Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure you look at their work. Have some sort of theme or wardrobe in mind so you can save money on the planning (if the photographer charges for consultation). Ultimately you are the client so don't be afraid to tell the photographer exactly what you want the finished product to be like in the end. Interview them and make sure that they can do what they say. Do a background check on them via Google or something so you can have peace of mind while it a photoshoot.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Anyone that asks you to bare a certain amount of skin and it is not per the client's request should evaluate what will happen with the photos after they are taken... Also, not all pictures are good picture most photographers are going to take hundred of pictures to deliver about 25 of their best. So make sure to be patient when it comes time to deliver the final project and also be patient when they are taken tons and tons of pictures of everything.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How long have you been working in this field? Do you have a website? How much for a consultation? At what time do you start charging? Does your hourly rate include photo editing? What photo editing software do you use? Are you also a graphic designer? What type of camera do you use?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. The buyer should know what their budget is. They should know how long it should take to complete the job. They should have a location of where they want the shots taken in mind. They should know about what they want their end result to be. They need to know the average price for the services in their particular area.