What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to have a phone or in-person consultation first. The next step is to photograph. Then, review images. Lastly, receipt of any deliverables by the customer. Everything is easygoing, but professional.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, I am a member of the Professional Photographers of North Carolina (PPNC), SEPPA and the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA), among other groups. I constantly attend seminars, workshops and classes around the southeast. Also, I regularly attend online webinars and review tutorials to help me become even better at my craft.
There is always something new to learn -- and I am hungry to glean new skills and hone those I already possess.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing system isn't set in stone, but it isn't complicated either. Generally, I charge a base session rate to cover my time, equipment use and utilities. The remainder is dependent on the deliverables (online, printed photos, album, downloads, etc).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was an amateur photographer for most of my life. I know it sounds trite, but photography has always been my passion. I love making people smile and blessing them with beautiful images. When I finally had the opportunity to "go pro", I jumped at it. Now, I work even harder to capture the moments that mean the most to my clients.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Senior portraits, head shots for models, engagement sessions, boudoir photos, expectant mothers, event and sports photography.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently volunteered to assist a high school student with her senior project. I mentored her and helped her photograph a model. She is now considering professional photography as her career.
I am proud to have been part of helping a young person decide what moves them to want to work at that profession daily for their lifetime.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Never hire a photographer based on price alone. You will get what you pay for. Go cheap; get cheap. A "$25 DVD" shoot-n-burn photographer cannot provide the quality of a trained, professional photographer.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish potential customers knew I have been involved in photography, at various levels, since I was a child. It has been a lifelong passion -- and I bring that passion to all my sessions. I always give more than I am paid for because I love photography and how it affects people.