to creating a great photograph?
Knowing what it is you want to achieve before you even push the shutter. Ansel Adams called this pre-visualization. Stephen Covey said it was “Seeing the end from the beginning.” As with anything in life you have to have a vision of where you want to go, what you want to achieve, and then a plan to achieve that goal. Sometimes – like when shooting a landscape – you have a lot of time to plan, other times – like when shooting photojournalism at a wedding – you have to be prepared for the unexpected, that serendipitous moment so that you can record it when it appears before you in that 1/125 of a second.
What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?
What is it you want me to do? What are we trying to achieve here? How can I serve you? How can I bring the skills and talents I’ve honed over years of experience to your project?
What do you love most about your job?
My career as a photographer has allowed me to work with the most amazing people, doing something that most people only dream about.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I was the lemonade stand kid in your neighborhood, the kid who went door to door looking to cut grass in the summer.
I believe that they’ll not only cherish the work but thoroughly enjoy the creative process. In all humility I would say that I wouldn’t have been able to be in this profession for as long as I have if people didn’t have a wonderful experience and believe in me and my art. I think that’s why I’ve photographed the teenagers of people whose weddings I covered, and the weddings of teenagers whose portraits I created.