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Surf Photo FAQs
Q: CAN I GET A BETTER PRICE?
A: THE PRICE IS IN REALITY VERY REASONABLE FOR THE QUALITY OF IMAGES OFFERED AND MY TIME INVESTED. THIS IS MY JOB AND HAS BEEN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I BRING TO THE TABLE A WORLD REKNOWN REPUTAION FOR DELIVERING AMAZING IMAGERY IN A PROMPT AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER. WOULD YOU WALK INTO A HARDWARE STORE, RESTAURANT, OR ASK EVEN A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FOR A BRO DEAL? I DESERVE THE SAME RESPECT I WOULD GIVE YOU AT YOUR JOB. SHOW SOME CLASS.
Q: I BOUGHT A BUNCH OF PHOTOS FROM ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER FOR WAY LESS
A: A LOT OF HOBBYISTS AND SIDE GIGSTERS OUT THERE SELLING PHOTOS. THEIR RESULTS AND CREDENTIALS CANNOT BE COMPARED TO MINE. MY PRODUCT IS THE BEST AND I OFFER MY WORK TO YOU AT A VERY FAIR PRICE.
Q: I WANT TO BUY ALL THE SHOTS. CAN I GET A BULK DISCOUNT?
A: YES. IN MY EMAIL PITCH THERE IS ALWAYS A PER SESSION OR PER FOLDER BULK PRICE.
Q: THE SAMPLES YOU SENT ARE TOO SMALL. CAN YOU SEND BIGGER ONES?
A: THE SAMPLES ARE BIG ENOUGH TO SEE THE SURFING, AND AS STATED IN MY DELIVERY MEMO THE ORIGINALS ARE TOP QUALITY. WITH A LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE DOING SURF PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ALL LEVELS OF SURFERS, I ONLY KEEP PHOTOS THAT DO JUSTICE TO ONE'S SURFING LEVEL AND MEET MY "A" GRADE TECHNICAL QUALITY STANDARD.
Q: THE PHOTOS LOOK GREAT BUT I WASNT SURFING THAT GOOD OR THE WAVES WERENT THAT GOOD
A: WEAKEST EXCUSES EVER. YOU KNOW YOUR OWN LEVEL AND HOW YOU WERE SURFING AND YOU KNOW HOW THE CONDITIONS WERE. IF YOU EMAILED ME ASKING FOR SAMPLES AND USE THESE EXCUSES UPON RECEIVING THEM, IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME YOU NEVER INTENTED TO PURCHASE AND HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ME, OR MY TIME. WELCOME TO THE RED LIST AND THE NEXT EDITION OF SURF FOLLIES. BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR LEVEL. IF THE PHOTOS I OFFERED ARE BETTER THAN WHATS ON YOUR INSTAGRAM STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND SHARE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES WHAT IT IS YOU DO. AND REMAIN ON THE GREEN LIST.
Q: HOW LONG DO YOU HOLD ON TO THE SAMPLES?
A: USUALLY AROUND 48 HOURS AFTER SENDING OUT SAMPLES, BUT SOMETIMES KEEP THE ORIGINALS DEPENDING ON IF I AM ON THE ROAD AND ABLE TO ARCHIVE. IF I DON'T HEAR BACK I USUALLY DELETE THE PHOTOS AND PUT YOUR NAME ON A "RED LIST" OF SURFERS I WILL NO LONGER SHOOT IF I SEE THEM IN THE FUTURE AND WILL INFORM THE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS. WE LIKE TO KEEP TABS ON WHO PURCHASES AND WHO WASTES OUR TIME.
Q: I'M SPONSORED AND MY SPONSORS WANT TO BUY THE SHOTS "FOR SURE".
A: IF YOU WANT THE JPGS ORDER THEM AND PRESENT THEM TO YOUR SPONSORS AND HAVE THEM CONTACT ME FOR COMMERCIAL RATES AND TERMS OR SEND ME THIER CONTACT. IF YOU RIDE FOR A MAJOR SURF INDUSTRY COMPANY CHANCES ARE I AM AN ASSOCIATE WITH EVERYONE FROM YOUR TEAM MANAGER TO THE COMPANY CEO.
Q: DO YOU DO ADVANCE BOOKINGS FOR A PER SESSION RATE? A: YES. $100 PER PERSON PER SESSION. WHATSAPP ME +505-8611-3400
Q: CAN I HIRE YOU TO SHOOT FAMILY PORTRAITS?
Q: DO YOU DO VIDEO?
A: YES. I PRODUCED 20 FULL LENGTH SURF TITLES INCLUDING ONEILL "O'ZONE" AND MENTAL SURFING. I CAN SHOOT/ EDIT WHATEVER YOU NEED. CHECK MY YOU TUBE CHANNEL "REAL SURF STORIES"
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL USE?
A; COMMERCIAL USE IS WHEN THE IMAGE IS USED TO PROMOTE SOMETHING BEING SOLD, ONLINE OR OTHERWISE, BY ANY COMPANY OR ENTITY AND THERE ARE SPECIFIC RATES AND TERMS FOR COMMERCIAL USE (AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST).
Q: WHAT TYPE OF GEAR DO YOU SHOOT WITH?
A: LUMIX, NIKON, CANON, MINOLTA, SONY: AF 600 F4 LENS, ALL PRIME LENSES / ZOOMS, HD VIDEO, SPL, BARBISH, KOBETICH WATERHOUSINGS, LATEST GO PROS.... HOWEVER: WHAT MANY FOLKS DON'T REALIZE IS IT'S THE COMBINATION OF GEAR WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S TIMING AND SKILL (EXPERIENCE- ESPECIALLY FILM EXPERIENCE ) AS WELL AS HIS SURFING KNOWLEDGE/ABILITY THAT DICTATE THE QUALITY OF THE RESULTS. "IT'S NOT THE ARROW, IT'S THE INDIAN".
Q: DO YOU DO GUIDE WORK/ PHOTO TOURS
1)A: YES I DO, go to realsurftrips.com/locations to see my trip packages. I SPEAK FLUENT SPANISH AND KNOW THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND (BEEN FULL TIME DOWN HERE FOR DECADES). I KNOW WHERE TO STAY (ALL LEVELS), WHERE TO EAT (HEALTHY) AND HAVE GOOD CONNECTIONS IN EVERY COUNTRY. CAPITAL CITY LATE-NIGHT TOURS AVAILABLE AS WELL (NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART). LET ME KNOW YOUR DATES AND WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO AND ON WHAT LEVEL AND I'LL EMAIL YOU A PROPOSAL/POTENTIAL TRIP OUTLINE. TR@REALSURFTRIPS.COM
Q:WHERE DO YOU SHOOT?
A: I'M BASED IN NICARAGUA MARCH-SEPTEMBER BECAUSE IT HAS THE MOST CONSISTENTLY PERFECT WAVES OF ANYWHERE I'VE EVER BEEN (AUSTRAILIA, HAWAII, ASIA, AMERICA, AFRICA, SOUTH PACIFIC, INDONESIA, ETC.). 19 OUT OF 20 DAYS DURING THE SEASON THE BEST SPOT IN NICARAGUA IS PLAYA COLORADO (IT'S A SWELL MAGNET, HAS CONSISTENT SANDBARS, AND THE WIND IS USUALLY OFFSHORE ALL DAY) AND THERE ARE MULTIPLE PEAKS WHICH MAKES THE CROWD LESS A FACTOR. I ALWAYS SUGGEST PLAYA COLORADO UBNLES THE SWELL INTERVAL IS TOO BIG, THEN THE CALL IS PLAYA NEGRA CR, EL SALVADOR OR OUTER POPOYO WHICH WE CAN GO SHOOT AS WELL.
A: THE PLAYA NEGRA AREA IS THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY FOR WAVES AND PHOTOS AND HAS OVER A DOZEN AMAZING SPOTS (I DISCOVERED A FEW OF THEM BACK IN THE DAY)
A: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, JAMAICA, TORTOLA, BOCAS DEL TORO AND SALSA BRAVA ARE MY GO TO'S FOR BEST SURF AND SHOOTING CONDITIONS FROM OCTOBER THROUGH FEBRUARY, DURING THE RAINY AND FLAT SEASONS ON THE PACIFIC COAST.
A: PACIFIC AND CARIBBEAN (BOCAS)
A: THE BEST SETUPS IN CENTRO AND GREAT WAVES FOR VIDEO. I HAVE IT DIALED, GO A FEW TIMES A YEAR.
A: I'M ALWAYS DOWN FOR A MEX TRIP, WE WILL GO TO THE BEST WAVES FOR YOUR LEVEL AND CONDITIONS.
A: OVER A DOZEN TRIPS THERE AND ALWAYS KEEN TO GO BACK.
WANT TO GO SOMEWHERE NOT ON THE LIST?:
I HAVE PROBABALY BEEN THERE AND HAVE IT DIALED. SEND AN EMAIL LET'S PLAN IT OUT.
Q: I AM INTERESTED IN BUYING PROPERTY. DO YOU HAVE REAL ESTATE CONNECTIONS?
1)A: I SHOOT FOR MOST OF THE DEVELOPERS IN THE BEST SURF ZONES. I HAVE THE RARE OPPORTUNITY TO RUB ELBOWS WITH MOST EVERYONE SELLING LAND/CONDOS/HOUSES DOWN HERE AND CAN SEND YOU PHOTOS VIA EMAIL AND WILL GIVE YOU AN UNBIASED BREAKDOWN OF EVERYTHING AVAILABLE THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS. THE NEXT STEP IS COME DOWN, I'LL TAKE YOU THERE AND SHOW YOU EVERYTHING, AND INTRODUCE YOU TO THE OWNER OF WHAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN.
Q: DO YOU OFFER YOGA, SURF LESSONS, COACHING?
A: YES, ALL LEVELS.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ REAL EMAIL Q AND A'S:
1)Q: I make my living working as a waiter. I make good money, but am still in the homie hook up, scratch my back and I'll scratch your's frame of mind. I am sure you could tell since I was requesting a group discount. The bottom line is that I love the photos, some of them I can't tell if it is me or not. Obviously, it is easy for you since you are looking at the high res images. I really didn't want to have you send images back and forth. Ask you what you think of certain shots. Ask you if you think certain ones were worth buying or not.
A: IN MY INITIAL PITCH I STATE THEY ARE A QUALITY ORIGINALS AND AS SMALL AS THE SAMPLES ARE, YOU CAN SEE THE SURFING. MOST FOLKS PUT IT TOGETHER AND MAKE THE DESICION WHETHER IS "WORTH BUYING" OR NOT. OTHERS ARE LOOKING FOR FREEBES.
Q: Having your photos really means a lot, especially because I lost my camera's memory card with over 300 pictures and videos that we took during the trip. Since it was only a 6 MB automatic camera, there weren't any super quality surf shots, however the memories the 3 girls and 3 of us guys are no Longer at our disposal.
A: DO YOU HAVE CUSTOMERS COMING IN YOUR RESTAURANT SAYING "WE ARE JUST EATING HERE BECAUSE MY STOVE IS BROKEN, OR NO ONE WANTED TO COOK?" THEY GO TO YOUR RESTAURANT BECAUSE THE FOOD IS GOOD AND THEY LIKE THE PRODUCT. THEY DON´T NEED TO JUSTIFY TO YOU WHY. I AM IN A STRANGE BUSINESS.
Q:Second, the reason I had suggested a group discount was because I did not get as many set waves as my friends so I thought I'd ask if you would be okay with that since there were more of them and less of me.
A: DO YOU HAVE CUSTOMERS ASKING FOR A SPECIAL ¨TABLE¨ PRICE BECAUSE ONE ATE MORE THAN ANOTHER, OR BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH ONLY ONE GUY ORDERED THE SPECIAL THEY ALL WANTED THE $6.99 LUNCH SPECIAL PRICE? JEEZ LOUISE.
Q: Third, I did not want to discredit your abilty or worth as a professional photographer. I have no idea what professionals charge nor do I feel I deserve aspecial deal. You don't know me and obviously you are making a living doing what you love.
A: NOT THAT OBVIOUS... I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE ON VACATION, I'M NOT. SURFING IS WHAT I LOVE. PHOTOGRAPHY IS MY WORK. YES IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE WITH AMAZING SURF BUT SITTING ON THE BEACH WHILE THERE´S WAVES IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO "DOING WHAT I LOVE". IT'S TORTURE. I THANK GOD EVERY DAY THAT I CAN PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR MY FAMILY BUT AFTER 35 YEARS OF SHOOTING AND GETTING TREATED LESS THAN PROFESSIONAL IT IS NOT FUN...AND I WOULD ALWAYS RATHER BE SURFING.
Q: If you felt I was trying to haggle you out of money, that was not my intention.
A: NO, I NEVER TOOK IT LIKE THAT. I SEE IT AS A COUPLE OPEN MINDED ADULTS COMMUNICATING ABOUT SURF PHOTOS AND THE BUSINESS OF SURF PHOTOS. I HOPE YOU LEARNED SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT I DO.
Q: Obviously, I don't want to spend too much for my group's photos and then to have them printed, framed, etc.
A: DO YOU HAVE CUSTOMERS COMING IN YOUR RESTAURANT TELLING YOU "OBVIOUSLY" DONT WANT TO SPEND TOO MUCH ON A STEAK, A TIP, PARKING, TOLL FEES, ETC. WHILE LOOKING AT THE MENU PRICES? DAMN, DUDE!
Q:In addition, I don't have that kind of money to spend after our travel expenses were increased by over $3,000 due to a "surfboard embargo" that Continental informed us when we left. We were forced to buy new tickets and have overnight layovers both ways of the trip. Spending thousands on new flights, checking boards on multiple carriers, renting cars, hotels, etc. Not fun, but getting good waves in paradise made it all worth the new debt.
A: I AM IN THE STRANGEST BUSINESS. IMAGINE SOMEONE COMING IN TO YOUR RESTAURANT AND EXPLAINING THIS TYPE OF STUFF TO YOU WHILE LOOKING AT YOUR MENU. THE DOUBLE STANDARD IS CRAZY.
Q: Thanks so much for taking the time to shoot, edit, resize and email the images, they're sick. My wife also does photography on the side so I know all the work that goes into it. Would it be possible to get the photos for cheaper? Unfortunately the wife laid down the law and said that would be way to much money for us right now. I understand photography Is your profession, and if it's not possible It's cool. Just thought it wouldn't hurt to ask. Thanks and God bless
A; I have formulated these special rates so surfers like you can get professional photos of yourselves. $10 each is a gift. I will give you 48 hours to order, then they will be deleted if I dont hear from you.