Let's Clarify a Few Things.....
Yes! Mike is a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America and also the Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild. Both organizations require a commitment to excellence and honest and fair dealings with our clients.
Yes. We are a registered Business with the State of Florida, registered to collect and remit Florida Sales Tax, and have a Duval County, Florida Business Tax Certificate. We carry $2 million in liability coverage through Lloyd's of London. Should your venue require "Proof of Coverage", we are happy to provide that to them.
Mike has been a Professional Photographer for over 35+ years. He has photographed well over 500 weddings in 4 different states. He specializes in weddings, family portraits, and also Senior and Graduation photography. He has operated studios in 3 different states over the years and has settled in Jacksonville, Florida in 2006 where he re-opened his business.
Nothing but Professional level photography cameras (Nikon), lenses and equipment. Additionally, we promise we will never miss a shot because something "broke". Backups are carried for every single piece of equipment we own in the event our main equipment should fail. We can be "back in the action" in less than a minute as if nothing ever happened. Your wedding is too big an event in your life to risk NOT having what is needed in the unlikely event of "equipment malfunction".
Great question! We pride ourselves in Personal Service for each and every client we have. It begins with an in-person, no obligation meeting with you (and your fiance'!) and determine exactly your needs. Getting to know more about you, your likes and dislikes, and all the things important to you means more in our ability to capture your special moments on this special day than you can imagine.
And it doesn't end there either. We meet with you after the session or wedding day, to view all your images too! Our state of the art viewing and design software allows you and I to take your images and build your album exactly as you want it. When it comes to personal service, we find that our clients are excited and find it refreshing that we are there every step of the way!
I'm so glad you asked that question! So let me ask you a question! If you could choose between a Cadillac and a Kia, which gets you where you are going more comfortably?
Photography is the same thing. Experience matters in making sure every moment of your wedding is captured as you envision it. Many times, that cheaper guy down the street isn't as versed in wedding photography as we are and your results are likely to be disappointing. I could tell you hundred of "horror stories" about the couples who didn't hire a full time professional photographer and the type of wedding photos they have. It's not pretty.
As a photographer, we don't get "do overs" and every moment counts. Because someone owns a fancy camera doesn't mean they are a true professional photographer. And because they are charging you doesn't make them one either! Someone working at the mobile phone store during the week and photographing weddings on the weekends might not be your best choice for your wedding photographer either. You might save a little money, but your results may vary. If your willing to chance that, then by all means, hire them. If not, give us a call.
I cover a lot of that on my Books Page, but let me let you in on a little "secret". Digital images don't last forever. Back when digital imaging started, photos were stored on tape drives or floppy discs. When's the last time you saw one of those?? Been a while if ever. Shopped for computers lately? Most aren't even offering optical DVD/CD drives in them anymore. How about "The Cloud"? Ask someone who's cloud server went belly up if that was a good idea. Bits and bytes aren't forever. A lightening storm can destroy them. DVD's go bad in about 5-7 years. USB drives crash too.
When is the last time you had to have any special technology to view a book? I promise you, your mother's wedding album is one of her most prized possessions and yours will be too. Yes, you get a disk with our Collections, but your book will be around a lot longer than that disc will. And you won't need one of those ancient computers to view it either. That may not seem that important now, but in 10 years, it will when your kids are sitting on your knee and looking at Mom's wedding album.
These are most of the questions we get asked all the time. If you have one not covered here, then please, Contact us and let's talk about it!