In this post I’ll go over quick tips on how to come up with creative photography name ideas – whether it be for your photography business or blog.
Step 1. Write A Paragraph About Your New Business
The first step in coming up with a good photography name is to really define the business/blog/personal brand you want to start – by writing a paragraph about it. Be as specific as you can – to do this just keep asking your self different why/what/when/how/where/who questions like this:
What sort of photography business do you want to start? Will it be about a certain type of photography (action, adventure, black and white, street, studio, travel etc.). Try and get more specific (street photography in London, adventure and travel photography).
If you are starting a photography business, why are you starting it? “I want to help couples remember their special day”, “I want to photograph real estate to help the owners sell it”
If you are starting a blog, why are you starting it? Is it to showcase your work, showcase a place, or help people learn photography?
If you want to help people learn photography, what areas do you want to help them with? Is it the creative side, the technical, help in the studio, lighting, traveling and photography, doing street photography, or is it something else.
If you want to showcase your work, why? Is it to get work, is it to sell your photographs?
Who/What do you want to photography, why?
Where will you be photographing? When?
How will you be photographing? Will it be with Canons, the highest range cameras, action cameras, in a studio, or with natural lighting.
A good way of getting specific about your photography business is to keep asking why. “I want to teach people how to photograph” why? “I love the creative side of photography and want to show creative ways to use a camera.”
Here is my paragraph defining my new photography blog:
“I want to start a street photography blog. I’ll be going around my city, of Berlin, showing people how to do street photography – what’s the best equipment to use, what to look for in shots, and how to get creative with your surroundings. I’ll also be highlighting special places around town (markets, parks) for anyone who is planning on visiting Berlin.”
Step 2. The Next Step – A List of Words
To create some photography name ideas, we are going to need to build 2 lists of words. One list is going to be the words and phrases specific to your photography venture – so for me that would be words like Berlin and street.
The second list is going to be general words relating to photography. I have create a long list of these words for you to use below.
The First List – Getting Specific
From the paragraph describing your photography business or blog you should be able to pull out words/phrase/themes that describe it.
For me, using the paragraph from above, my list of words would include:
- Street photography
Here are some more words I can add to my list:
Street: pavement, roadsides, maps, traffic lights, markets, alley, concrete jungle
City: skyscraper, cops, subway, buses, parks, tycoons, people
On my huge guide on how to name a blog, I go through creative exercises you can do to build out your word list – check it out if you are having any trouble coming up a list of words.
The Second List – General Photography Words
Here is a list of words that relate to photography that you can use:
Black and white
Step 3. Time To Brainstorm – Mix and Match
Now it’s time to mix and match words from both lists to create name ideas. Pick out memorable words that paint a picture in your mind. In the 30 Available Photography Name Ideas section below, you can see how I’ve mixed and matched photography words to create business name ideas.
Have a look at my naming post if you want to see a checklist of what makes a good name, it will also show you how to check if your name is available as a .com, and what to do if it is not.
If you have come up with a photography company name, then you can head over to my next post which will show you how to register your name as a .com and set up your photography website: How To Make a Photography Website.
If you don’t have a business or blog name yet, then check out the 30 available names below.
30 Available Photography Name Ideas
Beauty and the Photographer
Zoom Zoom Click
Street Click Studios
Adventure Click Studios
Black and White Captions
“I Do” Captions
“I Do” Camera Bag
Color Street Snappers
Seeing in Black and White
The Darkroom Door
My Home Town Snaps
Heart and Shutter
Heart and Pixels
Street Signs and Pixels
Street Signs and Camera
Planes and Pixels
Your Name‘s Pixel Studios
Spoons of Pixels
Camera Bag Darkroom
Maps and Snaps
The Blue Camera Bag
Step 4. Getting Your Name Registered As a .com
The 30 photography domain name ideas above are available as .coms. If you want to use one, then follow along with my guide here (How To Make a Photography Website) and I’ll show you how to register the name as a .com and get you set up with a photography website.