I am a photographer with great love for storytelling. My clients will find great quality in very affordable packages.
As a bonus feature, I also have a photo booth. It’s great for weddings, family reunions, graduation parties and any kind of event or party. It makes great memories and can be the life of your party.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Customers should really think through what they expect from this appointment then share that with me. To many times the customer acts like they don’t know what they want, then when I come and start taking pictures, they are either really excited by what they see, or they’re not. Not because I took bad pictures, but not excited because as it turns out, they really did have an expectation in their mind, but didn’t share that with me. PLEASE share your thoughts and ideas even if you think they sound different than most. I may surprise you!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Know your budget and then pad it a little! I have had customers tell me “this is all I have in the budget for you” Then when they see my proofs, they want more than what they budgeted. They always say they will come back and order the rest later but rarely do.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have had a camera in my face since I was 5. I love showing the different stages of life. Just ask my kids!
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most common types of jobs I do for my clients are: Make a studio in their home, Go the extra mile and offer extras (i.e. take rehearsal pictures). If your on a tight budget, (most people are) and want more pictures than can afford; I will put as many of those pictures as possible in a collage for you. When I bless my clients with more than they expect, I get blessed ten fold!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America. They have classes for all types of photographers every month. We also have a convention every year to learn from each other, get awards, honors, and certificates. I also do update classes on line, read lots of books on ideas, and visit with other photographers.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
The Survival Girls Night Out. That was a fundraiser for abused women’s shelter in Warrensburg, MO. Everyone who came to participate, wore their jammies to the fundraiser. We had so much fun at the photo booth. Lots of memories.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service?
The pricing system it self is not complicated. It’s the clients always thinking they are getting the short end of the stick on the pricing system. As a photographer; we need equipment that costs thousands of dollars. Education and continuing classes that costs thousands of dollars, a Lab to print our work, a computer system to edit our work. A professional company to make Albums, cards, etc. Then when we put a bid in for working a wedding, we get turned down because we charge too much and Auntie with her $100 camera has offered to take pictures as her gift to the bride and groom. Sorry. You pay lots for the cake, catering, Venue, Dress, etc. All that goes away after that special day. The Album full of pictures of that special day stay with you for ever… Do you really want Auntie to take them for you?
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to get to know them. Know what they are looking for. It’s easy for me to see how a person interacts with others and goofs around during a photo shoot to know their personality and if they want candid’s, out of the box portraits, or formal/traditional portraits. Once I have that narrowed down, then I break the group down. I start with group shot then couple or smaller family shot, then individuals, then mix it up. I am able to get a bit of everything that way but with less chaos.