Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
A. I love to meet my new clients in person so we can start to get to know one another. I want you to feel comfortable with me just like you would a best friend. We will discuss your needs and what you would like to accomplish in your images, clothing options, packages, and if you are ready to start then scheduling a date and paperwork.
With weddings I prefer to attend the rehearsals. This helps the flow of everything the day of and helps me find the best places for lighting, posing, and to help the bridal party know when and where to stop. While you do your practice run, I'll be there to help you know how to get the best image's.
I'm the type of person who wants you to be fully confident with me so I am available day or night via text, phone call, email, or an in person meeting. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, help with referring other professionals, and I've even came early to help decorate for the wedding!
Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. I started in high school in film, and then digital through college. Now, I frequently take new classes and workshop's yearly to improve my craft and stay up to date with the latest trends.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. My rates for weddings and events is a rate of $300/hr.
My rates for portraiture is a rate of $150/hr.
Prints and products vary depending on what is purchased. My typical client will spend between $700-$1500 including their custom portraiture. Some spend more and some spend less!
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I started in High School (several, several years ago now!). I began with film photography and developing in the darkroom. There's something nostalgic about film and the darkroom, and I often miss it. Of course these days we shoot digitally though. I went into business after several years of study in Photography in college and it's been the best decision of my life. I absolutely love what I do!
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. I specialize in high end wedding photography and family portraiture. I also work in the commercial & fashion photography industry often.
I do take on other photography requests too! I've worked with several schools for High School Reunions, Proms, Charity Organization's, Event's, and many more.
I create dynamic images of so you can remember your special moments for years to come. I provide luxury services and premium products. I only give the best of the best to our clients.
Capture the Moment custom designs all products for our clients with the top designs in style personalized just for you. I provide the highest quality prints and inks, and a stunning personalized customer service. I believe you should get what you pay for! I fully believe it should be high quality products and stunning images...nothing less.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Very people know the realities of photography in general and wedding photography in particular. In truth, why should you be expected to? You have to deal with florists and learning flower names, looks, colors, how they do in heat and cold, etc. You have to learn about cooking and catering. You have to learn about ceremony planning and legal documents -- all in a relatively short period of time. It's overwhelming!
You look at all the beautiful pictures in the wedding magazines longing for your wedding pictures to look the same. Guess what? If you choose the right photographer, your pictures will come very close.
However, keep in mind those wonderful pictures that you saw in the magazine included a professional editorial photographer, a set coordinator, a stylist, full time make-up artists, a hairstylist on set and, of course, professional models. They then spend hours setting up and shooting each look. In the end they narrow down from 300 images to the 10 beautiful shots you are now looking at adoringly.
A good final product might take longer to produce than 15 minutes. Wither it's your wedding or family portraits remember to a lot extra time to your photography. Rushed sessions do not produce stellar results, you have to take your time to create something timeless.
When you create what you want your photographs to look like, you have to take into consideration what is feasible with your budget. I have had brides who wanted me to shoot them getting ready at their hotel, pictures of the groom getting ready at the church, beautiful photographs of the cake that look like a magazine shoot as well as the family images at the church, pictures of the guests enjoying cocktail hour, the wedding, the reception, etc. If this is what you want, please note that this will require more than one photographer. Why? Because many of all these things are happening at the same time but in two different places.
To help ensure these results, first off, you have to make a choice. Do you want your pictures to look like your standard wedding pictures or do you want them to resemble the images in the magazines? Like I mentioned above, most of the magazine layouts were shot by an editorial photographer. If this is what you want, look for a photographer who shoots both commercial photography and wedding photography. Why? They will tend to bring more of a commercial look and perspective to your wedding assignment. I also advise to add time for these types of images, or possibly a day after session the next day. Lucky for you I do both types of photography!
Look at both their work and see if the commercial images match what you would expect from a magazine. (I have a few examples on my profile here for you to see)
Next, stay away from photographers who show you their sample book and state that they will make every one of your pictures look as good as these. Some of the best photographers I have met who shoot for some of the biggest names in advertising and fashion can not even make that promise. This is especially true with wedding photography, where light sources, temperature, and angles continuously change.
Finally, you really do get what you pay for. If you go for the lowest bidder, you will most likely end up with the lowest percentage of great shots when your wedding day is done. On average in most metropolitan areas, you should plan on at least $1,200.00 for a good photographer's package including only one photographer and no album. Prices can then go up depending on the type of book you want (leather, cloth, prints versus coffee table style, etc) and if more than one photographer is needed -- and, in some cases, if you insist on the use of professional studio lighting for certain shots.
Here is my golden piece of advice to you when looking for your photographer -- it is what I did when looking for our wedding. When you look at your potential photographer's images, look for a variety of styles (commercial, fashion, editorial, wedding, etc.) The more styles they tend to shoot, the better they can handle variable shooting conditions. Next, look at the composition and creativity of their composition. A great image is 50 percent technical skill and 50 percent creative eye. If they have a creative eye and good technical skills, you stand a very good chance of walking away with some great images that you can look at lovingly for years to come and might even make your friends envious.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A. When you look at your potential photographer's images, look for a variety of styles (commercial, fashion, editorial, wedding, etc.) The more styles they tend to shoot, the better they can handle variable shooting conditions.
Next, look at the composition and creativity of their composition. A great image is 50 percent technical skill and 50 percent creative eye. If they have a creative eye and good technical skills, you stand a very good chance of walking away with some great images that you can look at lovingly for years to come and might even make your friends envious.