Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Be specific about your wants and needs. Make sure you review the provider's work/portfolio. Ask about what made him/her get into that line of work. If they're passionate about what they do, they'll be more than happy to answer your questions and get to know more about you as well. When it comes to photography, the more the photographer knows about you and your family, the more intimate and personal the end results will be!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Before I started doing family style photography, my biggest grievance was that in order to obtain the digital rights to the pictures, I often had to pay out far more than I could afford. I am happy to provide the CD containing all of the edited images for a very reasonable price. Whether or not a family purchases all prints from me, or would rather have the CD to print at will as time and budget will allow makes no difference to me. The important thing is that the customer gets those memories to have forever and not break the budget to do so!
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Again, I would ask "Why" the service professional started in his/her line of work. I am passionate about photography and love taking pictures of my own daughter and family to have beautiful memories available in print to share with everyone. I want the same thing for other parents and have grown addicted to the feeling I get sharing beautiful one-of-a-kind pictures with my customers.
Ask pricing up front as well. Be specific. Definitely ask if you can walk away with the digital rights/CD to be able to print more photos for family and friends down the road.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. I enjoy "on site" photography. Pictures in a studio are fine, but the studio back drop photos are not what I love. I prefer to scout around and find a location that clicks with my client's personality. Sometimes we just drive around an area until inspiration hits and get the best shots that way. I've shot in parks, by railroad tracks, in airports and on beaches.
I also enjoy taking photos of sporting events and have gotten some of the best shots of client's in action doing those things they love best.
Stretch your imagination and realize that nothing is necessarily off limits. If it's doable and best captures you and your family - it's probably gonna happen!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Meeting and working with clients, both new and existing. Every photo shoot is unique, as is each customer. It is my absolute greatest hope that every time I engage a client and shoot a series of photos, the results are as one of a kind as they themselves are.
Nothing is as good as the feeling I get when a parent beams over the pictures of their children and can't wait to share them!