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GSchatan Photography
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Engagement Photography, Portrait Photography, Boudoir Photography

  • Serves Livermore, CA
Gary Schatan is a professional photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a stellar reputation for delivering expertly shot images, artistically realized and perfected for each client's unique needs. Photos are available for both online and print publication. His imaginative personal collection is a testament to the versatility and caliber of his work. Gary is presently the primary photographer for three Bay Area magazines. As an engaged and creative photographer in the Bay Area, Gary uses his unique skill sets, like uncanny attention to detail, and artistic whimsy to capture the correct tone, meaning, and purpose of his subjects without sacrificing the art or integrity of each image. With an eye for light, shadow, body language, and the potential of each subject, Gary Schatan enhances his photography with brilliance and direction that radiates from each image or environment. Using his Photoshop skills, Gary enhances his client's images to great effect. Gary's services are available to all, including businesses, advertising companies, models, actors, and those simply interested in obtaining the highest level of creative photography. When it comes to successful photography, Gary knows there are no limitations to the imagination and is willing to discuss projects outside of those readily available for viewing in his portfolio.See more

$350

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$350

estimated cost

Gary Schatan is a professional photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a stellar reputation for delivering expertly shot images, artistically realized and perfected for each client's unique needs. Photos are available for both online and print publication. His imaginative personal collection is a testament to the versatility and caliber of his work. Gary is presently the primary photographer for three Bay Area magazines. As an engaged and creative photographer in the Bay Area, Gary uses his unique skill sets, like uncanny attention to detail, and artistic whimsy to capture the correct tone, meaning, and purpose of his subjects without sacrificing the art or integrity of each image. With an eye for light, shadow, body language, and the potential of each subject, Gary Schatan enhances his photography with brilliance and direction that radiates from each image or environment. Using his Photoshop skills, Gary enhances his client's images to great effect. Gary's services are available to all, including businesses, advertising companies, models, actors, and those simply interested in obtaining the highest level of creative photography. When it comes to successful photography, Gary knows there are no limitations to the imagination and is willing to discuss projects outside of those readily available for viewing in his portfolio.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up an appointment or a consultation with a photographer near you during the COVID-19 pandemic is by conducting an online search. Start by scheduling a call with the photographer. If possible, it may be better to use a video call service so that the photographer can get an idea of the site location. Take this opportunity to discuss safety measures you can take during this time, as well as whether it’s safe to complete the project now or simply postpone it.

Can I use digital payments to pay for wedding and event photography services?

As digital forms of payment and money transfer are becoming more popular, wedding and event photographers are likely to use digital services. These include PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo, Square Cash and more. As you search online for local wedding and event photographers, ask them if they accept digital payments and, if so, which ones you can use. And make sure to have a strategy in place for safe social distancing.

Does a photographer need to enter my home?

There are many situations in which a photographer does not need to enter your home. It’s not uncommon for people to prefer to have their pictures taken outdoors. If you're hiring a photographer, maintain safe distances, avoid being in the same room, sanitize all involved surfaces and conduct payment using digital platforms. You can discuss strategies as you complete your search for local photographers.

How can I find out if a photographer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Consult your city or state’s government websites, which typically have information on which services are deemed essential during the pandemic. 

For national information, visit CISA’s page on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. Here, you can find 16 different types of essential infrastructure sectors that can continue operating unimpeded during the pandemic. But some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do photographers offer remote or virtual services?

Photography happens in person, but photographers may be able to offer other remote services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, they may be able to offer editing and other post-processing services. 

If you see that a photographer is offering remote services in their profile, contact them and ask what those services include.

Do you tip a photographer for family photos?

Tipping a photographer for family portraits is not standard etiquette. A great way to recognize a family photographer who goes above and beyond is to write them a glowing review. You probably found your photographer by reading online reviews, so paying it forward by letting everyone know how much you appreciate their work is a great gift. Write your review after they have delivered the final edited photos on time and you’ve confirmed that you’re happy with the terrific portraits they took.

How much does a baby photography cost?

Portrait photography provides parents with lasting images of the first whirlwind months of a newborn’s life. The cost varies based on several factors, including the length and location of the session, the number of photos provided, and the amount of editing and retouching the photographer does. The national average cost for baby photos is $150-$200. Some baby photographers charge by the number of photos provided, typically ranging from an average of $299 for 20 high-resolution edited photos, to an average of $399 for 35 photos, to $499 for all of the images taken in a single session. Props and location affect the cost, too; an elaborate studio shoot with props and professional lighting may increase the cost to $600-$700 for 20-50 photos. Adding a second location or asking the photographer to travel can add $70-$250 to the cost of the session. Photographers may also charge extra fees for providing additional photos and DVDs, scheduling weekend sessions, and shooting siblings. Expect to pay at least a $50 deposit when you book a portrait photography session.

Where is the best place to take baby pictures?

Baby pictures are among the most popular types of portrait photography, and most newborn photographers are well versed in the best places to take baby pictures in their local areas. Some newborn photographers will come to the hospital to shoot the baby within a day or two of birth, while others have set up their studios to accommodate the needs of infants. Some parents prefer to have the newborn photographer come to their home or travel to a favorite park or other outdoor location. Like any portrait photography, the best place to take baby pictures is the place you like best and that will yield the types of photos you want of your baby, whether that’s posed and carefully lit studio portraits or spontaneous, casual photos at home. Work with a local newborn photographer to find a safe, calm location with great lighting and some privacy for your family.

What should you wear for a family photo?

A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:

  • Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way.
  • Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
  • Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much.
  • Avoid wearing matching outfits.
  • Do wear outfits that are complementary in color.
  • Choose color over black-and-white outfits.
  • Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
  • Opt for tonally similar colors.  
  • Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.
Reviews for Livermore affordable photographers
Cammi H.
My husband and I hired Livingson/Piksfactory to photograph and take videos of our wedding. I have included many details in this review because I believe it gives the most accurate representation of our experience. Things Livingson did well: -He was punctual, even early to all of the events -He was personable and made us feel comfortable while taking pictures -He made sure we got all the poses we wanted and let us come up with ideas for some of the shots -Over 500 pictures were edited and sent to us within a reasonable amount of time and they turned out beautiful -He was willing to be flexible and work with me so that I was happy with the final products -He is obviously knowledgable about and experienced with photography. -The price he charged for both videography and photography for the whole day was the most affordable price I could find for the quality of the pictures Things that could use improvement: -Blocking the enjoyment of the wedding guests. There were several times during the reception that guests complained about having a hard time seeing us cutting the cake, dancing, etc. because the Piksfactory team was always right in the middle of everything. I am not a photographer, and we did get some great pictures because of how close they were to us, but I think there could have been a better way to take pictures without ruining the enjoyment of the guests (who ultimately are there to see two people they love celebrate their marriage and not the backside of a group of photographers). -The biggest thing I had a problem with was Piksfactory’s professionalism, and there are several reasons why I was unimpressed. Livingson was always very kind and polite to me (because I was his customer), but I was very disappointed to learn that my wedding planner felt like he had been rude to her and the wedding staff. I believe it is important to be professional and courteous to EVERYONE you associate with on a job, not just the people that are paying you. Livingson also had me spread the train of my wedding dress out on a muddy, grassy area to take pictures, and then when it inevitably got dirty he had me put the muddy part of my train in a FOUNTAIN to clean it off. Then, he was angry at my wedding planner because the DJ and my husband and I were late to our reception. The reason we were late was because we were trying to wash out my muddy dress at the DJ’s house. My mom handmade that dress and spent months slaving over it to make it exactly what I wanted. THANKFULLY my dress was washable and we could get the mud out, but had it not been, my dress could have been ruined forever due to an oversight on the photographer’s part. Finally, I felt taken advantage of when I was presented with my wedding video. There was a miscommunication about what I had envisioned for the video, and Livingson apologized and agreed to re-edit it so that it was what I wanted. The “fixed” video he sent me was along the lines of what I had imagined it to be, however there were a few basic editing mistakes left in (i.e. weird audio cuts). I mentioned the audio cut and he told me that it was because the mic cut out during the speech the audio clip was from, and it was “basically blended” and wouldn’t be noticeable. After I asked for that entire portion to be removed so that the video flowed better, he sent me a final version of the video with the full audio clip, including the part that had supposedly been “lost” due to the mic cutting out, correctly integrated into the videography. The second attempt at the video felt perfunctory and incomplete, like he told me the mic cut out just because he didn’t want to take the time to fix it. I was happy with the final product, but I felt lied to before I got what I wanted. I was disappointed that Piksfactory was okay with giving me a half-edited wedding video until I asked for it to be improved. Overall, I was pleased with the pictures and video we received, but I was disappointed with the way a lot of it was handled and the stress I felt. It seems like this may be the first time Piksfactory has ever done a full day of wedding pictures/videography, and if that is the case, it may be a lack of experience. I sincerely hope that the feedback I have provided helps future Piksfactory customers receive better service and respect.
Piksfactory ProductionsPiksfactory Productions
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