Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When shopping around for a photographer, look for an experienced, confident, friendly professional who is creative and fun to work with.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Ever wonder why photographers charge so much? You are not just paying for us to shoot your wedding or event. We spend hours meeting and preparing before the wedding. There's the travel, confidently shooting thousands of photos during the event, then organizing, culling and posting highlights immediately after. Then the real work begins- every image we present (about 100 per hour) is painstakingly edited to perfection which takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes per photo. That amounts to multilple weeks of work. Then we burn discs, upload the entire wedding to your secure web gallery, design your wedding book from scratch, provide prints and be available throughout the process to answer any questions or concerns. Now does it seem worth it?
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How many years have you been in business?
What is included in the pricing?
What is your specialty?
Where did you learn to be a photographer?
Do I get the image files?
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. After 25 years as a pro and over 40 years of shooting, I still LOVE my work! I am inspired everyday to work with new and different clients. I am NEVER bored.... A beautiful photograph gives people a huge self esteem boost and I love to see the look on peoples faces when they see themselves captured in an essential moment.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Craig Norton provides private lessons, guest lectures at University of Hartford and continuing education for adults at Florence Griswold Museum, The Benton Museum at UConn and West Hartford Art League. He is a teaching artist with Arts For Learning CT. He often works with students with special needs and uses photography as an expressive art.