Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I shoot a lot of comp cards and portfolio pieces for aspiring models, I also shoot a lot of advertising work for clients as well, this may include people, objects, scenes, etc.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I would say that anyone wishing to hire me, check out my work and have an idea of what type of work you are looking for. I can do very commonplace portraits, and I can taylor my work to your needs, however I feel work comes out best when you explain a vision and we can work together to make it a reality.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Photography is an art, all photographers are completely different in the way we approach our work. I think that people in this market perhaps put too much emphasis on the technical, and not enough on the creative.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How experienced are you in the type of photography I am looking for?
Do you have professional references?
May I see your website?
Do you always have a makeup artist and hair stylist for modeling photo sessions?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. When looking for a photographer for your project, always ask yourself, what is that I want to do with these photos. If your answer is to show them to other professionals in the field, do you really think someone willing to give your free photos is going to make the work you need to impress that casting director or agent? You need to have photos that match the caliber of people you are submitting them to. You get what you pay for.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My work speaks for itself in this market, I am someone who shoots my vision and attempts to meld that with your photography needs.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the freedom to pursue my artistic focus and to do it in an environment where my creativity can shine through. I believe that people are inspired by doing what they love. If you can do what you love and get paid for it, you are well on your way to having what you think is the best job in the world. One day I can be taking photos, and the next I can be working on a sculpture or a new piece of furniture. I can't believe I have made it this long!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How much does it cost for a photoshoot?
Answer: It totally depends on what you are asking for. For a 3 look comp card or portfolio shoot. The cost is 350 dollars plus 75 dollars paid to the hair/makeup artist.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Anyone can be a photographer, and anyone can be an amazing artist, it is all about being able to execute your vision on the film/digital canvas. I believe that everyone can have something interesting to contribute to the world and to our culture.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I spend 1 hour each day reviewing fashion and design sites to make sure that my work is always on the bleeding edge of each trend in fashion and each change in tastes.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would start with purchasing a very cheap film camera and learning the discipline where every single shot costs you money. It is a path to be able to very quickly learn from your mistakes, much more than digital. When you are learning with old technology the fundamentals are stressed. Most modern digital SLRs have so many functions and buttons they can be intimidating. However the principles of great photography have been the same for the last 100 years. Learn those skills and you would be well on your way to learning more about yourself and the type of photos you will enjoy taking.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength has always been adaptability. Being able to think on your feet and creatively solve problems is key to any profession, especially in the creative arts.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I am currently working on improving my non-shooting time management skills to be able to be more productive during my office hours when not shooting.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Q: Do you do weddings?
A: Wedding photography grew up in a time when photography was rare and expensive. In order to maximize their dollars people began paying for wedding photographers to shoot whole groups of family/friends etc, because this may be the only opportunity for a photograph to be taken of that Great Aunt Tilly or whatever.
Now that photography is cheap and ubiquitous, I believe that wedding photography in its current state is BORING and something that people never EVER go back and look at.
All of that being said, the approach that I would take to shooting a wedding is to shoot what is important about the event and the people surrounding it. I would shoot a wedding in a very editorial style, meaning in my unique artistic style.
If this sounds interesting to you, I would like to talk to you more about what you are looking for and see if our visions meet up. If so, we can come to a price etc. I will not shoot a wedding unless I feel that our visions for the photos sync up.
The photos I would take are ones that would stand out on Facebook as art, only starring you on your big day.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Q: Do you shoot kids/Family portraits?
A: Sure! However, my take on Family photos is a bit unique, I think that shooting groups of people standing around is incredibly boring and will yield photos that no one will care about looking at.
If I shoot a Family I suggest you think about hosting an outdoor BBQ or pool party and we shoot interesting portraits that aren't forced and awkward. Kids can run around, and you can get a true feeling from the photos of who these people actually are.
If you would be interested in this approach please let me know and we can schedule a date to shoot.