What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I am semi-retired and don't have to depend upon my photo-video work for a living. I thus have very, very reasonable pricing and do some pro bono work for non-profits. My hourly charge usually runs about $50.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I subscribe to Videomaker which keeps me informed on all the latest developments in video and photo work. A few years back I received a certificate in documentary video making at Zaki Gordon Film Institute in Sedona, AZ.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have had several careers, I worked overseas three times as an English teacher, then as a commercial photographer, a child & family therapist, and I now combine two careers--as counselor and videographer at the local county jail, working part time. I just love working creatively with people of all ages.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Over the past few years I have done mostly public events like lectures, stage dramas, memorials, and concerts. But in the past I have done numerous outdoor portraits of families and indoor shots of large groups. I also like doing classes for people wanting to improve their home video skills.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently finished a Life Story on a woman who turned 97. She was so energetic and happy that it was really fun to video her talking about her life as a dancer, a mother and store manager. She still volunteers every day at a local high school and I videoed her at work. She is a joy to just relate to and that made the work of editing in all her childhood pictures, music she danced to, and family snapshots--so much easier.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you have a parent or older relative who's life story is remarkable in any way, look into doing a video life story ASAP before that person loses the ability to recall and talk about the "old days" and all the important events that made them who they are now.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I like doing unusual photo-video jobs such as an upcoming job videoing a repeated-vows wedding ceremony in the Red Rocks of Sedona, AZ. I especially love adding music to my videos--something I have a real, feel for.