About

 

WHY HIRE DAVID A HICKS PHOTOGRAPHY?

 

I guarantee my clients will be satisfied with the quality of my work and the excellent results that they expect, or they don't pay my fees. This is how confident I am that anybody who chooses me to take their commercial, architectural or lifestyle photographs will love the results otherwise they don't have to pay for them. I prepare a preview of my work with smaller lower resolution image files, and once agreed that they are just what we agreed and my client wanted, we can arrange payment and delivery of the final high resolution, great quality images in the method chosen. This could be a USB stick, File sharing site such as WeTransfer (which I highly recommend) or a Disc if preferred.

So there is nothing to loose by contacting me and we can discuss exactly what your photography requirements are. I work with my clients and their brief to deliver great results. I work very hard on each individual assignment treating each one with a fresh approach whilst all the time drawing on experience from previous work to achieve the desired outcome. 

A typical full day photo shoot would start with an initial meeting, either over the telephone or email to discuss the requirements, or we can arrange to meet at the shoot location to discuss on site. The day itself would then begin at whatever time is required, even before dawn if there are images required for sunrise etc. I then work very hard for the full day, causing minimum disruption especially if it's a busy working environment. Although many areas and rooms of the business may have to be staged to ensure they look their very best and so that I have the time to prepare the stage and setup including lighting. Other areas including any public areas can be shot as they are often including during busy periods including shots with customers and staff to give a true realistic representation of exactly what we are advertising. I would work through to any time necessary to complete the job. There could then be anywhere from three hours to three days spent working on the photographs in post processing. Working on various techniques including correcting white balance for accurate colour casts, varying exposures and possibly blending multiple images into HDR or panoramas as required, correcting converging verticals, cropping, removing unwanted items from shots, masking, cloning, increasing or decreasing saturation and vibrance, sharpening.....the list goes on and on in Adobe Lightroom, and Photoshop and other software applications. I then export the images to jpg files and load them onto my website so that they can be reviewed in the clients comfort and own time. When I am then informed that they are happy with them (and so far this has always been the case) I will send the best quality images to them. 

So by working in this way, I am taking a risk that I may not earn anything from possibly many days hard work, but because I have great self belief and confidence in my photography I am happy to offer this backup to my clients for complete peace of mind. 

If you are unsure as to how long I may take and don't know if you would be looking at a half day or full day, or somewhere in between or even more, contact me and we can discuss it. I'm also very fair and not rigid and strict as other professions or tradesmen often are. We've probably all had plumbers and electricians doing work for us by the hour and somehow always seem to work 5 minutes over the hour mark and charging a higher rate. I'm not like that and consider client satisfaction and therefore repeat work and good recommendations are far more important than a few extra pounds on the initial job. 

I will always offer discounts and offers for clients likely to have further work or multiple assignments.