Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Portraits for schools, sports and individuals for business and senior photos. I have done product, architectural, journalistic and nature photography extensively as well.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. 1. Call a bunch of different places for quotes to get the best price available (including me of course!).
2. Don't be afraid to ask the photographer to see the photos during the shoot, so you can see what changes you would like made, its your shoot!
3. Depending on the shoot, be prepared! For example, ice cream does melt under hot lights!
4. Have fun with it, your creativity will only add to the quality of the shot.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Getting photos on CD is a lot cheaper than anything else you can get. You can get them retouched just like you would normally, but the cost for you to get RITZ to develop them is much less than what a photographer charges.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Many people will always talk about the high quality of their work. While mine is of high quality, you are the ultimate judge of my work provided. That is why I offer something most do not. I like to call it Sterling Customer Service! I do not "sell" you ANYTHING. I only ask questions to get a complete understanding of what you really want. In photography, that can translate to different emotions or an industrial look or just trying to make someone hungry enough to buy your product!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love people and working closely with them. Photography allows me to do that, along with providing people with something they will cherish for a long time. I may make something for you that your grandchildrens grandchildren may be able to see. Knowing that makes me proud to do the work I do.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How much do you charge? My rate is based on a few things, thus it changes from job to job. If I have to travel, its 50 cents per mile both ways plus the cost of the job. The cost of the job can be hourly or by the day, which is 8 hours. That can range depending on what type of photography I am doing, but is still inexpensive taking into consideration industry standards. I will also beat any written estimate doing the same amount of work, by 10%.
Other shoots, where there are a lot of people, like schoos picture day, or sports picture day will be per person and depending on what products they desire.