What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing system is not complicated but it is determined by the type of shoot and the estimated amount of time I'll be actually shooting and processing/editing photos.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Photography is a learning experience everytime you pick up the camera. The great photographers of the world area always learning, always honing their skills and that will never change. I regularly completely immerse myself in other individuals work/images so that I'm constantly inspired and always imagining something new to shoot.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always been a creative type and I've always had an eye for things. I was always looking and learning and imagining. From a young kid building with legos, to a teenager learning photoshop, to college developing film, to a young adult building websites for a living, to now photographing everything and anything, I've always had a camera, and I've always picked out the things that needed to be seen by everyone else. I enjoy the instant gratification that photography brings to myself and others.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Announcement photos, commercial and residential real estate photography, creative headshots, project photos, marketing material photos, food photography for publications and anything else that excites me and the individual that wants photos.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have recently been more and more proud of my residential home photography. I have developed and improved techniques that allow me to capture light in a home they way very few photographers can in a home. I use several tools, including a camranger, various pocket wizard devices, a few sb800 speedlights, and my iphone as a trigger to create photos of a home that make the entire scene pop. It's exciting, fun, and always a proud moment when I've combined all the images from one room, into one spectacular image that the client is blown away by.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Choose a photographer that has a style that compliments the way you see what you want photographed. Pricing will be across the board, some photographers may even do it for free, but that doesn't mean they'll capture what you want, in a way that is exciting and engaging. Also, make sure you find out up front what the time frame will be to receive your images, in what formats you'll receive them, and if you have full rights to use the photos. In my case, my clients have full use to use the photos I shoot for them, and they receive their fully edited photos within days of the shoot.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
There is more to creating great photos, than having a nice camera and pressing the shutter. It's a great interaction between the subject the photographer. It's preparation before the shoot. It's getting to know the details and hidden secrets of the subject being shot. Whether it's a person, a million dollar home, an inanimate object, a landscape.
Also, after a shoot, the photos are not complete. In my case I may spend 1 to 3 more hours editing a particular photo to perfection so that it meets the combined vision of my client and me.