What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The process begins with a phone call where we will discuss your specific needs. I require this so that I can give you the very best quality product. Then we will confirm the dates and times that work for all parties involved. I will require that all who appear on camera sign a waiver form allowing me to take their picture, as well as a signed contract by the person responsible for paying for your portrait session.
After the photo shoot, I will send you an online proof gallery where you can select the images from our session that you like the most. This ensures that I only edit the pictures that you love. For most portrait sessions, your final images will be delivered within 10 days of the client selecting which images they would like edited. For large projects such as weddings it would take longer.
The client will then through an online interface be allowed to purchase any prints they would like. At the clients request, an online gallery will be made available that they may share online with friends and family. This gallery can be made password protected if requested.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I received my first professional camera at the age of 16. It was a classic Nikon EL2 from 1977 which my father had used in the 70's when he was in college. Ever since this moment I have been in love with photography. I attended at Indiana State University where I pursued Graphic Design and my skills as a photographer were first tested. I have been shooting pictures ever since. In 2011 I found myself working at a documentary film studio where I began to become interested in film making and cinematography. This began to influence my still images and now I look at each image as if it was a frame out of a movie. But it wasn't until a few years ago that I began to seriously consider taking portraits for a living. After all those years of photography classes through college I have decided to take my talents and put them to good use preserving the memories of others.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Please contact me for pricing structure details.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It began when a friend asked me to take pictures of her and her friends for their modeling portfolio. From their I began take more and more photo sessions until I realized I could make a job out of it!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have shot promotional photos for local musicians in norther California., album cover art, family portraits, newborns, models, senior portraits, children, I shot images for a t-shirt company based out of California called "Identity Thieves Collective", engagement photos for couples.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My recent project I am most fond of was the senior portraits for Andrew. His mother and girlfriend decided to come along for his portrait session and we decided to go to a local University to take his portraits. It was great shooting with him and getting to know him. Initially Andrew was a tiny bit nervous but once the camera turned on that all just melted away. We even ended up working his girlfriend into some of the shots.
His mother Julisa provided a review on my profile here on ThumbTack, and you can find some of Andrews images here on my profile.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Might I suggest a few things when searching for a photographer:
1.) Its always a best practice to hire a photographer based on the value they can provide. Check to make sure the quality of their products is in line with the kind of portraits you want taken. Some photographers may be cheap, but they may not be able to give your pictures the kind of care and quality they deserve.
2.) Make sure to actually speak to your photographer you are considering. Sometimes a photographer may have pretty pictures, but their personality may not be the best fit for you and your family. Everyone is different and I like to get to know my clients as this gives me the best chance of knowing how to fulfill your needs. Would you hire someone to work on decorating your home without speaking to them? Probably not. This is very similar to that.