Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Typically, most of the photo shoots include my professional hair and makeup artist, myself, and a model. Depending on the model's preference, we will photograph out of my own home, hotel room or different location of model's choosing, or a studio located in North Scottsdale. Natural light is my favorite to work with since it is the most flattering. I will use studio lighting for more personalized photos at times.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Recently, I received the opportunity to photograph an ex-playmate. We photographed in the home of a friend of hers in Apache Junction, which I had no idea what to expect. The furniture in the home was outdated and completely unflattering, but with simple improvisations we were able to capture gorgeous photos that we were both extremely happy with.
I am also in the process of working with a small pet care business and an online fitness networking company based out of Scottsdale, Arizona to help promote their websites. I am very excited to see their progress.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. A little tip I give all of my models is to create a board on Pinterest with any images that inspire you and show the style in which you would like to capture through our photo session. This gives me a clearer idea of what you like and a better way to achieve a more precise experience to the one you expect, and hopefully beyond that expectation.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Here are some things to consider before you search for a photographer. Have an idea of the style(s) you would like to capture. Close your eyes, imagine yourself holding a photograph of yourself (and whomever else you are planning to invite to the session), what does the photograph look like? What are you and the others wearing? Where are you? The answer to these questions sets up the setting, wardrobe, and all the little details in between. Your ideas don't have to be complete, but have a rough idea. That way we are not just "shooting in the dark". I want to capture the photographs YOU want, not just what I want.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Some things I wish people knew about being a photographer is how much work actually goes into a photo shoot and the complete process from pre-session to post-session. I've never planned a wedding before, but I can only assume it's very similar to that. So many details go into setting up the shoot, getting the model prepared, making sure everyone is on the same page, checking the lighting, posing, camera balance and all that technical camera jargon, clean up, editing each photo, and so much more. It can be exhausting, yet so worth it! I think that's what makes photographing so rewarding.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am always pushing myself to strengthen my creative, customer, and business skills. I am continuing my education by taking college courses via Northern Arizona University and Mesa Community College. I just completed an online boudoir workshop with my most honored mentor, Christa Meola. Several workshops I engage in a few times a month are provided by creativelive.com where well-known professionals record live workshops which run typically 3 days to guide entrepreneurs, such as myself, in their businesses. On a daily basis, I review emails with a wealth of information from successful business owners. I just can't get enough education!