What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I have three packages that will cover everyone's budget.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I speak with them initially on the phone after an email exchange. We then decide to meet in person to make sure we are a match and connect with each other.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Photography
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was studying fine art and graphics and had taken a photography class. I realize I enjoyed being out connecting with people while creating candid street images. I wanted to be in the world engaging with people rather then in a studio alone.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with every type of customer from big corporations, to universities, NGO's, a diverse group of customers who I have had the pleasure of photographing their special day, travel companies, publishing companies, individuals for portraits, children, religious institutions, and even the US Navy and Airfare to do a series of books for the ROTC Program.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I went to Rwanda last year to document the lives of the coffee farmers in the Lake Kiva region of the country. In Rwanda coffee is grown on cooperatives. I spent several weeks meeting with the people that I call "The Faces Behind Your Coffee". I created an exhibit, website, and article about my experiences.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would make sure to meet with the provider to see how comfortable you are with them. Meet at a neutral location or invite them to your house to see if you connect.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Make sure they have an idea of what they are looking for. If it's a wedding know if they want a book as well as the color corrected images. If its a portrait think about what it's for. Do you ant a backdrop traditional image and/ or a location shot with some type of iconic recognizable background.