How did you get started doing this type of work?
Growing up as a kid, I watched my father build his career as a commercial artist where he started out with pens and markers and moved up to computer graphics. I always excelled in my art courses throughout school and was encouraged to consider art for a career. Upon completion of my commercial art degree, I was offered a position as advertising designer for the same newspaper my father had worked for and followed in the same footsteps. Our career took different directions however as my father followed his career into editorial graphics and I followed my path into interactive online design and photography.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I am able to provide my clients with agency quality advertising design for web sites, landing pages, Flash animations, branding, logo designs and top notch photography.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I hike quite a lot and always bring a camera and post images from the hikes to the hiking group's website. I had one of the hikers contact me about doing a photo shoot because she loved the photos I had shot during a backpacking trip. She wanted to bring her dog and I said that would be no problem. So I scouted out a park that had some places I wanted to use and had her meet me there. It was supposed to be an hour photo shoot but I was enjoying it and wanted to get a nice variety of backgrounds and poses for the client so it ran over by thirty minutes. At the end, I showed her the photos we got and she was in love with them and couldn't wait for me to send them to her. She even told me she would likely contact me later on for photos of just her dog. Love it when a client is so happy they want to come back for more work.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and present your ideas. A professional should be able to discuss these things and help you fell at ease. Also listen to the ideas presented with an open mind. A professional such as myself with years of experience may be able to offer suggestions that could improve the quality or a project or bring new light to your vision.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I live to be creative and imaginative and think outside the box. Some take ideas from others and try to make it better while I try to just do it differently.