What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I have pricing on my website, but I can work with your budget. If you are having a wedding, then you probably have a budget, so we can always work something out. If you want me to travel for your wedding, it is possible the travel fees will be very low if you are in Northern California.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Getting to know their likes and ideas, learning about their hobbies and background give me a good idea of their personalities. Once we are comfortable, then their true personalities can shine through the camera.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I constantly learn and develop as a photographer. I took film classes in college many years ago and then later on got my photography certificate. I attend workshops to stay current and learn everything I possibly can. I also enter contests and belong to several photography groups where I am always learning new things.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Since I was a child I have loved taking pictures. I took photography as a young girl in 4-H. I also took photography courses in college to obtain my photography certificate. I worked free-lance for years before I decided to start a business of my own.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with couples to photograph weddings, engagement sessions, proposals and couples sessions. I work with newborns and families, maternity, high school seniors, and headshots.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A recent project that I absolutely loved was an engagement session I did at a Northern California wedding venue in wine country. I had the most amazing and nice couple to photograph and the most beautiful views of the hills full of vineyards. We had so much fun and a lot of laughs. And the photos turned out perfect!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find someone that you can easily talk to. Communication is key to getting a product you are happy with. You want a photographer that will listen to your needs and at the same time let you know what can be expected of them.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I would like clients to know how much time and effort I put into each project. It is not just a matter of snapping some photos and handing them over. I capture memories and I make sure the clients have quality photos they can enjoy for a lifetime.