Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The most common photography projects for Stephen Michael Photography are weddings and receptions. However, we can also provide senior portraits, family portraits, event photography, fine art prints, and custom printed albums.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Every photographer has a unique style. Always ask to see examples of their work, to make sure their work is in a style that you find pleasing.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Not all photographers are created equal, and it's important to know what you're paying for. Ask lot's of questions.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask to see examples of their work, and ask for references if what they offer sounds too good to be true.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Photographing a wedding, if done right, is not a one-day job. A quality photographer will spend time meeting his clients, making arrangements for the shoot, and visiting the venue in advance when possible.
After the wedding, there are many hours of carefully reviewing, sorting, touching up, and culling the photographs. All together, a 10 hour wedding day means 20-30 hours of work if the photographer is doing their job properly. Don't trust anyone who takes all of the photos in .jpg format and gives them to you on a disk the next day.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. One of the wedding shoots I am most proud of, was a couple I worked with recently named Grant and Emily. Young kids with a lot of faith and a lot of love. Grant was in a wheel chair following 2 years of grueling back surgeries, but Emily stood right by his side as they were married. It was an honor to be involved in their wedding, and the photographs really captured their love.