Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. A good-looking online portfolio is nice but be sure to ask for references and talk to them to make sure the photographer is easy to work with. Make sure the photographer understands your needs and shares your vision.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I wish potential customers would understand that photography isn't just a talent but also a skill. It takes time to learn to use the tools correctly and the tools are not cheap so don't cheap out because as they say...you get what you pay for!
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask for references and talk to them to make sure the photographer is easy to work with. Make sure the photographer understands your needs.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. If you are seeking me out for a live event like a conference or a seminar — or even a wedding — have a schedule ready to go and an idea of what it is that you want in images. For other projects (real estate, head shots, etc.) have a goal and schedule in mind as well.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. It kinda happened organically. I mean...I have been a photographer ever since I was a small child but it became a hobby as my adulthood has been spent making a living in the publishing world, mostly as a graphic designer, art director and print production manager for several trade publications over the decades. While working for a publication covering the live pro audio industry I was asked to start taking photos at concerts to help cut costs and I was reunited with my viewfinder which reignited my passion for capturing moments.