What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
On a weekly basis I do continuing education classes offered by professional photography associations and groups. I am a member of PPA (Professional Photographers Association) and WPS (Wedding and Portrait Society).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was an art major in college and I'v had a manual camera in hand since, I was about 15 years old! Growing up, I would typically irritate family and friends by taking so many pictures!
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most common types of jobs I do for my clients are photographing weddings, engagement sessions, family portraits and children's portraits. I do not have a portrait studio, so all of my work is done on location. With each session, I digitally enhance your pictures and then post them on a password protected gallery.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The advice I would like to give to customers who are interested in hiring me as their photographer is to be specific about what your needs are. For customers who are interested in hiring me for wedding photography services, please provided the venue location. Remember to keep lighting in mind. If you are having your wedding at sunset, you may need to reassess the amount coverage needed for your wedding. Lighting becomes very limited for portraits near sunset. It is advised to allow at least one hour before the ceremony to get most of the family and bridal party photos completed. For all other photos, such as family portraits, I recommend scheduling times one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Photographing weddings is extremely challenging. Why do I say this? You need to be an expert in understanding all aspects of photography. Lighting, technical aspects, composition just to name a few and be able to QUICKLY know how to asses any situation to unobtrusively photograph it in a beautiful way. This takes years of practice and constant dedication to educating yourself in the ever changing field of photography.