Questions and Answers

Q. Do I get a copy of all of my pictures, or do I have to buy each of them from you?

Some photographers charge you per print, which is a throw-back to the days of film where printing copies was expensive and the photographers wanted to ensure the quality of their art's reproduction was retained.

I am part of a newer generation of digital-based photographers that prefer to give you control on how you want to use your pictures -- be it online or printed.

For personal photo shoots, including weddings, portraits, and many events, I provide you one or more CDs or DVDs containing the best pictures from your shoot. In general, you are allowed to do anything with the pictures as long as you don't make money off of them (no commercial use).

For commercial uses, we will negotiate a contract before I turn over the pictures.

Q. How much do you charge?

Please contact me with your photography needs. Although I do have a pricing guide, it is based on a number of practical factors including time, location, and complexity as well as several technical factors.

I am a very competitive option for weddings.

Q. How fast do you deliver the pictures?

It depends on the project. For typical weddings, I have an eight (8) week turnaround time.

Q. How do I contact you?

You can reach me by phone at 612.293.9638 or e-mail me at info [at] pragmaticphotography [dot] com.

Q. Where are you located?

I am based in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, commonly known as the "Twin Cities," in Minnesota. Please contact me for information on my travel charges for shoots outside my immediate coverage area.

Q. What equipment do you use?

During high school in the 1980s, I shot color and black & white 35mm film on my father's Nikon EM. I dabbled with film and digital casually throughout the 1990s and 2000s until I got back into photography in 2008 when I purchased my first digital SLR camera: the Nikon D60.

In the years that followed, I purchased several more cameras, including the Nikon D200 and Nikon D80. In late 2010, I made a relatively serious investment of a Nikon D700 full-frame digital camera with several high-quality lenses.

Q. Are you a full-time photographer?

No. I work at a major financial institution as a software application developer.

Q. Do you have mentors?

Yes, I have one mentor with whom I have been "second shooter" for several events. I have another who has provided me one-on-one training. And I have a third who has given me valuable advice on the business side.

Q. Are you reliable?

Yes. I treat my photography very seriously and will never over- or double-book.