Importance of having a good business card

Business card these days seem irrelevant today due to the electronic information era. However, as photographers, we ought to be constantly networking with new people everyday in person. And when networking, it is important to have a business card to pass along your information to potential clients and/or people that might refer you work in the future.

In my home, I have a big glass jar that is about to spill out with hundreds if not thousands of business cards I collected over the past few years (mainly from photographers). I kept all of them because one day I wanted to talk about how important it is to have a good business card. I have seen some well-designed cards and I have seen some ones that made me ask myself: “What were they thinking when they made these cards?!” Having been a graphic designer in my previous occupation I have learned a thing or two about organizing information and have created some corporate identity materials for various clients. Having said that, I wanted to take this time to share some tips for having a good business card.

1) You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Have you bought a book because you liked a way the cover looked? How often do we make perceived judgements on people we meet based on how they dress? This is exactly the same for photographers and your business cards. Your business card is the first impression people have of you as a photographer. A well-designed card makes people think you are professional, increases your perceived value, and make them think that you are a darn good photographer.

2) Include necessary contact information such as name, email address, website and a phone number. I have seen so many cards that did not have either email or phone number. I asked several photographers what their reasoning behind this was and their reply was: “they can come to my website to get the other information.” This is true but why add another step/obstacle from them contacting you? On the same token, do not oversaturate your card with information.

3) Being a specialist does not mean you are good at portraits, weddings, commercial & sports. Stick to one thing and mention that on your card if you wish to. You cannot be a specialist in everything. Just because you can do it does not mean you have to mention it. If possible, have separate cards for different things you specialize in.

4) Avoid “do-it-yourself home-printed business cards”. Again invest some money and get some quality cards. Your perceived value will depend on how nice your cards are. Why ruin it by trying to save money by either doing it yourself and/or use those inexpensive services that out in the market? People may not tell you this in person, but when they get a poorly designed or inexpensive cards, they already have a preconceived value about your photography and your business.

5) Make them unique. You are, after all, one of a kind. Rather than using a predesigned template cards, have one professionally designed that represents your photography. There are many ways to make them unique (die cut, sewn, letterpress, foil stamping, etc.) Work with a professional designer to get this done.

6) Never apologize for the card that you have. Your cards represent who you are and you should be proud of it. I have received numerous cards and as people are handing them to me, they are automatically apologizing to me because of the quality, not up-to-date information, etc. Be confident and proud of your cards when you hand them out.

7) As important as it is to exchange cards, more importantly, it is essential to follow up with the people you exchanged cards with. Rather than letting it go to waste, enter their contact information in an address book. Then shortly after, send them an email thanking them for the opportunity to meet together. It will go long ways.

Finally, I am proud to share my new business cards with everyone. These were beautifully designed by Studio Z Mendocino out of California. My photographer friend Patty Hildebrand gave me a card that really stood out. I then had to ask her for the contact information for who designed her cards. So big thanks to Patty for introducing me to Studio-Z!

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (

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9 Responses to “Importance of having a good business card”

  1. larry reeves says:

    what a great post, kenny! thanks for sharing. your new cards look awesome!

  2. Tina says:

    LOVE your cards! I’ll have to check them out:)

  3. Sharon says:

    Contemporary and elegant Kenny. They look fabulous!
    I especially like a square card. Great colours too.
    Thanks for sharing your insight as well.

  4. Dude… sweet cards. Thanks for sharing Kenny. Just picked up your book too… great read!

  5. Very nice cards. It’s so hard to be unique these days, but this definitely raises the bar.

  6. Eric OConnor says:

    Great post and I love the cards Kenny. I however spent more time looking at the Panerai. A nice touch to the first shot!

  7. Hi. I use a Nikon and I mistakenly used a cloth to clean the inside of the camera. Well, Needless to say I have scratches that show by looking in my lense but absolutely nothing shows on the images. From people familiar with Nikon. Is this something, I should be worried about In the long run? And yes, I love nikon and am not in the canon camp… LOL don’t hate me! Thank you. AmandaDestin Florida Beach Wedding Photographer

  8. Kenny,

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. We have discovered oh so talented and sweet Zida through this post and had her design our new logo and business cards. They came out absolutely BEAUTIFUL and we have you to thank for it. You ROCK!

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