What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I keep my pricing very simple. A photo session is $350 with no time limit. Images and printed products are sold separately and include editing and retouching. Everything is a la carte, so you only buy the images and products you really love.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I keep things very simple so the process isn't too intimidating. I always walk my clients through step by step, helping with outfit ideas, guiding them through poses, making it a fun experience. I want to make sure I understand their needs and make them as comfortable as possible. Many of my clients have never done a boudoir session before and are a pleasant mixture of excitement and nerves, so I always start my shoots out with a bit of a warm up to get things going. And it doesn't usually take too long to get them loosened up. Having great music playing on the system is always a big help and I have a very casual atmosphere in the studio. Having a cocktail or two before and during the shoot is common as well.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have spent thousands of hours honing my craft and done hundreds of shoots. I'm completely self-taught and have developed a style that's very unique and edgy, especially for this region.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I spent most of my life as a hobbyist until about 4 years ago when life threw some curve balls at me. I took that opportunity to throw myself completely into photography and try all the things I always wanted to do. I was very honest with myself and decided to just go for it. I've always loved bold, edgy, in your face, sexy imagery and I've made it my goal in life to impact people with my work with no apologies. I think that decision has made me the photographer I am today and helped me become a more genuine human being. I love what i do and i wouldn't trade the experiences I've shared with my clients for aything in the world
What types of customers have you worked with?
All ages, races, shapes, sizes, walks of life have come through my studio. College girls, Moms, Career Women, Grandmothers, they all come with a common goal: to feel beautiful, sexy, vital and confident.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Most of my sessions last anywhere from 2-4 hours. A recent shoot I had was with a young lady who has been on a mission to create the body she's always wanted and had recently recovered from a back injury. It was her first time ever doing any kind of photoshoot and she was very nervous but extremely excited. She was just a bundle of energy and extremely fun to shoot. Once we got her warmed up the images were coming out beautifully, and the look in her eyes when I showed her the back of the camera was priceless. She had seen my work but she really wasn't expecting to look as amazing as she did. I see that a lot. Most women don't realize just how beautiful they are, and I never get tired of showing them.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Choose a photographer by their images first, their personality second and their price third. You're guaranteed a good fit and great results if you do things in that order.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
While it's not necessary to have a fully formed idea in your head when you come to me for a shoot, it's definitely helpful to have a path in mind that you'd like to take. I love a challenge and bouncing ideas back and forth always brings great results. In my opinion the best questions to ask yourself before you make the plunge are "What do you want to get out of your shoot?" and "What's more important to you, price or quality"