Frequently Asked Questions... And the Answers!
Are you available for assignment?
Absolutely. Call me at (210) 825-1449 or email me and I will let you know if I am available at the time you need me. Giving one or two weeks notice will increase the likelihood that I will be available.
You can also fill out an assignment request email, and I will contact you.
Do you travel outside of San Antonio?
All the time. I charge for a travel day if it is more than a couple of hours drive, or if a flight is required. For driving, I charge $ .585/mile (or the current IRS rate at the time of the assignment).
What do you charge?
Almost every client has a different need. This keeps my job fun and interesting, but for that reason, there are many variables to pricing. The price varies according to the type of assignment, the amount of time involved in the shoot, the expenses, and the amount of post-production required.
If you email me with details of the assignment, including information on where the photo will be taken, how many shots you need, your deadline, and how the photo will be used, I will be more than happy to send you a free quote.
What do other clients and editors think of you?
Check out my Praise page, for quotes from clients and editors that I have worked with.
You took my photo for a publication or corporation. Can I order a print?
Yes. Send me an email and I will post the images you are interested in to my reprint page. Be aware that as a courtesy to my client, I generally don't sell reprints until after an article has run.
I really like this photo you took for a publication or corporation. Will you send me a digital file?
No, and Yes. Due to contractual agreements and copyright concerns, I have a policy against sharing digital files with anyone other than my clients. The way around that is to become a client! If you would like to license (pay for the rights to use) an image you saw, that can definitely be arranged.
Search for and license images by typing in a keyword here (for example, type "ZOMBIES" in the box below):
Can you come and speak to my group/class/conference?
Absolutely. I have several presentations that I give based on the age and experience level of the group. Topics that I tend to get a lot of requests for include: What makes a Good Photo; Photojouranlism Law and Ethics; Business of Photography; Photography as a Career. Send me an email and I'll be happy to see if my schedule will accommodate your group.
I am self-employed, so if you are outside the San Antonio area, I generally can only go if expenses are reimbursed.
Why did you become a photographer?
Quite honestly, I wanted to be an artist, and I couldn't draw. I realized at a fairly young age that photography was the answer to this quandary. My mother was a reporter, and she introduced me to some photojournalists, and my career as a news photographer began. Changes in my life and priorities lead me to start my own business as a photographer who does commercial and advertising photography in addition to news.
Do you shoot family portraits/weddings?
I enjoy shooting family portraits and would be happy to discuss shooting pictures of you and those you love in the location of your choice.
I do not focus on wedding photography. However, I have shot a few weddings on special request. In those situations, I shoot documentary style. Contact me for more information.
I want to become a photographer. What advice can you give me?
Photography is an enjoyable career, but many people make the mistake of thinking it is easy. There is a lot of work involved in making a living at it. It requires a lot of dedication and sacrifice, and years of hard work. But it is worth it. If you are talented and passionate about it, you can become a success. I recommend that you take business classes, because the hardest part of being a photographer is the business side. To get a sense of what is involved in the business of photography, check out the NPPA Cost-of-Doing-Business Calculator, which I helped create for the NPPA.
I heard that you are an attorney now. Do you like it? Are you still shooting? What's next?
Yes, Yes and I don't know (but isn't that exciting!).
I love what I learned in law school and I love working as an attorney to support photographers and journalists. I hope the experience has made me a better leader in my community. Among other things, I work as an attorney for the National Press Photographers Association now, helping that organization support the legal needs and concerns of photojournalists.
But I am still a working photojournalist. Law school helped me a great deal by improving my business skills and giving me an intellectual outlet to balance my creative side. Photography has many legal issues connected with it (which is what drove me to become an attorney) and so I have started a blog about Photography and the Law, if you are interested.
So do you have any time for fun anymore?
In the last few years, I have been to Florida (Boca and the Keys), New England, Mexico, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, London and Paris, all related to my photography or my law school. (that's me and my hubby at the right)
I mean.... YES!