What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My photography and Photoshop education is on-going and never-ending. I'm a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Real Estate Photographers of America & International (REPAI). I recently (December 2015) passed the exam to become an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom 5 and am studying to become an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CC.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I considered studying architecture when I was in school. I thought about it again a few years later when I was considering grad school. I have always liked buildings. I like the way one space can feel inviting and warm and another can feel hollow and cold, all because of the colors and proportions and layout.
As my photography hobby grew I discovered that I loved the geometry of architectural photography. And I work well alone - it's peaceful. So real estate and architectural photography were natural choices for me.
What types of customers have you worked with?
At the request of clients I have photographed the interiors and exteriors of single-family homes, apartment complexes and the surrounding amenities, a medical complex, a movie theater, a fitness center and a few other smaller commercial buildings.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
In addition to photography I also enjoy restoring old photos. I completed the restoration of a black & white wedding photograph that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy (I volunteered with CARE for Sandy). So many people lost so much - it's really nice to be able to give a family memory back to somebody. As of December 2014 I'm working on my fourth restoration!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Freelancing involves a lot of expenses. You might hesitate at first at the fees some freelancers charge, but out of that fee we have to cover travel expenses and wear and tear on a personal vehicle, income taxes, gear and equipment, insurance for that gear and equipment, health insurance, professional memberships, training, marketing, software...the list goes on. None of that is anybody's fault - it's just the nature of freelancing!