Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. In a given year, I may shoot everything from Executive Portraits and Headshots to mountain landscapes in Colorado. Yet, what I get booked most for is personal portraits for individuals or families and editorial work for publications. Each client is unique and have different expectations for what they want. What I try to keep consistent is the quality and integrity of my work. This level of commitment has allowed me the good fortune of having some of the same clients for many years!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Check out peoples portfolio's thoroughly before hiring anyone. Once you do a little research, you can start seeing clearly, based off their collection of work, who is professional and who just owns a camera with a few lights!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. When it comes to photographers these days, everyone that owns a digital camera likes to claim they are a photographer. While anyone can take pictures, having an understanding of how the camera works and how to achieve a certain look through the correct settings is vital to being a pro. How the camera works should be second nature to a Pro Photographer. Having a vision for a project and a great working relationship with people is just as important. I feel that these are my strong points, and I think you can see this in my work. If your clients feel comfortable and relaxed on a shoot, you will easily be able to tell in the finished images.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I really enjoy meetings new people, collaborating on new projects and working with fellow creatives to create incredible work.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I've been taking pictures ever since I was a kid and got my very own Kodak Instamatic 35mm film camera. Back then, I would often experiment by throwing a basketball in the air to look like it was falling from space or just snap tons and tons of photos of my dog! Growing up, my family had always been into photography, like my grandfather, who found an incredible Zeiss Ikon film camera in the rubble of a photography store during his tour of duty in WWII in Nuremberg. He went on to capture some wonderful moments and events through his photos. I believe seeing his big book of images from that time really inspired me to capture moments and record the world around me through photography.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I try and attend workshops as much as possible put on by pro photographers or organizations. You can always pick up something, even if it's just one thing, that will help you further your knowledge of photography. Sometimes those one things are huge!
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Buy the best glass (lenses) you can afford. The quality of the lenses you use are far more important than the type of DSLR body you own. To add, the 6 inches behind the camera, you, are the most important thing that will make your photos better. training, practice, web studies etc. all help make you better. I'm never to old to learn!