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Friday, February 24, 2012

It has nothing to do with my nutrition, or health or exercise... except that being this stressed causes me to lose motivation and crave high-fat, high-sugar 'comfort' foods. I know you wonderful Sparkers will understand that problem! So instead of freaking out or giving in I'm doing a bit of venting and asking for your opinions and suggestions instead...

The venting, and some background information: For those who have been following my status updates (infrequent though they may be) you know that I've been working on my final semester of school, and getting my Associates of Applied Science in Photographic Technology. The final semester is portfolio, advanced projects, and business planning, and all together the goal is to get us ready to hit the ground running with our photography skills. It is an awesome way to be sent into the world instead of being left to our own devices!

My original plan even up to last month was to get a job in a teaching or research hospital doing medical documentation. As a research staff member I didn't need to worry about business names, promo-pieces, etc. This semester for portfolio I've hooked up my camera to a microscope, with plans to demonstrate skill in order to get a job, but the images are turning out wonderfully bold, graphic, and downright awesome! I AM LOVING IT!! They are definitely in the realm of fine art, and even classmates are lining up to purchase them!! It's wonderful having the possibility to make a living this way, but I'm not prepared and the gallery show (the photography department's version of walking the stage at graduation) is in about 2 months. That means I now need to have AT THE VERY LEAST (in addition to the regular required portfolio and 2 large gallery wall display pieces- aka. the easy part) a working business name picked out and some business cards to pass around.

My problem: I've become totally overwhelmed at needing a business name! How do you even go about picking one? I had one chosen, only to find that not only is the name taken (because if they weren't anywhere near here I wouldn't give a second thought), but the name AND local D.B.A. are taken by a wedding photographer who lives about less than an hour from me! I have some business cards designed and laid out, but now don't even know what information to put on them.

So I'm looking for Business Names!! Please let me know what you think... good, bad, or ugly. Silly or serious suggestions! I just need ideas to use as a jumping off point because my brain is tapped out right now.
Thanks and I love you wonderful Sparkers, you!
~ Laura
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    I'm not very creative but I'm thinking along the lines of something that gets across what you said in your blog about how awesome the images are turning out to be. Something about little things being hugely beautiful. Small can be scintillating? Something about finding hidden worlds? Seeing the small world?

    One of the most interesting speakers I ever heard was a photographer. He did nature photography and encouraged us to really look at things (macro looking, as in look at yourself, your life) to see the unusual or seemingly hidden things. Then he showed us a series of photos that started with a side of a mountain and gradually went into the large space until the last photo he showed was of a beautiful flower on the side of a path that went through that mountain. No way you could see that from the first photo.

    Good luck with your business - you sure have it together!

    3078 days ago
    Making Microscopic Moments?
    That's kindof more of a logo, but maybe it will help you think of something else!
    3089 days ago
    I plan to do more fine-art images through the microscope. I'm from Lansing, MI but grew up in Tennessee. Hopefully that helps and thanks!
    3091 days ago
    I think more information is in order... are you intending to do mainly an artistic photography business, wedding photos, more the biology microscope photos? Where are you from also?
    3091 days ago
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