What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to email back and forth a few times to see what the needs are and location and work out details of what is expected. I don't mind potential customers to simply write and ask lots of questions first without any obligation to book a shoot. Sometimes you just need more information. I welcome this.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I constantly continue training and education in photography as well as Photoshop and have completed many hours of class time via webinars as well as live workshops with instructors. I am a member of KelbyOne, Lynda, and also take courses on CreativeLive just to mention a few.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I am flexible but generally, I charge approximately 100.00 for about 45 min in outdoor settings, which is where I do all my shoots. This results in about 4 to 5 differently posed images, fully retouched. If clients prefer more than 5 pictures, I can structure a 20.00 per downloaded image so clients can choose how many photos they would like to puchase from a group of proofs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I am retired and started my business as a hobbyist after many years of traveling the world during my career at American Airlines.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have mostly done small events, college grads and holiday photos for families. I especially love family/pet photography.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I loved the last family/pet shoot outdoors. Pets are challenging but so rewarding. That project was completed in about an hour.
My other favorite project was my daughter's college grad collection. I took photos in 4 different locations on campus outdoors. The project took 4 hours (3 outfits) on 2 separate days at 2-hour sessions each.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask lots of questions about what you want so your expectations can be realized. Look carefully at the pictures the provider uses as samples. View their website as well as what is on Thumbtack. Everyone has unique styles - look for someone to match your vision.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Be clear on what you getting for the price agreed upon. Ask about the location the shoot will take place in. Most photographers will suggest the best time of the day for outdoors. Think about any props you might want ahead of time. Think about your clothing choices carefully. Be very specific about what you want and the style you want in the photos. Don't be afraid to show samples of shots you've seen online to see if they can be re-created! It's like a hairdresser - the more the artist knows what you want - the better the outcome can be!