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Light Photo Studio / Tony Ventouris Photography

I listen to you... I hear what you need, and what you really want. I ask the right questions. We work together to translate that visually into an image or product that makes you stand out. My experience, patience, and unique way of understanding business allows me to tell your story in the images and capture the essence of your space, your product, your business, or just you. In the end, its not about my pictures, its about your business. I truly get that and demonstrate it every day in the way I help my clients get their job done. You can see more examples of my work including exteriors, interiors, products, and business portraits at TonyVentourisPhotography.com I love learning about your business, space, products, and your goals. I love meeting entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, artisans, virtuosos, geniuses, and every day people with a story to tell. Photography allows me to enter into your world. I am honored to be able to create lasting images of what makes you so special and share your passion with the world. I am based out of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, but I travel nationally for photo shoots. My clients typically invest anywhere from $1,200 to $12,000 or more. I am experienced with, and regularly handle, large projects that escalate far beyond that in both production and budget. Smaller projects and charity work are handled on a case by case basis. Our studio, LightPhotoStudio.com is located right in the heart of Rockville's most vibrant art community. You can also see more location work at TonyVentourisPhotography.com Drop me a line for details! Some additional services/benefits include: -High-value fully insured for your property as well -Commercial Video production -Multimedia virtual tour creation -360-product or location images -Aerial Photography including the ability to obtain clearance in the DC No-Fly Zone -High level retouching and composites

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What do you love most about your job?

We love seeing your business succeed. We love people seeing themselves in amazing new light, and their products look better than ever, and their spaces glow with radiance. It might sound cheesy, but that's why we do this. We love being able to take your ideas and turn them into an amazing marketing tool that takes your business to new places and heights.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I got tired of dealing with poor work from photographers in my other businesses. I have had 6 businesses. Almost a decade ago I decided I wanted to turn my passion for photography into a business. I wanted to work with the same kind of people and companies I worked with in my businesses. I wanted to make sure they had someone they could relate to and communicate with that understood their industries AND could still create art. Yes, I am an artist...AND I actually am a business. I guess there are so many people running around hocking cameras and business cards that it gets lost.

Insurance, fixed expenses, copyright documentation, accounting, financial statements, business development, investments, budgets, planning, forecasting, contracts, estimates, meetings, etc...

Real photographers are businesses just like you! That's why photography isn't free. Same reason your accountant, lawyer, dentist, gardener, chef, designer, web programmer, mechanic, grocer, etc... are not free. I'm sure there are super cheap and free ones...but I know better than to go to them. (no hard feelings to you low-ballers!) I'de never think of walking into my my web designers office telling him I have $200 and asking for $5,000 worth of work while also saying how long I think it should take to complete and why my $200 is justified. Totally nonsense.

Why should our clients choose you?

Why us, or anyone? When searching for a photographer do not get a bunch of prices and pick the lowest or the highest. Find out HOW they will do the job. Find out if they are insured. Find out why their price includes what it does. The more complex the work, the higher the price. The more valuable the licensing, the higher the price. The larger the production (stylists, catering, rentals, wardrobe, permits, etc...) the higher the price will be. Make sure to communicate and be open to suggestions. Maybe you are "over-buying" when making requests to a photographer. Maybe you think you need a certain level of production...but we can make the same images with a much smaller "footprint." I often save my clients a lot of money by bringing their desires in line with more manageable ways to produce the work. Communication is key. Your are entrusting a person to create your visual first impression with your clients. Make sure they "get-it" and really understand what your needs are and what your brand is about. Cameras don't make iconic images, planning, timing, and a unified message do. That is why our clients repeatedly choose us.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Depending on the work, we can have products shipped to us for photographing. We can also shoot "live" so a photoshoot can be viewed remotely. For instance, we shoot an interior in DC while a marketing director is viewing the shots in New York live as we work. Same with products and portraits.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

Masks and sanitary procedures are of utmost importance in our studio and on location. Our studio is closed to outside public and by appointment or scheduled shoots only for now. Social distancing practices when possible, cleaning of equipment and the space, provided sanitizer, and other recommended CDC procedures are kept as close as possible when photographing. We have also been keeping our crew footprint to a minimum as needed by location shoots.

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Corporate photography is the art of creating photographs for promotional purposes. For example, for your company brochure, website or social media channels. Commercial photographers specialise in imagery intended to be able to sell a product, company values or even portray a lifestyle. They will direct the shot to be able to achieve a particular aim that you have set out for them. For example, how easy it is to train in a brand of gym clothing. Or the luxurious surroundings of a spa.

They will ensure the image portrays your company in the best light, by using their artistic flair to bring the photos to life. Once any touch-ups have been completed, you’ll then be provided with a series of high quality images you can use for all your marketing needs.

Photography is an art form and so creative flair is imperative. The photographer also needs to be able to follow a brief. Usually, photographers will have a portfolio you can browse before you contact them. This will give you an indication of their style and the type of shoots they specialise in. Ideally, the photographs will be ultra-sharp, colour corrected and most of all, get across a clear message that fits your brand aesthetic.

Photography is a very broad specialism, and as well as commercial and corporate photography, there are various other types you can hire too.

  • Product Photography - Product photography involves isolating products to be able to display them on a website or other forms of physical marketing. Product photography requires skill especially in lighting, as items are usually filmed indoors on a white background. Alternatively, the photographer may set up a special backdrop for each product. The goal is to make each product clearly visible for retail purposes.

  • Real Estate Photography - Property is one of the largest assets any of us will ever own, so it makes sense to photograph it in the best light. Real estate photographers will go around each room of the home and take flattering shots for prospective viewers. Real estate photography can also be adapted for staging, which is when the images are edited to show the potential of the property. This is especially popular with new developments that don’t have anyone living in them yet.

  • Portrait Photography and Corporate Headshots - Portrait photography captures the life of humans or animals. Portrait photography shoots are popular with families, couples and for newborn photography. Compared with trying to take your own photos, a portrait photographer will put you at ease. Portrait photography can also be used for passport photos. A corporate headshot is a type of portrait photography showing an up-close image of a person’s face, most commonly used for the staff pages of company websites.

  • Lifestyle Photography - Capturing life as it happens is the job of a lifestyle photographer. Rather than a static image, they will look to bring life and vitality to every shot. It’s ideal for creating timeframes of moments you want to cherish forever. For example, engagements or a pregnancy.

While photographers can have degrees and other qualifications, the best way to check your photographer’s credentials is by viewing their portfolio.

There are some crossovers with commercial and corporate photography, but corporate photography focuses more on company headshots or capturing images at tradeshows and similar company events.

When you’re looking to convey a sense of professionalism, corporate photography can be a huge asset. Compared with using ‘Facebook’ style images of your employees, corporate photography will have everyone suited and booted, and representing your business in the best light.

Sometimes it’s necessary to use stock photography. However, the trouble is the image isn’t original. It might not even best describe what it is that you do, especially if taken in another location where the equipment or procedures are different. By hiring a commercial photographer, the images will better represent your business. They’ll also be unique to you, and will help to establish a sense of authenticity and trust. You’ll also avoid any potential issues with copyright, especially if the images have been taken straight from search engines.

Photographers are usually freelancers who set their own rates. The cost of your commercial photography will depend on your location, the experience of the photographer and how much work is involved. While it’s sometimes possible to pay a photographer per hour, usually they will work for a fee based on the scope of the job.

Absolutely! Though the photo shoot itself will take place in person. If possible, speak or meet with your photographer before the shoot so you can explain what it is you want, and ensure you’re both on the same page.

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