Vail Valley Bizwatch: Photographer Zach Mahone
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: Photography by Zach Mahone.
Date opened: December, 2007
Owner: Zach Mahone
What goods or services do you provide? I am an independent freelance photographer who specializes in live event photography. However, I have been hired to take pictures of almost everything from children, weddings, landscapes, architecture, and much more.
What’s new or exciting at your place? I was just brought on board as the house photographer for the Vilar Performing Arts Center, and the Gerald Ford Amphitheater. I’ve also had a very exciting summer shooting live concerts from Red Rocks to Aspen.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? My background freelancing for newspapers has given me an array of assignments, which has built my confidence and ability to successfully shoot almost anything. I am also extremely flexible, and able to create a package that will exactly fit your needs. I am also very reasonable with my pricing and will probably be the least expensive photographer you will be able to find in the area!
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? When you hire me you can rest assured that I am working as hard as I can to deliver the best quality and as much artistic emotion in my photographs as possible. I have never had a client who was unhappy with the work I delivered.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I am primarily a self-taught photographer. I have done freelance work for newspapers including The New York Times, Daytona Beach News Journal, Vail Daily, Vail Mountaineer, and the Avion. My work has also been featured in online outlets including Jambase.com, Hitting the Note, Honest Tune, and Athens Music. Other clients have been The Vail Valley Foundation, Bravo!, The Leader Magazine, and Bear Creek Music Festival.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? One of the funniest moments I can remember is when I was shooting a national soccer tournament in Florida. I was wearing sandals standing on the sideline and all of a sudden my feet were on fire. I looked down and both my feet were covered in fire ants. I quickly put down my camera, took off my shoes, and ran around frantically. It must have been hilarious to see from the stands!
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