It varies greatly based on location, location, location, location. It also varies based on the type of work and how many hours you’ve put in. We generally work for a lower rate for location shoots than for more general type of work: if you are shooting a wedding, say, that would be about $75 to $200 a day, whereas if you are shooting a wedding for a local gallery, say a high-end restaurant, that might be more like $250. You see more variation in that because you’re shooting more, but I don’t think that’s bad. You just have to be mindful of it.
When did you decide it was time to start freelancing?
I did this for my last client, a restaurant in Denver, Colorado. And he was very pleased with what he received on the shoot because it was for a very specific type of work. And that’s what drives me because I think if you get enough work for what you do, then you really make the decision. I have a few clients that I really like to focus on freelancing for. It’s just a case-by-case basis. And that said, I wouldn’t say if I’m really motivated to come up with new ideas or to go out and shoot stuff that I’m going to drop the ball on what it is that I really want to do on a particular shoot.
And what is your favorite type of work?
I love photography. It’s just so fun. I love how creative it’s been. I like to do a lot of that kind of work. I’m always trying to keep up. I don’t mind staying on top of it, just like when I wasn’t looking at it. But if there were things I wanted to see, I would like to look at them.
What are some tips and tricks for finding your style?
If I do a type of work that I like, I like to be very specific about my style. And I’ll start with a kind of style first when I do photography because sometimes you can just have a whole bunch of different styles. For instance, I love to do portraits (in that style). And when you have a certain style, I like to do a certain type of camera angles as well.
I really like to create a certain look in photos. I can’t say it’s necessary to have a certain look; I think it’s a great thing, but I think it’s useful in