Frequently Asked Questions About My Photography and Video Services

I am a commercial photographer, videographer, and video editor based in Jacksonville, Florida. Below you can find some frequently asked questions and responses about the services I offer. Hopefully this covers most of the questions you may have for me as far as booking a photoshoot or scheduling a video production, but if not, please feel free to reach out to me with further questions at info@mgimageworks.com or by filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

When left to my own creative devices, I tend to prefer a darker, moodier ambiance. True blacks, no overblown whites, a lot of rich color and contrast, maybe a hint of grain. As far as color temperature, I like to keep most things neutral or in the cooler range (~5000K to 5600K in nerd speak). Thus, I am not one for shooting Farmhouse™ where there’s a tinge of sepia and the highlights are blown out yet simultaneously “crushed.” I really love working with artificial light and I think that projects where I am able to use strobes or video lights in a creative way tend to be my favorites.

That being said, I don’t fancy myself a one-trick pony and I love to challenge myself to meet project specs regardless of the vibe or genre.

To make sure you’re looking your best on the day of your headshot – corporate or otherwise, there are a few things you can do to look your best!

  • If you’re planning on getting a haircut, do it at least three days before the shoot. This gives it time to naturally even out and settle from a fresh cut.
  • Try to avoid clothing with extremely fine patterns or textures. Suits are notorious for this. However, it won’t make or break your headshot.
  • Don’t wear clothing too similar to the environment or color we decided on for the background. It can sometimes be okay to wear black on black or white on white, but it’s important to make sure it suits the aesthetic you are going for.
  • Go the extra mile and get your outfit(s) professionally dry cleaned a week beforehand and set the outfit aside. This gives you time to ensure that there are no wardrobe catastrophes on the day of your headshot.
  • Shave your face the night before the shoot. This also goes for waxing, heavy exfoliating, microdermabrasion – anything that affects the skin on your face. While I can certainly remove razor burn, redness, nicks, and patchy spots, it’s a good idea to shave the night before your headshot appointment so your skin has time to recover from any irritation or redness.
  • Stay calm, smile on. Easier said than done, I know, but semi-candid headshots tend to be some of the best of the bunch because they feel authentic. I will do my best to carry on conversation (or not) and make you feel comfortable during the session.

When it comes to restaurant and food photography, there are a lot of options for optimizing the shoot to make sure it goes smoothly. The more that is sorted out ahead of time, the more time I have to dedicate myself to getting beautiful food photos for you.

  • Have a dedicated point person available. I love when clients are at shoots, but that can’t always be the case for a busy restaurateur. Having someone like a general manager, bar manager, shift supervisor, executive or sous chef available to effectively communicate with front-of-house and back-of-house is highly recommended.
  • Tidy up a little before the photo session. Mise en place! Have your things in place – tables set and cleared, servers on silverware duty sent out of view, kitchen cleaned (if we’re getting action shots), and just general tidiness goes a long way. Remember, you want your restaurant to look inviting and clean. Dust, fingerprints, and smudges stand out on all the shiny plates, flatware, and glasses that will be in most of your shots.
  • Arrange an agenda with me beforehand. This is very helpful and keeps chefs happy. Know when your kitchen has time to fire food for a shoot. Know that sometimes a seemingly simple shot could take longer than you realized to capture. Know that sometimes, we’ll have to make duplicates – sauces love to curdle and divide, ice loves to melt, and glasses like to condensate. Together, with careful planning, we can make sure that we have ample time to photograph each setting while being respectful of your kitchen and staff’s time. This can also help to eliminate food waste.
  • Photoshoot, party of __? If you want people in your shots, it’s a great idea to recruit friends, family, off-duty staff, or cherished regulars in exchange for complimentary food and drink. If your friends and employees aren’t particularly good-looking, I am happy to help you select and book talent.

I’ve written an article on my blog that answers this question more in depth. You can view it here.

Depending on your personality, there is nothing more exhilarating or mortally terrifying than filming an interview with a complete stranger about your role at the company. Regardless of what type of person you are (bets on Person B), there are a few things that will help you nail your interview session.

  • Refrain from wearing anything with small patterns or fine textures. Video, no matter the quality, is prone to an effect known as moiré, which in French literally means “annoying video phenomena where fine lines start to mash together and turn different colors.” It’s best to wear something solid or with larger more distinguishable patterns and textures in order to avoid this.
  • If you’re planning on getting a haircut, do it at least three days in advance. I also recommend this to anyone getting a headshot taken. It takes about three days for your hair to relax after a fresh haircut.
  • If you need to shave your face, do it the night before. This is another headshot tip, but is especially important for video as it is much less forgiving when editing specific features. Shaving, exfoliating, microdermabrasion, or anything that irritates the skin on your face should be done the night before to reduce redness or temporary imperfections caused by any of the above.
  • Iron your clothes and hang them or get them dry cleaned a week before the interview. You may even want to wear something else on your way into the office and change once you arrive. By preparing your clothes well in advance you have plenty of time to check for stains or deal with cleaning delays. Plus, it’s just one more thing you don’t have to worry about on your big day!
  • Don’t let a stutter, stumble, or bad take get to you. Don’t even think about it. If something sounds off, I will let you finish your thought and take it from the top.
  • Fall back on “Hollywood Magic” when you need to. Part of my job is working with you to select the best takes and make seamless, natural edits to your interview in the post-production process. I will make sure you sound great and your thoughts are cohesive in the final cut.
  • Don’t rehearse a script. I have seen industry giants really struggle with getting the words out because they feel that they have to live by the script they prepared. This almost always leads to getting psyched out and coming across as too “canned” in the end. The best takes are always from the heart. 
  • If you really feel you need it, you can make a Key Points document. A short, non-rehearsed, document with key points you’d like to make during your interview can sometimes be a good idea to help kick off a topic of discussion.
  • Slow down and speak up. It’s easy to succumb to your nerves and start speaking faster and softer to the point that you sound like the newest Mumble Rap sensation. At the time of writing this, I do not film music videos. Hopefully after introductions your nerves will have calmed a bit – I will guide you along if I start to notice a boost in your cadence or a dip in your tone.

I specialize in commercial photography, including food photography, product photography, corporate headshots, architectural photography, and more.

I can help with almost anything involving pre-production, production, and post-production.

In general, I offer the filming and editing of corporate interviews, mini-documentaries, explainer videos, how-to videos, brand highlight reels, sizzle reels, commercials, teasers, and social media content – TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook, Twitter / X, LinkedIn, YouTube and everything else under the sun.

Please feel free to reach out about any other type of videos you may be looking for – there’s a good chance I can do it!

Booking is easy! Simply reach out through the contact form on my website, or send me an email at info@mgimageworks.com, and we can discuss your project details.

Pricing varies based on the type and scope of the project.

In most instances, I will speak with you in order to understand your goals for the project and provide you with a few different options for services and pricing ranges.

Get in touch for a personalized quote tailored to your specific needs.

Absolutely! I’m available for travel and have experience working on-location for various commercial projects.

Turnaround times depend on the project size and complexity. I strive to deliver high-quality results promptly and efficiently. If you have a quick turnaround project, we can work together to figure out how to knock it out.

Please bear in mind that turnaround time is dependent on a number of variables such as the amount of images, the length of final videos, and any edits made along the way.

Yes, all finalized images and video are suitable for commercial use. Licensing details can be discussed based on your specific needs.

I use professional camera equipment and lighting gear to ensure the best results for your project. You can find exactly what is in my kit on my equipment page.

If you are looking to make your own content to fill the gaps, please feel free to check out my complimentary Kit.co camera kit recommendations for all levels of photography, videography, and content creation.

I offer creative input, including concept development and styling suggestions, to enhance the visual impact of your project.

I have experience working across various industries, including but not limited to service, food and restaurant, museums, hotels, hospitality, retail, e-commerce, industrial, and corporate sectors.

In most instances, I will keep files for up to 6 months following the photoshoot or production.

I offer extended file storage options which are priced on a case-by-case basis depending on factors such as accessibility, the size of the project, and the duration in which you would like to have your files stored.

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