Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. The most important thing is to look at the photographer's portfolio and body of work and make sure they are willing to work with you to capture the type of image you are looking for.
I have seen too many wedding requests for under $500.00. You will not get any top quality professional to photograph an entire wedding and reception for this price and this is something one should consider when budgeting for their special day. If $500.00 is all you can afford, you might be better to hire a professional for a few hours to photograph before the wedding and the actual service and leave it to the skilled amateurs to photograph the reception.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Inside secrets? Perhaps one or two secrets: use a "fill in flash" when shooting in bright sun. I actually use two flashes in most of my outdoor portraits and bounce one off a reflector.
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Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. A consumer should ask for references and also ask to see the photographer's portfolio. Price should also be discussed.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. They should have an idea of the type of photograph they are most interested in. Some people prefer traditional, studio style portraits and others prefer the out of the box, contemporary ones.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I think my work stands out from others because of my fine art background and my enthusiasm for getting, not just a good shot, but the best shot. I have an adventurous spirit and I am always thinking ahead and asking myself "What if?" I also spend a lot of time in the editing room, taking my images a step further than a lot of professionals, who leave the editing to other people. When that happens the images begin to look like everyone else's images and to me, this is not what my clients want.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the ability to express my art in portraits, from contemporary to pictorial and I also enjoy the people I usually work with. Children are great, whether they are having a "bad day" or a great day, there is always a "photo" there!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. With the ease of digital photography and photo programs everyone seems to think they are a photographer. Images are much easier to control and editing is a cinch, but there is so much more to professional portraits, head shots and event photography than simply taking the picture and editing it in a photo program.
I attended Yosemite workshops under the guidance of the great Ansel Adams to understand exposure and master printing, attended the Brooks Institute of Photography and was awarded a degree in master Photography from the Newport Beach School of Photography. I was also awarded a distinction by The Royal Photographic Society for my contemporary portraits.
I attend many seminars, webcasts and keep up on the latest digital and Photoshop advances and with my fine art background, I have an eye for color, composition and what gives an images "emotion".
My equipment consists of two high end Canon professional cameras including the the 5D MKII, thousands of dollars in lenses and lighting equipment and the latest Photoshop CS and retouching software available.
I ask all prospective clients to view my blog, webpage or ask for a complimentary DVD of my work. When one views a professional image next to an amateurs, the difference is amazing.
Below is a link to my blog:http://sallycarpenterphotography.blogspot.ca/
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently shot the spring collection for NY City based, Cockpit USA. This was a great shoot with animated models, lots of laughs and beautiful scenery in the hills near Woodstock, Vermont.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I think my greatest strength is my background in fine art as well as photography and my understanding of color and composition.
I also minored in psychology and believe I know how to communicate with my clients, listen to them and understand what it is they want from their session. Understanding a person is also the best way to capture their character.