feel photographers do need a photo on their card because that is your product that is what you are trying to show off and if you don’t have one they may not get that first wow impression. But i do agree that you shouldn’t overload your card with photos in jeopardy of cutting important contact info, keep it simple!

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    Toki says:

    Important info would be: name, website, phone # and also what kind of photography you do.
    I do think it’s important for photographers to have photos on the card… I think people expect it. Recently, I made biz cards without photos because I wanted a clean, sophisticated look…. I had SO many people tell me that they wanted to see some photos so I’m back to showing them on my cards.

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    Theresa says:

    Yay! I just launched my new business and NEED business cards.

    To me, the most important info to have on a photographers business card is:
    Name, web address, and phone number (email address could be thrown in there as well but they can contact you via the website so it is not necessary in my eyes).

    I prefer having an image on photographer’s business cards. I think the image helps people recall the work that they desire. I feel it’s another connecting point for the potential clients that helps to brand your company.

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    Theresa says:

    Just entered on Facebook!

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    nicole says:

    i would say contact information, but also what type of photographer you are, or what your areas are.

    as far as photos, it is something i am struggling with, as media changes, as does style….so how versatile is your work to be lasting enough to put on them?

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    amanda says:

    1. important info: name, website, contact #, maybe a brief description of your style if you have room
    2. is a photograph important? i don’t know about important but i had one on mine before i ran out of them – i feel like it’s harder for a potential client to throw it away if there is an image on there and one carefully chosen image may be what motivates that client to checkout your recent work on your blog and your portfolio. if they like what they see, maybe they’ll book and personally, i think it is not just about putting your name out there but about putting your work out there as well.

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    nicole says:

    just posted on FB….thanks for the chance to win!

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    i tweeted! thanks for hosting the contest :)

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    Ethan says:

    •What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    I feel like contact info is a must! How are your clients going to recommend you to others if you don’t have an email or phone listed by with which they can contact you? I also feel that some sort of website or blog needs to be listed that showcases your style & gallery of previous work.

    •Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    I do. I feel like you should show off some of your work. However, I think moderation is good in all things. Maybe limit to one or two images (I feel like specializing the card for the client would be an awesome idea)–potentially covering one side of the card.

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    andrea says:

    Phone number and website/blog/ business name and ofcourse your name.
    I think photographers have different types of specialties that putting a photo would be tough to grab the attention of all the different clientell you could possibly have.

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    LieLie says:

    Logo and contact info, website is very important.
    Not sure that photos are needed, can be limiting if you shoot a variety of things.

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    The Business card must include a phone number and website. Marketing 101! As to a photo… my old teachers at art school said ‘no – it looks amateurish’ but I do put one on my cards because to me, it says “photographer”!

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    Shelya says:

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    Besides the business name ;) I think a website is most important to have – I want to see someone’s work before I even consider calling them.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    I like to see a sample of the work on the business card. It gives me reason to go to their website to see more (or not to if I don’t like it). You need to have a reason that you are different from every other photographer out there and having photos on your card should differentiate you. It needs to be very specific to the type of work that you typically do.

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    Kim K. says:

    1. I think it’s important to have your business name, phone number, web address, and email.

    2. I don’t think it would hurt a photographer not to have a photo on their card. Something that is simple and clean could catch your eye just as easy as a card with a photo on it.

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    sharla says:

    as a photographer I think for sure put a photo on a business card than all you need is a number and a website…with a two sided card it would be awesome to be able to put a quick mission statement or something about yourself on the back.

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    Amy says:

    •What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    contact info, website (obviously), plus on-location vs. studio

    •Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    Absolutely — the photos give potential clients an idea of your style

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    Christine says:

    A website address and business name with phone number are musts on a business card! I have the debate about pictures on a card or not, but lean to having pictures on the card so people can see a quick peek of your work.

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    Silvina says:

    Studio name, contact information and website are obviously a must. I’ve seen a few photographers’ business cards with photos on them and didn’t LOVE any of them to be honest…i personally just have my logo and contact info. on a very simple, classy card, and hope that just leads the prospective clients to my website.

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    Taryn Pyle says:

    I would love to win. I think its important for a photographer to have their niche on the card. If they specialize in wedding for example, or children. I also think its important for the card to have photos as it showcases the type of work you do.

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    Taryn Pyle says:

    I posted the contest on Facebook.

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    Caleb says:

    Photographer business cards:
    name, studio, website, phone, email, specific areas of photography (weddings, portraits, babies, etc…) if any

    There should definitely being some artistic visuals to the card, whether a photo or some other material

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    Taryn Pyle says:

    I posted the contest and the survey questions on my blog.

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    Maggie says:

    I am needing to get new cards printed right now, so this would be awesome. I have a 2-sided card already designed too! I have my logo, name, address, phone number on one side and my website and tagline on the other. I have considered “photo” cards, but it would be hard to pick just one photo that encompasses my whole style and the work I do. Great giveaway. Thanks!

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    melissa says:

    Definatly your business name, blog, site and probably your phone number. I think to much more and maybe it’s to much wording on there. And I definatly think I would put a picture on mine. I think it can kind of “sum” up your style if you pick the right one. It will either entice them or they will probably throw it away. So I guess you better pick carefully!

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    ally says:

    I think it is important to have website, phone number, and e-mail, studio name, person name. I like a photograph on the card, but have seen awesome cards without…

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    Shana Qualey says:

    Your web address is a must. Pictures are too! Photos will make people notice the cards and will reflect your style.

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    Katy G says:

    I think website, phone number, and any other contact info is the most important. I would love new cards..just got a new website, working ona new logo, and cards would be great!

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    Breanne says:

    I think the most important information to have on a business card (for any business) would be:

    1. Name (& Name of Business)
    2. Contact Info (i.e. phone/email)
    3. Location (if you have one)

    For a photographer, I’d also say it’d be important to include either a link to your website (whether it’s a portfolio, blog, or all-inclusive) and again, location of your studio (if you have one).

    As far as a photo on your card, I don’t think it’s necessary. I do think it’s nice though. I find business cards a lot easier to remember if there is something about them that sets it apart (whether that’s “had a bright orange logo” or “adorable baby” or “multi-colored background”).

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    MegganB says:

    1. Your business name and contact info… also helpful is the types of photography that you do.
    2. I really think that this is up to the photographer – I personally like to show 1 or 2 but I totally understand if you’d rather not slap a picture on a 2×3 card.

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    I believe contact information and type of photography…yes…photo is a must..the right one can be inspiring!

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    Christy says:

    I think your web address and email are important to have on a business card. It is nice to have pictures on your cards to give perspective customers an idea of your style.

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    Gretchen says:

    Logo, Name, City & State, Web Address, & Phone number.

    I feel it is important to have your best image on the card. It gives the potential client a little sample of your work that will hopefully leave them wanting more.

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    Christy says:

    Just posted on facebook…

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    Cortney says:

    Most important thing to have on a business card is the website address. No need for a photo because the website has hundreds of them. Just my opinion.

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    Kathy Austin says:

    On mine, I have my business name, phone number, and website address. I wanted to keep mine very simple. I used one single photo that took up about 1/3 of the card. I cater to two different markets: portraits and horse shows, so I have the exact same card but with different photos for the different markets. I think the photo gives it impact and is a sample of your work. People need something that gives them a feel of who you are & your work so they need a logo or photo for that.

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    Heidi Kreitz says:

    I think it’s important to have website, phone and name. I also list the type of photography I specialize in (brief, one word description). And yes, I think it’s a good idea to have photograph(s) on the card, considering that we are promoting our photography! Personally, I am more likely to be interested in a photographer if I have seen some samples of their work.

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    This may sound odd but I only put my website for contact info. I would rather get emails than phone calls. it may be weird but it has worked.

    I think they should have pictures but ti is soo hard to choose.

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    Lindsey Pace says:

    A website link is the most important piece of info on the card! I don’t think photos are necessary on business cards, but I DO think a GREAT logo is crucial! If the logo is not so great, then yes, there needs to be a photo also, but if the logo is fabulous…. no picture necessary : )

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    1. name, number, website
    2. not necessarily, sometimes the photos are so small they don’t give justice to the image. But I think it is up to each photographer! :)
    Thank you!

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    1. I feel business cards should have the name of the business, phone number, website and email.
    2. I like photographs on the business cards. I don’t think it’s a “have to” but I like it because it gives just a hint of the type of images that photographer takes.

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    Marsha says:

    Name, phone number and website! And if they specialize in anything in particular, list that too. I don’t think photos are necessary as the quality on a business card would be poor. However, a stylish logo is a must!

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    Carin says:

    I guess I always thought there should be a picture on a photographers card, but I suppose if it was creatively done it would look great without it. More room for infomation.

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    Courtney says:

    1. I think the basic information. I like simple business cards. Simple, classy, elegant, understated yet speaks volumes. Here is what I would/will put on my business cards… Studio/Business Name, Name, Contact Phone, Website, and Email.
    2. Nah. I don’t think cards need a picture for these reasons – they are distracting, and it’s a small representation of your work so how do you choose which picture to put on it. Your branding logo is perfect for the card though. Show off your pictures through your website.

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    Andreay says:

    I think that a business card should represent you as an artist, so for me that means that there should definitely be pictures. If you aren’t proud enough to put your images on your card…should you have cards in the first place? I think the important information needed on business cards should include: Name, Location, Contact info (phone #, email) and also your web-page address.
    Thanks for the giveaway…I REALLY need some business cards!

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    I think its important to have contact information for sure. A site address if you have one, a branding logo, and a number, email address or a way to contact you. I also think you need to have some sort of picture on your card whether it be a logo, or a photograph. Its hard with photographs because I feel they either make a great first impression, or they limit you right off the bat because one photograph definitely cant provide the genre you cover. Thanks for this opportunity! im excited!

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    Vivien says:

    Besides the basics – name, studio name & contact info I think it’s important to have a web address to either website or blog oh & e-mail address.
    I also think they should have picures on it because I think it’s more memorable that way. If someone sees a picture on the card that they like they’re more likely to keep it as a visual reminder that they liked that picture & would want to use you in the future.

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    Malea E says:

    Absolutely.
    I think, obviously, contact info, web/blog info, maybe what they specialize in…
    For sure pictures. People want a little taste of your style to even want to take the card with them!

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    Dita says:

    For sure the name of the studio, phone number and email address should be on the card and YES, I’m a big fan of a photo on the card too because I think that sets the tone and makes the card (and the photographer) memorable.

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    I think contact information, portfolio (website) address, blog, twitter & facebook.

    I don’t think a picture matters. I think from a marketing standpoint they want something that will be memorable.

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    dana says:

    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    Name, Website and Phone!

    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    I think so….something that shows who they are. I have a few cards with families/children and a few with seniors…. I get a better result if I have a sample to show the potential clients. Plus if I use recent clients, THEY want to pass out cards for me! They are thrilled and enthusiastic as well. I stick with a standard style/branding for all the versions.

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    dana says:

    twitter and facebook!

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    Tami says:

    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    Business name, website, phone and email address

    Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way? Absolutely! I think at least one photo is a must to grab the attention of potential clients.

    I really need to update my cards so this would be awesome to win!!

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    Nancy says:

    Business cards should have all your important contact information on it (of course)and a catchy description of what your service is. For photography business, yes I do think a photo should be on the card. I like having a fairly transparent image in the background with the text overlaying on it.
    Thanks, ~Nancy

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    jen says:

    Name, number, website
    I think that you should have a photo on your card. duh. Makes sense to me.

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    Heidi Brand says:

    I think you need your business name, personal name if different and contact information such as phone and website on your business card. I am on the fence about the picture, but think I am leaning toward one picture on the card….many people are visual and it might be more memorable for them and draw them into looking at your website.

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    I like to have an intriguing photo on my business cards and just a website. Nothing else. I think it draws them in and provides some mystery and intrigue to motivate them to visit my website. Once they are interested and like my work, all my contact info is on my website.

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    I think the most important thing for a photographer to have on his/her business card is a website. This information is all that is necessary to direct customers to your complete information and portfolio.

    I believe your photos speak for themselves. This is a great marketing strategy to have on a business card. Like a mini traveling portfolio.

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    Deedra says:

    Photographers definately need to have all contact info on their cards, and that includes facebook and/or twitter! As for photos, I think it’s a way to get people’s immediate attention and make that all important first impression!

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    AJ says:

    I’m the traditional type, so just name, phone, email and address. I do not think images work well for a business card, I save them for other materials.

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    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    I think the two most important items on your business card should be your website and a phone #/email where you can be reached. The website will allow them to see your work so they know if they would like to book you, and the contact info is key for them to get in touch with you once they’ve decided you’re the photographer for them! :-)

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    I don’t feel a photograph is needed on your business card. By not having one it makes the potential client HAVE to see more of your work by going to your website and that could be the deciding factor if they book you or not. What if you have a picture on your card that doesn’t appeal to that ONE customer. You could lose out on other potential customers by what one person thinks- we all know this is true since a lot of our customers come from other satified clients. :-)

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    Just tweeted too! :) Katherineaforbes!

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    I think the best things to have on your business cards is: a website so ppl can see your work and a phone number you can be reached at.

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    Barb Ray says:

    1) the obvious stuff…Logo, contact info: website, phone, e-mail…then I personally think location, photo(s), and maybe the types of photography you do…but I’m not always sold on that…may be more than necessary
    2) yes…I want a great photo or photos on the card so it stands out…I want them to know without having to read that I’m a photographer

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    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    Name or Business Name
    Contact Information (Email Addr & Tel No)
    Website or Portfolio URL

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    Not necessarily. I they use an interesting and eye-grabbing graphic logo or text, it would likely be too busy. On the other hand a photographer who specializes in wedding only might use a sample image. The main point is to use graphics to identify yourself and your business.

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    Just shared this on both Facebook and Twitter.

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    Amy Calderon says:

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
    Name, WEBSITE, phone number, and email

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    No. I think the web address is more important so they can see a good representation of all your work, not just one picture that could be one that they might not like even if they love everything else.

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    Roxy says:

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    Strong logo (studio name), website, email, phone and perhaps something that indicates your specialty
    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    Yes, but this can also be a limitation. If you choose one kind of photo, then potential clients might overlook it if it is say a child’s photo, when you in fact photograph weddings as well, or they just might not be drawn to that particular photo like someone else.

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    jill t says:

    the most important info on a business card is how people can contact you! i dont think photos are necessasy on business cards because they might be outdated long before you give out all the cards!

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    Lisa Burgess says:

    Is it too late? hope not! I need business cards bad!
    Info: def contact information and what there specialty is (newborns, families)

    not sure how I feel about photo’s on the card. I guess if it’s subtle.

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    Amy Sandidge says:

    just fb’d it!

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    Amy Sandidge says:

    The most important thing to have on a business card ….all the ways to contact the photographer…phone, cell, email!

    Photographs on a business card? For photographers I believe business cards are like mini billboards and a perfect way to advertise your work, so yes I think a photo on the card is perfect!

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    Kim says:

    I think name, contact info is obviously essential. A website as they can check out your work immediately or later.
    I think a photo makes a card stand out from the rest of the business cards…..as long as it’s the ‘right’ photo of course!

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    Jacqueline says:

    I think it is important to have the photographer’s name, studio name, phone number and website. I also think pictures should be used on cards because it demonstrates your work.

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