How did you get started doing this type of work?
Growing up in an artistic home was a huge influence on me. My mother was a gardener, painter, seamstress, entrepreneur. My dad took all the photos for our family photo albums, so when I finally decided to learn photography it was a passion I couldn't put down. After a while friends started asking me to take their photos, when a friend asked me to photograph their wedding as a backup photographer, I was both thrilled and terrified.
The wedding was both a dream and a nightmare, but the couple took it in stride and couldn't be happier. The day before the wedding the bachelor party stopped before it had even started after the best man's car was totaled by a groomsman (who had driven to FL from Seattle). After that was resolved things settled down for the night. The morning of the wedding, we rose early to meet the sun. It was on a gorgeous plantation on Florida's panhandle. There were 100 year old live oak trees, and Spanish moss everywhere. All the most important family and friends were there. About half way through the ceremony, the heavens tore open, there was a torrential downpour. The whole reception site was flooded and the ceremony needed to stop in order to cram everyone into the plantation house great room. Yet, the couple and family were all smiles. People stood around one another holding paper plates and eating with their fingers, drinking from Dixie cups. By the end of it I couldn't stop smiling, that's when I knew this was something I wanted to do for a very long time.
What types of customers have you worked with?
First, I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I also have experience photographing families, seniors, kids, head shots, corporate events and conferences, product, , single track mountain biking, and fashion. I am always looking for opportunities to learn new things and give back to the community. Don't see what you're looking for? It can't hurt to ask if I am familiar with your needs, or if I can provide sample work!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure that you get to know the photographer you intend to hire. They will be with you every step of the way on your wedding day so it is very important. One way to do this is through a face to face meeting. If you feel like the photographer you meet with has a great energy with you, go for an engagement session, see if you like the way they work, how comfortable they make you feel with them just as a confirmation/training for your big day.
I have gone through many different intensive training workshops to learn how to pose properly and interact with my clients, how to make anyone feel comfortable in front of the camera, I have been told my clients love this aspect of working with me!