Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. My most common jobs are on-location portraits of either people or pets. I also do a lot of event photography.
A typical photo session with a child, usually involves a few photographs just to get the child familiar with me and the camera. After they have loosened up, we get in to the real session where I gently pose them or just capture them in a natural setting. After I have the photos needed, we go into fun mode where they get to make funny faces and play in front of the camera.
For family portraits, I usually take individual photos of everyone there, parent child photos, child only photos, and of course group photos.
Events, I take all of the photos that I can to capture the event.
I lightly enhance my photos for all clients. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I had a blast photographing a little four year old girl in the Texas Bluebonnets. She had a wonderful new fluffy dress that worked perfectly for the portraits. She was very adorable and was enamored with lady bugs. We got some very nice photos out of that session.
Headshots at night. I had the pleasure to take realtor headshots and professional portrait photos in front of the evening skyline. There are certain techniques that must be accomplished in order to obtain crisp photos in the dark. The skyline was amazing and the photos turned out better than I had anticipated.
Anniversary photos downtown with two true Austinites. We had a lot of fun strolling around downtown on Congress street and the surrounding areas. The couple did a wonderful job and looked very natural and I could tell that they really loved each other. The photos came out great and I had a chance to get to know a wonderful couple.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for someone that you can relate to and who will photograph you or your event in the style that you like.
Look for someone that truly knows how to accomplish a great photo, no matter the circumstance. I have climbed a glacier, stood in almost freezing water, climbed a tree and knelt down in the mud in order to get the photo that my client desired.
Hire the best person that you can afford and you won't be sorry. Cheap does not always mean good. Remember that quality photos do not come with out trial and error and a good photographer will have the experience and equipment needed to serve you well. Do you really want to trust your wedding to the family friend who has a decent camera but no experience?
Professional photographers are like any service, you hire a licensed electrician to do your electrical work, do the same for your portraits which will be around forever.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have worked very hard to learn my craft in order to provide my customers with quality photos that they can treasure for generations.
I have a fun, vibrant and classic style so my photos tend to really pop. If you are looking for black and white images or muted tones that tend to look slightly bleached out, then I am not the photographer for you.
I try to capture my client's personality in the photos so that they really reflect the moment. I want my clients to enjoy the experience as much as I do. Having a repeat customer or one that refers others is the best compliment that anyone could give me.
Having quality photos for my clients to print and pass on to future generations is my goal.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love capturing people/pets as they truely are. I like to get to know my subjects and I like to think of them as new friends. It's a wonderful feeling when I have repeat customers because it shows that I am doing a good job. I love feedback too, good or bad, because it helps me grow as a photographer.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Portrait photography is not something that you can just do. To be a good photographer, you must learn all that you can to achive the look and feel that the client desires. Satisfaction is guaranteed and I take a lot of pride in my work.
I am always reading magazines, online articles as well as any books or webinars that will teach me something. I am always practicing and trying new techniques. I am always trying to learn more so that I can ensure customer satisfaction.
I also have to be able to relate to all types and ages of people. I keep up to date on what children are watching, playing with so that I can ask them questions to make them more comfortable.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My base price for portraits is adjusted if I have to travel, how many people/pets are involved or if there is a rush involved in photo turn around.
Weddings are based on location, how many people are in the wedding party/ guest list, how long I will be needed, as well as if I need to have a second photographer to assist me.
Event photography is based on location, formality and how long I am expected to photograph.