Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Most common type of jobs are Product Photography especially Jewelry photography along with photo editing in Photoshop. Graphic design work like Logos, Brochures & Catalog desigs. Flash banners in CS4 and gifs. Started a new addition to my portfolio of 360 Degree Spin Photography. Apparels on mannequins & product on models is also a part of my job. Head shots for corporate clients. Photography on Nature Backgrounds for commercial websites for my clients.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Yes, its possible. However incase the provider wants to work from studio-location and not the office, there needs to be some adjustments done. I guess the employer would be paying less for such a provider than actually employing one.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Some clients would just give 1 chance to do a particular type of work. Incase they dont like it, they leave. Thats what is not good. We are equipped with technology, skills and a positive attitude for a good outcome of the project. The only thing that takes time is understanding the likes & dislikes of a new client. It takes some time for this understanding to develop. Hence, incase the first time you dont like a particular work, dont walk away. Discuss it with the provider and she will be ready to repeat her work at no extra cost to you. Just give them a chance to improve and understand.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I was already working for a jewelry showroom in Downtown Atlanta, Americasmart , as a graphic designer and photographer. From there I got the idea of starting my own venture into the same field. Also there are many start-up ventures who have good products but not a huge budget for photography. To provide services to such start-ups is a great start for ourselves too.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes, its imperative that a graphic designer or photographer does her bit to stay abreast of all the possible technologies in her field. I do advanced professional tutorials online, browse through various design work of other designers and try to figure out how it was done. Any other scope of work that I can come up with. Also knowledge about other associated field is equally important. For eg. If I know how to create a swf flash banner, I also need to know how I can embed it in a particular client website. Going a mile ahead of what you promised to the client increases our knowledge of surroundings.