It feels like forever ago that I ordered these cards and they finally came in, but really, I was just so excited about them that I just COULD NOT wait to get them! When the knock came at my door around 11 this morning, I got up and BOLTED to the door in anticipation of getting my cards today! Seriously, when did business cards get so exciting? I don’t know, but people, and Internet, they are SUPER exciting!
Since I started my business, I had struggled with coming up with a solid brand that really represented me, my personality, and the kind of work I do. I watched a video in 2009 on The [b] School (which I am no longer a part of) that spoke volumes to me about my branding. I finally decided it was time to rebrand once and for all. In December of 2009, I finally finished my new logo and brand! I was incredibly excited. For those of you that have been following me for awhile, you know that I have a background in graphic design, so I’m able to do all of my own branding. Those of you who also have graphic design backgrounds also know how hard it is to get inside your own head and make a design that really represents you.
Since I rebranded, I promised myself I would get super nice business cards, but when I rebranded, we had plans of moving back to Florida, which meant I would spend a ton of money on cards that would become obsolete as soon as we moved, which could have been at any time because our home had been on the market for awhile. Well, long story short, after losing my corporate job and moving back to Florida, I had to start over with my business and I didn’t have the money to order nice business cards, so I ordered interim cards that were ok, but they weren’t that great. I felt the need to apologize every time I handed someone my business card. I’m super appreciative and thankful for Kate Gardiner for putting me in touch with an amazing photographer who then put me in touch with several other amazing photographers who have trusted me with second shooting for them throughout the last 5 months. After saving everything from my second shooter jobs, instead of dumping it into a lens, I decided to continue saving, but that I would finally, after a VERY long wait, reward myself with the “nice” business cards I had been wanting for so long. That, my internet friends, was why I was so giddy to get my new cards. The only thing is that I wished I could have gotten the logo done in a silver foil, but to do that would have costed waaaaay more than I wanted to spend. The cards would have been over $1.00 per card, at 500 cards, that’s a ton of money. I don’t want cards that are so expensive that I never want to hand them out, so I settled for the black ink.
I present to you my new Jen Shannon Photography business cards!! So I don’t get a thousand emails about who I went through, I’ll give you the details here. I ordered the cards through Taste of Ink Studios. They are the cotton business cards with black ink and debossing. They are SUPER thick too which is nice. If you need someone to design your cards for you, Taste of Ink Studios also has a design team that can design your cards for you. It took a little over a month to get them, but it was well worth the wait!