My husband and I can't say enough great things to say about Tom and his team! My husband was great about our wedding planning and helped out so much, but one thing that was on my plate was finding a photographer. As you can imagine, I was very nervous as this is a HUGE and SUPER IMPORTANT vendor for a wedding, so I was easily getting overwhelmed. I didn't know where to begin. There were too many on Yelp and Wedding Wire and all the other wedding sites and I had no idea how to know if they were going to be the right fit for us or not (not to mention the price). I decided to try Thumbtack and that's how I came across Tom. I liked Thumbtack because the vendor gives you a quote based on your needs and he was in our price range, so I reached out to him to get more information.
One thing I loved was how quick he was to respond to all my messages (and still is to this day)! I had SO many questions and he was so patient with me and answered all of them so thoroughly and would send me pictures and examples of his work (along with all the examples you can see on his website). I loved how knowledgable he was and one thing that stood out to me was his price for his work. He was much more affordable and from what I could tell, exactly what we were looking for as far as style. I also told him we were going to need multiple locations for the wedding and we'd also like to do an engagement shoot at two different locations. He said we could do as many locations as we wanted and there was no additional cost as long as we stayed within the time frame (and we could also go a little over and it would be fine). This stood out to me as well because I spoke with another photographer about the same thing and he charged extra per location. Needless to say, we went with Tom! I loved his work; he was patient with me; seemed super friendly; affordable; and seemed to go the extra mile for his clients. After meeting with him in person, too, my husband was on board. He loved him right away and thought he was a great fit.
The first thing we did was our engagement shoot (of course). For this, we told him we only needed one photographer, but he actually brought a second photographer anyways at no additional cost. I think he did most of the shooting, but I saw her take shots here and there and I thought that was great! The first location we went to was USC to take football pictures on the field and throughout the stadium. My husband and I are huge fans haha. Tom was great and took us everywhere we wanted to go and helped us pose and found great shots! The second place we went to was a beach and I told him we were looking for a secluded beach to get romantic shots and he knew of a place not far from the stadium and it was PERFECT. We were so happy how things went that day and it made us more comfortable to have an idea how things would go on our big day, too. He also got us our pictures within a few days, too! He said he had never taken so many in all of his years as a photographer LOL (he has been doing this for YEARS and when we asked how many weddings he had done, he said, "I stopped couting at 600." WOW!). They were BEAUTIFUL and just what we needed to finish our wedding website and save the dates!
The day of the wedding, he was there with his team and they were amazing. We hardly noticed them, to be honest, and the guests said the same thing! That actually helped things go so smoothly as they were never in the way of anything and they got amazing shots! Everyone has complemented him and his team on how clear the pictures are, too! You can especially notice when you get them printed. Crystal clear! Another surprise at the wedding was he actually put the pictures of the wedding day on our slideshow at the reception! Now, I had been to weddings before and saw this one time and thought it was soo cool, but when I looked into it, it was SO expensive to do this and he did this for us as a surprise! That was so special and so cool! Afterwards, he got us the pictures SO fast (within about a week - normally, you have to wait about a month or more) and we were beyond happy. He also gave us ALL the pictures and didn't narrow it down for us. The reason I was happy with this is because we got to see so many more of them and can use as many as we like! Even if we don't use them for an album or pictures on our wall, we still have the rights to all of them and can enjoy every one! Not every photographer does this (most of them do not) and you can miss out on so much.
Lastly, when we ordered a picture to hang on our wall, he was so great with the whole process and actually hand delivered it to us! This was such a special touch that we loved and really appreciated. He did this as well when my husband's mom unfortunately passed away a few months after our wedding and we wanted to use a couple of the pictures from the wedding to have at her funeral. We could not have found a better photographer and we feel lucky to have him and plan on staying with him throughout many of the memories and milestones we will come across in our future together.