Zara Aleks Photo

Sherman Oaks, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I try to incorporate fine art in everything I shoot to provide unique and creative images unless otherwise specified by the client. I focus on accentuating the best qualities of my subjects to bring out their natural beauty while capturing a glimpse of their character.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy meeting and working with great people and love the creative process from start to finish.

Location

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Years in business

7

Times hired on Thumbtack

15

Reviews

16 Reviews
  • Marci S. Jun 22, 2017
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Great all around experience
  • David Z. Jun 3, 2017
    I had a wonderful experience working with Zara! My headshots turned out great, and she made the whole experience very comfortable. I appreciated her responsiveness throughout the process and couldn't be happier with the finished product. Highly recommend!
    Zara A. Jun 3, 2017

    Thanks David !!

  • Anni B. May 29, 2017
    Zara, is extremely calm and intuitive, which enabled me to trust her and to open up to her parts of my personality. Feeling comfortable around a photographer is the most important thing to get excellent pictures. Which I know I achieved with Zara! She openly revealed her thoughts about trying different backgrounds, clothing options and how the lighting was enhancing certain features of my face. Many times I have worked with photographers who do not have a verbal dialogue about these things with me which of course causes me to close up and tense. Many Photographers, just say stand here, turn here, without really making you understand how this aids the shot. THIS WAS NOT THE CASE WITH ZARA. It was very free flowing to the point I forgot she was photographing me. A memorable, excellent experience. I have never been so calm and happy around a photographer. I would definitely use her services again!
    Zara A. May 29, 2017

    thanks so much for such a thoughtful review !

  • Myra M. May 27, 2017
    Working with Zara was wonderful. Shes prompt and professional. I recently used her for my own birthday. She was awesome! Very easy to work with and very accomodating! Thanks Zara!!! I ll be using you again soon!!!
  • Aussie O. Apr 2, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing
    Zara is amazing. She loves what she does a great attitude and has the creative ability to see what everyone might not notice. She is timely, sweet and professional. I will hire her again.
  • Hana S. Jan 5, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Friendly, Sweet, and Talented!
    We had a great experience with Zara! She was friendly, sweet, and talented! Very patient and took wonderful photos :) We recommend her!!
  • Connie L. Jan 3, 2017
    Portrait Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Pictures
    Zara is a great photographer!, easy to work with, will get you what you need at a great price . I recommend her to everyone who needs a photographer for any kind of event or even just for personal pictures :) .
  • Tara M. Nov 21, 2016
    Best photographer!!
    Zara is absolutely fabulous, and easily our favorite photographer to date (including engagement, wedding, newborn and 4 month photo shoots). We recently moved to LA and I wish we could have had Zara for our previous events as well. We met her just before our daughter's one year birthday party and miraculously she was available for our date! We booked her for two hours of party photos, including a family photo shoot during those two hours, since my in-laws were in town and we really wanted professional photos of us all together. We were a little worried about how cramped we might be, since at the last minute we moved from outside to inside our tiny apartment. Zara handled it with ease and somehow managed to make our place even appear much larger in photos than it actually is! Didn't look cramped at all :) She has an eye for detail and caught such beautiful moments that we didn't even realize occured in the frenzy of the party. She captured perfect moments with all our guests and the candid photos were so fun. Her suggestions about where/how to pose for the family photos were perfect and felt completely natural for us. She had a vision for the day that matched us perfectly and will provide the best memories for years to come. We can't wait to use her again!
  • Jessica M. Nov 16, 2016
    Zara will capture all your special moments!
    We had Zara as our photographer for our baby shower this past weekend! She already sent us the full set of edited photos less than 4 days after our event. The quick turn-around is greatly appreciated since other photographers we have used before can take up to a month to get the photos back to you. Upon request, she was even able to send us a sneak peek of a few of the photos. She arrived on time, got to work right away, captured all the special moments throughout the event, and was constantly taking photos through the end of the event. She pays close attention to the details including the lighting, colors, background, poses, and corrects anything that looks out of place. She was able to capture a beautiful group photo with over 30 of our girlfriends- usually group photos are a big challenge but she helped to gather everyone together for it. She made sure I got photos with all my friends who attended and was even flexible when friends asked her to take photos of them on their phones. Zara was truly a pleasure to have at our event and we would highly recommend her to everyone for their future events. One of our friends already had her photograph their baby's 1st birthday and she was also really happy with the photos! Wish we new Zara before our wedding so we could have had her do our engagement and wedding too! We are definitely going to have Zara photograph all our future family photos- can't wait to have her do my newborn photos in a few months :)
  • Cecile R. Sep 2, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    professional and courteous
    I liked her work.
  • Alexander S. Jul 30, 2016
    I hired Zara to do my headshots 3 years ago and now use her exclusively for all my photos. As an actor I have to update portfolio often. Zara is the perfect professional, has a great perspective, and she always finds a way to capture my best angles. Thanks for all the great shots!!!
  • Stephanie D. Jul 24, 2016
    Zara took engagement photos for us and we couldn't be happier with our experience. She was such a sweetheart, directed us well, & had a ton of edited images done within 1 week of the shoot. I absolutely recommend her!
  • Hugh M. Jul 23, 2016
    I hired Zara for a few headshots. She was very professional and focused the whole time. The shots were beautifully done. I would highly recommend her!
  • Thierry B. Jul 22, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding work! - very professional!
  • Lauren F. Jul 13, 2016
    Headshots and lifestyle photography session with Zara Aleks. What a wonderful experience! Zara is super accommodating, and uses her unique style to create both a one-of-a-kind afternoon, as well as one-of-a-kind images. Her style is distinct and contemporary, and she is open to experimenting with location/wardrobe as necessary. More than anything, she made me feel extremely comfortable and photographable - and that showed in her work. She is incredibly talented, and I can't wait to work with her again!
  • Elizabeth A. May 19, 2016
    Working with Zara is an amazing experience! She is incredibly talented, her creativity is exceptional, and she comes to the shoot ready to dive right in. Zara is able to capture a wide range of styles, and she's easy to work with, making her a versatile and desirable photographer. She made me feel very at ease and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for high-grade, professional photos. Not to mention, the final edits are outstanding!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My rates depend on the project and I often offer custom packages and specials.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a BA in photojournalism and over 5 years experience as a photographer and a retoucher. I went in the direction of fine art after school and have been focusing on creative photography while incorporating my photojournalism training.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Photography has been my passion since I was a small child and I couldn't imagine doing anything else for a living.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked with a variety of clients including models, actors, musicians, artists, business professionals and couples.