Paula Showen Photography

Paula Showen Photography

New Port Richey, FL

18 years in service

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Business License - Florida – 650755428

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I am a portrait photographer, located in the Tampa Bay area. I stay current with the latest trends, constantly getting re-educated in photography. I am licensed and a member of Professional Photographers of America, Member ID: 8254031.

About Paula Showen Photography

hired 20 times on Thumbtack

I specialize in family, maternity, newborn, children, teen and senior portraiture. I am educated in photography and continually update my education to stay current in the latest trends. I have very high-quality equipment for capturing excellent portraits! Making sure to capture this moment of your life while delivering a high-quality, high-resolution portrait is my primary goal

A consultation meeting that's free of charge will be provided. During this session, we design a photo shoot that fits your budget, ideas and lifestyle. We will discuss dress and makeup ideas, our packages and schedule your appointment. I will present several package options that are available, and there are options for every budget.

My photographic style when working with children and families is what I call "interactive photography". It's not quite candid in that you are aware that I'm taking the photos, so it is somewhat posed but not really. The group will be interacting with one another, smiling, laughing and generally just having fun.

With children, I like to give them something to play with or just have objects available for them to occupy themselves with. Please view my webpage portfolio sections "Happy Together" and "Growing Up" to get an idea of my style. If you prefer posed shots, please let me know. I am also good at traditional photography.

I have outfits (tutus, lace rompers, hats, headbands, neckties, pants, diaper covers and so much to choose from) for children 3 and under. There is no need to worry at all with newborns, as I have everything on hand. I even have newborn diapers, wipes and disposable changing pads for your convenience.


New Port Richey, FL 34654

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  • 5/5 stars March 27, 2015

    Paula is nothing short of amazing. She is so patient, kind, and devoted. She took pictures of our family as we just adopted two children. She also came to the courthouse and took pictures of the actual adoption finalization. The photos turned out far better than I ever imagined. She has an eye for just the right shot and a heart of gold. She was absolutely fantastic to work with.

    Paula S. from Paula Showen Photography replied to this review on March 27, 2015:

    Thank you so much, Lesley! I truly appreciate your kind words!

  • 5/5 stars September 11, 2014

    I highly recommend Paula for your newborn photography. She was extremely patient and very professional. Our photos turned out great despite a very uncooperative newborn, a testament to Paula's skills. We will be using Paula's services as our son grows and our family expands.

  • 5/5 stars June 27, 2014

    Excellent photography! We hired Paula to take 6 month pictures of our son, BF photos and family shots. She was able to get my son to smile! He doesn't smile at anyone but family. I brought some inspiration photos that I wanted to recreate however my favorite shot was one she improvised. We did the shoots at her home studio, Honeymoon Island and at our home. Paula has gone above and beyond exceeding all my expectations... I've found my forever photographer.

  • 5/5 stars May 5, 2014

    Paula was hired to do a newborn photo shoot. We worked together for around 8 hours, over the course of 3 different days.
    Paula's photography & photo shops skills were amazing & our newborn pictures were adorable; exactly what we were hoping for. She was very patient with our newborn, waiting for feedings & bathroom mishaps, in order to get the perfect shot. She was very easy to work with, and I was able to voice my opinion & give suggestions. I was very happy with the amount of pictures we received from the shoot. Every usable picture that was taken we were given on a CD, rather than having to pick & choose only 20-25 pictures. Prices were very reasonable.

  • 5/5 stars April 23, 2014

    Paula was very patient with my baby . We loved the session with her. We highly recommend her. We are looking forward to have more sessions with Paula.

  • 5/5 stars February 25, 2014

    We could not be happier. Paula was absolutely wonderful and we will trust her to capture our memories for years to come. Highly highly recommended!

  • 5/5 stars August 5, 2013

  • 5/5 stars April 15, 2013

    She was great!! Will use her again!! I would highly recommend her to my friends and family. Thank you so much, pictures came out beautiful!!

    Paula S. from Paula Showen Photography replied to this review on April 27, 2013:

    Thank you! I can't wait to see that beautiful baby when she reaches 1!

  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2013

    Paula was an absolute joy to work with ! I would recommend her to anyone in the Clearwater area. Our pictures turned out fabulous!

    Paula S. from Paula Showen Photography replied to this review on April 27, 2013:

    Thanks so much! I really enjoyed our session. I was so impressed by your wonderful son. Thanks again!

  • 5/5 stars January 11, 2013

    I had the pleasure of working with Paula during the holidays when my son was home from Japan. I was in a tight position to get our family portraits taken but to do it before he left. Paula reached out to me and reassured me that we would be able to get this done. I wanted to have a shoot done by the beach but when the weather did not cooperate, she had a couple of back up plans and the photo session was very successful. She took natural shots and poses that turned our great. I was very satisfied with her work and would recommend you contacting Paula for your next photo shoot.

    Paula S. from Paula Showen Photography replied to this review on January 11, 2013:

    Thank you so much, Sandy. It was my pleasure to work with you. I wish you and your family the best in this New Year!

  • 5/5 stars January 6, 2013

    Paula Showen is not only a wonderful professional personable lady she is also an amazing photographer! I would recommend her over and over again! Prompt, Professional, detailed, and very tuned into her clients needs and wants~!

    Paula S. from Paula Showen Photography replied to this review on January 9, 2013:

    Thank you so much! I enjoyed working with you and hope to see you again!

  • 5/5 stars September 6, 2012

    Paula has been taking pictures of my family from the very beginning. It all started as a picture for my husband on our 1st anniversary and has grown from there. She did all my maternity shots, she was at both births of my babies, their newborn shots, birthdays, holiday cards and the list keeps growing. I always love my pictures and Paula is a true joy to work with. I wouldn't trust anyone else to capture these precious moments!!!!

  • 5/5 stars September 4, 2012

    Wonderful artist!

  • 5/5 stars September 2, 2012

    I have not only been a client of Paula (for professional portraits) but I have also worked with her on art photography projects. She is one of the most talented photographers I know and has a real passion for her work. She is professional, creative and dedicated as well. She works overtime to get the proofs and finished photos to her clients when promised. I can't recommend her highly enough - I wish there were more stars to rate her!

  • 4/5 stars August 25, 2012

    Paula did a wonderful job doing both our engagement and wedding photos in April and June of this year. She is very personable and professional. Working with her was like working with an old friend.:) I feel lucky to have found her for our special occasion.


  • 4/5 stars May 30, 2012

    Excellent job, VERY accommodating! I'm so happy with my pictures!!!

  • 5/5 stars January 24, 2012

    This was not my first experience working with Paula Showen and I can tell you that each photo shoot has been a work of art done by a true professional. Paula takes the time to have all her thoughts and ideas ready whether you are in her studio or out on location. Paula has photographed many of my family members and each one has been a wonderful experience but far above the rest she took my wedding photos and turned them into a storybook day that I can look at on the special DVD she created and carefully put beautiful music to the pictures. I am so pleased with all of the work Paula has done and I recomend her to everyone. If you are looking for a top knotch professional photographer than look no further than Paula Showen she is the best!

  • 5/5 stars January 24, 2012

    Our family went to Showmar Photography & Precious Portraits by Paula to have our little ones' first 'glamor shots'. Our daughter was just two months old at the time, and we were weary about her fussiness and attitude towards taking pictures. However, Paula remained very patient with us throughout the whole session. We are incredibly satisfied with her results! The pictures are clear and beautiful. She uses very pretty props and is very creative when working with babies/children. We are anxious to make another appointment to see Paula again for our next session!

  • 5/5 stars January 22, 2012

    Paula did a great job for us. I had her take pictures of my daughter so that I could send them to some modeling agencies and we were lucky enough to sign a contract for my 10 year old daughter with a local, reputable agency. Thanks Paula!! I will keep you posted.

  • 5/5 stars January 22, 2012

    Every time I watch the DVD of the pictures of my daughter, Lauren's
    wedding, I smile, cry and laugh. We had the most spectacular day with friends and family, and NOTHING can capture the moment like the pictures Paula took. Let me add that Paula is my dear cousin and I have observed her photography from the onset. Her passion and creativity never cease to amaze me. She absolutely loves her art and takes great pride and joy in all her work. Also, she was not the photographer we hired for the wedding. That person, unfortunately, did not take his work seriously and the photography reflects this. I highly recommend Paula's work. A true artist and best of all a wonderful human being!! You can contact me if you have any questions.

  • 5/5 stars January 22, 2012

    Paula Showen is a professional and dependable photographer. She had taken pictures for me and I was extremely satisfied and impressed. The quality and details of the pictures is amazing. I would definantly reccomend her and use her services again in the future.

  • 5/5 stars January 21, 2012

    I've used Paula for 4 years now and she is amazing. She captures the pure beauty in our family every time. She always makes sure that we are 100% satisfied with our pictures, and that we are achieved what we wanted. She is wonderful with children of all ages! I highly recommend her and will never use another photographer.

  • 5/5 stars January 19, 2012

    We had Paula do family photos and my son's senior pictures. They turned out amazing, we are thrilled with the pictures and get a lot of compliments on them. She not only had great setting ideas but also let us try some of our own, too. Great experience, I would highly recommend Paula to anyone!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I provide photo shoot services. Once your shoot is completed, you will come in for photo selection. You will have an opportunity to select your printing surface (Canvas print of Matte Giclee).

I also offer matting and framing with a selection of frames available.

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

A. It is so easy to hire a photographer, but not easy to find honest and talented artists. Be sure to check at least 3 references and view printed samples of the photographers work.

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

A. I would like to know that it's important to examine the quality and artistic abilities of the photographer I am selecting. I would also like to know when the photographer I've chosen has been properly educated in photography and uses high quality equipment. I would want someone with experience and technical knowledge. You have to compare each photographers work...look for burned out whites... is the detail there? Do they know how to work in sun light, studio light and do they have a good grasp of color?

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

A. 1. How long have you been a professional photographer?
2. Do you edit your work?
3. How many great images can I depend on?
4. Do you have samples of indoor and outdoor work that I can view?
5. May I preview your contract?
6. Do you have references that I can contact?

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

A. It's very important to have an idea of what you are expecting from your photographer and to communicate your expectations so that you and your photographer are working together to achieve your goals. Some goals to be prepared with:

1. Determine your budget and discuss all options with me. I have a variety of packages to select from.
2. Check the quality of work.
3. Review web pages and sample work . Does the my style fall in line with your expectations.
3. Review testimonials and available videos/photos.
4. Always keep in mind, you get what you pay for. If someone's rates are low, there may be a reason for that. While we photographers are wrestling with the economy, we also have a product to offer. Don't accept average or below quality just to save a few dollars. Doing a quality job, customizing our services to meet your expectations is a time consuming effort. Balance quality with price and get the best for your buck!

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. My work goes beyond just photography. I am artistic and love to create a work of art featuring my subjects. I take a relaxed approach to my photo shoots, putting the client at ease.

I also know how it feels to not like being photographed and what people want to see in their images. I make every effort to edit my work in order to produce an image that you can be proud of.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love making people happy. It's very important to me to have satisfied customers!

My favorite type of work is with babies and toddlers.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Q: Will I edit my work? A: Yes! You photos will be edited to a limited degree. You will have the opportunity to view your images on a large screen. Once I know what images you will purchase, full editing will be completed. By the time you get your product, your work is very "finished" and beautiful.

Q: How long have you been doing newborn photography?
A: I have been doing newborn photography since 2005. I have covered newborn deliveries and follow the children through childhood. I am still photographing children that I have photographed since birth.

Q: Do you do family portraits? Yes, both in studio and outdoor work. I use parks and beaches for my outdoor family and children's portraits.

Q: Do you do pet portraits? Yes, I will photograph the family pet with the family members. Pets ARE part of the family and are welcome to be photographed with them.

Q: Can I order my printing and framing through you? Absolutely! I provide high quality printing and framing services. Once you have paid your deposit to hold your photo session date, I will send you detailed information on printing and framing prices.

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

A. I am truly dedicated to providing quality, artistic works of art. I am also very honest and will do my best to exceed your expectations. I consider myself a "down to earth" type that works hard to make clients happy.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. With each new job, I find that I'm more proud than the job before, and yet when I look back on earlier works, I'm very proud of those, too. This is a difficult question to answer, because I take pride in all of my work and strive to achieve a high level of quality. There is nothing more gratifying than to see true happiness in my clients when they see their pictures for the first time. That's when I feel pride the most!

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


Please contact me for pricing information.

I offer an extensive line of products to select from.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. I'm constantly striving to improve in all areas of photography. I find that each shoot improves over the last and I never want that to stop!

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