Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Schedule an interview! The most important thing to remember when you are working with someone in a creative industry is that personalities need to match. A photographer may have spectacular talent and the skills to match, but you might just not get along. Before you hire a photographer, schedule an interview to find out if you can work with that person. Sure, ask their fees and look at their portfolio, but personality is most important. Schedule an interview!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I wish that I understand the entire process of many service professionals. One of the most common reactions that I get is one of shock at my prices. I feel that most potential clients don't realize how much work and how many hours go into producing a good photograph. Sure, the digital age has made my job much easier, but after I fire that shutter button, I'm still looking at several hours of post-production. I would never try to gouge my clients; I simply must make sure that I am taken care of!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the stories. Everyone knows how many words a picture is worth, but I'm after those words just as much. Many of my clients hire me again, and I enjoy having stories to share with them of our first shoot, of subsequent shoots, of future shoots. Sharing your story is almost as personal as capturing your image and the last thing you want your photographer to be is a stranger!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I was hired to photograph a little girl for her first birthday. I had known the mother in the past, but the father and my subject were strangers to me. I arrived at their home a few minutes early to find daughter in dad's arms on the front porch waiting for me. I greeted him and then smiled at her. She practically leaped from his arms to mine! To this day, I still get comments on how natural and relaxed she looks in her photos. She was one of my best subjects!
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. One of my most common questions involves pricing. It's almost always a difficult question to answer because most photography subjects are not photographers themselves and may have a misconception about what I do. Nothing on my pricelist is arbitrary; it's all been carefully calculated. I must take into account how many shots I expect to fire on location, how many shots I expect to keep and edit, and how long the editing process will take. In a one-hour portrait session, that number will be much, much smaller than at an eight-hour wedding ceremony! If you think my advertised price is too high, I encourage you to ask me about it. I'm not afraid to answer your questions!