Please contact me directly to discuss your options if I quote you a price that exceeds you budget as I may be flexible depending on factors. I have semi-standard pricing for some types of work, but I quote on a per job basis depending on requirements. I usually charge extra for projects requiring travel over 30 min, depending on the scope of the project. No job is too small.
The Typical process would be: 1. Check out my work at energyphoto.smugmug.com website and on Thumbtack 2. Connect via text, phone call or video call to discuss your project and budget 3. Agree to work together 4. Sign contract, set a date and make a booking deposit 5. Discuss and prep. for shoot. It can be very frustrating when using Thumbtack, as prospective clients more often than not, do not reply to quotes that take a lot of time, energy and are fee based, meaning that the Photographer must not only expend their energy and valuable time, but also must pay a fee for the lead that is not recouped unless they are hired. So please take the time to at least answer your Photographer via text, email or phone call - it's the very least you can do -thank you:)!
On-the-job and studying - learned my trade on the job as a freelance photographer based out of the Maine/ NH Seacoast area serving New England (Maine, Boston Area etc), and am also well-travelled, since 2000. Mostly self taught - I've also worked with a few top photographers in my area over the past 15 years, self-studied, taken courses with top photographers and re-touchers / educators.