Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Portrait photography ... especially small children and families. I specialize in on location family portraits. I typically shoot at local parks, but any location works for me!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. It is a great idea to either talk on the phone or meet in person to get a feel for personality. You want someone who will work easily with you and your family to be able to provide the best possible outcome for your portraits.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Solids are better to wear than prints. Prints bring the focus to the clothing not the client.
A cloudy day is perfect for portraits, so don't be disappointed if the sun decides to hide.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You need to know if all you want is a picture or do you want portrait art to display on your walls.
It also helps if you have an idea as to the type of location you would like to have the portraits taken
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I work to get some interaction between me and my clients so everything doesn't look/feel stiff. I want my clients to bring items that represent who they are or what they enjoy to the session.
My wall portraits ( 11x14 and larger ) come mounted on mat board, textured for a fine art look and feel and lustre coated for uv protection ... ready to hang or framed in a beautiful hand carved and painted frame by Organic Bloom.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Delivering the finished product to a client. It is so exciting to deliver a group of portraits I know the client is going to love. One of my favorite things to deliver are the albums/photo books
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How do you want me to stand? I answer ... lets start with you standing in a way that feels natural and I will adjust if needed
Should I look at you? ... I take different photos of the same pose. Some looking at camera and some looking away. With families or groups some shots are taken of you all looking at each other.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. There is more to taking a good portrait than just pushing a button on a camera. I put alot of time and thought into my sessions and presentation of the final portraits.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have always loved taking pictures. Even as a teenager I would pose my little sisters and photograph them. As my 3 girls were growing I was tired of the mediocre photographs from chain photography studios and school portraits. I decided to learn what I needed to know to be able to take my own portraits of them ..... It grew from there
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. senior portraits .... It seemed like I could do nothing wrong. All the photos looked so good the client had a hard time choosing
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am a member of the PPA, so I receive alot of information on things happening in the world of photography. I also take part in several webinars a year.