What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I self educate! I research my competition, new technological advancements in my field, photoshop and I am always updating my equipment.
I also join online forums and photography groups, learn from other photographers, and occasionally attend seminars, classes and workshops and read, read, read!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
You can see all of my session pricing on my website at www.pitterpatterphotos.com.
Child and Family sessions are $175.
-includes photo retouching and 3 mini accordion albums-
Newborn packages for babies under 10 days old are $450
-includes a photo disk of fifteen digital files of your choice-
I also offer maternity/newborn and first year packages.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have loved all kinds of art my whole life. Photography was just another medium for me. I started playing with light years ago and became more and more creative as I got older. Once I became a preschool teacher I fell in love with photographing the children in my classes. Shortly after I had my own kids and the two loves just paired together.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I mainly specialize in portraits of newborn babies, children and families. I commonly book newborns under 10 days old and do most of my location sessions of children and families.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you like their style. If you prefer traditional portraits use a traditional photographer. If you want unique and candid photos, make sure that's what you are searching for. There are tons of photographers out there, all unique and talented. Find what you like most.
Also keep in mind that portraits are priceless. These are something you cannot replace, that's why people take such care in hiring photographers for their weddings. Photographing your children and life are just as important. Trust me, you will wish you had special photos of you children long after your wedding date.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How much worked is actually involved. It's not just sitting behind a camera and telling people to say cheese. You need to find what makes them happy. You have to be a patient entertainer to young children. Newborns require a lot of time and a gentle touch. You have to know how to communicate with families.
There is also a lot of behind the scenes work, including scheduling, emailing, website maintenance, editing, marketing, researching products-competition, etc..