Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Weddings and portrait sessions are the most common type of shoots that I do. But I also love working with families and running around with kiddos for a few hours, capturing their personalities!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask a lot of questions. No question is dumb or unimportant. I love an educated client who knows what they're getting because they asked the questions that were important to them. Also - if you're getting married, let me help you with your day of timeline! Your photographer is your most valuable resource here!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I know weddings seem expensive. I put in nearly 10 hours of planning and consulting with each couple BEFORE their wedding. And then give 110%, absolutely everything I have, into a 10 hour wedding day. After the event, I spend several weeks post-processing your photos. It adds up to between 30-40 hours of work total.
The cost of a wedding photographer may seem high on the surface, but it was arrived at based on calculations of my CODB (cost of doing business). As an artist working in a small town, running a small business and trying to build a family, I still would rather keep fair prices than try to rip people off and overcharge. So yes, it seems expensive - but so much love and time goes into my work!
Many people say hiring a great photographer is an investment - and they are exactly right!
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Know what you want. Know the style of photography that you like and exactly what you are looking for from a photographer. Remember, this is someone you will be spending many hours with on a day that is immeasurably important in your life! Ensure not only that my style of photography is what you want, but that our personalities jive, too!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have a formal background in portrait photography, and while I work hard to ensure that shots are well composed - most of what I focus on is being in the right place in the right time to capture the perfect moment. Besides the work that I do for clients, I spend dozens of hours each week photographing the world around me - that feels like the best classroom to me.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The clients. They're amazing and stunning and wonderful. I love meeting new people and capturing that special light inside of them through my camera. I love the human condition, and I love seeing what makes people tick.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Most common question is why I shoot outside and not in a studio. The answer is that I love the flexibility and the naturalness of shooting outdoors. The weather dictates the background for the shoot and I work with the client and the sun to literally get the best shot. Natural light is the most flattering form of light, and I hate the fake look that a lot of studio photographs have.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I didn't plan on being a photographer, even though when I look back I've been taking pictures since I could hold a camera. I studied graphic and web design and worked in that industry for several years in New York City. During that time, friends asked if I would take pictures for them for headshots, engagement shoots, etc... That is when I fell in love with photography. Nearly 10 years later and I know I made the right decision for myself!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I'm currently working on obtaining my A.A.S in Commercial Photography.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Practice every single day. Work particularly hard at defining two things. First, what type of art you'd like to create. And second, who your client is. Visualize that client and make every business and creative decision with that client in mind.