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JakeStewartPhotography

Posts: 149

Delaware, Ohio, US

I'm no good with names, so the best I can come up with is Evanesce Photography. I wanted a name that was creative, and not just "MyNamePhotography". I'm doing art, as well as creative portraits as my focus.

Dec 11 10 09:02 pm Link

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Robert Jewett

Posts: 2462

al-Marsā, Tunis, Tunisia

Jake Stewart.

You are your brand. 

Look at the top photographers out there, what do they use?  Their name.

Dec 11 10 09:06 pm Link

Photographer

JakeStewartPhotography

Posts: 149

Delaware, Ohio, US

Yea, I know, but I won't be the only photographer. I will have my wife shooting as well. I would be the main photographer, but she would be doing just as many portraits as me.

Should it still be just my name?

Dec 11 10 09:11 pm Link

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Porcelain Perspective

Posts: 298

Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

My last name= Engle

Husbands last name (second shooter) = Tongson

My company name= Engle & Tongson Photography

smile

Dec 11 10 09:17 pm Link

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Chuckarelei

Posts: 9566

Seattle, Washington, US

JakeStewartPhotography wrote:
Yea, I know, but I won't be the only photographer. I will have my wife shooting as well. I would be the main photographer, but she would be doing just as many portraits as me.

Should it still be just my name?

You still can use your name. Look at Denny's, Wendy, DKNY, Martha Stewart, just to name a few.

Dec 11 10 09:22 pm Link

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Dannielle Levan

Posts: 12857

New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

JakeStewartPhotography wrote:
Yea, I know, but I won't be the only photographer. I will have my wife shooting as well. I would be the main photographer, but she would be doing just as many portraits as me.

Should it still be just my name?

Stewart Photography?

Dec 11 10 09:22 pm Link

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John Felici

Posts: 609

Pascoag, Rhode Island, US

how about Jakes Photos?

Dec 11 10 09:26 pm Link

Photographer

Honey Stinger

Posts: 6355

Madison, Wisconsin, US

Best to use your own name unless it's kinda funny sounding or people in America have a hard time pronouncing it.

Dec 11 10 09:30 pm Link

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Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8493

Los Angeles, California, US

If you are proud of your work . . . use your own name, and people will respect you for your talent.

If you do mediocre work, make up a name and nobody will point at you on the street and say that you are a hack.


KM

Dec 11 10 09:39 pm Link

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B L O P H O T O

Posts: 472

Chicago, Illinois, US

I established BLOPHOTO because my name Lawrence Brown is common, and it made for a long web address as well. BLO are of my initials. That being said, in 2011 I will launch www.lawrenceobrown.com. I agree your name is your brand, whether you are a single shooter-or have assistants and other photographers.

I plan to keep BLOPHOTO as I have spent considerable time branding. But I would agree the takes an "extra" step for people to "get to know you" behind a pseudomyn.

Go with your name-just my 2 cents.

Dec 11 10 09:47 pm Link

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B L O P H O T O

Posts: 472

Chicago, Illinois, US

Dec 11 10 09:47 pm Link

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StudioJoe

Posts: 155

Newport, Ohio, US

I used to use my own name, but its pretty common I guess lol around here. On a shoot a friend of mine cracked a joke "hey look its studiojoe" and it stuck. But id personally use your own name instead of thinking of some "describing" photography name.

Dec 12 10 02:56 am Link

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Steveba

Posts: 912

London, England, United Kingdom

If you're in the US than you need to make the name as long as possible, even the models over there realise this

Feliticykeandramayfoulkeswarren etc, its am american thin, bigger = better

Dec 12 10 04:52 am Link

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Image Unlimited

Posts: 1559

Crewe, England, United Kingdom

Looking at your portfolio/style, maybe something akin to "Feelgood Photography"?
Assuming the name isn't already taken!
http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy&hl … psj=1&fp=1

Dec 12 10 05:02 am Link

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Beautiful Sundays

Posts: 3840

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jake and the FatMan

Jake's not a fatman

Jake and the Phatman

PhatmanJake

FatmanJake

Any riff including Fatman will rock imo... smile

Dec 12 10 07:37 am Link

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Abbitt Photography

Posts: 11727

Oakland Acres, Iowa, US

If you don't use your own name, use something easy to spell (so people can search it).  If you will be listed in yellow pages, etc, choose something that begins with a letter near the beginning of the alphabet so you show up near the top of listings.

If you do business under anything other than your legal name, you probably have to file a DBA.

Dec 12 10 07:41 am Link

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Honey Stinger

Posts: 6355

Madison, Wisconsin, US

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:
If you are proud of your work . . . use your own name, and people will respect you for your talent.

If you do mediocre work, make up a name and nobody will point at you on the street and say that you are a hack.


KM

Is Ken Marcus your real name?

smile

Dec 12 10 07:50 am Link

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Moon Pix Photography

Posts: 3892

Syracuse, New York, US

JakeStewartPhotography wrote:
I'm no good with names, so the best I can come up with is Evanesce Photography. I wanted a name that was creative, and not just "MyNamePhotography". I'm doing art, as well as creative portraits as my focus.

A Photography.

Just kidding.

Use your last names and combine if different or it could just be Stewart Photography.

Dec 12 10 07:50 am Link

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Jay Farrell

Posts: 13144

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Just use your name.

Dec 12 10 08:38 am Link

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Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

JakeStewartPhotography wrote:
I'm no good with names, so the best I can come up with is Evanesce Photography. I wanted a name that was creative, and not just "MyNamePhotography". I'm doing art, as well as creative portraits as my focus.

Depends on what road you want to go down and how you want to do things.

It's easier and common to use your name.

It's also easy and common to use a common photo studio name "hot shots, pro shots, etc".

You also have to think down the road (or down the road you should think about this) how are you going to expand the business? It's easier to hire on a few other photographers if your studio is a different name, and it's easier to sell that business (with the other photographers) when it's under a different name.

But then, it'd also be easy to sell the business if it's under your name and if you somehow make that name it's own well known brand and image.


Either way, it's not like you can't change things up in a few years or create a studio to work under.



Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

Dec 12 10 08:45 am Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21681

Portland, Oregon, US

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:
If you are proud of your work . . . use your own name, and people will respect you for your talent.

If you do mediocre work, make up a name and nobody will point at you on the street and say that you are a hack.

On the other hand, if you use your own name, you run the risk of being called pretentious & ego centric.  Let's be honest, this "your name is your brand" concept has only been a trend for a few decades.  Creating a "brand" of "Joe Somebody Photography" says that the only thing that's important is "Joe Somebody", which might not be a good message for a portrait photographer.

We've heard tons of arguments for using the OP's name.  But his request is for names that are not based on his name.

For example:  Looknsee Photography!  --  sorry, that name's already taken (I've got a business license & stuff).

Anyone got any examples that match the OP's request?

(I'll have to think on it & come back).

Dec 12 10 09:02 am Link

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Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Looknsee Photography wrote:
On the other hand, if you use your own name, you run the risk of being called pretentious & ego centric.

Really?

http://www.workbook.com/photography


I guess pretty much everyone making money in the commercial market is pretentious and ego centric.


hmm


Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

Dec 12 10 09:04 am Link

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Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21681

Portland, Oregon, US

You'll have to do the legal search stuff on your own.

That Magic Moment Photography

Present Photography

In the Moment Photography

Dec 12 10 09:05 am Link

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Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8493

Los Angeles, California, US

Cuica Cafezinho wrote:
Is Ken Marcus your real name?

smile

Actually my parents named me:  "Capturing the Light Fantastic" . . .

but I thought that Ken Marcus sounded less pretentious.

KM

Dec 12 10 09:08 am Link

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NICHOLFOTO

Posts: 1294

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:

Actually my parents named me:  "Capturing the Light Fantastic" . . .

but I thought that Ken Marcus sounded less pretentious.

KM

Heh Heh.

Dec 12 10 09:17 am Link

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Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Looknsee Photography wrote:
For example:  Looknsee Photography!  --  sorry, that name's already taken (I've got a business license & stuff).

Fail - No TESS records were found to match the criteria of your query. 

http://www.uspto.gov/index.jsp


also you're not in MN - http://da.sos.state.mn.us/minnesota/cor … 011962.txt


So if I really wanted that as my business name, I guess I could easily do it here, then trademark it and make you change your name.

Unless I got things backwards.


Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

Dec 12 10 09:18 am Link

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Around the House Girl

Posts: 12

Tampa, Florida, US

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:
If you are proud of your work . . . use your own name, and people will respect you for your talent.

If you do mediocre work, make up a name and nobody will point at you on the street and say that you are a hack.


KM

+1, I had the pleasure of getting similar advice from KM a couple years ago. The problem was that '7imaging' and 'ePhotographics Group' was already an established name in the Central Florida area... so I went to 'erick runyon's 7imaging' (on my site etc). If I could start all over again, I would just have used my name.  Using you're real name says you stand behind your work.

Dec 12 10 09:20 am Link

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Matt Knowles

Posts: 3563

Ferndale, California, US

When I started my company 11 years ago it was 90% web design and 10% photography, mostly in support of the web site design I was doing. At the time Yahoo was the main search engine and there were so few companies in their directory they simply listed everything alphabetically. So Aesthetic Design & Photography was my choice. I wanted something that sorted to the top but not something stupid like AAA Photography.

In the 11 years much has changed. Directories aren't used as much as search engines so alphabetical names aren't as important. Even phone directories aren't as important as they used to be.

But my photography has shifted much more to portrait photography. When I show my work in exhibitions people see it as Matt Knowles. I have little recognition as Aesthetic, but I've been in the doctor's office and have people see my name and know that I'm a photographer because they've seen my work. But unless you do a web search, there's little way to know that Aesthetic is Matt Knowles.

I've been planning on rebranding my company, splitting the web design and commercial off and keeping it Aesthetic Design & Photography and then having Matt Knowles Photography be the portrait side. I will be putting that in place next year.

So go with your name.

Dec 12 10 09:34 am Link

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RobertGaliano

Posts: 1094

Gulfport, Mississippi, US

i love being Googled!

Dec 12 10 09:39 am Link

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Burlap Rats

Posts: 18959

Riverside, California, US

Miss Murder Photography wrote:

Stewart Photography?

This.

Dec 12 10 09:40 am Link

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Burlap Rats

Posts: 18959

Riverside, California, US

Looknsee Photography wrote:
On the other hand, if you use your own name, you run the risk of being called pretentious & ego centric.

Really? I don't see it that way at all.

Dec 12 10 09:41 am Link

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RobertGaliano

Posts: 1094

Gulfport, Mississippi, US

when i meet new people, and tell them my name, they usually say something like "THE Robert Galiano?", or "the photgrapher?..

Dec 12 10 09:41 am Link

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Around the House Girl

Posts: 12

Tampa, Florida, US

RobertGaliano wrote:
when i meet new people, and tell them my name, they usually say something like "THE Robert Galiano?", or "the photgrapher?..

I usually get, "Oh, YOU are 7imaging... Ive seen your work, logo and heard great things about '7imaging', but I didnt put '2 and 2 together'... I didnt know that was you"
...then I wish I would have started in the business with just using my name.

Dec 12 10 09:55 am Link

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HoneyDripp Photography

Posts: 1266

Paramus, New Jersey, US

If Photography is you want to be known for, id probably go with  "jakes Photography" or  "Photo's by Jake".
or if you want to include other services, like photoshop, printing, etc.  might wanna stick "labs" on the end of it.
Might also want to try "production", though thats is a bit looser term.

Dec 12 10 09:58 am Link

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The Bald Photographer

Posts: 518

High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom

Someone once said "Oh yeah, you're that bald photographer". And so I decided that would indeed be memorable and my brand was created. It HAS proved memorable, but not very 'business like'. I'm now beginning to emphasise my name more, starting with the logo I'm using.

http://TheBaldPhotographer.com

Dec 12 10 11:02 am Link

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Honey Stinger

Posts: 6355

Madison, Wisconsin, US

Ken Marcus Studios wrote:

Actually my parents named me:  "Capturing the Light Fantastic" . . .

but I thought that Ken Marcus sounded less pretentious.

KM

They must be really proud of you.

CC

Dec 12 10 11:21 am Link

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GER Photography

Posts: 7950

Imperial, California, US

It's a bit like stripper names, you know, first pet, street you lived on... Only I'd be Suzy G photography, it just doesn't work for me!!;-)))))

Dec 12 10 11:29 am Link

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TAFL

Posts: 169

Kansas City, Kansas, US

I've always been partial to "George's House of Photos."

big_smile

Dec 12 10 11:34 am Link

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Retinal Candy

Posts: 135

Denver, Colorado, US

Could always go with something fun like Brain Damage Photography (I know a guy with a .com domain he'd let go cheap, lol)...

Dec 12 10 11:35 am Link

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Lume Photography

Posts: 2

Oxford, Michigan, US

Don't go with a stupid name. Just use your name. Or your last name. You can say "photo" or "photographic" or "images", or "photography" in the name. It's really hard to think of a name, I struggled with finding one I liked for about a year and ended up using my name, Andrea M Brandt Photography. There's another Andrea Brandt Photography, so I had to use my middle initial.

Dec 12 10 11:43 am Link