Marc Kay
Marc Kay

Marc Kay

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Introduction: I have a Masters of Arts degree in film 🎥 & photography 📷 with 10+ years of experience. In photography, my specialization is people: highly artistic portraits/headshots. In video, my specialization is in inspiring documentaries, effective ads and edgy music videos. I have honed the skills of capturing the essence of a person or topic in a photograph and film & my work focuses on that, an expertise of the craft. If you are looking to co-create a photograph or a video that will stand-out and stand the test of time, well, you’ve found the right person, you can drop me a message to start a conversation 🕺

Hired 13 times

Serves Los Angeles, CA

1 employee

13 years in business

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Cash, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Featured Projects

40 photos

  • Portrait Photography - Sylmar 2021

    Portrait Photography

  • Magazine

    Portrait Photography

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

Great 4.7

13 reviews


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Sasha L.
Aug 12, 2021
I shot with Marc when I was in the US and I must say the experience was amazing. I recommend him as great photographer and director.
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Harrison M.
Aug 10, 2021

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Marc was great to work with: chill + kind energy, good creative intuition, reasonable rates, and easy to communicate with. I would highly recommend.

Details: Solo portrait • Traditional / classic (looking directly at the camera) • Candid (captured in the moment) • Artistic (focus on composition, lighting) • Natural / environmental (photographed in an outdoor setting) • Photo studio • Digital or online download • At the pro’s location

Marc Kay's reply
Same goes to you Harrison for being a wonderful person to work with, thank you for the nice comments!
Portrait Photography
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Michelle K.
Jul 30, 2021
Marc is an exceptional photographer and film director. He knows how to take you, the concept and the overall project to the next level. I’ve worked with him multiple times, he’s got my strong recommendation. Thank you 😊
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Amber H.
Jul 29, 2021
I had a great experience shooting with Marc and highly recommend him for the following reasons: 1) He brings an artistic eye which gave my photos a magazine-quality look and feel. 2) He approaches his work as an 'art' and not simply a commercial shoot 3) The photos look timeless and classic and simply authentic to who I am!
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Rohit K.
Oct 26, 2021

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Hired on Thumbtack

Working with Marc: 5/5 Satisfaction from the final pictures: 1/5 Good: Marc is a great person. He made me comfortable knowing it was my first shoot. He was on time, communicated the process well and overall very easy to work with. Things to improve: I felt overall the pictures I got was not at all professional shoot quality. Majorly because of following reasons: 1. Colors/Details - I was expecting pictures to have a lot more details and colors. A picture by iPhone has better color details than what I got. 2. Frame focus - In most of the picture I was zoomed in, which cut off half of my body and the background. Moreover, I was in center in most of the picture instead of 1:3. 3. Lighting - in most of the picture, I felt either the angle / lights not perfect or they are pixelated. I am not an expert but I think partly it could be because of the camera used for photography. Overall there is only one picture that I felt is good from one hour shoot. I'll be looking for a different photographer to get another shoot done. Update-- such as you deciding the poses rather than allowing the photographer to guide you; -- I don't think this is true. trying to pack 4-5 costume changes within an hour session, allowing only 10 minutes or so for each look, which wasn’t sufficient as per our 30 minute/look conversation we had agreed on. -- Neither this. If you remember we spent most of our time on two outfits (the very first on rooftop and one in the pool). The other 2 dresses we felt like isn’t coming good and didn’t spend much time. In fact, we ended our shoot 5 mins early so it was not like I was trying to get more out of this.

Details: Solo portrait • Candid (captured in the moment) • Natural / environmental (photographed in an outdoor setting) • Home • Digital or online download • My home, venue, etc.

Portrait Photography


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Fair and transparent

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Over a free call, we discuss and agree on a budget concept to begin with.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    A Bachelor & Masters of Art (8 years of education and hands on training)

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