What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My base price for portraits is adjusted if I have to travel, how many people/pets are involved or if there is a rush involved in photo turn around.
Weddings are based on location, how many people are in the wedding party/ guest list, how long I will be needed, as well as if I need to have a second photographer to assist me.
Event photography is based on location, formality and how long I am expected to photograph.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Portrait photography is not something that you can just do. To be a good photographer, you must learn all that you can to achive the look and feel that the client desires. Satisfaction is guaranteed and I take a lot of pride in my work.
I am always reading magazines, online articles as well as any books or webinars that will teach me something. I am always practicing and trying new techniques. I am always trying to learn more so that I can ensure customer satisfaction.
I also have to be able to relate to all types and ages of people. I keep up to date on what children are watching, playing with so that I can ask them questions to make them more comfortable.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My most common jobs are on-location portraits of either people or pets. I also do a lot of event and architectural (real estate) photography.
Events, I take all of the photos that I can to capture the event.
I lightly enhance my photos for all clients. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for someone that you can relate to and who will photograph you or your event in the style that you like.
Look for someone that truly knows how to accomplish a great photo, no matter the circumstance. I have climbed a glacier, stood in almost freezing water, climbed a tree and knelt down in the mud in order to get the photo that my client desired.
Hire the best person that you can afford and you won't be sorry. Cheap does not always mean good. Remember that quality photos do not come with out trial and error and a good photographer will have the experience and equipment needed to serve you well. Do you really want to trust your wedding to the family friend who has a decent camera but no experience?
Professional photographers are like any service, you hire a licensed electrician to do your electrical work, do the same for your portraits which will be around forever.