Richard, please tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
Photography, Graphic Design, and Motion Graphics Depending on the job but Base Rate is 55/hr
Richard. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I've always had a love for art. I used to draw a ton of pictures when I was growing up, and I also took a lot of pictures. When I got out of the Army, I decided to pursue Visual Effects and Motion Graphics at The Art Institute of Austin. While doing that I took a photography class and it sparked the love, and I started taking pictures. While in school I did photography on the side and over time it grew into a business.
I have great attention to detail, and I'm very organized. This is seen in my work and the love I have for it. I do everything possible to please my customers and make memories for them to last a life time. I'm very versatile and can adapt to the mood and feel needed for the type of work I'm doing.
I have been published three times for my photography work in a magazine called "The One Bride Guide" when I was shooting in Corpus Christi, TX. I have had my photography showcase displayed at The Art Institute of Austin and had a few displayed at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Richard. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm an Army Veteran of 10 years, deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. With this experience, I have a different outlook on life, and I use that to push myself forward.
Richard, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I have a lot of passions, and they mostly revolve around art. I love 2D and 3D art, all kinds of mediums. I aspire to be a great 3D artist that will work for Marvel Studios one day while also having a very successful photography business. I always took pictures, and after 1 class at The Art Institute of Austin, I just went all in for it.
Who is your inspiration in life Richard? How do you keep inspired?
Creative people of this world are my inspiration. I use social media to look at art from around the world, and that keeps me fueled! Technology is another big inspiration, due to its massive growth we can use new mediums and have better creative expression.
We all make mistakes Richard; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I don't see mistakes as something I want to take back, but they are there for me to learn and grow from them. I did learn from a client I booked last week on a short notice project. She needed me to deliver a film poster to her in a short time frame. The job didn't sound too hard, and I took the job. I did skip some of the normal steps I do when I take a job. We did run into a few unexpected things that pushed us passed her deadlines, so she had to cancel the project. I learned not to take on projects that are short noticed unless I go through my normal process and the client accepts the terms and conditions.
Richard, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I work on a 1st come 1st served bases, so there is no bias to one over the other. I do allot myself more time to complete bigger projects, and I inform the client of my completion times. However if I can complete a smaller one at the same time, then I will, but I still complete all other projects on schedule.
Please tell us, Richard, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Strategic is all the time for me. Like I stated in an earlier question I was in the military for ten years, and that has molded me into the artist I am today. I use backwards planning and time management skills to plan out shoots, edit timelines, and delivery dates for my clients. This keeps everything on track and running smooth.
Richard, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was doing senior portraits for a client, and I was working with her on her posing, and she was uncomfortable with one of the poses. She said she felt funny and I just asked her a couple of questions. I told her she was doing great, but I asked her if she liked my work on my site. She told me, yes, and then I asked her if she trusts me. She said yes, so I told he to trust me now. Let's say she was happy when she got the photos back from me. I try to comfort and reassure the client things will be OK and to trust my professional knowledge.
Richard, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I would have to say the 1st time I was published in The One Bride Guide! It was unexpected, and I was still "new" to the professional world that it just shocked me. It was a very proud moment, and I shared it with everyone. It helped me realize that I can do anything I set my mind to and I push for that next moment each shutter click.
Richard, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
A lot of the time the client has a concept in mind that you have to work with or stay close to. Then there are those few times you get the go-ahead to have fun and do what you want! It's exciting because you can try something never done, something outside of the box you been thinking about for years and the mind takes its and runs! I do find it difficult sometimes because some many ideas start to come that you might start on one and then in the middle of that you find yourself going in another direction.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Learn the basics and the rules! Practice, practice, practice and when you think you got it practice some more. Then lastly teamwork makes the dream work. Find a good group and build a team and go after your dreams.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I think networking is so important. I'm always looking to collaborate with someone. With that said I would be open to anything in Austin area for the time begin. New companies, talents, brands would be great.
Richard R. Guillory
Dat One Studio, LLC