Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. In the last 2.5 years I've developed my craft of making people look their very best! With the right lighting, poses, backgrounds, using the highest quality cameras and lenses, to my many years of experience with Photoshop--you can join my long list of satisfied clients! From head shots to themed shoots with full hair/make up, wardrobe and sets, I only want shots that make everyone say---WOW!
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I just completed a full day of shooting clients in my studio where I'd setup one hour slots to shoot them in a 50's retro pin up costume. There were 3 sets with various poses. I charged 1/2 my usual rate and it was a huge success. I'm also doing shoots with my 2 meet up groups that I run nearly every weekend. Before this I shot a graduation at a large high school in Temecula, CA.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What experience do you have? Can you show me some of your work? How many images will I get from the shoot? Will hair and make up be provided or do I have to set that up? Does the photographer have permits to shoot in that area? Will I be able to download the final finished images?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Are they concerned more with the cost of the photo shoot or the final product? If they are only concerned with the cost then they should find another photographer as I'm more concerned with the final quality of the image. Will it get a huge response? Will it show them in their very best light? Will it help them get the job they want? They should cut through the process and go right to the person who's work clearly shows hands down a better quality and excitement.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. After 35 years or working in the commercial art/design industry working with many high end companies (Microsoft/Sierra/Goodyear...) and always aware of the final product and how it can be improved--I now take all that knowledge and experience and apply it to my photography. Besides having way more experience in the field that almost any other photographers, I have worked hard to master lighting, cameras, lenses, and most of all I'm a people person (From a small town in Kentucky) and everyone loves to work with me!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like working with people and I love it when they are excited about the finished photos. I'm constantly striving for that perfect image and will work as hard as it takes to improve. I like the challenges involved and love the creativity that I can achieve with photography. More and more I'm getting the chance to teach others what I've learned and that is yet another avenue I'm exploring.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. New customers ask if I will take out this blemish, this stray hair, this other problem with the photo when looking at an unfinished shot. Anyone that has worked with me, or looked through my samples does not ask this. They know i will not release a shot till I'm 100% happy with it, and they know, they will be happy also.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That not all photographers are equal. Some do the work as a 9-5 office job and just clock in and out. I'm passionate about the craft and shoot for the client yet always thinking how can this be better. How can this go outside the box and get that WOW factor. When shooting a Military Ball recently I shot for the portraits, but I also shot the dancing, the eating and all of the other things going on at the event. I was told no other photographer they have hired for these events had ever covered more than just what they were hired to do. I enjoy photography and I'm sure it shows in my work for me and for others.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. When I was very young I was very interested in photography and shooting movies, from watching my dad who was always with a camera in his hand. I was also very interested in drawing and art in general. When I went to college I had classes in both, but had to make a decision as to which one to persue and I went with commercial art and design. After 35 years of doing that successfully on my own and working with other corporations I later decided to go with photography, my other early passion. Now, I'm very glad I worked it out this way as all the experience in creating art and design has fast forwarded my photography to a much higher level!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I'm constantly watching informative videos on YouTube about lighting and cameras and posing a model. I have subscriptions to various photo magazines and have learned a lot over the years by studying them. I also read blogs and web sites that compare the latest products. I upgrade my camera every 2 years not because I need to, but because I want to stay current with what is going on in the field, as well as with the software I'm using.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. There are now cameras that shoot 4K frames so that you can actually film a model, then later pull out high resolution frames and print from them! Some magazine covers have been shot using this method.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. The final step of the process. I feel I'm good at working with the clients, and organizing and running the photo shoot, but my strongest area is in the post production. I can take almost any shot and make it great! If I have a great shot....I can make it amazing!
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I'm trying to stay busier. I have a tendency, like a lot of people, to get comfortable with what I'm doing. I need to step out and force myself to promote better, and to make myself known in the industry.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. How do you think your work compares to others that you've seen? I feel that honestly my work is in the top 98%. I've now gotten to the point where I can see things wrong with some magazine covers, beach shoots in Sport Illustrated, etc....so I'm thinking now that I've gotten very close to the top and can shoot just about anything and make it worthy of a magazine or high end use. In fact, I've had my work in 5 magazines recently and have a cover and feature coming out in some in the near future.