The Accidental Name


When I chose the name of my “photography business” I had no idea it would become an actual business name. At the time I wanted a name for a photoblog I had started that mostly included buildings, lakes and flowers. As this slowly started to become a name for my portrait work I never even questioned it.

To me, the name, is a way of saying that sometimes a shot that you wouldn’t expect to be beautiful suddenly becomes beautiful…by accident. This is obvious to me but I guess it’s not quite as obvious to everyone else.

I have noticed that photographers have either their business name as FIRST and LAST NAME Photography and some believe that is the only way to go. There are other photographers, like myself and my friend Jen, who choose another name like Pretty Pictures Photography (I totally made that up, I have no idea if it exists).

I realize my business name (I’m not mentioning it here as I’m trying really hard to keep this blog separate from the other one) isn’t an obvious name but then I always tend to go the less obvious route. I prefer goofy pictures over pretty pictures. I prefer personality over polished.

Anyway, all this rambling is my way of wondering if I should change my name. I’m not sure if I even could if I wanted to at this point in the game. I mean, I couldn’t even change my Fan Page name, which I think is really ridiculous but that would go in my WTF Facebook? post.

So I’d love to have your thoughts, feel free to just be honest. Would you be hesitant to hire someone with my business name? Here is a poll to make it a little more fun.


  1. Alissa

    July 15, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I’m kind of all for AB. I don’t think you need to have your name necessarily. A very successful business in this area is named Visualizations and 831. I don’t know what I’d call my business. My name is difficult to pronounce (it’s spelled Alissa but pronounce a-lee-suh). So, I’d be setting myself up for constant misprounciations and spelling issues (especially if someone is searching for me via web).

    1. Robin

      July 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

      @Alissa, It’s tough to come up with a unique name, I think I’m lucky mine just came to me several years ago.

  2. Grant

    July 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

    The personal name thing sounds overdone, but calling it Accidental Beauty gives me the impression that you take good pictures by accident. I recommend Bunnylicious Artistry. I also recommend that you be Asian if you want to use that name. Of course, I recommend that all women be Asian anyway. It’s a smart move.

    1. Robin

      July 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      @Grant, well as long as they are good pictures, right?

  3. Amanda

    July 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I like the name you have now, but I’m all about standing out from the boring names that all sound the same

    1. Robin

      July 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      @Amanda, yeah me too =)

  4. B

    July 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I like the name you use now! I think it makes you stand out.

    1. Robin

      July 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      @B, I like that, good point!

  5. Shelli

    July 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I think it’s a beautiful name. I think you should leave it alone.

    1. Robin

      July 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      @Shelli, thank you Shelly, I think I will.

  6. ed

    July 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    i like “robin elizabeth photography”. it sounds very professional.

    accidental beauty, sounds like, and don’t take offense, that you are taking taking photos, and if they turn out, great! if no, oh well.

    i think i would be more inclined to hire if the name sounded professional first, and then i’d look at the pictures.

    i hope that came out right.


    1. Robin

      July 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      @ed, No offense at all, I wanted honest opinions. I know some may see it that way and others will find it unique. I am not sure what I will do but I’m keeping it now as I can’t afford to change it all, especially the fan page, which is where I get the majority of my business I think.

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