Dragonfly by Design Photography

Olivehurst, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Finding a "photographer" is simple! Finding a fun, crazy, outgoing, creative, rule bending, light sculpting, professional photographer is hard. I am here to make it easy! I am an overachiever by nature and will go above and beyond to be sure you get my best work! I am quirky and fun! Kids love me! I love to laugh, and make every shoot an adventure! I am not afraid to climb a tree to get that dream shot you are looking to hang on your wall. If you have an idea, I will run with it! We will create something amazing.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love meeting new people and experiencing their life through my lens. I love creating an everlasting memory out of a moment in time. I find it fascinating that in such a small amount of time, I make friends for a lifetime!

Location

Olivehurst, CA 95961

Background check

Complete

Years in business

7

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

6

Reviews

9 Reviews
  • Dylan G. Mar 10, 2017
    not worth the hassle for the bad photos we received!!
    she was rude, photos were terrible! they looked like someone had put them through Instagram!!! never will I ever go to this photographer again!! save yourself the trouble and hire someone else!!
  • Mollie M. Sep 21, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Dillon Beach Wedding
    Leah was amazing, professional, creative and fun! She really captured the spirt of our wedding and now we have beautiful pictures to remember our celebration with friends and family at Dillon Beach. We couldn't be happier with Dragonfly by Design!
    Leah C. Oct 3, 2016

    Thank you, I am so delighted to have been able to capture such a beautiful marriage!

  • Christy C. Jul 25, 2016
    The amazing passion Leah has for what she does is truly amazing.. And it shows in her work. Absolutely love every picture she takes and the overall experience you have in each sitting. Love her work!!
    Leah C. Aug 5, 2016

    Thank you Christy! I always love our sessions! Your little girl is growing up way too fast! Hope to see you guys soon!

  • Leland S. Jul 25, 2016
    You can tell she is very passionate. She was very easy to get along with from the moment we met. Our kids loved her and she was very fast at getting us our photos. We loved all our photos, and she did a great job with getting so many smiles out of our littlest!
    Leah C. Aug 5, 2016

    Thank you Linda! That was a blast, and your kids are so fun! We so have to do it again soon before they are too fast at running away from me....LOL.

  • Amy E. Jul 24, 2016
    Leah has been our personal photographer since she has been in high school. We are continually impressed with the way she uses her creative imagination to come up with amazing pictures. She goes above and beyond to create memories that will last for generations. She uses her expertise and spontaneity to make sure each photograph turns out beautifully. She recently took our family reunion pictures and they turned out amazing. Her enthusiasm of what she does makes it a fun experience everytime. She truly has become a true artist.
    Leah C. Aug 5, 2016

    Thank you so much! So happy to have my first clients still coming back! I love your kind words. Lets plan something soon!

  • Becky R. Jul 20, 2016
    We had our engagement pictures taken with Leah at Old Folsom. We found her through facebook. She was so nice and accommodating. She really knew the area and had a distinct plan of where she wanted us to go. But even though she had everything planned out, there was lots of room for us to change things up and make it our own. She had awesome pose ideas, too! We could tell that she was very experienced and loved what she does. And when we got our pictures back, we couldn't have been happier with the results! All of the pictures are beautiful and perfectly capture the love in our relationship. We've gotten so many compliments on these! I'm very picky about photographers yet I like to get a deal and Leah was perfect! The quality of photographs is wonderful. I especially like that they don't look too "edited". It was a wonderful experience working with her!
    Leah C. Jul 20, 2016

    Thank you Becky! I truly had such an amazing time with you and your hubby to be! only a couple days left! So happy that you loved your photos! Have an amazing marriage, you two are so cute together!

  • Sarah N. Jul 17, 2016
    Leah is the most amazing photographer I've ever had! She REALLY knows what she's doing behind the camera! I highly recommend her to anyone who wants the BEST photos taken!
    Leah C. Jul 20, 2016

    Thank you Sarah! You are so sweet! I love your enthusiasm! I hope to see you soon! I am thinking we should go for another publication! :)

  • Katie U. Jul 16, 2016
    Leah is AMAZING! She's taken our family portraits twice and both times we had a fabulous experience. She's so friendly, was great with my two daughters (3 and 9), easy to talk to and to work with! She took amazing photos, we received the downloads super quickly and the quality is amazing. I will never go to a portrait studio or have our photos taken by anyone else ever again!
    Leah C. Jul 20, 2016

    Thank you Katie! You guys are super fun, and your kids are all sorts of wonderful! I have to say, your family is one of my favorites to date....and I have photographed my own family....LOL, ....Hope to see you guys soon!

  • Phylicia P. Jul 16, 2016
    I found dragonfly by design photography through Facebook in our community. When we first met we were instantly comfortable like we knew each other for years. She is very professional, knows beautiful hidden gem spots for pictures and a great easy going personality. We were very impressed with our beautiful family pictures and the smiles she got out of our children. She will now be our only choice for photos and we highly recommend her.
    Leah C. Jul 20, 2016

    Thank you Phylicia! Eeeep, your family is so wonderfully beautiful! I just loved the way your Littles loved on you, such raw amazing emotion. You are such an amazing mom! Your whole family has so much spunk, I loved working with you guys!!! Oh, and your daughter.....Can she be any cuter???? :)

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The first contact is usually internet based. Second, we will set up a date for meeting in person to discuss needs of services and if we are a Match then we will sign a contract to book a date. We will keep in touch via text/facebook/email planning out our photoshoot. The day of the shoot! exciting! payment is due the day of the shoot. contract, if not already, will need to be signed. My turn around is under 3 weeks on editing portraits, and up to 4 weeks on weddings. this does not include creating photo books. I will make sure that everything delivers smoothly and that the customer is 100 percent happy with the results!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been in love with photography since high school back in 2002. I have taken many online courses, and studied many different styles. I am on the board of the Sacramento Photographers. Also, I have been published in The Typical Female Magazine (The Trend'n Female), WeddingFanatic.com, TwoBrightLights, and The Bump just to name a few! I am aspiring to become a destination photographer. I would love to take on the world doing what I love!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My Prices Start at $100 for 90 minutes, this will include a few digital files and a purchasing gallery. You are able to purchase prints and products through my website. The Average print/product purchase is $300+. Payment Plans Are Available.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
While in high school I took a photography class that was strictly 35mm film. I fell in love instantly. I really loved the way you could tell a story with one photo! As I got more into it, my grandfather gifted me my first digital and it was so amazing, all the new features! I have been studying and working towards my ultimate goal, to be a destination photographer!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Mostly Human :) I do all kinds of photo shoots from family, engagement, weddings. Birth photography, to children photography to pet photography. I love submerging myself into all types of situations so I can constantly grow in my field.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of my favorites to date was the Enchanted Woods session, 2 hours. It was a vision of mine that was brought to life. It was kind of like Little Red Riding Hood, meets Twilight. This was a Stylized shoot, so I got to pick out all the details, Dress, Hair and Make up, Dog, Flowers, Scene. This photoshoot ended up in a couple online magazines and blogs.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Pricing is always the first thing we all look at first. Make sure you are getting what you really want! If you have to pay a little more, but it gets you your dream photo session...It is so worth it! I have done a few photo sessions where the person was not happy with their first session with another photographer, so they found me on facebook and I got to really create something special. I am not the cheapest out there for sure, but I am a very hard working, detail oriented person that only wants the best photos to come out of each shoot. I promise, we will be best friends by the end of out session!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Does the style of the Photographer match my personal style? The price is higher than some local vendors, what makes them stand out? Does the vendor offer incentives, or discounts on certain types of sessions? Will the vendor work/be flexible with my budget?