Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. My three most common jobs are model headshots and portfolio building, boudoir, actor headshots, and corporate work.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. If you are looking for a headshot, portrait, or editorial photographer, do your research. Headshots are a fantastic way to express who you are in just one photograph. Before coming to a shoot, choose a look you like and practice in front of a mirror. It sounds crazy, but you'll get great results with some posing practice. Also bring a few different tops and jackets. Bring what you love or love yourself wearing. If you are the least bit uncomfortable, you'll look that way in your images. Come with an open mind, prepare to have fun, and just roll with the experience. You'll get great images, I guarantee it.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. One of the areas of photography most clients don't see is the hidden time cost in pricing. After a 2 hour shoot, there is still at least 4 hours of work to be done: download images, correct for color and exposure if necessary, upload online, archive images, process final product.
When you look at pricing, this needs to be taken into account.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. There are always questions to ask your professional. In photography, here are a few to consider and to keep in mind when pricing:
Does your photographer have a studio? If they do, then the cost will be higher in order to support it.
Does your photographer have insurance? If you fall while working on location, is your photographer covered?
Does your photographer have proper lighting? Is the photographer coming with lighting gear? This adds to the expense.
Are the images in the photographers portfolio well exposed and composed?
Does your photographer know the difference between genres of photography? For instance, if you are seeking an actor headshot, does the photographer know the basic 3 styles of actor headshots and what you will need?
What is the turnaround time on images? This is especially important for short deadlines.
Don't choose a photographer based on price alone, make sure that the professional you choose is qualified to do the job properly and in a timely manner.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. A professional photographer who started in film, my work is a blend of traditional, photojournalism, and creative light.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the amazing people that I meet and get to work with. Between my clients, stylists, freelance models for my workshops, my assistants, second shooters and everyone else involved, it is the most satisfying job I've ever had.
Headshot photography really instills my interest because so much is said about a person just by seeing their face. I love the tight crop, the wonderful expressions, and the overall experience involved.
I am a lighting junkie, so getting creative with my light for headshots not only is challenging but rewarding at the same time.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most common question is: How quickly can I have my images?
I offer a 24 hour turnaround from your shoot to online gallery. Once the gallery is up, it is up to you to choose your images. Once chosen, usually you receive your finished image and proof disk within a week.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I love success stories. I have quite a few actors who have gotten big jobs on CSI, SVU, on and off broadway, and a movie deal with Martin Scorcese as director. My clients success means I'm successful in giving a professional high-end product.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. My latest clients include:
Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder Law, Bridgeport, CT
Velez Organization, New York, NY
MP Buckley, LLC, Milford, CT
IPM Model Management, New York, NY
Tri City Appliance, Milford, CT