About this pro
I've worked with Zaq a number of times, both professionally and for charitable causes. He's a pleasure to work with and an excellent photographer, as well as a genuinely good human being.Oct 5, 2015
I've worked with Zaq on multiple occasions and his level of drive, creativity, and interaction with people have always greatly impressed me. He is always looking for the best shots, and he doesn't stop until he's confident that he's captured the very best images possible. His work is always a pleasure to experience, and sure to impress. Very highly recommended.Oct 3, 2015
Photos and Videos
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Video/Photography is a Skilled Service and can be Labor Intensive. The demands and details of a Project can vary so greatly, from simple raw snapshot family photos to weeks of planning and months of video/image editing. The Pricing Estimate Scale I use is simple: (Photographer Hours) X (Project Demands) + (Editing Hours) = (Project Estimate). Photographer Hours is simply the amount of shooting time a single photographer operates. Project Demands is a Categorized Rate: Snapshot Sessions (Family Events) are easier than Commercial Projects that might involve layers of preparation and work. Editing Hours are not visible to the Client, and thus they generally don't consider it as valuable, yet the Client wants their images and videos to look perfect. We use a cameras, not magic wands; Each image or second of footage is reviewed and adjusted to meet the quality standards of the Photographer and Client expect, and this takes billable time. I also take into consideration the Purpose of the project, and the clients intentions. A License for Personal Use isn't the same as a License for Corporate/Marketing Use, naturally those are different.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?On almost any project, I like to have a "Project Interview" with the client to meet, discuss details, and formulate a plan on completing the project. First, the meeting can establish if the client/photographer can work with each other; after that, a complete understanding of expectations and challenges before the project date can eliminate questions and issues ahead of time and streamline the production. Wedding photography includes an "Icebreaker" photo session to be done before the more important shooting sessions to establish a working familiarity of workflow, direction and character styles. Having an established relationship with your wedding photographer before the big day (even if it's a short one), makes a world of difference on the outcome of your images. Acting/Modeling/Talent photography should also include the interview to establish the intentions of the talent, style of photography, and develop a project plan. An Icebreaker Session will greatly improve the final product.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?With my mother and uncle being avid photographers, I learned what an F-Stop was and how it affected a photograph before I was 16. I received my first camera in 1986 and quickly learned how to shoot motion/sports photography. Eventually I progressed into working with modeling and acting talent on developing portfolios I began shooting Real Estate and Apartment/Condo properties in 2005, and have been helping various companies (like those little home-finder books you see at supermarkets) bring value to homes, condos and apartments. Working in the Entertainment and Event Production industry for nearly 25 years, I worked directly with clients and producers on major projects and I can relate to and work with VIP and Top Talent. For almost 4 years I was a VIP Night-Club photographer, shooting primarily on weekends; It wasn't long before Event Photography grew to be a specialty. I combine my ability to coach groups of people to compose a shot in only a few seconds with my working knowledge lighting and composition to produce a style of event photography and final product that is top quality. I learned that shooting Wedding Photography takes a combination of the ability to produce great Modeling Portraits, and the skills of an Event Photographer to produce great Wedding Photos. I began shooting Weddings and loved it! I consider it an honor and a privilege to shoot someone's wedding. Photoshop, InDesign and several other professional programs have been part of my life for a long time. Video Production is something I have done for concerts and productions that were not my projects, consequentially my portfolio of video work does not belong to me to be included in any of my portfolios. Armed with new equipment and a greater mission, I'm looking to build my own portfolio of video work. I launched an Online Magazine when I moved to Nashville, spotlighting the people of the nightlife and events of Downtown Nashville. The combination of my Shooting Character, On-The-Ground Marketing and Image Quality produced a Nationwide response that resulted in generating more than 300k Visits daily. The project was sold to a competitor, which was my goal in the first place.