What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
For most of my services, I have a standard pricing as listed on my website. For unique projects that require specific materials, pre-production, and post-production time beyond the standard services offered, a detailed estimate will be generated for approval.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
After initial contact, I like to meet the person and see if we are a good fit for each other. Being able to talk freely and express ideas with a client is important to me and it should be important for the client as well. Usually, by the end of the first meeting I can tell if we will be a good fit for each other or not. After the meeting, we get to work planning and writing up a contract to get started.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a bachelor's degree in graphic design and with a minor in Photography and illustration plus additional certifications in Studio and Alert (Emergency) photography. I was a Photography instructor for 7 years, I developed and instructed Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced Photography courses. In addition, I was an Adobe Photoshop and LightRoom instructor teaching people to creatively edit images and manage image databases.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It all started in graphic design school, we had to take photography courses and apply the work to our class projects. Once I learned I could create the images I wanted for a final design, I was consumed with ideas and started learning more and shooting as many projects as I could to get experience.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with large clients such as University of Phoenix photographing graduation ceremonies and portraits, Marine Corps Community Services photographing sports, Marine Corps Balls, and various events. Although I work with large clients, I enjoy working with everyday people as well. Some of the best images in my portfolio were with everyday people trying to create something extraordinary.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am fond of most of my projects because so much planning and work went into them and I worked with some amazingly talented people. The Twin Babe Bike shoot is the one I am most proud of though. It took two months to plan and coordinate everyone's schedule. I had two great models, an awesome makeup artist and hair stylist, and two wonderful assistants that made the project run smoothly and the images turned out perfect.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The quality of the photographers work is important; price is important too however; remember you get what you pay for in most cases. The best advice I can give is "Cheap Photography is not skilled and Skilled photography is not cheap" and that can be applied to most things in life. Another piece of advice would be making sure your personality clicks with the photographer. If it does not, then you might have problems communicating ideas to get the creativity and imagery you are wanting from a photographer.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Budget, not just the budget for the shoot but the budget for wardrobe, makeup, and accessories. Sometimes clients have all these things already and it is great when they do however; if they do not, then those items have to be accounted for and quickly add up especially for additional time for wardrobe changes. Location shoots involve a fair amount of logistics and time to setup for so, make sure you and the photographer account for that and more importantly, BE ON TIME. There is nothing worse than anyone (Photographer, Client, or Talent) being late to location shoots with limited time to setup and even less time to shoot.