I've always had a camera in my hand, but a few years ago, I realised I couldn't imagine not doing it as a career.
What do like most about your work?
Taking photos! Seriously - running a photography business is about 10% taking photos, and 90% other stuff - so I'm definitely happiest when I get to pick up the camera.
What would you say is your typical customer?
Anyone who wants or needs to be photographed. I photograph people primarily - this can be anyone from a family with young children, to a musician needing new promo shots for their website.
Generally though, people tend to get in touch with me to photograph those big events in their lives: engagements, weddings, new babies.
What are the considerations that we should have when choosing a
Choose a photographer who is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional
Photography (http://www.aipp.com.au) to ensure you choose a photographer who runs an ethical business and carries appropriate insurance, and will deliver a quality result.
Look out for someone who photographs in a style you like, and someone you're going to be comfortable with - most people find that just a quick chat on the phone will let them know if they're a good fit.
Is it expensive to have photos taken professionally?
Not necessarily - photography is a worthwhile investment in either a business or for a family. Professional images in a business can end up paying for themselves with increased return as a result.
Wedding or family photography is priceless and will long outlast the latest plasma TV or designer handbag. Considering that photography becomes a part of family history and is treasured for generations, it's a bargain.
What are the best ways to keep photos?
If you have digital images, always keep them in multiple formats in multiple locations. Don't rely on one storage device for your images.
An example might be to keep one copy of images at home on an external hard drive, another copy on DVD at a relative's home, and other copy in print. Transfer those digital images onto new media every 5-7 years to reduce the risk damaged or lost images due to corruption or degradation of storage devices over time, and to ensure they are readable in the future (does anyone remember floppy discs?)
Do you have any tips for how to look good in a photograph?
Be comfortable. If you're comfortable, you'll look great.
What locations do you service?
I am based in Maitland, and photograph in and around Maitland, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, and the Central Coast.
I also love to travel so will go pretty much anywhere on request!
You can reach Zoë Ambler here:
Phone 0439 757 678
email firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite - Sunny 16 Photography or
Facebook page www.facebook.com/sunny16photo
Location Maitland NSW