My experience comes with working with professionals in the industry as a second shooter for weddings, and reading professional tutorials and magazines daily. Most of my craft is self taught. I've read many books on how to "perfect the image" and spent countless hours on youtube for editing and composition techniques. Lightroom and photoshop is where I spend probably 70% of my time for photography. I use the software everyday to learn new techniques.
What I love is the amount of freedom I have as a photographer and showing my clients and subjects in the best light possible. It's truly an honor to work with so many enthusiastic individuals, whether it be from a commercial booking to someone's big day getting married!
Weddings-I always make my clients feel special by showing up early and being a supportive component. People can often be nervous, but I make sure to get my subjects in their best light. I work around their schedule, and make sure we create an event schedule for the day to create less of a haste. Commercial-I verify with my client exactly what end product they'd like and use it as a baseline to get accurate images that represent their brand for use on their site or for commercial ads. Portraits- Subjects often have never been behind the lens before and as a result can be a bit camera shy. I use my enthusiasm and compassion to give my subjects full confidence in their photo shoots.
I have not yet received any rewards, but I have received recognition from WGBH recently when they posted a small event I covered on their blog in summer 2017. I can provide a link for this upon request.
A fun fact about myself is: I'm an electronics engineer specializing in control systems and digital electronics. I design systems every day that meet world industrial standards. Our products go to customers such as Intel, TSMC, Global Foundries, Sony, etc....but that's just my day job :)