Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. - SF Business Times "Book of Lists" Party
- A luxury interior design showroom re-grand opening
- Lunar New Year Event for Verizon
I also have my own photobooth company, called lightworks!
We recently completed events for MasterCard, Zuckerberg Media, the Brooklyn Museum and Woolite! You can check us out here: www.lightworksbooth.com
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I constantly keep up on the average market price for event photography. I do believe that you get what you pay for (to a certain extent). I price my services fairly. I am not a budget photographer, but I am willing to negotiate within reason.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. I find that clients often forget to ask about photo delivery. Some clients want a cd, others want a zip file, while others just want a link to an album that can be shared with others. Make sure you know how you want the images delivered so the photographer knows what to expect. Also, if you would like the possibility of making prints from the photo files, be sure to mention that as well. The photographer will shoot in a high(er) resolution.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the fact that every job is different. A different location, different clients, different atmosphere. I've met people from all walks of life, and that is a beautiful thing.
Everyone has a story and I'm thankful to be able to capture a little piece of it with my photography.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Photography is so multi-faceted. The work starts from the moment we book a job. We have to figure out logistics, plan the shoot, shoot the job, complete post-production, and deliver the images to the client - all in a timely manner.
The work doesn't end there. We spend a lot of time on marketing and client relations. And let's not begin with editing the images! Depending on the job, editing can take hours upon hours.
Photography is a great career, but there's SO MUCH more to it than making beautiful images. We do it all because we love it. :)
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I knew I wanted to pursue photography as a profession when I took a film photography class in high school. I was amazed by being able to create and develop my own images. My parents weren't to keen on the idea of me being an "artist", but I never lost sight that vision, even after completing four years of college in a much different field.
After college, I began shooting events part time here and there while working at a non-profit. Through networking and client recommendations, I was able to build up my business to a full time career. I love what I do and I'm happy to be where I am.