Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When looking for a photographer, look for someone whose style fits with your own way of looking at life - or the way you'd LIKE to look at the world. Also, make personal contact before deciding. It's important to feel comfortable with the person behind the lens so that you trust them to make you look good in front of it.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I wish people knew that there's a lot of work that goes into producing a quality image and because of that, your images are not shown at their quality level when they are not developed by a professional lab. Development at the local Mart will produce bad pictures and you will not be happy with the outcome. These days, professional labs have competitive prices and are worth the extra money and effort - especially since these memories are meant to share with others, and last forever. INVEST in your photos.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. I personally believe that any photographer who hands you a disk and tells you to print your pictures at the local Mart (or anywhere that's NOT a professional lab) is not experienced enough to understand the differences in quality and is probably not concerned about what you DO with your pictures. So, I would suggest confirming that your photographer does use a professional lab. If the prices seem too good to be true, then they probably are. Photography is an investment in your memories. Don't let an inexperienced photographer ruin something so precious to you.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What is the purpose of your session and what are you going to do with the finished product? This will help you and your photographer decide what to do in your session at every level - to include what colors you wear and what time of day your appointment is set.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. MY work stands out because I'm a little quirky, a lot OCD, and a smidge silly. A photographer's unique personality and life view will always differentiate them. My personal way of living life is to get as much out of each moment as possible. When I'm shooting my clients (with a camera!), I like to get to know them, laugh, talk, just enjoy our time together. We always seem to part as friends.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. With the latest "prosumer" DSLRs that are available on the market, many people who take pictures feel that they are "photographers." Just be sure that the person you hire has the experience you need to produce the images you want. It's not that the photographer has to have so many years built up, but they DO need a thorough knowledge, not only of their camera, but of what looks good through the lens. Many facets are in play when one is trying to compose a great image. The person who lacks experience in any one of those facets could cause you to have a less-than-satisfactory experience. Look at a photographer's portfolio carefully when making your decisions. Look for images that are in focus, faces that still have character and have not been over Photoshop-ed. You'll want to look at your images for a long time to come. Make sure you choose someone whose style is trendy enough to be fun, but timeless enough to be, well, timeless!