Tony Ventouris Photography

Tony Ventouris Photography

5.0
13 years in business

About this pro

I ask the right questions.  I listen to my clients...not just with my ears, but with my heart.  I hear what they need, and what they really want.  We work together to translate that visually into an image or product that makes them stand out.  My experience, patience, and unique way of understanding my clients allows me to tell their story in the images and capture the essence of their spaces. 

In the end, its not about my pictures, its about your business.  I truly get that and demonstrate it every day in the way I help my clients get their job done.

You can see more examples of my work including exteriors, interiors, products, and business portraits at TonyVentourisPhotography.com

I love learning about my client's businesses, spaces, products, and themselves.  I love meeting new entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, artisans, virtuosos, geniuses, and every day people with a story to tell.  Photography allows me to enter into their world.  I am honored to be able to create a lasting images of what makes them so special and share their passion with the world.

   

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Silver Spring, MD 20902
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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

We need to speak. Bottom line. I am not a fly-by-night photographer that will show up with the latest camera and start snapping pictures and hope for the best. No. Everything begins and ends with our conversation. I have probably thought more about your product and business than you have. I can guide you through unique ways to show off your product and show you possibilities to bring your vision to the world. I can't do that if we don't speak. My questions are not technical how to do my job stuff. I know my job. My questions are leading us to discovering about you, your goals, and the subtle ways to create impact that translates to something tangible. This only happens person to person. Some things in life still rely on people...and making amazing photography is about people, not cameras. You don't need to even know what you want...I can guide the process. I can show you examples, and show you new ways to address what you need. I can't do that by giving you some random price that worked for someone else, showing up, and snapping a bunch of shots. You deserve better. You are passionate about what you do. So am I.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I continually stay up to date with the latest technology, techniques, and learning in photography. (in fact in all things I do) I attend key workshops and master classes, and industry meetings that will offer something that I can bring back to clients. I also look to other industries and fields for inspiration, ideas, and new ways to work with photographs and virtual tours.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

If I had standard clients...i'de have standard pricing.  I don't.  I have amazingly awesome, unique, diverse, and passionate clients.  Therefore my pricing changes to accommodate your unique needs and situation.  Pricing in photography has many factors. 

For example: Client A needs only one single photo made.  It took a month of planning, a dozen meetings, 3 stylists, boom truck rentals, a couple days of shooting, and two weeks of retouching. 

Client B needs 40 documentary images during an event that need no editing and there is no pre-production work.  Client A's shoot is a lot more expensive than Client B even though only one image was made. 

This is why I can't have a standard pricing.  I need to know more about your needs so ensure everything is covered in order to get you what you need.


How did you get started in this business?

I got tired of dealing with poor work from photographers in my other businesses.  I have had 6 businesses.  Almost a decade ago I decided I wanted to turn my passion for photography into a business. I wanted to work with the same kind of people and companies I worked with in my businesses.  I wanted to make sure they had someone they could relate to and communicate with that understood their industries AND could still create art.  Yes, I am an artist...AND I actually am a business.  I guess there are so many people running around hocking cameras and business cards that it gets lost. 

Insurance, fixed expenses, copyright documentation, accounting, financial statements, business development, investments, budgets, planning, forecasting, contracts, estimates, meetings, etc... 

Real photographers are businesses just like you!  That's why photography isn't free.  Same reason your accountant, lawyer, dentist, gardener, chef, designer, web programmer, mechanic, grocer, etc... are not free.  I'm sure there are super cheap and free ones...but I know better than to go to them.  (no hard feelings to you low-ballers!)  I'de never think of walking into my my web designers office telling him I have $200 and asking for $5,000 worth of work while also saying how long I think it should take to complete and why my $200 is justified.  Totally nonsense.


What types of customers have you worked with?

I create images of businesses, store interiors, homes, resorts and hotels, building exteriors, etc... I shoot a lot of products for websites, Amazon, catalogs, and marketing campaigns.  Many clients have me shoot their company's premise and staff for use in training manuals and business lifestyle advertising as well as annual reports and case studies.  I also do construction documentation, before and after, site views, industrial equipment documentation, and how-to videos for mechanical equipment for construction clients.   

Rich multi-media virtual tours showing full 360-degree views tying in custom branding and graphics, information, games, music, and other experiential elements is my specialty.  Feel free to ask how I can elevate your marketing with custom 360-degree images of your space or your products.

Most of my clients are small business owners, resorts, interior designers, architects, contractors, product manufacturers, marketing companies, local inventors, large corporations, local farmers, and radio stations.

I also seem to get a lot of unique situational shoots.  Shooting panoramas of large stages or very large meetings (2000+ people), very dark environments, very sensitive environments, etc...  I am fully insured, and also experienced working in "bunny suits" in scientific clean rooms, secure areas, etc...


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I occasionally take unique projects, collaborations, or special needs/service/charity projects that I self fund.  I generally reach out to those clients directly.  However, I recently got approached to do a very unique project that I couldn't resist lending my service to.  The project was a very special library run by the Gandhi Memorial Foundation.  Within the library was a statue of Mahatma Gandhi that was made during his life which he then signed upon its completion.  After shooting the library, we turned our attention to the statue.  It was the closest thing to a portrait session with Gandhi in life.  The statue is amazingly detailed and accurate to life.  It was a very unique opportunity that I feel very deeply about.  I will have more details soon about where this work will be displayed.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Do not get a bunch of prices and pick the lowest or the highest.  Find out HOW they will do the job.  Find out if they are insured.  Find out why their price includes what it does.  The more complex the work, the higher the price.  The more valuable the licensing, the higher the price.  The larger the production (stylists, catering, rentals, wardrobe, permits, etc...) the higher the price will be.  Make sure to communicate and be open to suggestions.  Maybe you are "over-buying" when making requests to a photographer.  Maybe you think you need a certain level of production...but we can make the same images with a much smaller "footprint."  I often save my clients a lot of money by bringing their desires in line with more manageable ways to produce the work.  Communication is key.  Your are entrusting a person to create your visual first impression with your clients.  Make sure they "get-it" and really understand what your needs are and what your brand is about.  Cameras don't make iconic images, planning, timing, and a unified message do.


What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Why do you want excellent pictures?    Have you looked at other companies and compared your work?  Is your product not selling the way you thought it would?  Does your staff not look approachable in your photos?  Why have you decided now is time to do this right? 

What is your message?  What do you want people to feel and think the moment they see one of you photos?  What statement or impact do you want to be made when people see your images?