What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing is simple. Which makes it complicated for this business. Usually photographers have these crazy price packages, which either include a bunch of stuff you don't want, or are way to expensive. or you will run into having to choose a la carte in you don't like their packages and that will end up blowing your budget, too. I'm simple. What is your budget? Ok... now what are you looking to get for that? Ok... now let's make that work. Pricing, packaging, budgeting, done.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Of Course! It is so important to look at what other people are doing as well as stay on top of what is happening in the field technically. Being in a tech-heavy field, in which things change to quickly you have to know what it going on. I follow numerous bridal blogs as well as photography blogs, to see what those that are the best in this field are doing. It helps me keep my finger on the pulse of trends and to always be collecting new ideas to use in my own work.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I generally work with people who are looking for something out of the ordinary. Someone who isn't afraid to be different and have fun. I work with all types of people in all different situations. I like to try to make great photography available to everyone, not just those who have tons of money to spend on their special day. Just because you don't have tons of money doesn't make that day any less special to you or your loved ones, you should have memories to match!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Anyone can buy a camera, but not everyone is a photographer. It takes an eye first of all, but thats not all of it. You have to be, just as with any artist, strong enough to put your work out there for people to pick apart ad judge with every little detail and bit. You have to be able to take that, and that takes a lot of guts and courage. I don't know if people always realize how much photographers judge themselves to prepare for the world to look at their work and tell them what they think. Talk about building character! Be a photographer!