To set up a shoot with me (engage my services), the procedure is:
Kindly furnish me with details such as:
In order for me to give you a correct quotation, do let me know the details as stated below. Do note that the more information you provide to me, the better the pictures will turn out to be. So, do communicate with me!
- Purpose of shoot
- Number of full edited photographs needed
- Prefered date
- Prefered duration
- Prefered location
- Purpose of event and description
- Estimated number of guests
- Starting and ending time for my presence
- Location and whether it's indoor or outdoor
- Purpose of shoot
- Type of housing
- Number of photographs needed
- Do you have a visual merchandiser?
Hey! Thanks for trying to contact me! I'm sure you've seen my portfolio and understood the quality of photographs you will receive by working with me.
Photography is my passion, which I have yet to plan to strike a fortune through it. I may not be financially stable but I'm not desperate for money - I don't take up just any job. Whenever someone approaches me for a shoot, my first thought is whether I can accomplish the task and not how much I can profit from it. Therefore, a more complicated or unusual request may take longer time for me to respond. Naively, I just hope more people will get to see and appreciate my work.
I don't put my contact details online due to various reasons. (1) I'm working alone without any PA since I prefer to handle the important things, including discussion, by myself to ensure the best quality of work that I can produce with more understanding. (2) You won't want your photographer to keep picking up phone call during the shoot or when editing your photographs (serenity is important for doing art work). Besides, (3) I sleep at irregular hours. I also prefer to (4) know who I'm talking to (through your Facebook profile) since you've already known me through my website. (5) My phone is usually in silent mode and thus I always miss calls. Lastly, my website has quite high traffic and thus I've to (6) prevent spammers. Therefore, I'm using Facebook as a medium for initial communication, which has tools to block spammers.
While clients have their own preferences and budgets, photographers have their choices too. For any price I'm going to quote you after knowing your requirement, it's my baseline - I'd never sacrifice the quality of my work with lower earning and you won't want your photographer to do a half hearted work. For any lower rate, it's better that I spend the time resting at home or sorting out my new work to put online. After all, I can only take up limited shoots due to my tight schedule.
You get what you pay for. My rates may not tally with the "market rates". I quote them in such a way that the amount of my effort and quality of art work will be compensated and appreciated. You are advised to check out other photographers' work and rates to make comparison first, and be sure you are comfortable with both the quality of work and prices. It's easy to get a photographer who will accept low budget assignments if the quality of photographs isn't important.
I appreciate people who bother to read and appreciate my sincerity through my work and words. It will definitely draw us together and make communication much easier given the trust, because communication matters a lot for any kind of shoot.
Beware of scammers impersonating me
I don't know if I should feel honoured and flattered by the scammers. Usually, only the babes and celebrities face such problem.
Unfortunately, the social media companies may not remove the fake profiles immediately. Within less than half a year after I created my photography account in Instagram (@skaichanphotography), I noticed there were around four or five fake accounts of mine. Instagram has removed all, except two, within a few days. I'm not able to keep track of the known fake profiles that are removed, but the following is a list of them.
- https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008329246932 (removed)
If you come across any fake profile that's impersonating me, do let me know! *love plus hugs*