Hi everyone, I thought I would have my wife interview me so you could learn a little about me and why I created this web site. I am a photographer as well and you can visit my website here www.ourlittlestudio.com. My wife and I started our photography business together, I like to shoot seniors, and weddings, Angie like to shoot fantasy style portraits and living history portraits. We work well together and have lots of fun being a Husband and Wife team.
TPP: What is the secret to your success?
TH: The secret to my success is caring about other people. So many people forget that other people make them successful. If I can offer any knowledge that someone can benefit from I am glad to do it. A person who cares only for themselves will die a very lonely person.
TPP: What is your main up-sell?
TH: My main technique for getting higher profits is pre album design. By explaining to my clients that I will design an album for them from an artistic standpoint. I explain that they will see the album before they see the entire collection of wedding images. By doing this clients always want the entire album, even if it is several pages more than the original credit. This translates to clients getting something artistic and special, that they LOVE, as well as higher profits for our photography business.
TPP: What kind of photographer would you consider yourself?
TH: I am a director of photography. I do take photojournalist images of my clients, but my clients need direction to get those beautiful wall hanging prints. I also direct them in a very non-intruding way. If I see them doing something special I will go with it. I will use some posing or composition techniques that correlate’s with what they are doing. That way I can give them minimal direction, but still get amazing imagery.
TPP: Where do you draw your inspiration?
TH: From everything I see. A shadow, a car, a bridge, a painting… The world and the people are my inspiration. I try to find out what makes them, them. Then I do my best to translate my thoughts and feeling of them to print.
TPP: What is you philosophy on the value and importance on photography in the world today?
TH: When was the last time you through a photo away? Never right? You through or give away everything, except photos. You outgrow clothes, trade in cars, get rid of furniture, but you always hold on to photos. Because they are you, they are not inanimate objects that you will forget about one day, they are memories from the past.
TPP: Why did you start this website?
TH: I started this website to help people, amateurs and professionals a like. Everyone can learn something from everyone, it that way everyone is superior in one way or another. No one can know everything. That’s why we are selecting some amazing imagery for people to learn from. We have different styles and different posing techniques that all photographers can benefit from. The goal of this website is educate photographers and bring back the art that is photography. I would also like to educate people who “no matter how expensive your camera, it will not compose a good photograph.” That is up to the person behind the camera.
TPP: Looking back how do you think a website like this would have helped your career? How do you think this site will help other photographers?
TH: I could have been twice as far as I am now if I could have had all the resources on this site in one central location. You can learn all this stuff on your own of course, but it would take years. If you listen to the advice on this web site you will gain respect in the world of photography and move up faster and be able to charge for money for your services. You will also improve your photography skills and the way you relate to your clients. Knowledge is power and we have put a lot of knowledge in one place.
TPP: What are your future plans for this site?
TH: We will be updating the site with new poses constantly. We are also looking to help photographers with pricing, business plans, and getting started as a photographer. The does and don’t of photography, posing and composition and business related articles. Our focus will be posing, and client interaction. We also have some great interviews coming, as well as educational articles.
TPP: What can others in the photography community do to help you realize your future goals for this site?
TH: We are always looking for great photographs to add to the site. If you have any you would like to submit please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org we will gladly highlight your webpage on our site. Photography is about community and networking. If everyone will help each other, we will be successful.