What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I work with my clients budget.I do have payment plans available.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to speak to them in length,get to know them , find out as much as I can about their needs,help them by recommending vendors and venues.I have been told by my brides that I am not only their wedding photographer,I am also their friend and built in wedding planner. I like to help take the stress out of this process.My brides feel very at home withme
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been photographing weddings all over the U.S and Germany for twenty three years. Before photographing weddings I freelanced for the Miami Herald as a photojournalist and many other publications.I am self taught with a God given talent.What sets my work apart is that I am an artist in paint with an intuitive sense for light,composition,and color and have a gift for capturing emotion.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I fell in love with photography at the age of five.By the age of twelve I built my own darkroom. I believe that when you are going in the right direction doors will open up.The doors flew open for me,I was winning numerous art shows and competitions until I was recognized and hired by newspapers and magazines. My career started out as a photojournalist for the Miami Herald,Miami New Times and several other publications. My work was sold to postcard and greeting card companies,shown in art galleries and sold to private collectors.I have also taught classes for See The World Travel on "photography as an art form" was a child photographer for many years.Before I started shooting weddings I built up an amazing resume and had experience in all the fields of photography which all came together when I started photographing weddings.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have 23 years exp in photographing weddings. From the intimate wedding with just a few people to the extravagant larger weddings with unlimited coverage. I love capturing the best day of someones life!
Before becoming a wedding photographer, I was an award winning child photographer, I do tend to get carried away when there are children at a wedding, I know you wont mind!
I was a photojournalist for the Miami Herald,Miami new times, and the Fl Key's keynoter. I do love to be sent on assignment's.
I have photographed every type of session, newborn, maternity,trash the dress,bridal,birthday parties model portfolios, family reunion, you name it, I will be delighted to capture the emotions of your day! Or if you just need a boost in confidence, I can bring out the best in anyone!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Fall in love with the photographer's work! Your wedding photographs are once in a lifetime moments.You wouldn't buy a wedding gown you did not love! Speak to them,dont hire any vendor you would not invite as a guest to your wedding.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
THE ART OF FINDING THE PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
It must be an overwhelming task,everyone and their mothers are now photographers
When selecting a wedding photographer, there are three important elements you should keep in mind: personality, the photographers style, and cost. The first two are related to character traits unique only to that person and cannot be copied. The third element fluctuates due to many different variables. Lets talk about each in the order of importance.
The first element and almost as equally important as personality is the photographers eye. That is, the way he or she sees and captures the wedding day. This unique trait separates one photographer from the next, and is considered the photographers fingerprint. In other words, a photographer can copy anothers style, but the fact is no two photographers see exactly the same way. Therefore, when looking at different photographers work, really take notice of how and what they see.
Do the images move you?
Are They emotional?
Finally, out of all the photographers you met with, whose images did you gravitate towards the most? Usually, the answer to these questions, and the definitive question Who is the right photographer for me? is only an inner voice away. Just listen and trust.When you finally say yes to the dress,You have no doubts in your mind, you know this is the one!
Very important is the character and personality of the individual who you will hire to capture your day, and invite as a guest to your wedding. These characteristics may not be the first thing you think about when choosing a photographer, however, it will definitely be the most important factor in the decision-making process.
The most obvious component is to determine whether or not you like the images and style that this particular photographer has to show you. Before you even schedule an in-person consultation, it may be helpful to browse through that photographers website. After you have scoured pages and pages of samples, your instincts will help you eliminate those photographers you dont want to see and help you to figure out which ones you do. It is definitely important to be intrigued or excited by the images a photographer has to offer. If you have made an appointment or decided to visit the photographer, chances are you already are interested in their work but this is not always the most important factor.
What is? Personality.
Now that you are in this persons studio or space, the questions you have to ask yourself are:
Do I like this person?
Do I trust them to handle such an important day in my life?
Do I feel comfortable with this person?
Will my friends and family like him?
Would I invite him or her to my wedding?
You could find the Ansel Adams of wedding photographers, but if he or she annoys you in any way and you are determined to politely overlook that fact, the only person who is going to suffer is you. The bottom line is, if you dont like your photographer for any reason, your wedding images and your memories are going to be reflected upon as if looking into a tarnished mirror.
Finally, the last deciding factor is usually the cost. You have likely spent hours, if not days, of your time interviewing photographer after photographer and now you have found the perfect one for you. The images are amazing and he or she has a great personality, and it all feels right. However, your inner voice picked someone who is a little out of your budget. What do you do?
When it comes to budgeting, ask yourself an important question:
After the wedding is over, what am I going to have left?
Answer: Your pictures and your memories.
Everything else is going to be forgotten, eventually remembered only through your photographs. According to a survey run buy the largest online wedding website, the number one regret couples had is that they wished they would have spent more money on their wedding photography.
Shopping for a wedding photographer is like buying a house: you get what you pay for. In both cases, the purchase is based on emotion. Buying a little more than you can afford is always a wise investment that you wont regret as long as you have put in the time to find the