Can you describe your personality on a shoot?
Everywhere and nowhere. That's how someone described me after one of my first weddings. That's been my motto ever since. I'm right in the thick of the action, up close or at a distance, but I get the shot, and I get it unobtrusively. I'm excellent at getting exactly where I need to be without interfering with guests or with the moment. I'm consistently complimented by guests on this. While I try to remain unobtrusive, I'm also present and happy to converse and engage with guests when appropriate. I'm always approachable and friendly.
Can you describe your photographic style?
I take a candid, journalistic approach, capturing emotions and moments and the look & feel of an event. I capture personality with dynamic lighting & posing while really connecting with people. I like to give people space to be themselves, to be authentic. That involves talking to people before and during a shoot, but also sometimes leaving some breathing room so that couples can genuinely interact with each other. It also involves anticipating what I call 'the moment after the shot.' Often times, I take a picture and notice that when I lower my camera people's guard goes down. THAT new moment becomes a great shot.
Does your approach change from job to job?
Different types of jobs may require different approaches, and in that sense I always strive to be flexible. But, I don't change who I am. I always put customer service and great results on the same high level. I see myself as a service provider as well as a producer of a great product.
Do you have assistants or second shooters working with you?
Yes, I have a core group of people I've been working with for years. I also know many photographers of all levels that I call on to work with me.
What happens if you get sick on the day of our event?
As a long time member of the Westchester Professional Photographer's Association, and because I've been a working pro for over 10 years, I have a long list of fellow professionals that I can call on to fill my shoes in the event that I am unable to show up for an event. This is a nice insurance policy, but fortunately I've never had to use it.
How long after a shoot do we see the photos?
I send highlights within a few days, and all final photos within 30 days (usually sooner). Rush jobs can be as fast as same day. All photos I deliver are fully edited (color-corrected, cropped, any artistic treatments, etc.).
Do we get all of the photos?
All the ones you could possibly have any use for. I often shoot two or three shots at a time to get just the right expression, and to avoid blinking eyes or closed mouths. I remove the closed eyes and awkward expressions, and deliver the good ones, which is often multiple shots of the same situation.
Do you also do video?
I partner with trusted videographers, either working under my umbrella or simply referred to my clients.
Why did you choose photography as a career?
For me, photography uses all parts of my brain, and my heart. It dynamically combines technology, artistry, and working with people. It's a great challenge to synthesize these different skills, and I love it! And the greatest reward for me is the feeling of satisfaction that I'm providing something very valuable to an individual, a family, or an organization, after putting all of my energy into it.
What are your rates?
Every event is tailored to my client's specific needs and desires. I like to meet with potential clients to determine what they really want, what style they are looking for, what type of experience they want to have with me, and what products they want to have in the end. These discussions help both my clients and me determine if I'm the right photographer for them, and if so, how their event is priced.