Business cards still needed in 2019?

7 months 2 weeks ago #650538 by E Rodriguez
Do photographers still hand out business cards?

I don't have any and trying to think should I get some.  Not like a huge rush because I'm so new to photography, but just thinking about it this morning as I came across an old business card of mine from a number of years ago totally none related to photography.  


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7 months 2 weeks ago #650539 by Nikon Shooter
Most certainly (as far as I am concerned!).

A card will, even very short, keep the first impression you
made… given it reflex you originality!

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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7 months 2 weeks ago #650544 by Moe
100% always need some means of passing on your information to a potential client. 


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7 months 2 weeks ago #650555 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day ER

A business card is more important than your camera ... it is your conduit to the world telling outsiders what you do and where to contact you

You can leave cards in strategic locations [cafes, fuel-stops, drop-in centres etc], you can write notes to people and leave the card in the door or letterbox ... the list goes on

FWIW- I hand out about 500 cards per year and I'm only a small bloke verging on retirement

Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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7 months 2 weeks ago #650653 by Rawley Photos
Definitely!  I hand out a card to someone at least 2 times per week.   


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7 months 2 weeks ago #650702 by [email protected]
I use my cards still and I do hand them out but I prefer to give my Instagram so they follow me Immediately. 

Regards Matt
https://lmfotografias.com/portafolio/


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7 months 2 weeks ago #650704 by ShutterPal

[email protected] wrote: I use my cards still and I do hand them out but I prefer to give my Instagram so they follow me Immediately. 

Regards Matt
https://lmfotografias.com/portafolio/



Hey Matt,

Do you find yourself using Instagram more than Facebook these days?  I'm just thinking about a few buddies of mine have shifted to Instagram during last year.  I have limited experience there.  Just wondering is it best for creators?  


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7 months 2 weeks ago #650708 by [email protected]
Yes, Instagram has been good for us. Facebook is for clients over 30 years in general. You do need to be more active on Instagram to make a mark its not as relaxed as facebook. 


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7 months 2 weeks ago #650807 by E Rodriguez
What information are you all putting on your business cards?  


Did you put a photo of yourself on the card?  

Thanks in advance.


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7 months 1 week ago #651057 by Sanford
Got a stack wrapped together with a rubber band in my pocket.  Always have them with me.  


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7 months 1 week ago #651059 by Nikon Shooter
The info may be limited to the essentials like name, locality, and
TN. However, the look is everything… this is a creative trade.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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7 months 1 week ago #651108 by ThatNikonGuy
Heck yes, always have cards on me and ready to hand out!  


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7 months 1 week ago #651141 by Nikon Shooter

E Rodriguez wrote: Did you put a photo of yourself on the card?


If you look like me… DON'T!  :rofl:

This point depends on the æsthetic and presentation of the card;
just a photo for a photo won't bring much I think… didn't for me!

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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7 months 1 week ago #651282 by KenMan
I always have 3 in my wallet to hand out


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7 months 1 week ago #651286 by garyrhook

E Rodriguez wrote: What information are you all putting on your business cards?  

Did you put a photo of yourself on the card?


Good heavens, no. You're meeting people: engage them and leave an impression so they remember you.

You need something to engage the recipient (a striking logo, for example), your name, and contact information. This should include phone, website, and Facebook/Instagram/Twitter handles as appropriate. I put the catchy thing on the front, info on the back; on one of mine I also have some lines that can be used for jotting notes.


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