Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. You need to feel comfortable with the photographer you are hiring. You should get a feel for their style and their attitude.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. There are a ton of photographers out there. Many are very good, but the difference between an "amateur" photographer and a "professional" photographer is pay. There are just as many talented amateurs as there are professionals.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You should always consider your budget. Photography services can range from fairly cheap to very high priced depending on the photographer's reputation and the length of time he's been in the business professionally. Don't discount part-time photographers either. Many part-time photographers are very talented but do not have the resources to go full-time or, like myself, prefer not to have their passions turn into a "job".
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I enjoy working with people and seeing their faces or hearing their stories when they see the finished photos for the first time. It is this that drives me to always improve and to photograph people in a way that brings a smile to their faces. If a photographer is enjoying what he does, it will show in his work.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Like most photographers, I have a few stories to tell. I've almost been trampled by a horse in an attempt to get the shot, almost run over by a car, and have trudged through deep snow. But my favorite story was after shooting a wedding (which is harder work than most people would imagine). I was showing the newly wed couple their photos and the bride just starting crying. "Those are so beautiful," she said and started hugging me. It's those kind of moments that make the work worth it.