Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. While I've provided a wide variety of services over the past 26+ years, the majority seem to be product and architectural work. Also enjoying more lifestyle assignments lately.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. AVA Ballard: Photographed interior, dusk exterior, and lifestyle images for new apartment community. I suggested using motion-blur to keep emphasis on environments.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When comparing photographers, it is difficult to weigh apples-to-apples. Anyone with a camera can call themselves a photographer, so look at how long they have been able to stay in business and ask several to see a portfolio of several images similar to your needs. Years in business show not only experience, but fair dealings to sustain ongoing clients.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We produce precise, art-full, well thought out images, which will work well for a wide variety of uses.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. It is fun and interesting to see all the different great products and services people come up with and rewarding to help them succeed in promoting them!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. A real photographer with digital capabilities may be less than 50% profit, perhaps only 25% if having an actual studio space, so consider this when weighing what a fair price is. Can a real quality photographer survive off a $100 shoot that takes over half a day when all is said and done? If you run the numbers, it takes more like $800 every other day to simply make a modest income, even without a studio space.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I went through a junior high program which was at a college level (color processing and using spotlights and umbrella lighting). I pretty much knew what I wanted to be at age 13!
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My pricing structure is basically ala-carte so based on your needs as well as what I have found through my career is required to make a reasonable living. I believe in fair-scales rather than what the market will bear.