For many professionals, their clients’ first impression of them comes from their headshot. For these people, a good quality casual or formal business portrait is essential. Fortunately, this doesn’t require a lot of time or investment on their part. I can do an on location series of headshots, including a formal backdrop, and studio lights at your convenience. Often times, my clients like to arrange to have me come in and take pictures of multiple staff members at a time and location that is convenient for all of them.
Having a three year diploma in public relations gives me a unique understanding of the role of photography in promotion and publicity. I have the experience to know how to cover events fully, while remaining as unobtrusive as possible. I have good working relationships with the communications departments of my clients because I offer a thorough understanding of their wants and needs. I know from experience that some clients prefer to take a more direct role in advising me what photos they would like taken, while others are content to leave it to me. I have always been happy to work in either situation.
Whether I am taking photos under studio conditions, outdoors on location, recording a milestone birthday or capturing memories at a family reunion one thing remains constant-my outgoing personality puts family members at ease. This is the key to getting great family photos with which your whole family will be pleased.
Few events in a person’s life are as exciting and wonderful as their wedding day. Making this day as memorable and stress-free as possible is my goal. From the moment I arrive, I make it a point to learn all the names of the people in the wedding party and their family members. It’s just one small step in letting them all know that doing a good job matters to me and that they can relax knowing I want to make them all look their best.
Few things are as important in editorial photography as experience. Having shot for Toronto Community News for the past five years, I have experienced many different types of situations on many different types of shoots. Whether I am covering a visit by the Governor General or a school play, I always keep in mind that my editor is interested in results not excuses. You cannot always control what happens during a news event, but you can learn to predict where and when to be in the right place to get the shot.
Good travel photography demands good discipline and a keen eye for what others miss. When traveling, I often find myself the only person sitting in the dark on the beach (or whatever location I scouted the day before) waiting for the sun to rise. Many times I have found myself shooting while others are too busy worrying about the heat or what’s for lunch to see the photographic opportunities around them.