Hi, my name is Joshua Gull and I'm a wedding photographer based in Nashville, TN.
You can see some of my work at http://www.joshuagull.com to get an idea for my style and brand message (I'm in the middle of a professional site redesign, hence the need for a new logo that matches my brand and message). You can also see my current logo and visual branding there. What I'm looking for in a logo...
-- a light, mid or dark shade of gray
-- lowercase lettering with a hand painted/written feel with broad brush strokes, think calligrapher + painter (reference "ryan ray" upload)
-- the same feel for bird silhouettes above my name (1-3 birds)
-- potentially a nice serif or sans serif font reading "wedding photography" or "WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY" below my name
EDITED TO ADD: For the lettering I feel like I'm speaking in terms that could mean different things to different people. Think "painterly" calligrapher with calligrapher being the key part That's the most succinct way I can think to describe what I'm looking for. Lean towards slightly whimsical calligraphy.
I'm a very easy-going guy that attracts very easy-going clients that place a very high value on life, relationships and the beginning of their marriage and life together. I want to make an emotional appeal to clients who themselves are emotional people attracted to things that make them "feel."
My target clients are primarily women/brides but I don't want it to be so feminine that men/grooms can't enjoy it as well. The logo needs to appeal to the 21-35 year old demographic but not be overtly feminine (I think thicker strokes in the calligraphy/typography can accomplish this and I've included an example photo).
Here are a few of the words that I want my visual branding to represent...
-- simple, clean, honest
-- romantic, soft, intimate
-- classic, soulful, beautiful
-- organic, natural
The words I need included in the handwritten/calligraphy or typography are as follows...
-- "joshua gull"
-- "thank you"
Additional things I'm potentially interested in the logo including...
-- above my name I'm interested in having one sketched seagull outline of the bird in flight or a sketched outline of a pair of seagulls similar to the one bird or pair of birds I use on my current site but I want them to have a much more hand-drawn feel (I'm almost sure I want this)
-- potentially some kind of watercolor or oil/acrylic paint smear/swatch look either in the calligraphy/typography itself or a larger smear/swatch with the logo overlayed onto the smear or reversed out of the smear (I'll be using a white background so this would make the logo white and the smear would be a different color, I'm open to any color beyond what I have listed)
I'll need the logo and words in a layered PSD file (900px wide), the logo in a large vector format for scaling and also the logo in a large raster file (8.5x11 canvas at 300 dpi in psd format).
I'll be actively participating in this contest with feedback to guide the designs as I am forgoing hiring a calligrapher at a lower price in hopes of getting more variety in the designs.
Good luck and thanks!