TFM Studios

Grand Rapids, MI

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

As photographer I am more artistic than many of my peers. Because I was first trained in video production I tend to think more cinematically than many photographers. I am a smaller company who understands family values more and will go out of my way to prove myself and make my clients happy. This also allows me to charge a much more reasonable price.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the results I get and making people happy. I know that technically that is two things, however when you hand someone their pictures and you see them light up, there is just no better feeling in the world. I will say that it does feel close to that when you look at your own work and come to realize these images are quite striking, and perhaps surpass your other work.

Location

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing system usually goes 20 dollars an hour including equipment fees with a 150 dollar minimum. This maxes out at 200 dollars a day however. I am negotiable depending on the project however.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The first thing I try to understand is what they are looking for. As I said earlier there are an unlimited number of possibilities. Finding out who they are want what they want is of the utmost importance before proceeding with the project. The least desirable thing would be to present your client with something they don't like. I've never done that though.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a degree in Video Production, as well as online training via an photography certification school called the photography art institute.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I always wanted to do video production work. In my spare time I write and edit scripts. I expanded to photography after I realized that it increased my skill as a Cinematographer.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have done model and portrait photography, event videos, wedding videos, motion pictures and commercials. I have done real estate photography. I have a wide range of skills with a camera.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am currently working with a very talented, yet very new model. Our first shoot took about a week from start to finish. It was something that was a bit impromptu. We had to work with what we had, and price was an option.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The most important thing is to have a general Idea of what you are looking for. There are an unlimited number of possibilities for photos, they can be simple or complex. by simply saying something like "I'd like to work with a water theme" you can unlock ideas and inspiration and make your pictures unique.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The best questions that a client can ask are the ones that will bring the photographer/filmmaker closer to his or her project goals. "Would it be possible to do an in water shoot?" "my family likes to hike, could we do a hiking type photoshoot?"