Rona Philpott Photography

Mohave Valley, AZ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Although I do "posed" and formal photos, I incorporate personal and "real" photos and ask YOU what you would like to see in YOUR photos! I care about getting you great photos and great service - and we work together.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love spending time with the people, I try to learn something about them so that I can get their true self in their photos. I love the happiness in people's faces when they see their photos, and seeing their own beauty in them. I hope that some people take the beauty that I was able to capture and carry it inside themselves for all to see.

Location

Mohave Valley, AZ 86440

Years in business

8

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

40

Reviews

19 Reviews
  • Sandra Y. Jul 8, 2016
    Headshot Photography (Custom)
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  • Wendy C. Jun 16, 2016
    Photo Booth Rental
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  • Christina A. Jan 29, 2016
    Engagement Photography
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    Rona was amazing. She asked questions and gave helpful suggestions on poses. She got the proofs back quickly and was a pleasure to work with.
  • Sandra Y. Jul 8, 2016
    Headshot Photography (Custom)
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  • Wendy C. Jun 16, 2016
    Photo Booth Rental
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  • Christina A. Jan 29, 2016
    Engagement Photography
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    Rona was amazing. She asked questions and gave helpful suggestions on poses. She got the proofs back quickly and was a pleasure to work with.
  • Lisa R. Jan 13, 2016
    Wedding Photography
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    Rona was very experienced; I loved all the photo's, I will recommend Rona in the future as she has a high quality of professionalism.
  • Kimberly F. Dec 15, 2015
    Portrait Photography (Custom)
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  • Misty H. Oct 17, 2015
    Wedding Photography
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    Mrs. Rona did a Fantastic job from the Rehearsal dinner to the Blessed Wedding day and Reception. She captured all our special moments that I shall treasure forever:)) On time and very professional, never even knew she was there. My husband Vince I would like to say Thank You and May God bless always! Misty Jones
  • Shannon Q. Aug 14, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
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    Rona and her daughter were a pleasure to work with. They provided all the services we needed within the budget we had. I would recommend them to anyone that is looking for an open photo booth experience.
  • Chere C. Mar 28, 2015
    Wedding Photography
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  • Misty D. Mar 21, 2015
    Wedding Photography
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  • Pamela L. Feb 13, 2015
    Headshot Photography (Custom)
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    I found Rona to be very professional and helpful. I, at this point have only spoke with her on the phone asking questions and requesting information, which she provided to me very quickly. So far I am impressed with her. I have looked up and spoke with other photographers in the BHC area and was not impressed until Rona :)
  • Cathy B. Jan 6, 2015
    Portrait Photography (Custom)
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    Great time with Rona! There was quite a crew of us doing pictures. I arranged all of this from 2,000 miles away and everything went very smooth! Rona made everyone feel quite at ease! Thank you!
  • Donna F. Dec 28, 2014
    Portrait Photography (Custom)
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    Rona called that morning to touch base and make sure everything was on schedule. She was at the appointed place on time. Took a lot of pictures. Haven't seen the pictures yet, but that is to come. All in all everything went well. Didn't take that drastic long(which was good considering we were outside and it was windy-cold). So it was a good time for us.
  • Di A. Dec 27, 2014
    Portrait Photography (Custom)
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    So disappointing. After gathering together 14 family members-ages 3 months to 70, this photographer did not show up. This missed opportunity may never be available again...tears.
    Replied to Di A. - Dec 28, 2014

    I sincerely apologized, it was definitely my responsibility for not scheduling this properly. This was something that I regret, more than I can say or do. I did offer another time that same day, they were upset, and want to reschedule, I understood. I had scheduled for a different time, and not the time they scheduled for. This will NOT happen again.

  • Vanis W. Feb 21, 2014
    Portrait Photography (Custom)
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    Very satisfied, very professional. Fridndly
  • Beverly M. Dec 29, 2013
    Photo Restoration
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    Rona did an outstanding job at restoring an old photograph of myself. This was a 50 year old photo that had faded so badly that it was almost gone. She brought it back to life by making a new one. She took a 5 x 7 photo and made a beautiful 16 x 20 for my daughter. I am very very pleased & would highly recommend her for any of your photography needs. Thank you Rona.
  • Doris W. Dec 27, 2013
    Portrait Photography (Custom)
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    Great and lots of fun
  • Denise H. Mar 12, 2013
    I have had Rona do work for my family and we are so happy with each and every thing she has done for us
  • Amanda M. Mar 12, 2013
    i just love Rona to death! She did a shoot for me a couple years ago for me for my husbands birthday gift. She was very accommodating, made me feel comfortable and did great work! I urge you to consider her for your photo needs... family, child or of a different nature!
  • Sarah D. Sep 30, 2012

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Although in person is always best, it doesn't always happen like that. I love to talk to them, ask some questions, then listen carefully to what they want, they expect, and what they need. It is all taken into consideration - I am usually very personable with them, and always professional! I find that if they have already viewed some of my work, it helps to know what they like - not everyone is a fit for a specific photographer. If we weren't a fit, I would recommend another person/photographer for them to view their work. I take a lot of notes in our discussions - and include those in my working relationship with the customer. It helps to know something about your client. While, a new person is a potential customer, they become my client - much more to a personal relationship.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Having my camera with me all the time, is always a learning experience - you never know when that special photo opportunity will happen. I always follow other photography & photographer websites, and select tutorials and other learning materials for my continuing education. I seek inspirations for my growth as a photographer.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Yes, typically, I have packages - that start at a specific number for different types of photography - the families, seniors, weddings, special events. I do add travel costs into the pricing for distance, and I do take into account finances for specific clients. I allow for payments - prior to their session as needed. I take deposits on the 'bigger' sessions, i.e. weddings, etc.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I LOVE photography, and seeing my own visuals coming to life in a photo. I have been taking photos "for fun" since I was a child - with my first simple camera, a Kodak and Polaroid. My family would always ask me to take photos at our personal events, and I did it. Once I 'retired', I continued my education, and learned so much more about photo editing, and what it could do to enhance photos (though I try to get great photos right out of the camera first). I wanted to do more and started out by shooting a wedding basically for free, I participated in a photography club, and Photoshop membership and got some great feedback - I decided that I wanted to share it with more people. Here I am following my passions - photography and owning my own business!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings, and then the family sittings. In the fall, I will start back up at the local dirt racetrack - there go the Saturday evenings! I love the races - the camaraderie is wonderful! I also enjoy making a woman feel good about herself with the boudoir/glamour sittings. The ladies are very interesting in how they feel about themselves at the beginning and then relax in the middle, and the photos are beautiful! The weddings make memories forever for the brides/grooms - and love being a part of it!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A photographer that will listen to you, and still make good suggestions to you.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Being a professional photographer really is important to your special event(s). We don't just take the photos and then edit and print. There is so much more, the pre-planning & preparation, actual photography where ever we are - true involvement, post planning & preparation - the retrieval of the photos, previewing possibly hundreds of photos (yours), processing (editing, cropping, etc.), setup preview for you, selection, possibly more processing & another preview, sending to professional printer, getting photos back from printer, your preview and receipt of photos, and your happiness and satisfaction of course! For a 1 or more hours photo shoot, the professional has probably spent more than 15 hours from pre to your satisfaction. A professional photographer that loves their professional will be passionate about making their clients happy - and though the cost may seem high to you, it will be worth every penny!