What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
ABSOLUTELY! I travel throughout the United States and regularly attend seminars, conventions, and courses. I also continue education in film class, which keeps me sharp for when I switch back to digital! I take one-on-one training sessions with worldwide well-known professionals and strive to exceed their high standards. I also network and meet local photographers and keep great relationships with them. We discuss different labs, shooting locations, and tips/tricks we've learned along our journey! I feel all of these factors keep me on top of my industry!
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most common photography sessions that I shoot are: EVERYTHING!! Of course one has to be more popular for me than others, so if I HAD to list them, it would go as follows: Couples/Weddings, Boudoir, Children (toddlers and up), Family, Pregnancy, Models/Seniors, Babies, Pets/Animals, Landscapes/Wildlife. whew! I love them all, but as far as what I get booked for, that would probably be the order of most popular. If I had to pick my favorites, that would be extremely hard...but I CAN say that I absolutely LOVE love love working with my Couples, Boudoir, and Toddlers!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Check the QUALITY of work! Most of the time (with Photography) you really get what you pay for...so be leery about the quality of work you'll receive with photographers who have those "too good to be true" rates...ESPECIALLY with weddings! Check out the lighting and posing; make sure both are appeasing to the eye. Then make sure your photographer is trustworthy and credible (experienced). Nothing scarier than a photographer showing up to photograph a wedding and it be their first or second time. EEK! and lastly, don't be scare to ASK THEM QUESTIONS! That's what they're there for, and an excellent photographer will be able to answer anything you throw at them! :)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish more customers knew how many people buy expensive camera's, call themselves 'professionals' (I use that term loosely), and really have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what they are doing. It's sickening and scares me when couples hire one of these 'professionals' for their wedding and they have no idea what they are getting into, they were just looking at dollar amount. I wish more customers were able to obtain the information they need to have a truly amazing experience with whichever photographer they hire (from the consultation, to the appointment and shooting, to the end results and getting their images back).