What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Every job is different & is quoted as such.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to discuss the customer's needs & requests & then offer any suggestions or additional ideas that they may not have thought of to come up with the perfect image solution.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a completely & proudly self taught photographer. I have found - in over 20 years doing this- that you either HAVE a knack for this...or you don't. I do.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Photography was a heavy hobby when I was a full time musician & after transitioning to full time photo & video work, I have never looked back. I still play music but now- it's therapy :-)
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with all sorts of clients & individuals. From large companies to the family down the street.
To name a few-
City Of Kansas City,
Int'l Lineman's Rodeo,
Country Club Plaza,
Show Me Presentation Resources,
Weddings & families to numerous to mention & various Real Estate & construction companies in the area & out of town.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm proud of ALL my work. I've done still work for corporate clients (Sprint, Hallmark, Northwest Airlines, John Deere)& popular TV clients (MTV) (History Channel) (Public Television)
I pour 110% into every job as if it were my ONLY job..
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When choosing a photographer for your event, wedding or whatever the need... communication is the key. Don't be afraid to ask for references & always verify that the photographer has a website that's legitimate & not just a "flickr" or "snapfish" site of photos. You do get what you pay for & a professional will cost more than some weekend shooter & you would expect to pay more for someone that does it for a living vs. extra weekend money. It's not the "nice camera" that is making that photo.. it's all in who's behind the lens, no matter what the camera.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Is the person being looked at to hire a true pro? - Or is it a day job person moonlighting on the side for extra money. There is a HUGE difference. I am a 100% freelancer. No moonlighting. My next gig comes because of the job I did on my LAST gig. End of story.