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Wendy Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/13/2004
 

How do I secure a name for my photography business


After thinking about this for about a year, I have finally came up with a catchy name for my photography business. How do I secure the name so no one else will use it? Any help would be appreciated.
Wendy


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5/11/2005 7:05:06 PM

 
Michael H. Cothran   Wendy,
Contact the US Copyright Office for information about copyrighting trademarks and business names.

OK, please forgive me, but I have to say the following -
Take a look at some of the gazillion photographers online (even at BP with the Deluxe websites), and look at all the cute, clever, and "catchy" names that some have created. How original! Then look at the images they've created. My opinion is that many spent way more time creating their clever names than they did working on their craft.
Don't be one of these statistics. If your desire is to use some cute, catchy name, just be sure your images are up to par, so that people can get past the cleverness of your business name, and actually admire you as a photographer.
Michael H. Cothran
www.mhcphoto.net


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5/12/2005 6:43:13 AM

 
Wendy Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/13/2004
  Michael,
I understand what you are saying about the name. (I've seen what you are talking about.) I just wanted to have something besides "WENDY CLARK PHOTOGRAPHY". I will keep that in mind about the images being up to par. I feel that even the most seasoned photographer always has room for improvement. Thank you so much for your input and the information!
Wendy


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5/12/2005 6:55:16 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Michael has a great point. Does anyone know the name of Ansel Adams' business? Did he have any name other than Ansel Adams? Does anybody care? Yet, everyone knows who Ansel Adams was.


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5/12/2005 7:03:19 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  I'm usually not a cynic, but when you start talking about clever or catchy names for businesses, I get the feeling that everything's been done before. And in some cases, it's been done to death.

My wife & I both have full-time jobs (and 3 kids). Photography has always been a hobby for me, and my wife's hobby is scrapbooking. We've both dabbled into making some money off of our hobbies. One day I was bored and spent some time thinking up "catchy" or "clever" names for a business combining our hobbies. I'd come up with something, then put it in Google to find 3 or 4 (or more) businesses using that name already. This went on for about an hour.

Use your name. Everything else has been done. Actually, even my name has been done! www.vedros.com is the site of a photographer in Kansas City. Oh well.


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5/12/2005 7:48:59 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   That's to be expected Chris. You have such a common name, not something unusual like Walker.


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5/12/2005 7:57:00 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Maybe I should change mine to something like T-Rex photography. Sounds kinda catchy and a bit apt but a little too violent.


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5/12/2005 8:00:57 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  How about Walker's World-O-Digital?

That's kinda catchy, don't you think?


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5/12/2005 8:18:12 AM

 
Anthony Soares
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/3/2005
  Thanks for the laugh Chris I needed that....Tony S


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5/12/2005 1:08:10 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/9/2003
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  That, Chris, is the laugh I've been needing all day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob


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5/12/2005 4:47:19 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Oh, that's a good one.


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5/12/2005 7:40:23 PM

 
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