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Sally Carpenter Photography

Palm Springs, CA

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About Sally Carpenter Photography

hired 19 times on Thumbtack

I am new to the Southern California area, having just moved from New York, so I need to build up my photography business. This is why my quotes are as low as they are. In fact, at the moment, they are about 50% less than normal.

I offer all wedding, event and portrait photography, from traditional portraits to conceptual, digital masterpieces. I am very easy going, fun and patient and will also work from your "lists" to be sure we capture the style and images you have in mind. Sessions are upbeat and usually enjoyable for all!

Please visit my website to view more samples of my recent work, investments and all the products available.

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Palm Springs, CA 92264

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  • 5/5 stars September 11, 2014

    Sally was great to work with!!! She's not pushy and she kinda lets you do whatever and have fun. She knows how to make you smile and laugh and carry on great conversations and make you feel comfortable, and plus... Her photos are fantastic!

  • 5/5 stars September 9, 2014

    Wow! What more can I say than AWESOME! Sally made the photo shoot with my daughters so much fun! They were expecting to hear, "stand here, smile, turn like this..." but they had so much fun with Sally! The quality of the pictures is outstanding. Sally's creativity is second to none! Looking forward to working with her again for a family session. Keep up the wonderful work Sally!

  • 5/5 stars April 2, 2014

    (Sorry this is long but definitely worth reading!) Sally was beyond wonderful! She was a breeze to work with from beginning to end. I could not be happier with the process and her communication. With me being from Missouri and having our shoot on the beach in California I thought the process would be stressful and almost impossible; however, Sally never gave up on my millions of questions and endless emails. She replied quickly and professionally. My shoot with her happened to be a cold, windy day and the pictures still turned out fabulous! I definitely recommend her to anyone interested in nothing but a fun day that will end in great photographs. Sally and her assistant were both genuinely nice people; someone you will want to keep a friendship with even after the secession ends. Sally didn't rush the shoot at all. I think we had close to a 4 hour secession with her even though we were all cold and ready to call it a day.
    Her price for everything she offers, including her knowledge of locations, willingness to help work everything out, her friendliness, and quality of photographs you will receive are a bargain to say the least. I am very happy I went with Sally Carpenter for my engagement shoot.

  • 5/5 stars March 23, 2014

    Such an amazing experience with Sally. She totally made everything I wanted happen. Would recommend her to ANYONE!

  • 5/5 stars February 1, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 12, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 4, 2014

    Sally went above and beyond our expectations for a wedding photographer. My husband and I couldn't be more happy with her work. The images were beautiful, modern, and the touch ups were fabulous. We would definitely recommend her!

  • 5/5 stars December 31, 2013

    Sally photographed our small at home wedding and captured the intimate feeling perfectly. She was a pleasure to work with and most importantly her photos were wonderful. We especially love the photos of the kids ( so that's what they were up to while we were busy drinking wine). Photos of my flower girl were magnificent! She will be so thrilled when she sees them . The candids of our guests really captured the feel of the whole night. And she managed to capture everyone without us really noticing. We highly recommend Sally. She is a true artist.

  • 4/5 stars December 13, 2013

    Sally was great to work with! She was professional, patient, and suggested a beautiful location to have our pictures taken. We would definitely work with her again and would highly recommend her for anyone's family pictures and/or event.

  • 5/5 stars December 2, 2013

    Sally took pictures of my family for our parents 57th wedding anniversary. She suggested the area for the pictures and it was perfect and memorable. Sally is very professional and had great shot ideas and poses. We love the final outcome of our pictures and highly recommend Sally to be your photographer.

  • 5/5 stars November 17, 2013

    Sally is very experienced and professional. She captured all the special moments of our wedding, I would recommend her and use her again without hesitation.

  • 5/5 stars October 25, 2013

    Sally photographed our wedding and engagement pictures and they were gorgeous! The engagement pictures were done out at Joshua Tree just before sunset and they looked like they were from a movie set. We loved them! Sally is a real trouper and worked until she was happy we had some beautiful portraits.
    For the wedding we could not have asked for anyone better or easier to get along with. The pictures from the church were almost enchanted and she caught the Palm Springs reception and party atmosphere perfectly. I especially like her black and white pictures while my parents loved her more traditional ones.
    I have recommended her to all my friends! She is amazing!

  • 5/5 stars October 22, 2013

    I had the pleasure of attending a wedding in Palm Springs recently and had to express the quality of the entire event. I had no idea how beautiful a wedding could be, then my friends showed me the photos. What an exceptional photographer! I remember her being professional and making everyone, not just the bride and groom, but everyone feel like they were a part of the wedding. Beautiful, beautiful photos! Big thumbs up!!!!

  • 5/5 stars September 6, 2013

    Sally is such a wonderful photographic artist. Her work is so much more than just photography it is a perfect blend of photography and Photoshop. She creates masterworks. The work she has done for me change my view on photographers. Do not hire an amateur for price. HIRE SALLY for the best. She is also affordable. Treat yourself contact Sally !

    Frank.

  • 5/5 stars August 23, 2013

    Sally has photographed our family on numerous occasions , the experiences on the days of the shoots were as special as the pictures themselves ! She captured the personalities of each one of us in every photo perfectly ! Sally made the experience so comfortable and fun . She truly is an artist , her photos are stunning and her love for life , people, children and photography is so apparent ! I also had Sally photograph my boudoir shoot , it was a fantastic experience . Sally was very professional and she made me look beautiful , the pictures were amazing , I couldn't even believe they were me !

  • 5/5 stars August 14, 2013

    Sally's work as a photographer and her expertise in both the technical and computer work make her one of the most outstanding photographers of this day! Her stuff is original and AMAZING and she captures the true beauty of her subjects in elegance and flair! You won't be disappointed! She's AMAZING and VERY easy to work with!

  • 5/5 stars August 1, 2013

    Working with Sally was a fun filled experience, she is a very patient photographer. Very specific as well to get her things right in the pictures. She's very creative, which makes her pictures unique.

  • 5/5 stars July 23, 2013

    Sally did a 5 hr shoot with me and a friend at 2 different locations, with costumes + + ...It was a fun time. I am completely satisfied. She was patient when directing us to pose and open to suggestion. I was impressed by her ability to be a professional yet remain able to have a laugh and make the the experience a lot of fun. I received the photos quickly and she was there to answer any question I had about them. As a fiber artist I wish she also photographed art. I know I will work with her again. Thank you Sally

  • 5/5 stars July 23, 2013

    She is amazingly talented in multi media and creates magnificent art/photography. She is sincere, TRUSTWORTHY, and dedicated to a client's needs (no matter how complicated) and knows how to deliver professional results in a confidential and timely manner. Special occasion photography is a gift that is truly lasting and her ability to capture horse, scenery, dog portraits as well as personal photography is spectacular. Hire her if you get a chance!

  • 5/5 stars July 22, 2013

    Sally is such a sweetheart, she made sure everything was perfect! She goes above and beyond the expected, a day we will both cherish forever thanks to the fine memories created by Sally!

    Sally C. from Sally Carpenter Photography replied to this review on July 22, 2013:

    Thank you Paula! I enjoyed the wedding and your warm hospitality as well and it was a pleasure to be able to capture the day for you!

Question and answer

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

A. The most important thing is to look at the photographer's portfolio and body of work and make sure they are willing to work with you to capture the type of image you are looking for. Personality is also a factor, you need to feel comfortable around your photographer.

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

A. Inside secrets? Perhaps one and that is: contrary to popular belief, a cloudy day is not better than a bright sunny one for portraits. The light comes from an undisclosed source and cannot be controlled, often resulting in shadows under the eyes. You can use a fill in flash as well, but this can add a harsh light on an otherwise soft image.
For more tips and to follow my recent sessions please check out my blog:
http://sallycarpenterphotography.blogspot.ca/

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

A. This question is rarely asked but so important as one "wrong" word or suggestion given in anything but a warm and friendly way can ruin your wedding day and the mood of any session: "Are you easy to get along and open to the client's suggestions should they have any?" You might be surprised by sone answers!
A consumer should also ask for references and to see the photographer's portfolio. Price should also be discussed.

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

A. I think my work stands out from others because of my fine art background and my enthusiasm for getting, not just a good shot, but the best shot. I have an adventurous spirit and I am always thinking ahead and asking myself "What if?" I also spend a lot of time in the editing room, taking my images a step further than a lot of professionals, who leave the editing to other people. When that happens the images begin to look like everyone else's images and to me, this is not what my clients want.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love the ability to express my art in portraits, from contemporary to pictorial and I also enjoy the people I work with. Children are great, whether they are having a "bad day" or a great day, there is always a "photo" there!

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

A. With the ease of digital photography and photo programs everyone seems to think they are a photographer. Images are much easier to control and editing is a cinch, but there is so much more to professional portraits, head shots and event photography than simply taking the picture and editing it in a photo program.
I attended Yosemite workshops under the guidance of the great Ansel Adams to understand exposure and master printing, attended the Brooks Institute of Photography and was awarded a degree in master Photography from the Newport Beach School of Photography. I was also awarded a distinction by The Royal Photographic Society for my contemporary portraits.
I attend many seminars, webcasts and keep up on the latest digital and Photoshop advances and with my fine art background, I have an eye for color, composition and what gives an images "emotion".
My equipment consists of three high end Canon professional cameras including the the 5D MKII, and 5D MKIII and an infra-red converted digital EOS camera as well, thousands of dollars in lenses and lighting equipment and the latest Photoshop CS and retouching software available.
I ask all prospective clients to view my blog, webpage or ask for a complimentary DVD of my work. When one views a professional image next to an amateurs, the difference is amazing.
Below is a link to my blog:http://sallycarpenterphotography.blogspot.ca/

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

A. I recently shot the spring collection for NY City based, Cockpit USA. This was a great shoot with animated models, lots of laughs and beautiful scenery in the hills near Woodstock, Vermont.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. I think my greatest strength is my background in fine art as well as photography and my understanding of color and composition. Oh and patience!….I am very patient and easy going.
I also minored in psychology and believe I know how to communicate with my clients, listen to them and understand what it is they want from their session. Understanding a person is also the best way to capture their character.

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