Event Photography & Photobooth

PanFocus Studios

San Francisco, CA

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2 employees

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Hello!
We are Egan and Rio. Photography is a passion we both share. In 2011, we decided to start a business with it and we have been building ever since. Let us know if you want us to capture some special moments!

About PanFocus Studios

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We specialize in event photography (children's, weddings, milestone) and also offer a full open-air photobooth at very affordable rates. We are also available for other photography needs: commercial, headshots, family and children portraits.

Book us early to ensure availability, or inquire for any last-minute requests.

Please visit our website to see more of our work.

Contact us directly on our website and let us know you found us from Thumbtack. If you book with us directly (and not through a Thumbtack form), we will give you bonus prints at no extra charge. Subject to package details.

Location

San Francisco, CA 94116

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  • 5/5 stars January 26, 2015

  • 5/5 stars January 8, 2015

    I really wanted to to maternity shots for my 3rd pregnancy, since I had never done them before. I found Rio and she did such an amazing job! I felt like she took her time and made sure I had SO many awesome pictures. She is such a cool person and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer! When we wanted to do family portraits, we knew who to go to. Rio captured my 3 children's personalities, my husband and me, and the family all together. I will forever treasure these pictures!

  • 5/5 stars July 14, 2011

    I love PanFocus Studios! Rio's photography is fresh and fun. In Jan 2011 my family did a session with her and we were very satisfied with our portraits. She got great shots of all of us and really captured the moment beautifully. She is professional and enjoyable to work with.

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Contacting us early is best to ensure that we are available.

Giving us a range of your budget will help us to give you a more accurate quote, based on how much you can afford, your location and your requirements. We are always open to working with your budget, but we hope you can be upfront about your ideal budget.

We would love to meet with you ahead of time and get to know each other. Knowing who you are, and who we'll be photographing is really, really that more helpful!

We encourage you to find a photographer that takes the kind of photos you like and has the editing style you dig.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Photography is not a cheap hobby or business to operate. Buying gear is not always an easy process; it takes a lot of research to know what to get, and to decide if it's worth the price to pay. As a customer, it may appear that photographers charge a lot, but as with any business, pricing depends on many factors (cost to operate, time and labor, etc). It is a competitive field, and there are many talented photographers out there to fulfill your needs and budget. But always remember to interview your photographers and decide what really is best for you.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. What is your experience? If you haven't done (this), are you willing to expand? What do your rates cover? What flexibility comes with your packages?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Examine your budget and your needs. We require to meet in person and discuss your needs first so that we are on the same page on event day. You will understand what to expect from our services and we will plan how to meet your expectations. We are also available for video chat, if meeting in person is not possible. We are on Skype and Google Hangouts if you want to talk :)

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. We do it to fulfill and live out a passion -- capturing special moments, special days. Event photography is a one-shot deal. You don't get to re-take anything. We love the thrill of it!

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Event Photography: Covering an event does not only entail taking the photos, but the many after hours of editing and putting a final set for you. We do not give ALL images (so don't ask for those), and we do not give digital negatives. A big time movie producer would never release his raw footages to the public, and photographers work the same way. We give you our best work, that's what you are paying for. We charge a fair rate that covers our equipment, time, and resources used to fulfill your requirements. Please don't just assume we are charging for each hour -- the overall charge is for the entire job from start to finish even when your event is over.

We do not give raw or unedited files from our memory card. If you want us to just take photos, no editing, you want all the images untouched-- please provide us with your camera, memory card and any lighting accessories if needed. We will gladly work around your requirements.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. From Rio: I have always been obsessed with photos, especially personal family photos, and the stories and memories they hold. I got into photography as a passion for documenting the life around me, and as a photographer for hire, I like to sell myself as a photo journalist.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am currently taking courses in Photoshop and Digital Photography to strengthen both of these skills I already do possess; at the end of the courses, I plan to get certified by Adobe.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. We offer two fixed wedding packages -- full day and partial day. These packages are standard with 2 or 3 photographers because we know what it takes to capture a very important day. If your wedding is very simple and has few requirements, I also have a customizable pricing package that will go around your needs and budget.

Our Events package is also simple: you pick a package based on your budget. We can discuss the details, and we offer a bit of flexibility.

Portraits are simple also: $100 minis or $250 full-session. Headshots are $79 or $100, depending on the location.

Event Photobooth is either $589 for 4 hours or $399 for 2 hours.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. We are working on improving our marketing. Funny enough, Rio has a job in marketing, but it takes up a lot of time that I do not get to apply much marketing to my photography business.

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