To date I've had a basic logo made up of the words "Lisa Mark Photography". I want to create a branded identity which I can utilize on business cards, stationary, etc. Most importantly I need an icon to use on my blog as a watermark.
I've attempted to use my existing full worded logo on my images as a watermark and I find it overwhelming and amateur-looking (mainly because my current logo is simply my business name typed out). I want to go in the direction of clean branding with an icon that can be placed directly on the image to discourage stealing photos.
Here are a few photographers whose logos and watermarks I like:
I also like the simple, clean, upscale logos/branding of the following brands:
My branding colours are black and red (not super bright - please see attached my current 2009 logo to see what I mean).
I would not be against introducing another accent colour but my primary branding should remain black and red. I would, however, like to be able to use the logo (or icon) as a watermark, possibly in one colour (i.e. white) - whatever looks best as a watermark.
This branding should appeal to both a bride & groom, a mother or to a rock star.
Now that I have seen several beautiful modern designs, I would love to see a few with a retro feeling to them. I think this will help me pick my favourite logo if I have a couple different style directions to choose from. Please take a look at this link for some inspiration:
Also please note that this logo may end up embossed or letterpressed onto business cards.
Thank you for all the wonderful work so far! I'm looking forward to declaring a winner.