What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Simple pricing. One price - albums can be ordered later. The basic price is $600 and that largely depends on location - travel, etc. Contact me with your wedding needs and we will discuss them and the price it will be. I am easy to work with. But my starting price for any wedding is $630.00 and goes up to a little over $1300.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I contact them (or they contact me) and we discuss their wants and needs and I show them my work in a book that depicts what they will get if they order one. We go over the contract and what they need to expect and be prepared for on the wedding day. They give me the deposit, I give them a receipt. I keep in touch every few weeks or months and the last week before the wedding we go over the order of the events and I tell them what I would like done if it is ok with them. Then the big day arrives.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Constantly attending seminars and classes to stay informed of changing trends and techniques.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I grew up with a camera in my hand. When I was 5 years old I was taking pictures with a Kodak 126 camera - my first camera. I have been photographing weddings since I was a junior in high school.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All aspects of wedding photography which covers the bridals, getting ready pictures, ceremony and reception. Plus the engagement session if needed/wanted.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
An outdoor wedding in Ripley, WV. The bride provided time for me to be creative and did not rush things and that made for a very successful and artistic wedding and bridal shoot.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do hot hire a family member or a friend. Do not hire someone who does not have much experience in photographing weddings, that is a disaster waiting to happen and your images will show it. Do not pay attention to the "times hired" here on Thumbtack - that can be very misleading as I am not the cheapest but certainly not the most expensive - the value and pride I place on my work and my work itself correctly informs of my photographic ability for someone not that concerned with price to the point of price means more than quality. Hiring a friend/relative is a recipe for disaster.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How hard I work to please my clients no matter what I am shooting and after the shoot. I stay in touch to see if there is anything else I can do for them in the years to come.