What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Each opportunity remains unique. To get acquainted, 1 hr to 11/2 hr window of time generally permits mutual satisfaction.
If there is more time necessary, I take whatever time needed to cover what my client asks of me.
A common objective does prevails in all events. I capture smiles. People share their moments and each smile I hope to preserve and they survive as heirlooms.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Photography was an emphasis while in highschool and even in college. Eric Weller taught classes from 1990-1994 while at Texas State University when the college was being called Southwest Texas State University.
I've been enjoying the process from starting to find the perfect spot to finish since 1980. I began with my subject matter being that of my sister, at six months of age. I've been published multiple times. Knowing nature and how animals are also is a bonus. I am an Arabian horse trainer and like to feed the animals. Specifically, I remember to feed the seagulls when at the beach when using a timely sunrise to capture the perfect imagery. Feeding nature brings joy, for moments I get on film.
The International Library of Photography has an image where I began my career with b&w traditional emulsion, using only FUJI film, a double-exposure of 6 month yr old child shot in 1980. I extend time teaching others how-to shoot their various types of digital cameras on-location. I charge clientele $50/hr and we usually go to a park.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My Flat standard rate is $50/hour + Prints.
IF travel is required, additional fee(s) may apply. I should be advised how far from the shoot I will be traveling or if transportation is provided.
Included with every Portrait Print Package is One (1) Photo CD (optional).
Portrait Print Packages rates are listed here:
Basic Pkg: up to 45 min. shoot w/Headshot / Group (3-5) Edited images = $250 Standard Pkg: up to 60 min. shoot w/Headshot / Group (8-10) Edited images = $350 Premium Pkg: up to 90 min. shoot w/Headshot / Group (12-15) Edited images = $450
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Through a talented photographer I have that's a family member. My uncle, who served in Vietnam, whose remarkable wisdom & expertise has brought me to value the simple things in life. I have learned to keep my batteries at full charge & to carry my camera with me wherever I go.
After college, I became a bodybuilder/model and met an influential and remarkable National Geographic photographer that further inspired me to pursue such a dream.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've been an instructor for novice photographers wanting to learn how-to shoot their new digital camera. I've been a special events coordinator at weddings, banquets, anniversary parties with an exclusive private party being a Quinceañera.
The most commercial I've gotten is getting behind the scenes working as an EXTRA in Houston, TX for Tin Cup and in Maxwell, TX on the set of Texas Justice.
I volunteered time and photographed 21st District TX Congressman Lamar Smith, who in 2003 nominated me for The National Republican Congressional Committee as a lifetime member of Business Advisory Council. We had Earl Grey tea to discuss where to shoot the images. My nerves were also thanking me for it.
I've been an EXTRA on a motion picture and a mini series.
Tin Cup (1996) was in Houston, TX includes meeting only Kevin Costner. I was on the set with Cheech Marin and Rene Russo.
Behind-the-scenes extends to cast and crew of Texas Justice (1995) was in Maxwell, TX includes Peter Strauss, Bill Smitrovich, Heather Locklear, Dennis Franz, Mike Kennedy. I was able and honored to shoot b&w still image of Peter Strauss, Bill Smitrovich, Dennis Franz and Mike (T.J.) Kennedy on our 30 min. lunch break.
My emphasis is on-location. I do not own a travel studio, or hand held lighting system. I've worked with many cultures ranging from babies, children / adolescent kids at their parties to animals, Palestinians and Arabians to many cultures abroad and in between. I hope to bridge the culture gap.
Respect is a primordial code that is something very important in many other cultures I've studied. I've seen daily a class or group culture, I get embarrassed to see that I'm considered part of a culture or class of such disrespect.
A child was my subject matter for two International Library of Photography publications in 2000. I used color and my first image was a b&w, using only FUJI film.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Weddings I view them like a tribute to preserve as heirlooms for my clientele. For their future lifetimes I capture in such few images that families bequeath to a legacy.
Completion of the last special event that includes print time of client Portrait Print Package was a married couple, Maternity subject. The shoot was in the bluebonnets and wildflowers with a Standard Pkg selected. These were unedited/edited cropped images and took 3 days to complete. I can not guarantee this as a deadline.
All projects require cohesive communication and I allow for an entire day. I allow a grace period of (1) hour and pride myself in being early or prompt. All projects I've encountered, I am grateful there is no one I'm more fond of over another.
Each event, I learn to gain. I understand a topographical or overall perspectives. Photography is truly a rewarding experience on both ends. If messages are received and clearly communicated the project will end quicker. Suggestion: Providing an email address is a good form of communication.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Focus on listening what the photographer is saying and try to put the cell phone away. A first impression is important for both of us. Time is precious.
Gives the photographer your full attention. This will give a positive impression to the photographer that while it seems multi-tasking may be going on, the photographer needs to gain understanding of all the questions and concerns at this appointment. Not at another later time. Carpe Dieme.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A few items to consider as a customer looking to a hire a provider is what kind of finish on the prints is the preference:
Matte / Glossy?
Is there a site chosen if on-location?
Or is the photo opportunity in-the-studio necessary?
How many people?
Is this a Group shot / Head shots or both?
Portrait Print Package? This consists of multiple poses, specified prints & sizes that are edited/cropped images?
Are there specifics designated on what size and/are these strictly headshots? Professional (Executives) headshots for modeling?
Are there any deadlines, details/parameters
Are these only in color?
Are these only in b&w?
Are this in a combination of color and b&w?
Are there considerations to time the professional photographer should keep in mind?
Providing a secondary form of contact is always wise; i.e., an email is great idea.
IF travel is required, the customer needs to consider additional fee(s) may apply.