I am a heavily process oriented photographer who specializes in capturing candid images during photo shoots. I believe communication and homework before the photoshoot is incredibly important.
This communication beforehand allows me to understand exactly what kind of photos the client is looking for, and this also helps the client understand why they are hiring a professional photographer as well.
Let's capture a story, your story.
I started doing photography as a hobby 15 years ago when I started my high school's newspaper and turned it into a graphic magazine for the student body. This 'magazine' then went on to win a number of national art awards for private schools across the country.
I furthered my art by creating a niche magazine post graduation where I would share my 'year in review' with my family and share my artwork as a gift.
Clients typically remark that I am easy going on the job, but tough beforehand with the homework. I am very process heavy when it comes to my work and this is due to a mechanical engineering background and focus in product commercialization and development.
My instagram is: @jusmcafee
Thank you so much Justin! I highly recommend Justin McAfee Photography to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. Justin is so much more than just a photographer. We got to know Justin when he suggested an engagement picture right after our first contact with him. We used some of the engagement photos in our Save the Date notice to friends and family. At the wedding, Justin was not there only to get the job done, but rather Justin seems to truly enjoy what he does. All of my interactions with Justin were professional. When Justin said he would have time for me, he always was available for advice about the where, how, and whens of wedding photography. Justin interfaced seamlessly with other people we hired, but even more important he was just a nice person who was experienced at this kind of thing. The best part was Justin's promptness in getting the images to us and explaining to us our options, so that we could share the happiness of our wedding day with friends and family who celebrated with us,
Normally I'm not one to leave a review, however for Justin there is certainly an exception. I had the greatest experience using Justin's photography! He was quick to get all the shots we needed, and all of them turned out phenomenal. We will definitely be using Justin again in the future!
Typical process for working with a new customer is the same no matter the customer.
I answer this question in detail on my website here: https://www.jusmcafeephoto.com/blog/hiring-me
I am a mechanical engineer by trade, pilot during my free time with an instrument sea plane rating, and I run a niche magazine for entrepreneurs who are just starting out as a way to help others interested in starting their own business understand the details and setbacks which they could face during their transition from a regular salaried position.
My standard pricing is as follows:
$150 for the first hour of work - this includes travel to and from job site.
Additional hours are $100 per hour.
This pricing includes ALL edited photos from the photoshoot and a copyright release for personal use. Commercial use will need to be negotiated.
Wedding rates are $200 per hour up to 8 hours where my standard wedding rates take place - these can be seen on a PDF which I can send to you personally.
I got started in photography when I purchased my first DSLR camera body to take photos for my school magazine. I found that if I wanted to be able to put photos in the magazine I would need to find someone to take the photos - it turns out that I had to be that person.
Thus my passion and my interest in photography was born.
I detail some customer stories on my blog! I think that's the best way to understand how I would deal with a potential situation on the job!
I jumped from doing full time engineering to taking on the challenge of a lifetime and starting my own business this past June.
If I were to tell you that the journey has been sunshine and roses the entire time, I would be lying. But the amount of fulfillment I have gotten from making this financial independent switch has made me so much happier.
Hiring a photographer is all about being able to work with someone personally. Remember you want these photos to be authentic and real. You don't want something which can be seen as fake half-way across a google search!
I would highly suggest someone you can hold a coversation with and who is easy going and stress free.
1) Is this person going to be able to produce the photos I need/want? (need and want in terms of photography are two very different things)
2) Does this photographer follow a process? Do I know when I am going to get my photos? (I am VERY strict about this process which is seen in a lot of my reviews online)
3) How many photos do I actually need? Remember, I charge by the hour, I don't charge by the photo. You will get around 100 - 200 photos per hour for each hour we are shooting and 85% of them are going to be usable.
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