Chris Paulis Photography
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Jul - Dec
Lutheran Villages Marketing Photography
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Chris was polite, professional and reassuring and made the session fun. His photographic techniques and posing made me look my best. He gave good advice about the advantages of smiling for online dating photos. All my prettiest photos until then had been serious and I did not know I could take good smiling shots. Chris had me smiling naturally the whole time by smiling at me, being funny and setting me at ease. The nature shots taken in his backyard added variety and interest. I met someone my first day on the online dating site and we are going steady now. Without Chris's excellent photos I would have been lost in the pack.Sep 5, 2018Verified
I was looking to a traditional senior portrait picture for my homeschooled high school senior. Chris was great to work with and I got exactly what I was looking for.May 9, 2016Verified
We hired Chris to take a group photo of our office staff for our holiday cards. He was prompt, creative, and did a wonderful job. The photo turned out great.Nov 4, 2015Verified
Chris Paulis was truly outstanding. The photo shoot involved being on location with specific props. Not only did Chris secure the perfect location with the necessary props, but the resultant photographs were absolutely stunning. I recommend him enthusiasticallyDec 17, 2015Verified
Chris took a great quality photo and was very professional throughout the entire process. I needed something very specific and he was able to accommodate my needs and ensure that I would be getting what I needed.Jan 7, 2015Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?For product photography pricing, visit mdproductphotography.com. I can also send you pricing sheets for commercial photography and professional head shots.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I get to know my clients and their photography needs and goals through a phone or face-to-face conference. To understand clients' needs in product photography, I ask them to begin by jotting some responses in a questionnaire so that I advise them effectively and give them an accurate estimate of what their project should cost. For some jobs a face-to-face meeting is important to help me understand the requirements of the project. We require a 50% deposit to book services, with the balance of the contract due on the date of the photography.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?This is a high priority with me! As a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Maryland Professional Photographers of America, I participate as a learner and a teacher on a monthly basis, attend seminars at yearly state and national conventions, and participate in photographic competition at the state, district, and international levels six times per year. In competitions, trained panels of judges score prints against 12 standards of excellence and provide critiques. In January 2017 I received the degrees, Photographic Craftsman and Master of Photography from Professional Photographers of America. Both of these are the result of continuing education, juried competition, and service to the profession. Currently I am more than halfway to earning my Master Artist degree, which reflects expertise in post-processing work in Photoshop and other tools. Continuing education is required, also, to maintain my Certified Professional Photographer credential. I must provide evidence of a certain number of CEUs every three years in order to renew. Additionally, I serve as CPP Liaison for Maryland, mentoring and teaching other photographers who are seeking to earn certification. Finally, I am working toward earning the Master Artist degree. This degree awarded by Professional Photographers of America is granted to photographers who amass 13 merits from Master Artist competition in the yearly International Photographic Competition (IPC). Participants may enter up to 4 images yearly, which are then judged by at least 1 panel of 5 expert judges on a 100-point scale. Those determined to be at least "of exhibition quality" receive a score of 80-84 and earn 1 merit. Entries deemed to be excellent or superior receive a score from 85-94 and are judged a second time for potential placement in the prestigious Loan Collection (called "the best of the best" and published in a yearly volume). Finally, entries receiving a score of 95 or higher are automatically placed in the Loan Collection. As of August 2018, I have earned 8 merits toward the Master Artist degree. To merit in Master Artist, entries must do well on all 12 of criteria defining excellent photography, but they must also reflect a high level of difficulty in post-processing. Master Artist entries include digital painting, photographic compositing, and photographic restoration.