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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My fees vary depending on the type of work needed. I have standard sitting fees for each type of work. Ground photography is a $50/hour sitting fee, aerial work is $75/hour due to coordination I have to do to meet FAA requirements. I have standard a la cart fees for individual items and bundled discount prices for different types of photography like senior photos, events, real estate photography, etc. These bundles include sitting fees and may require a deposit.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am a full time civil engineer, which helps in aerial for inspection type work. My education and training for photography consists of decades of hobby photography, FAA Remote Pilot with sUAS rating certification required for commercial aerial work with drones, self taught training via YouTube, educational books on photography, Adobe Photography Suite (Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.) 4years, Apple Final Cut Pro (video editing) 3years, multiple seminars and training for photography over the last 5 years.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Like a lot of people I know in photography, it started as a hobby: family photos, vacations, holidays. I started with a point and shoot during the film era. This continued into the late 1990s and early 2000s with the development of the digital point and shoot camera. I bought, for the family, our 1st DSLR in 2010 and started playing with settings more and more, read photography books, and watched a lot of YouTube how to videos. It wasn’t until I bought a new professional DSLR in 2014 and my 1st drone in 2015 that I became serious about it. Aerial photography gave me a new passion for outdoor photography to combine with me work on the ground with the DSLR. From their, I obtained my FAA Remote Pilot with sUAS rating certificate to do commercial drone work as required by law, and started my own ground and aerial photography business to do part time. It has been great to combine my passion for photography and to share/capture those special moments for others through this work.