Why should I hire you?
Have you ever thought about what you'd say in an elevator if a potential employer asked you, "Why should I hire you?" I've recently thought about it and came up with five things. Here they are:
1.) Technical competence: I was formerly an instructor at the Washington (DC) School of Photographer and is an expert on lighting, posing, and composition. I'm a Certified Professional Photographer that holds a Master of Photography Degree and a Craftsman Degree from the Professional Photographers of America. I'm currently an adjunct professor of photography at Bellevue University. I was recently recognized as a platinum medalist at the International Photographic Competition and two of my four entries were selected by a panel of jurors to be in the top ten within their category. What does all of this mean? Bluntly put, it means that I know my stuff.
2.) Buy local: I use local companies to produce all of my prints because they provide the best quality, value, and customer service. So when you buy a print from me, it will probably be made at a color lab within a relatively short driving distance from Omaha.
3.) Un-compromised quality: Prior to the studio session I will meet with you to talk to you about your vision for the portrait session. This will be a collaborative effort to help ensure that the final product meets your expectation. If for some reason, it does not, I will re-shoot the session at no charge to you.
4.) Treatment of customers with integrity and respect: With so many photographers to choose from it is important to pick one you can trust. I believe in being transparent with my customers. I do not believe in or engage in "bait and switch" tactics.
5.) Continuous learning: To be the best at anything, you have to make continuous learning a priority. I put aside at least a couple of weeks every year to learn from other photographers in the industry through the PPA and other organizations.