What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm constantly watching informative videos on YouTube about lighting and cameras and posing a model. I have subscriptions to various photo magazines and have learned a lot over the years by studying them. I also read blogs and web sites that compare the latest products. I upgrade my camera every 2 years not because I need to, but because I want to stay current with what is going on in the field, as well as with the software I'm using.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was very young I was very interested in photography and shooting movies, from watching my dad who was always with a camera in his hand. I was also very interested in drawing and art in general. When I went to college I had classes in both, but had to make a decision as to which one to persue and I went with commercial art and design. After 35 years of doing that successfully on my own and working with other corporations I later decided to go with photography, my other early passion. Now, I'm very glad I worked it out this way as all the experience in creating art and design has fast forwarded my photography to a much higher level!
What types of customers have you worked with?
In the last 2.5 years I've developed my craft of making people look their very best! With the right lighting, poses, backgrounds, using the highest quality cameras and lenses, to my many years of experience with Photoshop--you can join my long list of satisfied clients! From head shots to themed shoots with full hair/make up, wardrobe and sets, I only want shots that make everyone say---WOW!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That not all photographers are equal. Some do the work as a 9-5 office job and just clock in and out. I'm passionate about the craft and shoot for the client yet always thinking how can this be better. How can this go outside the box and get that WOW factor. When shooting a Military Ball recently I shot for the portraits, but I also shot the dancing, the eating and all of the other things going on at the event. I was told no other photographer they have hired for these events had ever covered more than just what they were hired to do. I enjoy photography and I'm sure it shows in my work for me and for others.