I am a retired photojournalist with over 2 decades working in visual communications. My entire life I have observed people. This became professional pursuits in journalism, web application design, user research and community advocacy. I am a story-teller. My preferred language is visual. My preferred action is connecting people.
Photography is my first love. My dad taught me how to make contact sheets in our basement when I was 8 years old. An award-winning photojournalist in an earlier life, now I offer visual storytelling to non-profits and community-focused organizations.
Professional photography can be expensive. To keep costs down, I come to you; your home, office or event. I go where your story is best expressed; on the street with your constituents, at gala fundraisers, special occasions—whatever your goals and needs dictate. Employing a photojournalistic style, I work inconspicuously, or I can set up a location studio for formal portraits. The goal is to create compelling, impactful images that express your vision.
Ken Shrader is a true professional in every sense of the word. He produces an excellent product. In addition he is intentional I. His efforts to clearly understand the needs of his clients.
Communication is the key to your project's success. First, I'll ask questions about your goals for the project, your expectations for how the photos will be used, and what is compelling about the situation or environment for the story being told. Then I'll come visit where the photo shoot will take place.
Together, we will craft the proposal for the project. I will then send you a formal proposal for review and signoff, including estimated pricing and dates. A small deposit is due with the signed proposal.
A few days before I will check in to be sure everything is still on track. The day of the shoot, I will arrive between 30- and 60-minutes early to set up. It is important that there is a responsible contact on sight for the duration of the shoot. At the conclusion of the event, I will check in with you or your rep to confirm delivery dates based on our agreement and any new developments that came up during the assignment.
An initial edit of the event is usually available within 2-3 business days. Final images are usually available within a week. Final payment is due upon delivery of images.
I was an award-winning photojournalist in piedmont North Carolina, beginning right out of college. I have worked in visual communications and design for National Geographic, the Associated Press, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Society of Travel Agents, IBM, and many local organizations and newspapers.
My work has taken me across North and Central America, north Africa, southern Europe and east Asia. My life's journey and talents have led me to be an advocate and supporter of community-focused organizations and nonprofits, working to effect change for our marginalized neighbors by visual story-telling.
Standard day rate is $600 or $100/hour for photo shooting time for most events.
Corporate portraits (headshots and small groups) is $85/hour.
Special projects and travel assignments beyond 30 miles of Charlotte are priced individually.
All photography pricing is based on actual shooting time and includes up to 2 hours of standard post-production image processing.
Models, stylists, and photo/studio assistants are extra, pricing based on their individual hourly or day rates. (I can provide estimates when scoping a project.)
In hiring a professional photographer, don't just look at their portfolio and pricing. Also spend time talking with them, get to know them and let them get to know you.
Photography is an intimate language; the photographer's personality is part of every image. Be sure you are comfortable with the "chemistry" of your relationship with the photographer before deciding.