Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Weddings, and then the family sittings. In the fall, I will start back up at the local dirt racetrack - there go the Saturday evenings! I love the races - the camaraderie is wonderful! I also enjoy making a woman feel good about herself with the boudoir/glamour sittings. The ladies are very interesting in how they feel about themselves at the beginning and then relax in the middle, and the photos are beautiful! The weddings make memories forever for the brides/grooms - and love being a part of it!
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Recently I had three weddings that were fabulous! One was a family member's friend - so much fun! I love weddings! I had my photo booth setup at that aquaintance's wedding for the first time - it was a HIT! I can't wait to do more! In fact a local church group will have it at their end of summer celebration - I am sure it will also be fun for them. We are planning a boudoir photo shoot for the portfolio, and will be trying out a new hair stylist/makeup person. Another boudoir photo shoot coming up after that. Of course, the summer portrait sittings - I love the families and kids! Thumbtack has given me a lot of referrals to give quotes to, that should fill up wedding appointments this mid-fall!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. A photographer that will listen to you, and still make good suggestions to you.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Will you listen to me? Will you try to sell me more than I need, or more than I can afford?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Although I do "posed" and formal photos, I incorporate personal and "real" photos and ask YOU what you would like to see in YOUR photos! I care about getting you great photos and great service - and we work together.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love spending time with the people, I try to learn something about them so that I can get their true self in their photos. I love the happiness in people's faces when they see their photos, and seeing their own beauty in them. I hope that some people take the beauty that I was able to capture and carry it inside themselves for all to see.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Being a professional photographer really is important to your special event(s). We don't just take the photos and then edit and print. There is so much more, the pre-planning & preparation, actual photography where ever we are - true involvement, post planning & preparation - the retrieval of the photos, previewing possibly hundreds of photos (yours), processing (editing, cropping, etc.), setup preview for you, selection, possibly more processing & another preview, sending to professional printer, getting photos back from printer, your preview and receipt of photos, and your happiness and satisfaction of course! For a 1 or more hours photo shoot, the professional has probably spent more than 15 hours from pre to your satisfaction. A professional photographer that loves their professional will be passionate about making their clients happy - and though the cost may seem high to you, it will be worth every penny!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I LOVE photography, and seeing my own visuals coming to life in a photo. I have been taking photos "for fun" since I was a child - with my first simple camera, a Kodak and Polaroid. My family would always ask me to take photos at our personal events, and I did it. Once I 'retired', I continued my education, and learned so much more about photo editing, and what it could do to enhance photos (though I try to get great photos right out of the camera first). I wanted to do more and started out by shooting a wedding basically for free, I participated in a photography club, and photoshop membership and got some great feedback - I decided that I wanted to share it with more people. Here I am following my passions - photography and owning my own business!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Having my camera with me all the time, is always a learning experience - you never know when that special photo opportunity will happen. I always follow other photography & photographer websites, and select tutorials and other learning materials for my continuing education. I seek inspirations for my growth as a photographer.