Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. My most common types of jobs are family sesssions, which is great because I love photographing families together. Next would be Seniors, then Weddings and finally Children. I am so incredibly lucky that I get to do what I do and get paid for it, I love every type of session for different reasons. I love chatting with my seniors and finding out about their plans for their future. Weddings are just an amazing day of love and connection, there is nothing else quite as exhilarating or exhausting(hehe). And children are just fun because you never know what they will do or how they will react to your camera. They keep you on your toes and make sure you are absolutely present in the moment with them. LOVE IT all!!!!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I think that when you are looking to hire a photographer you should first be sure that the images you see on their website or blog are the kind of images you are wanting. Don't go to a photographer who's website is full of bright, saturated, colorful photos and expect to get anything but that at your session. I also believe that you should always follow your first impression of anyone, including a photographer. If you get a bad first impression from your communications, be it email, phone call or face to face meeting heed that feeling and don't hire that photographer. Your personality and that of the photographer have to mesh in order to have a spectacularly successful session and if your first impression is negative my guess is that your personalities are not going to mesh well.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. When looking for a portrait photographer a consumer should always be sure to first know that the photographer they have chosen will be a good fit for the type of photography they want. Then they should ask the photographer how long they have been in business? This is not always an indicator of high quality service and photography but often the longer a photographer has been in business the more sure a client can be of being happy with their photos.
Ask if you can see an entire gallery from a session? This is important because you will get a much better idea of what to expect in terms of number of photos in a gallery, types of photos and if the quality is consistent.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love meeting new people and getting to know them. I love that I get to use my creativity on a daily basis and help people see the beauty in life.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My favorite thing to happen to me on a shoot so far was almost two years ago now. I showed up to a shoot with a gorgeous family and their little guy was wearing his Spiderman suit. So I struck a little conversation with him about Spiderman and asked him if he knew the theme song, he then proceeded to sing me the entire theme song in the sweetest little lispy voice, I nearly cried from the cuteness.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. First I would suggest getting a degree(even a 2 year) in business management. Having that kind of education and knowledge will help propel your business forward so much faster than learning as you go.
I would also advise them to make sure that they not only enjoying photographing and editing but keeping up with the business end of things. Running your own photography business involves more than just taking photos, you also have to keep up with accounting, client relations, marketing and more.. you are a one man(or woman as the case may be) show and you have to like every part of the business in order to succeed.