What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I like to cater to my client's needs. I deliver high quality work, the best service and competitive pricing.
I think my client does not want to pay a low price for a product they will not like. It is important to calibrate everything. A $400 photo shoot that is not what the client wanted is more expensive than a $4,000 photo shoot that delivered everything the client was looking for. In the long run it becomes a family heirloom and the better the delivery, the more it will have meaning in later years.
When a loved one passes and you have no portraits it is sad. I have worked with small images of loved once passed that were in the background. As much as I am able to bring out the image, it is not as good as a beautiful portrait taken when your loved one was alive.
Price is relative to the need of my clients. That is why I cater every price to my client's needs in the areas of "Quality", Service and importance of the artwork.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. I am constantly researching all of the new camera and lens equipment, capabilities and new features. I am constantly studying and improving my Photoshop skills to maintain a high level of confidence when I am performing live photo shoots at events where it is required that I enhance images as folks look in. It is important to know the latest techniques.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Becoming a photographer was natural to me because I have been around fashion all my life. Photography is like drinking water to me. It just comes natural. Digital art just adds to the craft. I am very particular about my colors, shadows, angles, moments, looks, etc. I have to feel the spirit of my subjects/models and pull their personality into my images. True portraits portray the personality and x-factor of each individual. How true your portraits display these attributes determines my ability to call myself a photographer and digital aritist.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings, Family Portraits, Senior Portraits, Pet Photography, Infant Photography, Maternity, Fashion, Architectural, Commercial / Head Shots, Digital Art, Photo Restorations, Portraits, Event Photography, High Profile Personalities, Seasonal Photography (Santa photos and Easter photos).
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I love all I do but can tell you that my Santa Claus and Easter Photos are ones I truly enjoy because it challenges me to capture a child's wonder and awe of Santa or live Easter bunnies while controlling my staff, animals and delivering portraits on demand to waiting parents. I love to enhance the images in front of the crowds to show off my artistic tallents and deliver a very special photo for families to love.
I do not charge very much for these services because I use it as a marketing tool. Parents and folks get to know me and use me for Weddings, Family Portriats, Senior Portriats, Special Events, etc.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure that he has true credentials. That the photographer you are selecting passionately delivers his work. There are shooters with good cameras and Professional Photographers with the knowledge base and backgroud to deliver portraits via a good photo. You will know the diffrence by just looking at their work.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
My mother was a beauty queen in Colombia, South America. Very religious. She was extremely vain. She loved photography and working with photos, making collages of old family photos and always advising everyone how to pose, what type of make up to wear, clothes to wear, etc. I grew up seeing this beautiful woman mold me into the artist I am today.
I honor the memory of my beautiful mother by dedicating my passion and love of photography and digital art every time I step into a photo shoot, restoring a photo, creating my "mollages" delivering high-end photography and canvas work.
I ware my heart in my sleave and love what I do. I dedicate every job to the memory of my mom. How can I perform less then perfect when all I want is to honor my momma.
This is why I guarentee my work. I want to make sure my mom is proud of me every time I service a client.
This is why I have won award and revered as one of the best photographers and digital artist by my colleagues.