Q: How long have you been involved with photography?
Pretty close to 20 years now. I started in high school as the “head photographer” on yearbook staff. That just meant I had a nicer camera than anyone else on staff! I remember going through my Senior yearbook and circling all of the images with my photo credit. I think I ended up at about 135. What a goof.
Q: How many photos do you take at my wedding?
Hard to say. It really depends on what is happening at your event. Sometimes there is a lot of action on the dance floor, behind the scenes, details, etc. Other times there is a lull in activities and we take a bit longer between shots. On average, I would say around 100 images per hour. Most recently after the editing process has been completed, my couples end up with about 400-800 edited images. That’s a lot of images!
Q: When will I get to see my images?
For weddings, my turnaround time is 6-9 weeks for them to be completed in processing. For portrait sessions, it is 2-3 weeks for them to be complete. I work MANY hours behind that computer screen and perfection takes time. I do not allow any of my images posted or out the door otherwise!
Q: I am not sure how to pose, will you tell me how to look?
Even though my professional career started with a more traditional style, I have strayed from staunch, traditional posing. My style is characterized best as “editorial”. Sort of like a movie director with actors, I give you a little inspiration and let the images unfold. I move around you while you interact with each other. That is what makes it fun and allows real emotions to be exhibited by my clients – and creating more realistic images.
Q: Where did you learn photography?
I attended classes at both HCC and USF and then mentored with Mark Moore here in Tampa. I continue my education on-line and through workshops. I belong to a few very worthwhile professional associations for photographers and I thrive on gaining perspective from photography sources outside of wedding photography. Keeping up with trends and technology are keys to my success. I am currently a member of PPA, WPPI and photographik.org – I have been published and featured as well in various publications.
Q: Your images seem so natural and candid, is this photojournalism?
I do not classify my work wholly as photojournalism. My work is styles in 3 parts – Classic, Photojournalism and Editorial. Formals will mostly remain a traditional part of what I do, but that is about 15 minutes of my day. The reception and parts of the “getting ready” imagery are mostly photojournalistic. Everything else you see is more of an editorial of the day. My clients equate it to “something out of a magazine”. Sounds good to me!
Q: I love the professional prints that you have made. What makes them so different than ones I see normally?
Through the years, I have advanced my editing skills as well as the companies I print through, right down to the type of paper used. I have two options for printing. My pro lab is wonderful and all prints made through them are true photographic paper (silver halide prints) with a linen texture. My pro lab can print anything from wallets to 30×40 inch prints. No consumer lab can match the quality of my pro lab.
Q: How long will my images be posted on the web?
I allow 3 months for portrait sessions or general events and 6 months with weddings. Beyond those times, it is at my discretion.
Q: Can I purchase my images for printing on my own?
Of course! You can purchase the DVD set anytime for up to 1 year after the wedding date. These images are fully edited and print perfectly based on profiles for my print company and in-studio printer. Beyond that, I cannot guarantee the outcomes. They are for printing only and cannot be sold or used for any other content (e-mailing to friends and family is fine). I supply instructions on how to handle and take care of your images as well as a release for printing. Your printer can call me as well for verbal verification. There are 2 ways to obtain them, just ask and ye shall receive!