FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are you a professional photographer or just a hobby photographer?
I earn a living as a photographer. I am DBA Michael Barker Photography filed with the State of Texas since 2012. I collect and pay State Taxes, and Federal Taxes. I have Commercial Liability insurance. I conduct my business as professionally as possible. Photography did start out as a hobby in High School working for my yearbook staff and continued until going pro. I love what I do.
Do you have a Studio?
I'm an on-location photographer. I work out of a small office in my home for editing, and administrative work. I'll meet clients at any coffee shop near where they are located. I'd love to have a studio one day!
How many images can I expect to receive from my event?
It all depends on your event...a wedding that spans 12 hours can have at least 300-400 images. Portrait sessions- 10-30. Corporate events-50-200. It all depends on the complexity of the event. The more things that are happening, the more images you will receive.
How do I receive my images?
If you order an album, you'll receive a proof folio to select which images you want in the album. Once I create an album layout, we'll go over it and then order the album. If you've decided to receive digital images, you will get them on a USB flash drive in a custom packaged box. I don't do CD's or DVD's as they are more easily damaged.
If you've decided to receive prints only, then you'll receive a proof folio from which to select the prints you want and the sizes, textures, and any special needs. Once ordered, they'll arrive custom packaged for you.
My wedding is for 7 hours total, how much photography coverage do I need?
I don't charge by the hour. My wedding packages are for the full day. You tell me when you want me to show up and when you want me to leave. I don't book anything else on your day. I want to make sure all the details of your day are captured.
Do I need to feed you at my wedding?
It would be nice to feed the photographer and/or assistant if the event is 6 hours or more. This will add 1 or 2 to your catering requirements. We won't drink alcoholic beverages. We usually eat very lightly and quickly. Eating time is a great break since no one likes to be photographed with a bunch of food in their mouth!
Do you shoot digital or analog?
I shoot strictly digital. I shot film for years before deciding digital had reached a high level of quality.
Do you have insurance?
I have a full $2 Million commercial liability policy and can provide a Certificate of Insurance to the venue if necessary.
Do you use quality equipment?
I use professional grade equipment, such as Pro-level Nikon Cameras and lenses, as well as Enterprise grade backup systems for your image archives. i always have backup equipment and spare everything at your event.
Do you like coffee?
I absolutely love coffee. And dark chocolate. Currently, we'll meet at the closest coffee shop to your location for our consultations.
What other questions do you have for me? Drop me a line and ask!!!