Top Flyt Media

Los Angeles, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Pushy, obnoxious people are annoying, but it seems a lot of photographers skipped that memo. They'll bark out orders throughout their photo shoots which tend to be an ego building exercise for them instead of a special moment captured for you. What sets me apart is the quality of my service which is built upon years of experience in five star hospitality. I like to spoil my clients by taking lots of pictures and all of my packages include unlimited pictures and looks. At the same time, I never forget that the final product is for my clients, and not for myself, so I put you first. I make sure I listen carefully to your needs to produce the highest quality pics within your budget. I also meticulously pay attention to detail. Many photographers forget that the small things matter just as much as the big ones, and sometimes even more so. I believe that there are no dumb questions, and only dumb mistakes, so I take time to find out as much 'boring' information as possible ahead of the shoot in order to minimize any disappointment after the shoot. In the rare event that you are not satisfied, I will also do everything within my means and power to guarantee your satisfaction, including refunding your funds if there is no common ground to be found. The call back matters more to me than the first sale. My high resolution pictures are designed to improve your portfolio, career, or special event and they will be professionally calibrated for printing and viewing on the internet. My goal is to take images that are greater than any you have captured in the past that will have your colleagues signing your praises!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy the privilege of capturing my clients special moments. Thank you very much for this opportunity!
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Location

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Background check

Complete

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

4 Reviews
  • Rosemary L. Oct 12, 2016
    One of the BEST!
    Dumi is honestly one of the most professional photographer/videographer I've ever worked with. His work is great quality. I would HIGHLY recommend him!! His turn-around time is amazing, he gets the photos/videos to you fast! If you hire Top Flyt Media I PROMISE you won't be disappointed =)
    Dumisani M. Oct 12, 2016

    Thanks Rosemary, you truly make my job easy! I look forward to capturing many more fun moments with you in the future! Thanks again for the kind words!

  • Ricky A. Oct 9, 2016
    DZ You are Great
    He is so awesome and creative .......very humble and professional as well.
    Dumisani M. Oct 11, 2016

    Thanks for choosing me Ricky! It was an extreme pleasure meeting your whole family. I also appreciate the review. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

  • JD B. Oct 5, 2016
    Amazing work every time!
    Top Flyt has done amazing work with my company Open Kanvas! Every time he arrives early, brings full layout of his own equipment and gets the content back to me quickly without any issues. His website even helped us promote our shows and bring an X-Factor to our events. Thank you so much!
    Dumisani M. Oct 7, 2016

    Thanks JD, it's always a pleasure working with you and your team at Open Kanvas!!! I'm proud to be a part of your team!

  • Eunique H. Oct 5, 2016
    Dumi
    Dumi is a great photographer and video media producer. He has been working with me for over 6 months and i must say that he is the best in the business.
    Dumisani M. Oct 7, 2016

    Thanks Eunique, The Reality Show LA has become my family now! Thank you for bringing me on board and I look forward to capturing many more moments with you on this project and others!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes, my full pricing structure is available on my website and it varies. I am very skeptical of photographers who do not have clear and concise pricing on their website. In my experience, their strategy is to shake down their clients and charge them according to their available budget instead of their actual needs. Unfortunately, the client is usually the one who loses in this situation. They will usually either wind up over paying because the photographer wants to take them for all they've got, or they will receive a low quality product because they couldn't pay up more. I have gone to great lengths to ensure that my pricing and sales system is as transparent as possible so people know exactly what they are getting and at exactly what price. Of course, there will always be custom gigs, like the ones here on Thumbtack, and in those cases it is vital to be flexible.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The first thing I do with my new clients is as lots of 'dumb' questions. My initial question is 'What will constitute success for this gig?'. I believe there are no 'dumb' questions and only 'dumb' mistakes. My goal is to minimize any mistakes before they take place and to fully understand the final use of your images. This can be done online or in person. Once we have agreed on all the details, we complete the shoot. After the shoot I make sure the client is completely satisfied by following up with them and making any adjustments that may be needed. I believe my service after the photo shoot is just as important, if not more so, than it is before the photo shoot, because the call back is more important than the first sale to me.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelors degree in Mass Media from Delaware State University and also take pride in having continued my education using the numerous unorthodox methods now available to us in this 21st century Information Age i.e. Youtube, google etc. It's helped me eliminate any excuses because whenever I'm presented with a challenge, there is usually someone else out there who faced the same challenge, conquered it, and made a video about it!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I always knew I had media and photography skills and the passion for it, but I never knew I would ever take it seriously as a profession. However, my whole life people kept placing cameras in my hands, from my dad to my closest friends, and soon I'd mastered the skills the pros were incorporating, so I decided to take it more seriously by going to school and eventually incorporating my own media business.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with a variety of clients from celebrities to close friends and family and everything in between. Part of the reason I love photography is because of the variety of gigs.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Well there are two. I attended the Hollywood Weekly Movie Awards covering the red carpet and got booked for an exclusive white party the next weekend on the spot. After completing both gigs the organizers let me know that I had completely out shined all of the other photographers at the events. It was a huge honor because a lot of these photographers had much more extensive portfolios, some had been in the game when Mahommad Ali was at his prime. It was a tremendous vote of confidence because feedback is extremely important to me.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The most important thing is to know what you want. Photography is both a science and an art. The same image can be color 'corrected' to be clean and sharp, the science, or weird and funky, the art. It's vital that your photographer knows what your after, that way they can also incorporate that into your photo shoot as they compose your shots. Also always have some sort of agreement on paper, or at least email. I can't emphasize this enough. Before I became a professional photographer I got burnt on this one by a photographer of low moral character. If you are not sure about exactly what you are looking for initially there's no harm in consulting a pro, but do not move forward until you have a clear vision of what you want.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
This is a bit of a tricky question. Any professional photographer who is transparent about their sales system and takes themselves seriously should already have the majority of your questions answered on their website. You should be a little skeptical of those who do not go out of their way to make this small effort for their clients. They may be one to cut corners on your project the same way they have on their website. Of course, you can always make sure you are both clear on deadlines and quality standards, just in case, even if this information is listed on their website.