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TC3 Imagery - San Diego, CA
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About TC3 Imagery
Photo, film and video services, including (but not limited to):
- Event coverage (concerts, lectures, parties, weddings, conferences, retreats, etc, etc)
- Music videos
- Fine art
- Narrative films/videos
- Product photography
- Training videos
- ETC !!
Based in San Diego, CA, but willing to travel anywhere for a good project :-)
Questions and answers
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
It depends on the project and what the customer wants. Sometimes I provide the unedited photos or videos, sometimes the final edited works - and anything in between.
I am very flexible in my pricing and what I'll provide - again, depending on whatever the customer desires.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
I average about 5-10 projects per year.
I haven't marketed myself until this year, and I've been semi-retired for a while, but now I'm getting more active and assertive in reviving/renewing my web presence, as well as my self-promotion.
I'd really like to grow my project frequency to several per month :-)
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
One of the most amazing projects I've worked on, happens to be in the last 12 months (and the 3 years prior). It is an ongoing video documentary I've been shooting in the Himalayas, in Tibetan India, just 50 miles south of the Chinese border.
We are stationed at an orphanage run by a Buddhist monk, just a few minutes from the 2nd oldest Buddhist monastery in the world.
Here is a preliminary 30 minute edit that our editor posted a couple years ago, but we've been back 3 times since then, shooting more coverage: http://vimeo.com/10398706
Then, of course there are the portraits, travel, and music-related work I've done, that I always enjoy so much. And not to mention some documentaries (marijuana farming in Northern California, my 98 year old grandpa, and others) that I've shot and are awaiting my editing :-)
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
Film and Video Production degree - San Diego State University
- How did you get started?
I studied filmmaking and cinematography in film school, although I began working in the industry 2 years before graduating.
Starting at the bottom, I pounded the pavement, approaching production companies, offering my services, was hired right away, and have been behind a lens, both professionally and recreationally, for the many years since then.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
Been around the world to many countries, shooting and interacting with subjects and collaborators from many many cultures - so I am comfortable with and know how to interact with just about any kind of a person. That is one of my strengths that I'm very grateful to have, and that helps me greatly in all realms of my work - to communicate well and recognize the needs of others.
I'm also very dedicated to getting the job done right - so whether an easy job, or a complicated one, I always work as hard as necessary to make sure the customer is pleased with the final product.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
Customers hiring for their first professional photo or video production almost always have no idea how much time, effort and materials go into a production - all of which costs money - so they often have sticker shock when they receive an estimated budget.
So, I wish they knew that photography or videography is not nearly as simple as they think it is.
- What brands or products do you work with?
I work with many brands and products, far too many to probably to remember to name here, but here's a few of the main ones:
Final Cut Pro
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
The most frequent question I get is "How much will it cost?"/"How much do you charge?".
My answer is almost always that it depends on the job/project. If it is a simple project in terms of equipment, effort, time or personnel, it will be less per hour, day or project than ones that have more needs in those aspects.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
Ask to see samples of work. That is the most important thing, is for a customer to like the professional's finished works, before hiring him/her.
Beyond that, ask about pricing, references, turnaround time, and any of the professional's requests or needs for the project.
Finally, ask anything else you desire. If the professional doesn't like being interviewed for the job, it is probably a good sign not to work with that professional.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
Shot list! If you can tell the photographer/producer/videographer what shots you're looking for, they can much better estimate the budget and turnaround time for you.
Of course, the overall project explanation, and what you want the finished product to look like are key, but those are usually provided. To add at least a very rough shot list can be quite helpful.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
Pre-production, pre-production, pre-production.
Having everything well thought out, well planned and prepared for might take a little more time up front, but saves lots of time and money down the line.
Of course, if it is a simple production with very few variables, not much pre-production is necessary, but for more complex productions, think it out well!
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
Editorial, documentary, glamour, music, portraiture, travel, event coverage.
Although my specialties are in those areas, I feel comfortable in many other areas of photo and video, so feel free to ask me if I feel suited for your project or needs. If I don't, I'll definitely tell you, and I have plenty of other professionals I can refer you to in that case.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
I think that event coverage is the most common.
There often seems to be some convention, concert, performance, lecture, celebration or party - or whatever other kind of event - going on, that someone wants covered.
Maybe portraiture is a most common one, too.