Sheila O'Keefe Photography

Castro Valley, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I listen to my client and help them capture the images they want and will spend the time needed to ensure the image is edited to perfection.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love every minute I'm working with my clients. I find the best angles, best lighting, and thrive from that challenge. I enjoy making my clients happy!!

Location

Castro Valley, CA 94546

Years in business

8

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

187

Reviews

84 Reviews
  • Darleen O. May 21, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was thee most liked person at my daughters wedding!! Such a sweet lady! Does any pics you want.. and the quality of her photos are 100% she is very creative and does awesome work.
  • Breana D. May 20, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    She did such an amazing job with my engagement & wedding photos! High recommend her, she's such a sweetheart
  • Chris S. May 5, 2017
    Wedding Photography
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    Sheila is an absolute blessing. We flew all the way from Louisiana to get married in San Francisco, and didn't know a soul. We found her on thumbtack, and have been smiling ever since. As a man, I really don't like taking pictures, but Sheila mad the experience very enjoyable. I highly recommend having Sheila photograph your special day.
  • Nancy S. May 2, 2017
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Highly recommended, look no further
    Sheila is exactly what you're looking for in a photographer. Professional, timely, listens, and most importantly, makes everyone feel beautiful and happy!
  • Cindy R. Mar 10, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing
    An amazing person with amazing talent, beyond happy with her work
  • KAL S. Jan 17, 2017
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome experience
    Sheila was amazing!!! How wonderful...she was great with our dog and our 4 year old and she also brought in additional help, who btw Megan was amazing. I would definitely get Sheila's help for any more future projects. She is FABULOUS
  • Stacey Q. Dec 22, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Best photographer ever!
    Sheila was absolutely amazing. From our first phone call, to our first meeting to the wedding day and all of the texts and emails in between. Our pictures are perfect. We owe it all to her! Shes the best!
  • Kurt S. Dec 5, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Great Experience!
    We had a great experience with Sheila! She is very personable and she is just a sweetheart. She definitely knows photography and has been doing it for many years. Our photos looked amazing! The lighting was perfect and the poses looked great. Also, my family loved her :D!
  • Sylvia L. Nov 24, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Great experience
    We are so glad that we found Sheila. She did an excellent job, our photos are so beautiful. We definitely will choose her again!
  • Jennifer M. Oct 26, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Great to work with!
    Sheila is great to work with. Her professionalism and friendliness is a great quality. He style of photography is also beautiful and she definitely captures all the moments.
  • David W. Oct 17, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing
    Amazing, Amazing, Amazing. We hired Sheila for our wedding in SF, over the internet as we live in the UK. We really lucked out as she was fantastic from start to finish. It was like having a extra friend at the wedding, she fitted in totally and made everyone feel at ease. The finished pictures are fantastic and we are so happy that we chose Sheila. i would highly recommend her to everyone, she is not only a fantastic photographer, but also a really lovely and down to earth person.
  • Garret B. Oct 11, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Best wedding photographer ever!!!
    Shelia is the best! She knows what she is doing, willing to meet us anywhere, always professional but absolutely loves life and it shows in her work, I'd recommend her to anyone of my friends or family members. She did our wedding and it was fantastic and at a great price!!!!
  • Katrina S. Oct 8, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila makes you feel like a million bucks in front of the camera
    Sheila is such a warm and authentic person. She brings the right kind of energy to an event - upbeat yet professional. Sheila knows how to make even the most camera shy people come out of their shells. We also appreciated the direction she gave on poses and backgrounds - the photos came out beautifully. Thank you Sheila for capturing the most memorable moments from our special day!
  • Kristen C. Aug 6, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila made the process so easy! I have a small attention span for having my picture taken and I didn't want to spend a ton of time taking a bunch of formals. Sheila got it - she knew exactly what I needed and how to deliver an excellent customer experience. Her photos were beautiful and she's a delight to work with. She's calm and focused - and a ninja! There were shots that she got that had us wondering where she was even standing! She worked flawlessly in the background getting all of the candids that I wanted. I couldn't be more pleased with her. Bonus - she was having a great time at my wedding. I loved that she shared our day with us. I was sad when she had to leave! My guests loved her too! You'll get a photographer and a new friend! Her prices are more than competitive. You are getting a great deal with Sheila. You'll get what you want at a price that doesn't make you have to ditch your honeymoon plans! I would (and have) recommend Sheila to everyone in need of a photographer. You can't go wrong.
  • Beth J. Jul 31, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    She was awesome! She knew exactly what we wanted and gave great suggestions we hadn't even thought of.
  • Christina D. Jul 10, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I wish I could give her 100 stars! Freaking amazing photos and I have only seen 5. Beach wedding. I was borderline loosing my mind getting ready and she showed up with her amazing assistant at the hotel as scheduled. Went right to work without getting in the way. Completely helpful in the getting ready process. So helpful beyond photography. So nice and flexible! Seriously couldn't believe how great and amazing both those ladies are!
  • Kirsten V. May 4, 2016
    Portrait Photography
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  • Chen Z. May 1, 2016
    Wedding Photography
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    Sheila did a great job on finding nice spots to take photos.
  • AKEMI T. Feb 16, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    She is very professional and responsible. My fiance and I had a fun time the engagement photo shot with her. I definitely recommend her to my friend. Thank you very much!!
  • Sabrina C. Feb 5, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was a pleasure to work with she was kind with me changing the start time a couple times, she was prompt and friendly and excellent. She had a second photographer with her as well which I loved. I would hire Sheila again and highly recommend her.
  • Deepika G. Dec 7, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    She is really awesome... We had our maternity session now and She made d shoot very friendly and we Ve got many beautiful shots... She made our experience a memorable one... Can't wait to ve our new born session... She s very adjustable with timing... Very reasonable as compared to other photographers... Would definitely use her again and recommend her...
  • Patricia B. Oct 21, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    She was an amazing photographer and we all felt comfortable with her and willing to take whatever pictures we wanted
  • Valerie A. Oct 8, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila did our engagement photos. She was fun and helpful with poses and backgrounds. She even got stung by a bee and shook it off like a champ and finished our session. Even when I was ready to call it a day she kept wanting to take photos because of the sky. We ended up using one of those last photos in the save the dates. She was really awesome and can't wait for her to do our wedding pictures!
  • Rachel H. Oct 2, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. She is a true professional and is highly recommended. She is the only person I would hire for events.
  • Anthony K. Oct 1, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was great we had a tuff venue and she nailed it. Got a bunch of great pictures I haven't seen them all yet so till then this will stay a 4
  • Wendy K. Sep 22, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila photographed my daughter's wedding September 2015, and without hesitation I would recommend her for any photo job. She is on time and a true professional along with being a super nice person. So happy we had Sheila!!!
  • Melody S. Sep 8, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    She was fantastic!!!
  • Bob N. Sep 6, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding photographer! We highly recommend her... Sheila was professional, friendly, on-time, great communicator, affordable and took some awesome pictures! We would hire her again!
  • Luis N. Aug 28, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome work! Highly recommend her services
  • James L. Jul 12, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Very very happy. Sheila was a 10 star recommendation.
  • Jody W. May 16, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    O my Gosh I don't know were to begin. Sheila was AWESOME! Very friendly and had wonderful ideas. SHE is extremely passionate about her work. Sheila worked very well with my family and they can be a bit wild at times... LOL I am very pleased that I hired her I will definitely hire her again. O yeah I requested a second photographer and Sheila took the time to refer someone who worked just as great as she did .
  • Spring Y. May 9, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila arrived before our scheduled time. She walked around the area and made suggestions where to shoot. She open heartedly took additional pictures that were planned. She is friendly, easy and fun to work with.
  • Derek C. May 7, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We feel so lucky to have found Sheila to capture our wedding day. She was so professional and yet flexible, the photos turned out so well, and she was really fun and a pleasure to work with.
  • Kanur A. May 4, 2015
    Portrait Photography
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  • Matt R. Apr 19, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was amazing! So helpful and took great pictures! Would definitely hire her again!
  • Gaurav M. Apr 15, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila just did our pre wedding photoshoot. She is just phenomenal. She is professional, friendly and the best photographer. Great personality great vibe and was amazing with ideas and creativity for the poses. 5 stars for her. On a scale of 1 to 10 she is 10
  • Aliza J. Apr 13, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    My fiance and I scheduled an engagement shoot with Sheila and found out it was going to rain on the scheduled date. Sheila was extremely accommodating and coordinated a different date for us on very short notice. During the actual photo shoot, she captured each moment perfectly and was extremely comfortable to work with! Also, Sheila had our pictures back to us in just a few days! Our overall experience with her was just fantastic! We would be thrilled to work with her again and recommend her to all :)
  • Donna G. Apr 10, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was amazing!! What wonderful photos we have to cherish forever! Great posed pics and lots of candid shots that showed so much joy and laughter. I would highly recommend Sheila for any function!
  • Alison B. Apr 8, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Trevin H. Apr 2, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was a pleasure to work with. She's cheerful, engaging, and has a great eye when it comes to portraying her client in the best possible light. And her rate was beyond reasonable. I highly recommend.
  • Sonali P. Mar 27, 2015
    Event Photography
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  • Mike P. Mar 22, 2015
    Pet Photography
    Verified Review
    it was a fantastic experience. Sheila was very accommodating and we felt un-rushed the entire time. 5 stars for sure!
  • Annalisa F. Mar 15, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was responsive and very flexible on a short timeline. Her pictures were beautiful and she delivered the final product very fast. I would hire her again for other services. Thanks Sheila for a job well done!
  • John F. Mar 9, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    It was a pleasure working with Sheila on my professional headshots. The location is very nice and allows for outdoor (with mature trees and many types of plants) as well indoor photos. Sheila took many shots in different attire. We then reviewed the photos and selected the photos I liked. The entire process took about an hour. She emailed the photos to me later the same night. The quality of work was very good. I highly recommend Sheila.
  • Nick H. Mar 6, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Raffael P. Mar 1, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Wow! This was an awesome experience. Sheila was encouraging, warm, and helped me to feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She was taking Headshots, and full body shots for me. We took them at the Claremont hotel grounds in Berkeley. She is a genius at framing the photos and suggesting poses. I am really grateful to have found her, and would definately hire again.
  • Fran & James T. Feb 20, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila is the best! She was so enthusiastic with her photography. She really has a passion for her work and even took some extra time for more photos after the ceremony. Such an amazing photographer, really loved having her there, highly recommended!
  • Edith H. Feb 20, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila met us at the location that we requested. She was prompt, professional and friendly! We had a big group (including three kids under five) but she was able to manage us to get the shots that we want. Thanks Sheila!
  • Axel M. Feb 11, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    On time, very professional, great turnaround time (same day) and very happy with the photos I received (all of which were sent to me in high resolution files for future reference/use). She did a few extra touch ups for me on a few as requested as well.
  • Monica H. Feb 8, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Such an amazing person and photographer. She saved out engagemet photos. We were so disappointed when our initial photographer said she could shoot in the rain. Sheila was willing to and was a joy to work with. We can't thank you enough!
  • Alisha S. Jan 31, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was great! She has a great personality so she fit in well at my bridal shower event and was great at organizing a few group shots.
  • Amisha R. Jan 30, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila is very sweet and will work to accommodate your needs for your event. She did a great job in photographing our baby shower.
  • Naveed S. Jan 17, 2015
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Great service and reasonable price, very professional
  • Sean P. Jan 2, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was absolutely amazing! She was super flexible with me and was so much fun to work with. Sheila went above and beyond to make everything perfect. Not to mention she knows how to get really creative with her resources. I will definitely use her again in the future. Don't change Sheila! :)
  • Dan D. Dec 31, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    She was very professional, fun and easy to work with. Pictured my final proofs on the spot. Best experience I have had getting headshots
  • Morteza A. Dec 30, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila arrived on time. She is very friendly to work with and took some great pictures of my family. Sheila is a wonderful photographer! I would recommend her.
  • Ana E. Dec 17, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila is not only a talented photographer but also very professional. She is very communicative and was a pleasure to work with. She was a joy to have around during the wedding day and was honestly a "fly on the wall" unlike other wedding photographers who are too "in it". The pictures she takes are beautiful and extremely well priced. I would not hesitate to work with her again. I actually look forward to it.
  • Dov C. Dec 16, 2014
    Portrait Photography
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  • Gopal S. Dec 4, 2014
    Headshot Photography
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    She was awesome. She was friendly and I felt comfortable. She gave me enough time to get the right headshot picture. She has a very nice spot up in the hills in Castro Valley. I appreciate her efforts. I recommend her and will get her service again.
  • Laysan A. Nov 16, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We just did our family portrait with Sheila. She is amazing!!! She were at location on time and with a happy spirit. She captured beautiful images. We definitely will do business again. I highly recommend her.
  • Rich J. Nov 14, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Shelia has a great eye. She was promt and took great headshots.
  • Ashmani J. Nov 9, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was great to work with and we had a great time- would hire again!
  • Yolanda A. Oct 20, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Finding wedding photography and videography was so hard and not to mention expensive. A friend told me about thumbtack, so I figured I'll give it a try and am sure glad I did. Shelia was so helpful and very informative about everything. She is so professional at all times . I told her my budget and she stuck rite to it and threw in some extra things for me. She offers beautiful engagement photos which turned out beautiful. We went to the Japanese Tea Garden in Harward , CA, and it was absloutely beautiful. On the day Of our wedding Shelia and Pam Were there early. They got pictures of the wedding set up, tables , flowers, cake, etc.. Shelia got pictures of everything I asked for. From the beginning to the end. And the most important she got some great shots of all the kids before they got all dirty it was beautiful. After the wedding Shelia got back to me in a week with all the pictures we had to pick threw, once we made our choices she put them in a beautiful album and sent them rite out us. I would recommend Shelia services to anyone looking for a professional and hard working photographer who takes pride in her work and making sure your needs are met on your special day. Thanks Shelia It turly was a pleasure! Sincerely Mr. & Mrs. De'Monta & Yolanda Hichks
  • Rupa R. Sep 17, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila took our anniversary pics this year and we loved each and every picture. She took excellent pics of our kid as well. She was so pleasant and sweet to work with and we truly appreciate the efforts she took to drive down to take our pics and then drop them at home for us to see. She is our go to photographer from now on. Thanks Sheila :)
  • Katalina R. Sep 4, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila is an amazing photographer. She is super sweet and really nice. She is great at what she does and loves what she does with a passion, which made my boyfriend and my experience a whole lot more memorable.
  • Angelica B. Aug 27, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    How do you rate someone that doesn't show up? The photographer confirmed by email one week before my event that she "was looking forward to working with me and my family". The photographer had my email and cell phone number and never had the courtesy to tell me she was not going to show up. "Hi Angelica, Thank you so much for the email! It really helps to have all the information I can,I wish all of my clients would be as thorough. I will see you at the Church on the 24th before the ceremony begins. Have a great day, Sheila " Well , she never showed up. There is nothing Professional about this person and she doesn't deserve to be hired by anyone willing to shell out their hard earned money. It cost me a lot more to get a last minute replacement to show up at the reception, obviously the ceremony was missed.
  • Judith H. Aug 25, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila drove a distance during rush hour to meet our large family in a park. She was very professional. Sheila was flexible, running from one spot in the park to another as each family set themselves up for her shots. She was great with the young ones--patient and creative. She is working with us to do requested edits to the proofs. I highly recommend Sheila for your family shoots!
  • Hi L. Aug 20, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was a joy to work with! She was flexible, attentive, provided valuable input, and turned around some amazing photos in record time! We were in SF on a family trip and wanted to capture some moments. Sheila is amazing!
  • Madhuri K. Aug 20, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila is the best. Everyone who got pictures taken with her at our office praised at how comfortable and easy she made it for them. She was very sweet, professional and quick. We got to choose from a bunch of poses which made us all very happy. I would choose her again for our projects and would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat MK Advanced Reproductive Care, Inc
  • Sharon B. Aug 19, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila did a shoot for our nonprofit organization, Wish of a Lifetime, that grants life-enriching Wishes to senior citizens. This particular Wish was for a 90 year old WWII Paratrooper named James, who we sent from his home in Denton, TX to Napa Valley, CA to go wine tasting. James has overcome significant obstacles in his life and is facing serious health complications, but wine tasting is something that continues to provide him with an unmatched sensory experience. We reached out to photographers to document this special Veteran's Wish using Thumbtack, and Sheila responded almost immediately. The photos are incredible, and Sheila made friends with our Wish Recipient. Thanks to her, we now have photos to remember and share this unbelievable Wish. Thank you Sheila!
  • Peighton F. Jun 25, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Sandra H. Jun 12, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    From the first email to the first meeting face-to-face Sheila makes you feel special and worth every penny. She is a delightful person to work with and doesn't force anything upon you. She takes her time to understand your requests and is very prompt in precise in answering questions, concerns, and sending photos. I would recommend her to anyone looking to hire a photographer.
  • Mirna G. Apr 13, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Wonderful personality. Great photographer. Very professional. Loved her work.
  • Amanda P. Mar 27, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    It great working with Sheila, she did an amazing job with my wedding pictures, captured every special moment! My husband and I are very pleased we chose her as our photographer all of our family was happy she wasn't intrusive. Blended in like family :)
  • Angelika C. Mar 9, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila provided professional photography services for my daughter;s wedding. She was a delight to work with, a very outstanding, friendly and overall top notch photographer! We were very pleased with her and all that she did!
  • Anitha J. Feb 23, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
  • Shaheen B. Jan 26, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I had the greatest experience working with Sheila! I approached Sheila for a few headshots and few full length shots which I needed for a competition. We had a two hour photo shoot in the beautiful half moon bay. Sheila took great details to plan the shoot and was very responsive and thoughtful. She had great ideas which helped bring out the best in my photographs. She reached the venue long before the shoot and planned a few areas to take the shots. She is a thorough professional and makes your experience comfortable and unique. She delivered the online proofing gallery and the edited photographs soon thereafter. I was so impressed by her work that I would rate here a 20 on a scale of 10.
  • Kyra S. Jan 2, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    My husband and I had a wonderful photo shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts this afternoon. It lasted about an hour and resulted in many beautiful, natural images thanks to Sheila's eye and guidance. Highly recommended!
  • Nick K. Dec 23, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was very good and professional. Dealing with a group of 9 people she was very patient.
  • Elizabeth M. Dec 8, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila did an excellent job! She was flexible on finding a day and time on a short notice and her enthusiasm to get the right photo made the shoot fun and exciting. Definitely will go back to her again.
  • Nicki L. Dec 4, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Great value
  • Elisa M. Nov 28, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was amazing! She came right on time - our guest count soared to almost 100 from an initial estimate of 70 and she handled that with grace. She was flexible staying an extra 2.5 hours than orginially intended and gave us a gorgeous album with a usb drive of all the pictures she took plus the prints for the guests. She dropped off the album, usb drive and prints personally a couple of days after the event. I would hire Sheila again and highly recommend her.
  • Ashley C. Nov 21, 2013
    Pet Photography
    Verified Review
    I loved working with Sheila! She is a wonderful photographer and was very patient. I wanted a photo of my cat and I for a holiday card and I was very fortunate to find her. The pictures turned out great and I can't wait to send photo cards to my family and friends for the holidays. I highly recommend her! Thank you Sheila :-)
  • Ashley D. Nov 14, 2013
    Pet Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheila was both professional and fun to work with. We were looking for casual, relaxed photos of us with our miniature poodle. Sheila did a terrific job. We were very pleased.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I consult with my new clients and make suggestions based on their needs. I determine which are the best images from their shoot or event and then edit each and everyone. I provide a digital copy to my client and share copy rights I take many shots to ensure the best possible angles have been applied, thus making my clients look amazing.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My education includes Academy of Art University in San Francisco and numerous photography classes. I never stop learning how to improve my skills and master the latest techniques with current editing programs.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My work is hourly fee based. For weddings, I customize a package based on the couples requests.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in photography, basically I grew up with a camera in my hand. After studying photography as an adult, but working in the corporate field, I felt it was time to follow my heart and become a professional photographer. I have never regretted that decision and love what I do.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My clients are all ages, from new borns to grand parents. I specialize in wedding, engagement, and portrait photography which pretty much covers all types of clients. Everyone requires photos of their life as it unfolds.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My favorite project is always the last one I completed, seriously. I usually cover 30 weddings per year and take approximately 2 weeks to edit the set depending on the scope of the event. If it's a portrait that I've shot then it takes less than a week to complete the project.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
My advise is to read clients reviews and communicate with the photographer that you are interested in working with. It's important to find a photographer that you feel comfortable with, and are at ease with while working together, because the images will turn out much better and you will enjoy the experience.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
With photography its a matter of comparing the professionals skill set to their requirements. I believe that clients should have copy rights to their photos so that they can utilize them without limitations. With wedding photography it's important to read the agreement completely and seek to clarify the terms and conditions.