What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am always pushing myself to strengthen my creative, customer, and business skills. I am continuing my education by taking college courses via Northern Arizona University and Mesa Community College. I just completed an online boudoir workshop with my most honored mentor, Christa Meola. Several workshops I engage in a few times a month are provided by creativelive.com where well-known professionals record live workshops which run typically 3 days to guide entrepreneurs, such as myself, in their businesses. On a daily basis, I review emails with a wealth of information from successful business owners. I just can't get enough education!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Typically, most of the photo shoots include my professional hair and makeup artist, myself, and a model. Depending on the model's preference, we will photograph out of my own home, hotel room or different location of model's choosing, or a studio located in North Scottsdale. Natural light is my favorite to work with since it is the most flattering. I will use studio lighting for more personalized photos at times.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A little tip I give all of my models is to create a board on Pinterest with any images that inspire you and show the style in which you would like to capture through our photo session. This gives me a clearer idea of what you like and a better way to achieve a more precise experience to the one you expect, and hopefully beyond that expectation.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Some things I wish people knew about being a photographer is how much work actually goes into a photo shoot and the complete process from pre-session to post-session. I've never planned a wedding before, but I can only assume it's very similar to that. So many details go into setting up the shoot, getting the model prepared, making sure everyone is on the same page, checking the lighting, posing, camera balance and all that technical camera jargon, clean up, editing each photo, and so much more. It can be exhausting, yet so worth it! I think that's what makes photographing so rewarding.