What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I try not to make my pricing complicated. Keeping it simple make clients feel more comfortable when seeking my services. Most weddings and portrait sittings are priced easy enough to understand with few questions. With the use of digital photography and websites, clients have more control over which photos they like to reprint and show to others.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I always look at what other photographers are doing and what they are charging. Photography is a very competitive profession and in order to be the one that clients choose, I have to see what others are doing.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always liked photography but didn't think I would do it for a living until after college. Once I started working as a pro I wanted to continue the path because it was something I really enjoyed. Photographing a wedding is really fun and people seem to enjoy the style of work I bring into their event.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most common jobs are weddings because couples are always looking for a professional photographer to capture their special day. I also offer family portraits and event coverage including private parties, business and community events.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently I photographed a wedding at the bride and groom's home in the local area. They hired me one week before their big day and they were looking for good photography at an affordable price. With the help of thumbtack.com they were able to see my professional profile and view my website. We met at the studio and talked about their wedding details. Their wedding took place at the home they just moved into and they put on a beautiful day with their closest friends and family. Even though it wasn't a typical venue setting the photos were more personal to them and they were very happy with the results.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Advice I give people is to meet their photographer face to face in order to get a feel of their personality. A photographer may have the best photos, nicest website and great prices, but their attitude isn't the best. Remember, this is the person who will be in front of you using a camera and directing subjects for different poses. You want to make sure he/she is very personable, professional and loves what they do.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish customers knew how hard photographers work during an event. A lot of people think that being a photographer is easy work by simply pushing a button. It takes years for a photographer to build an "eye" and confidence in order to handle an event like a wedding. Expectations are high because we are charging money for something most people know how to do, work a camera. What sets us apart is the experience, passion and talent to pull off a successful wedding shoot and create work that nobody else has.