What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I make packages that work for my clients. Typically it is $250 per hour. But that changes based on the type of shoot, the requirements of the shoot, the number of shots and time needed.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We communicate by text, phone, or email and I like to find out what they are looking for. I want to know why they want photos taken so I know how to approach the shoot. I usually recommend a location based on the location of the client and the type of shoot. We schedule a time to meet. I start my shoots off by asking questions and getting to know the client. I need to know my clients so that I know what they want and they need to know me so that they are comfortable in the pictures. We shoot for a while, when we feel we've got the photos we want I go home and start the editing process. When the photos are done, I send a link to the photos with the invoice.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I read, practice, and experiment all the time in the interest of improving. On a daily basis I work to get better at my craft. I do it because I love to and my clients benefit from it.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I love photography. I love sharing my skill and passion with others. I like working with people.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Portraits of people, pets, and couples
Landscape (fine art)
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I just completed a fall couples portrait shoot which I loved. The couple was a lot of fun. We laughed a lot and got some really great shots. The color scheme for the shoot was particularly nice. I edited in the photos in about a week. So the shoot took a little over an hour and the whole process was a week long.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Try to find the person who best matches you and what you want. Like a writer, every photographer has a voice, he or she makes choices that affect how his or her work looks. You have to find the photographer (and by extension, the photographer's work) which matches you and your needs. The difference between spend $100 on someone with a camera and $200 on a photographer can be all the difference in the world.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Photographs aren't taken, they are made. There is a lot of work that goes into create an image. From preparation for a shoot, planning, taking the images, and then editing them afterward to makes sure they look perfect. Chose a photographer who can make truly fantastic images. You want your pictures to standout and be something you want to share and look at for a long time.