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MorePhotos Radio - Your Personal Photographer


ANNOUNCER:  Welcome to the More Photos’ Radio Photography Spotlight brought to you by helping professional photographers with all their internet needs. Also brought to you by Finally, an e-commerce solution for professional photo labs that makes sense. Now here is your host, Damien Allen.  DAMIEN: Good afternoon and welcome to More Photos Radio. My name is Damien Allen, and joining me today on the telephone is Maria Fields, owner and proprietor of Your Personal Photographer in Gold Canyon, Arizona. Good afternoon and welcome to the program, Maria.
MARIA: Thank you.
DAMIEN: Well where are you located and tell us how did you get into the business of photography, Maria.
MARIA: I am located in Gold Canyon, Arizona, and I got into the business of photography…I went to college, OCC in California, I got my degree in Arts, Certificate in Photography, and then I later joined the PPA and the AZ PPA, and actually last year in 2009 I was recognized as a certified photographer with the Professional Photographers of America. 
DAMIEN: What are the specialties of Your Personal Photographer?
MARIA: Well I specialize in portraits, baby and maternity, weddings, seniors, events, restoration instruction, art and still photography.  I've been hired in the entertainment field to photograph established musical artists like The Whisperers, Frankie J, talented singers and violinists from Haiti, and a new upcoming band called Division Seven.  Also I have been hired to photograph actors like Sheryl Lee Ralph, who also sings and is responsible for creating and originating the role of Deena Jones on the broadway musical Dreamgirls.  I also photograph models for their portfolios.
DAMIEN: Are there unique services or products that you offer at Your Personal Photographer?
MARIA: Well one of the services I offer that many people are interested in is I offer private instruction and the private instruction is a one on one consultation with a customer on their individual camera, and then later they send me images that I critique. I also do class instruction and some other things that I offer in my portraits and weddings are photo books which are Italian books and books of the story of a child. So it can be on one session or a collection throughout the years that I put all those images in a book. I also do the same thing on DVD’s, again it can be one session on a DVD, 50 images to a slide show with 100 proof images or it can be a collection. I have customers who have been coming back to me for years so it could be some images throughout their sessions as the child has grown.
DAMIEN: Do you have a studio, or do you shoot on location?
MARIA: I have a portrait studio. I was at a store front for 4 years, but recently I’ve moved to a home studio, and I do go on location as well. I’ll take my equipment and go their and shoot at their place of residence. One of the reasons I moved to a home studio was because I wanted to provide the customer with a more roomy, space, more comfortable space for them, and I wasn’t able to achieve that in a store front. So I have been able to provide 3 separate rooms as opposed to one room. So now there is a presentation room, a camera room, and then I can have my separate office. So customers have enjoyed it more. They’re actually coming to my studio now. They feel more comfortable in the space I have provided in the home studio.
DAMIEN: Arizona has a large array of different types of scenery and landscapes are there some locations you find yourself shooting at more often than not?
MARIA: I go out on locations to a lot of different parks and areas that have water. Any time a customer wants to go out on location, I have them look at my website and see if there is a location that they prefer in a portrait and we’ll arrange that. I go to Lost Dutchman Park often that is asked for and also Dinosaur Park, because they have a clear view of the Superstition Spring Mountains and many customers want that in their image.
DAMIEN: Now for a lot of events there may be a lot of people running about the grounds say for like a wedding or something, a reception, or a family reunion, or whatever. Do you work alone or do you shoot with other photographers?
MARIA: I actually have quite a few assistants that go with me on weddings or when I do location portrait shoots or events.
DAMIEN: What kind of advice can you give a client who has never had their picture taken by a professional photographer, Maria?
MARIA: Well having the right professional photographer take your portrait captures your self, along with retouching, can be one of the best experiences someone could ever have in their family. It’s also very important to take the time to take a portrait. Recently I had a customer who lost a family member, and had never had a professional portrait taken. Unfortunately now we have had to take a professional portrait and then try to find the snapshot of that person to try to include them in that family portrait.
DAMIEN: Well I see you also offer unique "keep sake" products on your website. Can you tell us please some of the things you offer and how can a customer order them?
MARIA: Some of the keep sake items, for instance like the photo book or calendars, stamps, DVDs, those things can be ordered online on my shopping cart. 
DAMIEN: Could you kindly give us your website and contact information, Maria?
DAMIEN: Thank you for joining us today, Maria, and telling us about Your Personal Photographer.
MARIA: Thank you.
DAMIEN: We have been speaking with Maria Fields of Your Personal Photographer of Gold Canyon, Arizona. You have been listening to More Photos Radio. My name is Damien Allen. Everybody have a great afternoon.
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