How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always been an artist and in high school I decided to go to an art college. Once I got there i was undecided until I took a photography class and knew it was right for me. I knew how to do enough darkroom things to be exempt from the introductory course so I was ahead of the rest, but I loved every minute of it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most jobs I get are small weddings, elopements, followed by portraits, boudoir and very large weddings. I do get commercial work every now and again which i love to do, but it is harder to come by.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Try to find a photographer whose style matches your end result goal as well as getting along with the photographer. You will spend anywhere from an hour to a full day with your photographer and you need to be sure you see eye to eye. Trust is also important.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish customers knew that the photography job doesn't just end when the shoot or event is over. The photographer has to spend hours of time carefully editing and working on your photos to make sure that they make you and yours look the best! We have to spend time editing, traveling to photo labs and ordering your products. So if you think our hourly rate seems high, it really isn't, because it gets spread out over many hours and is actually probably a lot lower than you might think for the amount of work done! People don't know this but I wish it was appreciated.