Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The most jobs I get are small weddings, elopements, followed by portraits, boudoir and very large weddings. I do get commercial work every now and again which i love to do, but it is harder to come by.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Try to find a photographer whose style matches your end result goal as well as getting along with the photographer. You will spend anywhere from an hour to a full day with your photographer and you need to be sure you see eye to eye. Trust is also important.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My work is my own. I do not try to copy everyone else or go with the latest trends. When you hire me, you get what I see but better. I also try to listen to my clients and give them the kinds of images they are looking for. I know how to make my equipment capture images they way I want them to look and am proud of that. I actually went to school for photography unlike many around here who did not and then merely picked up a camera one day and decided to start shooting. I've been dedicated from the beginning and know that i am always learning every time I do a shoot.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I have photos from over 100 years ago of members of my family. One day I hope that my photos are treasured just as much as I treasure these photos that I have of my ancestors. It is a great honor ever time I am chosen to photograph something because that image could be lasting. The images make history and preserve memories for many many years to come.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish customers knew that the photography job doesn't just end when the shoot or event is over. The photographer has to spend hours of time carefully editing and working on your photos to make sure that they make you and yours look the best! We have to spend time editing, traveling to photo labs and ordering your products. So if you think our hourly rate seems high, it really isn't, because it gets spread out over many hours and is actually probably a lot lower than you might think for the amount of work done! People don't know this but I wish it was appreciated.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have always been an artist and in high school I decided to go to an art college. Once I got there i was undecided until I took a photography class and knew it was right for me. I knew how to do enough darkroom things to be exempt from the introductory course so I was ahead of the rest, but I loved every minute of it.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. If you want to get into photography, you don't necessarily have to go to school for it. And it isn't about having the best camera either. What my advice would be is to find other photographers and go work with them. Assist them. Carry their stuff around and most importantly WATCH what they do. Learn how they interact with people. Once they trust you, they might let you shoot some on your own.
And practice practice!
But mostly, just watching others and learning new techniques from them is the best way to learn.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength is listening to my clients and putting them at ease. Trust is an important factor in photography and I aim to be the most trustworthy photographer out there. I am punctual, detailed, honest and non-threatening.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Now that I have a studio space, I am looking to improve my studio portrait skills. I used to shoot in the studio all the time and have gotten a bit rusty, but every day I try to shoot something or someone and it is getting better by the minute! I love it!
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Why is it more important to get prints and albums of your completed photography job?
I recently was looking for a photo that I took in college. It was one that was and edited version of something I shot with film. I knew I had a digital copy of it somewhere, but much to my dismay, it is on a floppy disc. This disc was created in 1998. That wasn't that long ago, yet, I do not have a computer that can open that type of disc.
If I had a print of it, I would be fine. It would be in a box or album somewhere and I could find it. Just like the photos of my great grandparents from 1908, I am able to see it.
If you ONLY get a disc of images can we guarantee that we'll be able to read that CD 14 years from now? 104 years from now. The answer is NO.
Prints last a lifetime, digital media does not.