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Richard Hartog Photography
Richard Hartog Photography

Richard Hartog Photography

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Introduction: Hey there! Welcome to my profile! Richard Hartog is an award-winning photographer with over 25 years of experience. He specializes in wedding, event, corporate, portrait, family, sports, and concert photography. He's been hired 337 times on Thumbtack and almost ALL of his verified reviews are 5 stars! No other photographer comes close! His clients are always happy, and they are often repeat customers. Look at his website, Instagram, and Facebook photography page - You'll see that capturing the moment in a candid, photojournalistic style is what he does best. Having photographed major sports, international news and entertainment as a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times for over 10 years, Hartog knows that getting the photo the first time is the only option. Hartog has been named "Photographer of the Year" by the National Press Photographers Association, the California Press Photographers Association and three times by the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles.

Hired 338 times

6 similar jobs done near you

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3 employees

34 years in business

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Apple Pay, Cash, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, Zelle

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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

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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

Excellent 4.9

161 reviews


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Barbara N.

Wedding and Event Photography

We hired Richard Hartog to photograph our daughter's wedding and reception, and he was so outstanding we just had to write a review. Richard responded quickly to our initial inquiry, and continued to get back to us efficiently right up to the wedding day. We called and booked him just about a week before the event, and in speaking with him, I felt comfortable right away with his expertise and experience. Throughout the event, Richard was very personable, flexible, and professional. Whenever we asked for a specific grouping of people, he was quick to accommodate our request. He included a wonderful four-generation photo in the mix, which we know will be treasured for years to come! Richard did a just a wonderful job for us! We could not have asked for a more excellent photographer, and recommend him highly for any type of event.
Aug 30, 2019
Saba F.

Wedding and Event Photography

Richard did an excellent job photographing my cousin's engagement and wedding reception! He was quick to respond to our initial inquiry which was just a few weeks before the events. He was timely to both shoots and for one, stayed later than planned. He also did a good job of making the couple feel relaxed and comfortable before taking pictures. Richard followed through with all of our photo requests to pay attention to detail and granted us access to lots of edited photos very quickly! Thank you, Richard!
Dec 17, 2018
Adam C.

Wedding and Event Photography

Richard not only shoots your event...He lives your event with you and then re-tells it in his photos. I have not been paid to say any of these words. My son's Bar-Mitzvah was 3 weeks ago and as I look at all the fabulous JUMP-OFF-THE-PAGE photos Richard took? I can only wish I would have known and hired him back when my wife and I were married...because had HE photographed our wedding, we'd still be looking at THOSE photos today as well. Hire Richard. You will not be let down in any way, shape or form. He is a true gentleman and totally gifted behind the camera.
Nov 22, 2016
Krystal C.

Wedding Photography

He met me a week before the wedding to scope out places for photos, while keeping in contact via calls and texts all the way up to the event to check in and see if I needed anything or had ideas I wanted him to do. Also, he came early the day of and stayed on top of all the photos that we had talked about that I wanted. He was a seriously reliable and so easy to talk to and took input really well! You would be insane to book any other photographer if Richard is an option for you! You can contact me if you want anymore feed back about him! Also, I recommended him to my best friend who got married a week before me and she had the same type of experience!
Sep 24, 2014
Eric F.

Wedding Photography

Richard was one of the best photographers my family, friends and I have ever worked with in over 30 years of throwing events, weddings and birthdays. He was professional, on-time, felt the vibe of the event (even dressed the part). He had the proofs ready in a timely fashion. I will plan on using him again. He also gained many referrals from my event alone as he was one of the stars. Thank you again.
Oct 26, 2011
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Richard Hartog


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

    When I get hired through Thumbtack, my client is getting a great deal. Because I'm directly competing with other photographers on the platform, my rates have to be competitive. I reduce my rates to compete with the other photographers on Thumbtack. If a customer finds me through a Google search or a referral from an event planner, etc., my quotes are a lot higher.

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

    When a new client sees my work and reviews on Thumbtack they know they're in good hands. They're hiring me for my eye and I will always come up with great photo ideas. At the same time, I look at my shoots as a collaboration. I have no ego and my goal is to get you the photos YOU want. I won't be happy unless you're happy. I love when my customers are proactive. If you have a specific requests or an idea for a photo, I definitely want to hear about it and we'll make it happen!

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

    I took my first very photography class in high school. I continued my interest in photography at UCLA where I took photo classes and I also worked at the college newspaper, the Daily Bruin. From there I was able to build up my portfolio and get a couple of paid newspaper internships while I was still a student. After college, I was offered a full-time Staff Photography job at The Outlook/Daily Breeze newspapers in the Santa Monica and South Bay areas. I worked at the medium size newspaper chain for ten years and I earned an amazing wealth of experience while at the same time working on my portfolio and building up my reputation within the photojournalism community. I joined the the Los Angeles times as a Staff Photographer and I worked there full-time for over ten years. I left the Los Angeles Times in 2008 and I've been running by own full-time photography business since then.

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