Most photographers only hand out a limited number of prints and the client has to return every time they want another. This way, the photographer gains repeat income. Personally I couldn't be arsed with that approach. It's fiddly, it's sometimes embarrassing, but mostly it's no fun.
Because of the CFS I have a limited amount of energy I can put into my recently launched portrait photography business, so I'm damned if I'm going to spend much of it doing things I can't be bothered with. This business is being built entirely around who I am and what I enjoy.
I enjoy blethering with people and finding out more about them. I enjoy taking photographs. I enjoy playing with images on the computer.
I don't enjoy large amounts of admin, which doing prints for people one at a time would involve.
Consequently, one of the key aspects to this photography business is the fact I hand clients a CD of images after the session, for them to print, email or stick up on their blog, without needing further permission from me.
However, if I'm to hand people a CD, a scribble on a disc in a paper wallet doesn't look professional, so I needed to design a CD cover.
Remit to self: clean, simple, professional-looking, easy to print, reflecting the style created by the website
Problems to consider were:
- Having a single image to sum up my photography would be impossible
- Having several images would look cluttered
- Having faces on the cover is only of interest to those who know and like the people the faces belong to
- Having photos that aren't faces makes it look like I don't do portraits, which is the main thrust of my business
- Having white writing on a black background, like my website, would use masses of ink every time I wanted to print one up.