How did you develop your style?
My style has been evolving over the past twenty years. My first job as a photographer was at Sears Portrait Studio while in college. Then youth ball-on-the-knee sports, Glamour Shots, more youth sports, portraits, weddings, action sports, yet more youth sports, then commercial product photography. And all along the way, people telling me how I needed to do it.
In addition to the photography I did a lot of Graphic Design as well. Working at retail shops, in-house print shops, ad agencies, and Art Directing at a B2B wholesaler. As a result I got influences from many sources. Not to mention watching a lot of tutorials online.
Then I came to the realization one day, that I had become the guy that the next generation of photographers and designers are reaching for. I have the experience to create great work and the technical know how to do it right the first time. I can use graphic software to manipulate the images to my liking and the common sense to know when I've gone too far.
Seeing several other photographers move into composite work as a way to create "real life fantasy" really got my juices flowing. After many many tries, and too many failures to count, my style evolved into what it is today. Will it continue to change? I hope so, what fun is it repeating yourself over and over?
We love your work but don't want the over-the-top style.
No problem. The composite work is suited to you and your family. Funny faces or straight faces, it's completely up to you!
Do you shoot traditional family portraits?
Yes and no.
I hate saying no to anyone asking for a standard family portrait, and believe me, I've shot a lot of them. However, with the complexity and amount of time required to produce the PhotoFiction works, time is very short. I also do a fair amount of commercial work so that takes even more time. And because my family wants to see me every once in a while, I don't market for standard portraits at this time. Yes I do shoot them, but it's typically only by request and subject to the number of PhotoFiction work I have at the time.
If you'd like to see a some of my past work to get an idea of my style visit here.
Do you shoot weddings?
Yes, but I don't market for them either.
Again time is a big factor for me. Most people don't think about the editing time it takes once the wedding is over. But the photographer spends a lot of time editing the images weeks after the couple returns from the honeymoon (at least I do).
I've shot over 125 weddings over the past 10 years, and most of the recent ones have been direct referrals from past brides (or from one wedding planner that just loves me - yes, you know who you are).
To see a gallery of my work visit here.
What are your session fees/deposits?
Session fees for PhotoFiction work is $400 and is applied to the final price of the options you choose. Fees for portrait sessions are $200 in addition to the final print package. Deposits to book weddings are $500 and are due at time of booking. Wedding deposits are applied to the final price of wedding package.
Do you offer any kind of payment plan?
Yes! I would hate to miss out on an opportunity to work with a family because of readily available funds. Just ask and we'll come up with a plan that works for both of us.
Do you travel?
Yes. Travel within 25 miles from Minneapolis has no charge. Beyond that is negotiable.