Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Wedding Photography, Modern Engagement Photos, Senior Portraits, Family Photos, Maternity / Newborn Sessions, Child Portraits, Lifestyle Photography, Event Photography, Concerts / Live Shows, Nature / Wildlife Photography, Professional Corporate Portraits, Modeling Headshots, Fashion Photography
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I've been very fortunate to have a steady stream of "odd photography jobs" that keep me busy throughout the year. Here are a few recent clients:
Mike Staff Productions (Wedding Photographer)
ZocDoc (Commercial Photographer for Doctors & Hospitals)
Rooftop Comedy (Event/Live Show Photographer)
Modern Events DJs (Event Photographer)
The Detroit Zoo (Wildlife Photographer)
Cavan Images (Stock Photos)
Various Clients in Southeast Michigan (Portraits and Family Sessions)
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. NEVER hire an event or wedding photographer who is not insured! This is the mark of a responsible professional. Always verify that the photographer brings back-up equipment.
Look through the photographer's online portfolio before you hire them, to determine if their style is what you want. Always make an effort to communicate directly with your photographer. In addition to producing great work, a good photographer should be easy-going and friendly to work with!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Here's a pro tip about photographers that every customer should know:
Good photographers spend a *lot* of time and effort preparing before each and every photo-shoot, to ensure that everything will go smoothly. We triple check all of our equipment (including our back-up gear), contact our insurance companies, arrive at the event extra early, take photos from every conceivable angle, and then spend HOURS on post-editing after we get home. What you see of your photographer on the day of your wedding is maybe about 10% of the total work they put in! Tip of the iceberg, as they say.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. 1) Do you have an online portfolio featuring your work?
2) How much experience do you have in photography?
3) Do you have professional photographers' insurance?
4) Are you bringing back-up equipment?
5) How many photos will I receive? Will they be professionally edited?
6) Do you provide me with the digital negatives (original high-resolution images) with a print release, or will I be required to buy prints from you directly? Note: You should always go with a photographer who gives you the digital negatives, so that you can print your own photos if you choose. Photographers who refuse to give you a DVD of your images often over-charge for prints.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love that I get to meet such interesting people on the job. It's especially wonderful to hear back from those who are delighted with their photos, since I aim to create family heirlooms that will be treasured for years to come.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I absolutely LOVE what I do here at Wendi + Sam Photography, and this fact is reflected in my enthusiasm. I am friendly, flexible, and extremely reliable when it comes to the job. I will rise to the challenge and be completely open to my client's directions and ideas. It is this trait alone that makes me well suited as a photographer!