How long have you been in the business and what is your experience?
I have been a professional photographer since 2007 and cinematographer since 2015. I am self-taught, and have experience with every aspect of lighting and photography as well as post production processes, e.g., Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere, Davinci Resolve, etc.
What are your rates and what do you offer?
I offer a set of options for lengths of a shoot based on day-of coverage. I offer editorial/commercial photography and commercial/cinematic video. Please contact me through the contact form to receive information about my rates.
Do you edit your photos? How much? What about video?
Yes, all delivered files receive a minimum of color correction, which is a fancy way of saying that I make sure colors look accurate. That red is red, not blood orange, hair doesn't look brassy, and skin tones don't look outlandish; the same process is carried out on video. As far as more advanced editing goes, I use Photoshop for photo retouching and Davinci Resolve to color grade videos. Photoshop can range from basic clean up for blemishes and stray hairs, to editorial level retouching. Color grading is a process of giving a "look" to the video, whether it's black and white, high contrast, or a desaturated cooling effect. Most clients leave it to me to determine what each photo or video needs, but I always consult to ensure we're on the same page as far as edits go, and take into consideration project goals.
What if I want to hire you to shoot but not edit or vice versa?
I can do that if that's what you need. The files I turn over, for production only, are a compressed format with a basic process version (photos) or LUT (video) applied, video will be uncut with audio intact. If you have video for me to edit or color, I can do that as well.
What do the terms Standard Definition, FHD, and UHD mean?
Standard Definition in film means, 720x1280, or 720p. It's the standard size for most television broadcast and web. Most video you watch is played in 720p. FHD means Full High Definition, and is 1920x1080, or 1080p. Some television broadcast in this size, Blue-Ray discs, and HD Web videos. UHD is Ultra High Definition, 3840x2160, it's commonly referred to as "4k". You'll find this size in use for Blu-Ray 4k, film projection, and some web streaming.
How many photos will I receive? How long will my video be and what size?
The number of photos is highly dependent on the circumstances of the shoot, and how much work in post is required. Length of motion projects is decided upon at the time of signing. Let me know what you need and we can make it happen.
When will my photos/video be ready?
I strive to get photos and video delivered as soon as possible, I know you have deadlines and schedules to meet. My typical turn around is 5-10 business days from the end of a shoot for either photosets or video projects.
Do you backup your photos?
Yes, meticulously. I take storage of the assets very seriously, and have a tiered system with two levels of redundancy to ensure security.
Do you travel?
Yes, all of my equipment is designed to be portable and work remotely.
Do you work alone?
Sometimes, but I have network of professionals I can call upon to help me achieve the goals of a shoot on an as needed basis.
Are you available to meet in-person?
Yes, of course, or chat on the phone, or Skype. I understand that you have your own schedule and I do my best to accommodate it.
Why should I hire you?
Because I take this very seriously and I spend an inordinate amounts of time studying, researching, and learning about my craft. My goal is to create work that has utility for my clients while elevating their brand.
What gear do you use?
The short answer is Nikon, Profoto, Voigtlander, Panasonic, and Blackmagic cinema cameras.
- Nikon D810s
- SB900 Flashes
- Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
- Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8
- Nikkor 28mm f1.8
- Nikkor 35mm f1.4
- Nikkor 50mm f1.4
- Nikkor 85mm f1.4
- Nikkor 105mm Macro f2.8
- Profoto B1
- Profoto B10s
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4k's
- Voigtlander 10.5mm f.95
- Voigtlander 17.5mm f.95
- Voigtlander 25 mm f.95
- Voigtlander 42.5mm f.95
- Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8
- Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8
- DJI Ronin-S
- HIVE Wasp C-100
Do you really need that much equipment?
Yes, but I don't always bring all of it at any one time. I take quality very seriously and I like to ensure that on any shoot I have what I need.