What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly reading up on new shooting styles and learning new ways of editing photos. I read multiple photographic journals with discussions on new equipment. I am now part of a product test group, that tests and reviews new equipment. This allows me to branch out and photograph new types of things I wouldn't do. I am active on a lot of forums where there is a free exchange of experiences, stories and ideas.
When ever we meet you can always expect something new and interesting.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My most common type of Jobs are for weddings and families. I do more weddings than anything else but I do Senior Portraits, New Born, Maternity, Modeling Portraits, as well as commercial and stock photography.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
In my profession, there are quite a few ideas about status. Oh this person must be better because the have better equipment, or this person has more equipment. My favorite misconception is that people look at one photographer over another because they look more "hip more now".
The truth about my job is that the camera only matters to certain point. The industry makes a lot of money off of photographers trying to show a certain status. We dress certain ways and a lot of us have that aloof air about us to try and maintain that image.
I personally believe my knowledge and strive to always produce the best images is what really matters. I am going to always dress appropriate for the venue. That being said though I am going to dress comfortably and make sure I can get the shots I need to get for you. Photography inst all about equipment, if you look at one of, if not the best, landscape and nature photographers of all time Ansel Adams. He used older equipment, even at his time, but knew how to use it. I am the same way, the camera does not make me a photographer. I make the camera make the photos I want.