Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
OC Photography offers various packages priced according to each client’s unique needs. A simple business or social media headshot $249. A professional modeling portfolio package costs $1,500. If someone is requesting a more extensive, professional modeling package, we will call in professionals from the highest echelon of formal training to help execute a range of impeccable hair and make-up looks and wardrobe styling. Prices vary according to your needs and are available upon request.
OC Photography uses only the most up-to-date, professional equipment, right from studio setup to lighting, props, make-up stations, and wardrobe-changing stations. We only hire the best artists in the business, mostly from the Make-Up Designory School in Burbank, CA (their average tuition costs over $25,000, so they guarantee that their graduates are outstanding!). Our celebrity fashion stylists are accustomed to working with models and celebrities of all ages, races, and genders and they are experts in making people of all shapes and sizes look amazing.
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Through OC Photography, Sherman Anderson Cox, Jr. have developed an approach that allows me and my team to work with new customers regardless of their level of on-camera experience. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a professional model or a beginner.
First off, we communicate clearly with clients in order to understand what they hope to achieve from the photo shoot. Is it a business headshot? A series of social media profile pictures? An actor’s headshot for Film and Television? Is it a lifestyle shoot designed to promote themselves or their brand? Or is it a family portrait series that’s intended to capture a moment in time?
Once the objectives for the photo shoot have been clearly outlined and communicated, we then put together a suitable package that fits the client’s needs prior to the scheduled shoot date.
After all of these necessary preparations have been made, I like to connect with every client on a personal level to break the ice and help them feel comfortable about the shoot. If possible, I will schedule a couple of phone conversations to discuss the project in detail.
Ultimately, it is our responsibility at OC Photography to ensure that every photo shoot has a successful outcome, regardless of the client’s level of experience or ease of mind over being photographed.
Happy clients genuinely “sparkle” on camera, which is why we go above and beyond throughout the entire process. By paying extra attention to every detail and preparing ahead of time, we are able to capture the best possible photos of our subjects.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My photographic journey has been an interesting one. I studied under the world-famous photographer and teacher Elanor Kaufman in Beverly Hills. She was renowned for redefining the commercial headshot with her unique style and skills.
My style and photography have been based on the decades of learning and the field experience I had through my association with Elanor, which includes hundreds of photo shoots. My education is a unique mix of experience, innovative techniques, and continuing to learn additional skills by attending workshops organized by world-class instructors. These various aspects have helped me to develop the skills needed to provide a service at a high level that other local photographers are simply not capable of delivering.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always been an artist. I grew up studying photographs in books and magazines and dreamed of one day becoming a professional photographer. Luckily, I was given my first camera at a young age. As a social person who has always been able to connect positively with people, I was able to convince friends, family, and even some neighbors to let me photograph them! Practice is the best way to learn a skill. I realized I had a natural ability to capture someone’s essence on film, and that led me to pursue a career as a photographer.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all types of people of various ages and ethnicities, ranging from celebrities to musicians to actors, corporate personnel, models, hair stylists, athletes, magazine publications, and families. It’s amazing to be able to visually capture someone’s energy and essence, and I look forward to continued collaborations with future clients. __________________________________________________________________
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I worked on a project at the Anaheim Convention Center where I was hired by a company to take five to ten professional headshots of 200+ employees. I had my team set up the stage and lighting, and then I shot each participate an average of 10 pictures. I am articulate and precise when it comes to instructing people how to pose and always shoot with a purpose. I understand the science of masterful lighting and the incredible things you can pull off with the right cameras and lenses. Needless to say, the project was a success!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The first thing you should do is to take a look at approximately 20 to 30 pictures on any given photographer’s Instagram feed or website to get a sense of their style of shooting. If you find that the pictures looked jumbled, with no consistency, then that’s a major red flag. Even worse is when it’s evident that the photographer has stolen pictures from another artist’s website and are pretending it’s their work—and you can figure that out fast by using reverse image search! The most common mistake that people make in finding a photographer is that their sole focus is on getting the cheapest price. Remember that you get what you pay for!
My rates are reasonable, especially for the high-quality of photos that I am able to produce. I am not a hustler who will shoot for $50-$90 dollars…that’s the price of an amateur. If a photographer does offer extremely low prices, be sure to look up customer reviews on the internet and investigate thoroughly so that you know what you are getting. For example, if they only seem to shoot outside, that means they can't afford a studio space. If the models are posing in a way that’s unflattering, then that means the photographer has no idea how to capture the right angles. It’s a photographer’s job to make people look their best.
What sets me apart from the rest is that I believe in the advantages of a proper photo studio with abundant lighting and a variety of cameras and lenses on hand to experiment with different angles and perspectives. A professional studio is where I prefer to shoot clients, and I take great pride in our exceptional space. There is plenty of room for hair stylists and make-up artists, and the fact that it’s temperature-controlled means we won’t ever be rained out in winter or melt from the heat in summer!
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What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Photography is such a broad artistic medium that it has attracted thousands of people trying to pursue it as a career. Across this wide landscape you will find excellent photographers, good photographers, and unfortunately some ‘not very good’ ones.
To make the right choice, you need to carefully study a photographer’s previous work to be sure that you will indeed get what you pay for. Working with the best photographers can be quite pricey, due to the high-end equipment, the cost of recruiting assistants, and all of the city and park permits that are required to shoot in a designated space. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with reviews from real people who have actually benefitted from a service.
You also have to find the right photographers who have experience in your preferred style of photography. Remember that headshots, beauty, boudoir, and modeling photography techniques are quite different. You must also look for the number of shots related to your interests that a photographer has captured in the last three months. Ask for samples from some recent shoots. Unfortunately, there are many ‘so-called’ professional photographers who do not provide high-quality work, and you don’t want to waste your valuable time shooting bad images.
Photography is an art, and it is highly subjective in many ways. Sometimes, it is difficult to spot the flaws until it is too late. Ask a friend whose eye you trust to review the sample photographs with you before making a final decision on who to hire.
How does your service stand out?
We at OC Photography stand out simply by knowing more than most photographers do. We have spent countless hours learning, practicing, experimenting with new techniques, and honing our craft. We are constantly staying on top of trends, technology, and the best methods of posing clients.
We are also fortunate to have team members who work within the talent casting space and are constantly evaluating headshots and modeling portfolios. They are experts at understanding which photos styles are successful versus the ones that fail to stand out, and they bring this valuable industry knowledge to OC Photography.
Besides our capabilities, our service stands out because we really explain what to expect, how best to prepare, and advise on details such as the necessary wardrobe items to bring to your shoot.
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
The thing I enjoy most about photography is working with a wide range of people from all walks of life and visually capturing their personality. In any given week, I may work with clients in the business world, entertainment stars, or families who want to capture memories that will last a lifetime. Photography is an exciting career mostly because of the people I get to collaborate with.
OC Photography stands out because of our extensive knowledge, collaborative abilities, and a high level of enthusiasm that makes our clients feel comfortable. We guaranteed that clients will be happy with their photos. We have spent years not only learning photography techniques, but also how to pose clients in the most flattering way, and how to seamlessly work with first-timers. We have a dynamic style that will absolutely get you noticed! The major difference you may see is that our price is slightly higher than some photographers. This is because we are experts in our field. Remember that photography is an investment in yourself, and that you normally get what you pay for.
Please look at our style of photography because it stands out from the rest. I sincerely enjoy meeting new clients and capturing the essence of the person through headshots, portraits, and fashion portfolios. I value your business and would love to create some amazing pictures together!
OC Photography has been established as a professional photography service that captures several different varieties of images to help you make your dreams come alive. Based in Southern California, our goal is to collaborate with you to capture the best shots that will get you noticed. Standing out from the crowd is easy when you have an outstanding modeling portfolio, and we are here to help you develop a portfolio that meets the high standards of Hollywood.
With decades of experience and hundreds of photo sessions in our repertoire, you can count on us for professional headshots, lifestyle content, beauty photography, boudoir styles, and fashion modeling photography.
Our exceptional photography services can be used by everyone. With a professional approach and extensive experience, the outcome of your photography session will be amazing regardless of your prior on-camera experience because we are here to guide you from start to finish!
For the best results, we schedule appointments to enable us to have enough lead time to plan for your photography session. So let’s schedule a date for your amazing photography experience! Book an appointment today.
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