"I'll do anything to serve my clients," he says. "Meet them at home, go to their office, return calls at night, whatever it takes to make it easy for them to work with me. That gives me an edge. Because I totally dedicate myself to meeting their needs. And on the wedding day, I'm there for the whole day, even if it's until 4 a.m.!"
Similarly, Shaboot goes to great lengths to satisfy his clients' wishes for the final album. Though he typically uses Leather Craftsman books, he has created custom editions, fashioned from teak wood, or covered with silks brought by his clients from China, or even made of iron, specially commissioned from a metal worker and artist.
"The album is what is going to sell me in the future," he explains. "Family and friends see it, and that generates new business for me."
For more of Shaboot's images,
MAX SHABOOT'S GEAR BOX
Nikon F5 with 16mm, 17-35mm,
85mm Nikkor lenses
Hasselblad 503 CW, 903SWC Super Wide
with T* 50, 80, 100,150mm lenses
Minolta Light Meter
Photogenic PL 2500DR
Dyna-Lite M1000DR w/2040 Lamp Heads
Nikon SB-80DX AF and SB-28 Speedlights
Norman 400B & 200C
Quantum QFlash T-2
Mamiya Pocket Wizard
Fujicolor 400 NPH
Fuji Press 1600
Kodak Portra 400VC
Kodak T MAX P3200, 400, T400 CN
Ilford SFX 200
Leather Craftsman albums
Motorola 2-way radios