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How I named my business (and why my hairdresser loves me)

I have a confession to make: the name of my business is a bit of a pain in the ass. Don't get me wrong - I've no one to blame but myself, and I have no intention of changing it, but seriously: if I banked a dollar every time someone mistakenly referred to "Megapixel Photography," I could very nearly stop charging for portraits. And if I ever decided to stop cutting my hair every six weeks, I wonder how I'd explain the name at all... maybe with a reference to fairies?

Yikes.

Coming up with a name for your business is hard. In one or two or three words you have to sum up who you are personally & professionally, ideally in a catchy, memorable way that looks equally good printed on a business card and a billboard. Oh, and it has to be unique. Expecting people to remember that you're a .net - much less a .biz - is the online equivalent of expecting people to assume your business is in Arkansas when you tell them you're located in Paris.

Obviously, the easy solution for this one-woman operation would be to use my name (which is nothing if not unique), but the number of people who can remember/pronounce/spell Annemie Tonken is pretty limited... I think my mom gets it right most of the time. I hemmed and hawed about what to do for months, and when Megapixie popped into my head (after seeing an ad for a camera boasting its then-impressive megapixel count), it just worked. I'm a photographer! I work digitally! I have short hair! Also: no one else has claimed this URL! Even then, though, I knew it wasn't perfect...

Fortunately, with the help of my rockstar graphic designer, I've been able to take that name and create a brand that I really love, and despite the occasional inward shudder when someone calls for "Anna-May at Megapixel Photography," I feel like it was the right decision. It's quirky and goofy and apparently a little tricky to pronounce. Kind of fits, don't you think?

xox,

annemie

 

 

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Brooks Everett | Raleigh Newborn Photographer

It's such a small world. This sweet little baby's dad Karl is a friend of a friend of mine from long ago and far away, and we ran into each other by pure coincidence at the hospital two years ago when his first son, Archer was born. Fast forward two years, and his wife Erin finds me totally independently through a friend of hers who was looking for photographers, just when she was getting ready to need a photographer herself! I love it when things come around like that... and even more when they can be around such joyful events! It was a trip getting to reconnect with Karl, meet his gorgeous family, and help document a whole new chapter in their lives marked by the birth of Brooks last December. Raleigh Family Photography

Did I mention that Brooks has what may very well be the most kissable lips EVER?

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Karl & Erin, it was a true pleasure... congratulations and stay in touch!

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xox,

annemie

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