Debra-Lynn Hook Photography
Heart. I love what I do. I love people. I believe this shows in my photos, which people tell me always exude warmth and humanity.
Quality. I swear by excellence, both in the product and the experience. I seek for the photo shoot itself to be memorable, fun and comfortable.
Fair prices. I have no interest in gauging.
My work doesn't feel like work.
It is pleasure and an honor to be in intimate connection with people, and to watch their happiness when they see their photos.
Human connection is my goal in life.
Photos and videos
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Communication is key. Finding out first and foremost what kind of shoot the client needs, whether family shoot, reunion, birth, funeral, senior-photo shoot, wedding, sports event, birthday. We talk about how the photos will be used, whether for a web site or just for fun, etc. We talk about location, length of shoot and fee. Our conversation gives me key information and also helps me get to know the client a bit. This helps break the ice for when we do start shooting.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Degree in print journalism
College courses in photography
On-the-job training with photojournalists
Trained as a studio photographer
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
Variable, depending on event. Typically $240-$275 for the first hour and $175 for each subsequent hour. This isn't written in stone. I usually provide a flash drive with high-res photos for download/upload and sometimes print rights. Photos always go onto my web site for easy viewing and purchase. And I almost set photos to music in a slideshow as an added bonus, N/C as this is a work-in-progress I am learning to perfect.
How did you get started in this business?
I was always dabbling and occasionally shooting weddings for friends. In 2008, I had an exhibit at a local Starbucks. Suddenly, people were asking me to shoot their weddings and senior and family portraits. Eventually, this expanded into corporate photography, events, sports and exhibits, babies, births, even funerals.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Corporate. Families. Babies. Athletes. High-school seniors. Women with body-image issues. Branding web sites. Mind-body-spirit counselors.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Birth. I am always honored to be asked to witness an intimate event with my camera. This is especially true when I'm asked to photograph a birth. This is doubly true when it's a repeat customer, who took a leap of faith the first time. The second time, she knows what to expect, and the trust has built even further. i have photographed home births, C sections and hospital births, and once intervened as a labor coach when the midwife ran late. I stay with the couple through the labor, finding opportunity to respect privacy, while also photographing intimate moments. When the baby is born, it's a moment like none other, and I feel utterly privileged to be there. These are the moments of our lives.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
Look for personality as well as skill
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
What is my budget?
How do I want to use my photos?
What message do I want to convey with my photos?