We at 99designs saw a big upswing in Logo Design contests for professional photographers, so we started thinking: what practical tips would you share with colleagues who are still at the very beginning or looking to expand their photography business? We asked 9 of our most popular photography customers to give them all sorts of tips – from starting a business to improving their skills, marketing, or how to keep the fun (they’ve got a lot of fun) happy to present their different logo designs here – how do you like them?). Keep reading to get some great advice not just for photographers, but for any other company as well. And then fulfill your dreams!
# 1 – Amanda Campy of Visual Impressions in Portland, Oregon:
“Start with a mentor, someone you can observe and learn from. Take the time to learn the skills you need to become a productive and positive member of our industry. It takes time, investment and passion to live what you love. ”
# 2 – Kjell Leknes runs his own photo studio in Amsterdam and also spends his time in the Amsterdam Photo Club , where he organizes photography workshops for beginners:
“First of all, I would advise beginners in photography to learn how to manually operate their camera to move away from the car settings. Only when you are comfortable with the camera’s ISO, aperture and shutter speed, you should remember to visualize and realize yourself as a photographer. A beautifully designed website and logo will help you to present your photos and portray yourself as creative photographers. Well-designed business cards are also an important means of making a lasting impression when you meet people from whom you may be able to get orders.
The photographs, of course, speak for themselves. But your visual profile as a photographer helps you attract people’s attention, differentiate you from the crowd and intensify your expression as a creative artist. ”
# 3 – Sam Petherbridge from Sam Petherbridge Photography takes special scenic shots in Brisbane, Australia.
“Be wherever your customers are. Be in every social network you can find and try to make your customers think only of you. And do not panic if you do not have so many visitors on your website or likes on your Facebook profile, because that takes time. The important thing is not to give up. ”
# 4 – Daniel Treadwell’s mission is to solve common problems encountered by photographers. His company Fotostat helps photographers to track and compare online metrics of specific photos through various press channels:
“Photographing is a kind of art, and as creative creators photographers often put heart and soul into their work. Whether you’re providing services to photographers or just looking at their images, it’s important to respect everything that comes with creating the finished product …
It is very important to eat your own dog food. Both my co-founder and I are only amateur photographers, but we still find our own product very useful. The best way to understand your own users is to be one of them, because on the one hand, it helps you to find the right path in product development, and on the other, to stay motivated when it comes to getting things done that our customers truly value. ”
# 5 – Danah Zoulek from Richfield, Wisconsin specializes in photos of high school graduates and family portraits:
“I advise you from the beginning to a professionally designed logo! This is a fantastic way to discover your brand and your own ‘vibes’, especially for photographers who have not yet found their market. I had three logos that I used to ‘save’ money before I became a 99designs customer and got EXACTLY what I wanted, and now my brand has a great expression! I love my logo!
Be YOURselves, not someone else! It takes time to build your business, I’m still here, and it’s a long way! It may be tough, but it’s worth it! Stay true to yourself and it will save you from having to reinvent the wheel. ”
# 6 – Athena Kalindi , a wedding and portrait photographer in Nevada City, California:
“Always stay true to yourself. Create something that fills you, and the customers will come. ”
# 7 – Christopher Blake of WyldGinger Photography in Singapore specializes in portraits and has a passion for extreme sports photography:
“Use your individuality to stand out from the crowd.”
# 8 – Kevin Galbreath of Flaming Star Photography of Arlington, Texas, shoots studio portraits and photos of products, landscapes, and more:
“You can not be well enough prepared. There are so many things that come to you as a startup, that you do not even suspect half of them in the dream, unless you’ve run a business before … Be smart in advance! Find out what you can and what you can not do yet. We lost a lot of time because I did not know it well enough at the beginning. Make wise decisions.
But the best advice I received from William Shatner (yes, exactly the William Shatner). He said the secret of his long and varied career was simply saying ‘yes’.
So if the customer wants you to shoot a photo in a field of photography that you do not know yet, just say ‘yes’.
If you then have the subject in front of your nose and ask yourself if you can take your camera and take a picture of it, just say ‘yes’. ”
# 9 – Nicholas Critelli , a wedding and portrait photographer from New Orleans, Louisiana, has taken snapshots since childhood:
“Be brave and uncompromising. You will fail, both creatively and financially – many times. Starting each day is part of the path to success in this business; weak and insecure people do not survive long. It does not matter what kind of equipment you have, what people talk about you or what other photographers think. Have a vision and pursue it consistently. You will find your audience and it will love you for your craziness. ”
Do you have any more tips? Then share this with us in the comments! Or just start your own logo design contest for photographers .