What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I love to discover the needs of the client so that I can best meet those needs and deliver quality photographs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have taught photography at the University level for more than four decades. There have been more significant changes in photography in the past 15 years than there were in the previous 100 years. In order to stay current with all of the changes and advances in technology I am constantly taking workshops, seminars and webinars to hone and refine my skills.
What types of customers have you worked with?
With more than 40 years of professional experience I have completed a wide variety of photographic assignments from portrait photography to high end commercial photography; from photojournalism for Time Inc. to book publications (20 different books). My photographs have been published and exhibited throughout the world. I have been featured in multiple television and radio programs along with many newspaper and magazine articles.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently photographed the Coronation ceremonies and festivities for the King of Tonga. This included portraits of the King, the highly symbolic kava ceremony, the actual coronation ceremony and many other cultural festivities. I was in Tonga for nearly a month. The result was a large 250 page book that was published a few months later.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Not all photographers are the same. Hire a photographer who has experience and can produce quality work, not just the one with the lowest price.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What is the end product for which the photographs will be used? Photographs that will be printed large or in high quality publications demand a higher quality original than photos that will be used in social media or on the internet.