Michael Whitney Photography

Q & A

Some extra questions about my services…


What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

It’s more than a picture.  There’s a tremendous amount of time spent reviewing all photos, weeding out those that are imperfect for the slightest reason, and then perfecting the remainder through various photo editing programs.  Taking the picture is usually quick, and oh so much fun.  The rest is behind the scenes, and most customers don’t realize what it takes to provide the final product.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

The customer needs to be very clear and forthcoming about their vision of what they want the photos to look like, the atmosphere, the feeling one gets when they look at that picture.  Example:  Do you want out of the ordinary creativity, do you want fun and quirky, somber and soothing, atmospheric, etc.  The customer must convey what they see in their minds to the photographer to get the product they’re seeking.

How did you get started doing this type of work?

Initially, I was struck by the work of Herb Ritts, a fashion photographer who was known for his beautiful black and white pictures.  As I started in my career and developed my craft and knowledge of the camera, I found myself in situations and opportunities to meet many wonderful people and led me to change my focus on fashion photography to lifestyle photography.  My passion for working the camera, and offering my services has developed to a very different career.


What types of customers have you worked with?

Portraiture.  Family photo shoots, weddings, fundraising events.  I also worked for Born to Ride Magazine where I provide my services for many Tampa Bay events.

Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

was asked to donate a photo session as an auction item for Manatee Childrens Services ( and not for profit organization, advocates for ending the cycle of child abuse).  I chose a friend as a model to provide a “sample photo” for the auction.  The winner of the auction loved the photograph so much, they insisted on keeping it, and were more interested in the picture, than they were to photo shoot they won.  They didn’t know the model, just loved the picture.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I’m currently tutoring myself in a few new photo editing programs, namely Lightroom.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

Not complicated!  Flat fee works for me.  I use cost effective pricing to match the customers needs.

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