What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly enrolled in ongoing photography courses. The industry is always changing and growing. Everything from the way you run your business to new techniques, the latest equipment and software. I also travel for photography and do international workshops to take my skills to next level.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing for design is based on the size of the project. If it is going to be an all day session where there will be a lot of different set ups the cost would be based on the number of hours required. A typical real estate session is based on two things that go hand in hand really, the square footage and price point of the home and if there are extensive exterior shots of estate grounds, amenities, etc. Typically a 3000 sq ft home would not be as difficult to shoot as a 15,000 sq foot home with tennis courts and a large pool situated on 25 acres of land. So each is priced according to time shooting and editing. I always ask clients to contact me to discuss pricing unless we've worked together before and they know the pricing structure. I always try to work with clients who have a budget for their design sessions if they are involved in a commercial project.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I picked up a camera one day and it was decided for me. I chose to learn every thing about photography that I could so that I would understand as much as I could about creating images with light and developing those images into forms of art.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I most often shoot interior and exterior real estate. I also shoot kitchen and bath remodels, exterior architecture and portraiture for families and individuals.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I did a real estate session in an enormous home. It was quite challenging because of the sizes of the rooms. It was important to capture both the design of the rooms, the decor, the lighting and the architectural elements that made the home so unique both inside and out. I had some very intricate lighting challenges to set up. It took about 5 hours to shoot and 7 or 8 more to edit all the images. But it was amazing and the images were beautiful. Within a few days the listing had offers. My most amazing portrait session was for a young lady who had undergone multiple surgeries for a brain tumor. She trusted me to photograph her without her hair piece and capture the beauty in her face and eyes, even without hair. The photos and the experience were amazing.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't be afraid to the tell the photographer what you are expecting. It is your vision and creativity that we are bringing to life in our images. You work hard to design and stage the perfect room or home and walking the photographer through your vision insures that you will both be on the same page when it's time for the shoot. The same is true for head shots. Don't be afraid to convey what you want from your session with the photographer. We are creative naturally but we are only happy with our work if the client is happy.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I would like my clients to know that photographers spend years learning their craft and continuously train on all the state-of-art equipment and editing software to stay on top of it. We are dedicated and passionate professionals who need more than just talent to compete in this industry. Serious real estate and design professionals will understand this knowing that they have undergone specific training in their own. It takes years of hard work, training and practice but professional quality is the end result.