Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The bulk of my experience is in shooting portraits - Seniors,Children, Engagement and Wedding photos.As a photgrapher I work to bring a personal touch to every engagement, asking what your expectations are and how I can meet them. I love a challene,so bring it one:-)
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Senior portraits for a young lady in an urban environmentWe shot around Dowmtown Indianapolis. The customer was very satisfied.
Engagement Photos-the couple flew meto Orlanda where they are in order todo the shoot. We ended upwith a ton of good images. They have already ordered 5"x7"s and a 24"x36"
Infant photos.I had the fun task of shooting three month old Olivia. She kept me on my toes between feeding and crankynessThe client opted togo with the CD of the images.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. 1) Have a list of what is important to you
2) Meet with the photogrpher as early as possible to see if you click
3)look for any red flags as to the photographer's ability to deliver what you want.
4) Price is important, but cheaper is usually lower quality.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. For photographers, knowing what equipment they use is important. To many rookies are out there with expensive point and shoot camers. These are the guys to be scared of. Their photographic knowledge is usually pretty light. Look for a photographer with professional grade equipment.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. 1) Tell me about the worst mistake you have made at a wedding.
2) If you had to hire someone to shoot your own wedding, who would it be?
3) What will you do to make our photos unique?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You need to envision what you want to 'do' with your photos when the photographer is done. Do you want an album/book? Do you want photos to give to friends? Do you want to incorporate a photo into a thank you card for gifts. Do you want to give enlargements to parents/grandparents/siblings? Do you want a large portrait for your home of either the bride or of the bride and groom together? Do you want digital copies (without printing rights)? Do you want images digitally with rights? Make a list of photo moments that you know will be happeing that you want captured. Make a comprehensive list of all photos you expect. Know what the ceremony officiant will allow photographically during the service. Any restrictions?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. It is my presence at the event. I have a way of getting people to relax and enjoy the moment.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the feeling I get when I show a customer's images for the first time. The smiles are awesome.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. I usually get asked about digital photos. What I have found is that my subjects end up buying actual photographic prints and digital copies. There is just something special about the results delivered from a professional photographer in a photo print.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. This goes back a few years. During the exchange of rings the bride couldn't get the ring to fit over the groom's knuckle. It went on for a bit, and of course I kept shooting. I got a picture of her with her blowing out her cheeks, making a face while trying. It wasn't very flattering, but incredibly hilarious. Too bad she didn't agree.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Just because it is a digital print doesn't mean that it is any less work for the photographer.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I love capturing moments.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. It has been a couple of months ago, but I had the honor of photographing my brother's retirement from the Marine Corp after 26 years of service. It was a very emotional day and we caught some great images.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?