Everything You (REALLY!) Want To Know About The Photography Business
A Question and Answer Series About
What Makes A Professional Photographer So Important
Nicole Woods, Central Texas Premier Portrait Photographer
Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
Everyone deserves to be treated like a VIP, and at La Vie Est Belle Photography you can be sure that you will receive a boutique-style experience that will leave you feeling like your investment in the preservation of your family memories is a treasure that you will love for years to come.
What do you like most about your job?
Meeting new people and learning the story of their lives is so much fun! Each of us is so unique and I am lucky enough to have a job where I get to bring out each person’s individual personality and see them shine. Not everyone has a career where they truly love what they do, and I feel blessed that each day I wake up I am energized by the feeling that I am connecting with the people who share this wonderful world with me.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What’s your answer?
A lot of people want to know why hiring a photographer is so expensive and I hope to help clients understand that this is an industry where you truly do get what you pay for. Nowadays so many people have their own cameras, but that is only half of the equation for creating lasting, timeless works of art. When you hire a professional photographer you are hiring someone who is an expert in their craft, who has the skills and knowledge to treat you with respect and kindness and then deliver portraits that are more than simple snapshots. It is the difference between brewing a cup of coffee at home and treating yourself to a gourmet drink at Starbucks. It may be cheaper to brew your own, but once in a while it is so nice to invest in yourself and enjoy the expert blend of flavors crafted at a coffee shop. Similarly, when you hire La Vie Est Belle Photography you will be treated to an expertly crafted experience that will leave you feeling overjoyed that you took the time to seek out a professional.
If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
Photography is fun! You should always think of your session day as something to look forward to because we are sure to have a great time together. Without the boring studio backdrops and stiff poses that look like everyone else’s photos on the wall, we are free to explore the locations and energy YOU want to include in your portrait session!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Just relax and enjoy the experience from start to finish. I will be there each step of the way to ensure that your needs are met and that your vision is brought to life. Whether you have an exact idea of what you want your portraits to look like, or if you are open to anything, we will work together to create something special just for you.
Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
As a family photographer, I enjoy all types of sessions. From newborns to seniors to engagement sessions and large family gatherings I love getting to know my clients and producing works of art as unique as they are. You won’t find flashy outrageous edits that will quickly be out of fashion, but you can be sure that your portraits will be fresh and modern in a style that will last forever.
Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
I am constantly refining my craft and techniques to bring the absolute best possible skill set to each photo shoot. I also work closely with several vendors which allows me to provide modern designs to all of the print and display products that clients want to see.
Is the pricing structure difficult to understand?
The pricing system is not complicated, and I do have a session to meet just about every need. There are standard packages available, and if you don’t see one that works for you we will build a custom quote together to ensure that you can get exactly what you are looking for in a lifetime photographer.
If you are a car enthusiast, musician, model, pet lover, Realtor, or business professional, I have custom plans available for you! Be sure to ask about how I can be part of your hobbies and business interests as well.