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!