Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Weddings and engagement sessions. Portraits. Head Shots. Events.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. All weddings and different venues. The brides all loved the results.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. what ever you do don't go for the lower priced offers where the photographer may work part time or only have a few years experience and or inferior gear. Also, no need to pay thousands of dollars for a higher end photographer who shows you all the feathers but ends up using an underpaid or inexperienced assistant to shoot or edit causing you to get the same or less quality than hiring the right photographer for the right price. I happen to think I'm the right blend value for you money in the area.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. What a lot of customers don't realize if they may not get the original copy right release copy, and that most photographers don't custom edit every frame. They may batch edit and say they edite every frame but there is a huge difference in the final product. It takes about 1 hour for every 50 to 100 pics when you custom edit each frame. This takes many hours of tedious work to do and this is what separates the best from the ones who just want to make a buck. I edit every frame as if it was going to hang on your wall.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Tell me about you experience level.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Just make sure you are comfortable with what I offer. Don't pay attention to a few bad reviews. 99% of my clients love my work. There is ex tenant "Jake Solocek that I had to evict a few years back from a rental property for none payment that decided to seek some sort of revenge and write a horrible 1 start review. Of course this has no merit. There is also a guy that says I shot his daughters weeding that I had no records of. These are simply people that are trying to hurt me and use the internet as their tool.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. In a word "experience". I've been around the block and you simple get more very good photos than with other photographers.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Just being a part or your day and making the memories special.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How can I see your work and what do you charge. I love when this happens because
my work solid and my pricing is very low for what I offer.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I do but I can't put it in writing hear. It's too spicy !!! :)
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That I love what I do, I'm passionate, dependable, and know how to let the day unfold and make people smile. It's all about letting the client enjoy the day seamlessly.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I always excelled in the arts. I've won many awards and have published work starting from grade school on up. After working in a cubicle in sales for 20 years and doing photography part time and decided I had to go with what makes me smile from day to day. Photographer is my life and this is how I provide for my family.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I did a charity shoot for mothers with breast cancer as a no cost donation.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I often attend seminars to learn the craft and read/research tutorials on line to keep up with the latest gear and technics.
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. It appears they are now coming out with 4k video which is an ultra high def video. You can obtain a 8 meg picture out of each frame. In other words you can pick any frame out of 30 for each second of video. This is great for a photojournalistic style or for canids but a true professional still photographer will know the subtle angles and poses to make people look their best and create art.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. I drove to Kingsland Georgia for a destination wedding for a couple that came from the DC area. They only paid 500 bucks for 4 hours of coverage and they loves the results.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Basically it's around $100.00 per hour and you get it all.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. First have the passion to do it, learn the craft correctly, obtain the right gear, work hard, be honest, be prompt, and last always give more than expected.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. People skills and I'm a perfectionist.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Upgrading my gear.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Who is John Fountain. I'm a passionate family man who loves being behind a camera and providing for his family.