What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When working with a new client for the first time, I like to meet them, and get a feeling of who they are, what is important to them, and what their personality is. This will allow us to work together to achieve that unique tailored image that you never find from a simple stool and backdrop portrait.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My interest in photography started when I was five years old, when i started roaming around with my first small Kodak camera in my hands. Now, I have 10 years professional photographic experience providing services to the high-end fashion industry, both small and luxury weddings, all the way through family and newborn portraits, as well as high-end commercial photography.
I am also the founder of a professional photographer education and development irginization, that pushes professionals to continue to learn their craft, to push the limits of their artistic abilities, and to educate on the ever changing technical aspects of out field.
I owned and operated one of the largest independent art galleries and photographic/video production studios in Southern California for several years, prior to moving to Pennsylvania to build my family where I grew up.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Our associate wedding packages start at $995, and signature wedding packages with David, start at $1495, and every package is completely customizable to fit each clients desire and budget.
For portrait sessions we have packages that start at $99 which can be again customized to fit any person's request and budget.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was given a camera and unlimited film as a child, which led to quit the big photo album. I actually still have it.
Well in the military I found myself photographing different destinations around the world, as well as operations while underway.
I continued with my art photography and was able to meet and hant art in a gallery show, with two world renowned professional photographers, Who he quickly became friends with, and pushed me and my photography to the professional level.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I provide custom creative personal portraiture for clients. From head-shots to weddings, babies to commercial fashion. My goal and intent is to provide photographic services of custom art.
We have done small weddings in the family backyard, through six figure weddings at luxury beach resorts, and take the same steps to provide the same quality images to each and every client, no matter their budget or package options.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Actually one week ago I was able to photograph a wedding at Nay Aug Park in Scranton PA.
It was a relatively small wedding, on a cloudy and rainy day. The bride and groom were not afraid of a little bit of rain, so we made our way to the
treehouse, which happens to be a beautiful little spot.
Lauren, operating our traveling light set worked with me to get the bride and groom in the perfect spots, taking advantage of the warm tone cloud cover, and spring colors in the trees combined with our lighting angles, let us were make some amazingly beautiful portraits.
Not to toot our own horn too much, but we know our skill level, and we know what we produce consistently, which means it's not every day that we are able to surprise ourselves... but something was so perfect that day, that when we were developing our images and came across that specifics, we had to stop and take a minute, because wow, just wow.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for consistency. Look for images, look for a trend, look for ability to work in several different areas, types of settings, and types of looks. Look for style, and see the many variations of each artists. Some only have one style, others like myself can provide any style if we know what you wish to create.
Look for an artist who wants to make art for you, not make the art they make, and sell it to you.
Know the difference between custom photographic art made by a professional, and a person with the camera. Try to understand that an hour behind the camera, is an average eight hours in front of a computer. Look for value, by finding a photographer who values their time and skill.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Client should really think about what they actually want from there photographic session. If it's a wedding, would they like to keep their memories in an album, or hung is a collection on the wall. For families, are you interested in images to share with friends and family on the Internet, or to create a collection to keep, hang, and passed down through the family over the years.
What is your preferred style, and does the photographer you're speaking to have that style in their porfolio?