I had the pleasure... and, it is always a pleasure... to spend some time with the one and only Frank Salas, Master of Photography. He's a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Here's the Swellegant Seven, from Frank's perspective:
The best piece of advice to give to newly engaged couples:
"Do your research. Not just online, but take the time the time to visit vendors face to face. Building relationships is super important. Nothing replaces face to face meetings. I prefer to call someone vs. email, and get to know you."
How we first met:
Frank: "No I really don’t remember, sadly. I’m sure it was at a wedding… maybe at The Nixon Library? (Laugh) "
Me: "Thanks, Frank. (Laugh) I remember when we met, and it was because you, at the time, were wearing a really cool tie."
Some of Frank's strengths:
"I believe that I really build a relationship with my clients, and that is important. We already know that we’ll get great photos… create a beautiful album. It’s beyond photography. I do multiple sessions… new baby sessions, family sessions, and continued follow up with couples long after their wedding."
What it looks like to work with a really great planner:
"Comfort and confidence. Less stress, not only for the couples, but for all of the vendors as well. Sometimes, couples will think that a planner is “for the rich and famous”, but in fact, it isn’t. A planner instantly puts a couple of ease."
The best piece of advice to someone new in the industry:
"Continue your education. I always suggest that you continually put efforts into your own business. Don’t copy everyone else. If your work doesn’t shine, you’ll continue to be limited."
How do you keep things fresh and inspirational:
"Inspiration can go a couple of ways for me. My photography is inspired by trends and art forms. I’m also inspired daily by my couples and their excitement. That takes me to a whole new level. As we all say, 'We love our clients, don’t we?'"
Thank you so much to Frank Salas at Master of Photography!