What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
During scheduling we will either discuss the clients needs or set up a meeting time (usually over the phone or FaceTime). During that meeting we will have a list of questions for how our clients would like their day to be captured. We will email examples of ways we suggest capturing their day. We highly encourage the client to send us examples of images they have seen that they would like to try as well. We will then schedule the session and will call 1 to 2 days prior to confirm the event.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I (Cassandra Conklin), owner of Primary Bend Photography, have a Bachelors of Fine Arts - Major in Photography. I have worked as a professional & freelance photographer for the past 8 years. My experience outside of the classroom includes teaching photography workshops to high school and college students, Lead Photographer of high fashion senior photos for a prestigious studio, as well as working as Senior Photographer for a family oriented studio.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Cassandra comes from a very artistically supportive family. From a very young age she was encouraged to pursue anything she felt the need to create or learn. As a photo enthusiast Cassandra's Father taught her at a very young age how to frame and make a photo. After having pursued the performing arts through her younger years she was in search of a focus of study for her college years. Having floated around for about a year she took one photo class and it sparked the passion and desire to create that she was looking for.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Primary Bend works with customers from all walks of life, our unique clients is what makes our images shine. As you can see we have listed several areas of expertise, and have worked with a broad spectrum of individuals. If you want it beautifully captured on film, we're your photographers!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
We would advise that you make sure your photographer will not only capture beautiful images but knows very well what you are envisioning. Make sure they are thorough in asking questions about your needs and have gone through what the plans for your event/ portraits will be.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
-Where you would like your images taken?
-How long you will need a photographer for?
-When you need the images returned to you? (editing does take some time)
-What styles of photographs you like, what your tastes are (we suggest having a few examples ready) What styles DON'T you like
-What are the MUST HAVE photos for your session?
-What is the schedule of events (if there is one)?
-Discuss clothing options (some colors or tones may show up in certain locations better than others)
-Make sure to specify when you would like the photos to begin and discuss equipment set up time
-Be sure you are comfortable with your photographer, if you are tense or uneasy it will show up in your images.
-Don't be afraid to ask your photographer for tips on how to look your best for photos.
-Specify how many photographers you want at your event.