Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Cinematographer for a musical short film for a local director.
Also, recently screened Stewardess Girl at the Unexpected Film Fest. It was the second short film that I wrote, directed, and shot. It's about a young man that finally goes to meet the girl that he's been chatting with online.
Finished filming for another director's feature film, What If.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look at the photographer's work and see if it matches your style. Ask questions. Make sure you are comfortable with the photographer's demeanor, attitude, and service package.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I would want to know what makes one photographer better than another? There are a lot of photographers to choose from these days, and almost everyone has a camera! For me, it all comes down to lighting, styling, and attitude. Good lighting can make the model "pop" out at you. Good expressions and attitude create appeal and desire. A good photographer will position lights to flatter your features and will make you comfortable enough to open up to the camera with confidence.
Also, it's good to know that the photographer always owns the rights to photos, but cannot sell or use them without your permission. If you want all the rights to the photos, most photographers will require you buy the exclusive rights to the photos. Otherwise, the photographer might ask you to sign a model release form for the photographs so they can use them on their website, etc.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How do I receive the images? Do the images come with or without watermarks?
Do I have to order prints through you or can I arrange my own prints?
How long will it take to receive the images?
Do you retouch the images? If so, how many and for how much?
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. As a photographer and filmmaker, every job is different. With photography, my assignments have ranged from headshots, to fashion, to weddings, to MMA events ringside.
With film, I have traveled to random places like Vegas and Tahoe, filming everything from lovers to fighters to births to deaths.
Funny scenes, sad scenes, smiles, and poker faces. Elegant gowns to jeans and tees, it's a thrilling career to say the least.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Twist of Hate was the first short film that I made. There are too many stories from that filming to recount here. But let's just say, having never gone to film school, I had to learn the hard way how to make a film. We had just about everything go wrong--and not to any of our faults. Things like cheap hotels with bed bugs, no towels, and mysterious stains. And things like the roof of a golf cart that we were transporting in the back of a truck flying off on the freeway and hitting another car. Thank God no one was hurt. The film literally took blood, sweat, and tears to make. But the stories from making that film will never be forgotten.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I'm particularly proud of the two short films that I wrote and directed, Twist of Hate and Stewardess Girl. Both are very different from each other and yet both convey a lesson. Although, combined, they make about 18 minutes of film, the films were a lot of hard work and produced some behind-the-scenes stories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. A lot of people say I have a great eye. They say I find the good shots.