What to expect...
I am healthy at age 68. I currently accept assignments of no more than 6 consecutive hours on Saturdays or Sundays only (with a few Fridays also available.) When you select me as your official, event photographer you get a pro photographer with 44+ years experience!
I am making this easier on my customers at this point in time in my career, by only charging $150 per hour. The payments are made easy too, dividing them into 3 payments, with a deposit of $200, a second payment made on the event day, and a final payment due before the DVDs are sent out (or picked up in person) which is usually 4 weeks after the event/wedding. The second and third payments are equally divided based on the total number of hours hired.
I average about 100 images delivered per hour booked and I also include a number of bonus images using; text, composites, black and whites, images enhanced by filter, artistic borders, and as of recently, I now add a slide show video too, all which you can view on a large screen TV. Customers receive their images on DVD in high resolution along with ownership papers and a second DVD copy (both will include a nice disk cover photo, your names and the event date added too.) The turnaround for receiving your images is about 4 weeks.
I always arrive plenty early before the start of your event to set up, all on my time, so the clock starts just when you want it to. I always bring back-up equipment as well so there can be no potential disasters. I have photographed over 500 weddings, so I know and respect how important this day is for you, and I love the fact that I am capturing important history and doing it in an artistic, unique fashion. Sample my work on this web-site and see if the combination of my experience, quality, dependability, and price match your desires and expectations.
My photographic, working history...
Along with primarily photographing weddings and other social events, I spent many years also working as a school photographer, capturing senior portraits and covering for yearbooks the many events that happen throughout the year, including; sports, theater performances, appearances of celebrities, pro athletes, politicians, and other recognizable people as they appeared at the schools.
I also have a passion for sports and have seen my photography published on over 150 magazine covers, mainly those that cover the sport of thoroughbred horse racing, allowing me to stand near the finish line of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup events, and a few times I was fortunate to find myself with camera and credentials along the sidelines of other, major, professional sporting events. Some of my favorite images from those opportunities are view-able on the "images worth seeing" page of this web-site.
I use my camera to document what I see and experience. I am an artist and a historian as a result. That's a "selfie" above, taken about 30+ years ago with film, well before anyone else was taking selfies. My hand triggers a cable release which was attached by wire to my camera on tripod. The location is near Lake Superior in Minnesota.
My goal is to capture memorable moments and artistic images without stealing your valuable time allowing you to enjoy your day. Choosing an interesting outdoor location for some quick portraits or group photos is always a good idea in any season. I do minor retouching as well, like removing a distracting, floating piece of wood from the image above.