In a recent interview with our photographer, the results of the Q&A session were captured...
How did you decide to get in your line of work?
I have always been the one person never in pictures! That's because I have always been the one shooting. From high school through college, I have loved the art of photography.
Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
I love to focus on colors...they make my images POP! Your photos will not only be clear, crisp, and true to life, but they will look like works of art for you to share with your family and friends.
What do you like most about your job?
I love meeting and talking to new people...I always seem to learn something new when I meet a new client. For me, learning and growing is always a great experience.
If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
How do you manage to get the right shots? The secret: its alot more than pointing and shooting. I take time to understand who my clients are. I have a survey for them to fill out and return prior to shooting. I like to understand what makes them tick so I can be sure to capture the right moments. As an example, for people who are cool, easygoing-laid back, I always get them smiling so they understand how nice it is and how much people around them are missing out. I usually tell jokes or say something corny so they can get into my picture mode.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Question: How long will it take to get my photos back? Answer: Depends on how many photos you want! :) Seriously, I have a three day turn for clients to review and select images (generally speaking, may be less for small/intermediate jobs).
What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
Its takes a great deal of time and skill to ensure images reflect the person being photographed as well as the artist shooting. Its not just point and click. This my career and I consider every job important.
Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
Models...I do alot of headshots and images for aspiring models/comp cards. They seem to enjoy the work I produce.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Hire someone you are comfortable with, someone you trust, and someone who knows what they are doing. Price should be your last consideration. Go for quality.
Do you have a favorite story from your work?
I do...and I always share it with each booking client...want to hear my story? :)