Richard Hartog Photography

Richard Hartog Photography

Marina Del Rey, CA

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About Richard Hartog Photography

hired 75 times on Thumbtack

Richard Hartog is an award-winning photographer with over 25 years of experience. He specializes in weddings, headshots, events, portraits and corporate photography.

Look at his website and Facebook photography page, and 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.

There is a difference in the quality of photographers. Hire one of the best. His clients are always happy and they are often repeat customers. He's been hired almost 70 times on Thumbtack and ALL of his reviews are 5 stars.


3715 Pacific Ave. , Suite #2
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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  • 5/5 stars May 20, 2015

  • 5/5 stars May 19, 2015

  • 5/5 stars May 14, 2015

    He was outstanding. He worked hard and fast during the day, made us laughed, since he came into our room, he began shooting and stayed with us more hours that we'd dealt before. Took amazing photos which are got high "likes". It was pleasure to share our special day with him, and his journalistic skills add o lot to our photos, because everything was real. We didn't posed, we were doing what we wanted to do and he managed to catch every moment of us.. He's my unseen her!!

  • 5/5 stars May 6, 2015

    We hired Richard for my grandmothers 100th B day. I was impressed with how he really captured all our relatives and friends in "the moment". It will definitely be a day we will remember! Richard showed up early and asked for any requests for photos groups and shots and then he went to work!!! Like I said "It will be a day we will remember" thanks to Richard

  • 5/5 stars May 2, 2015

    Richard is very professional and does great work. He is also a very nice person and was friendly with everyone at our event. I would highly recommend him!

  • 4/5 stars April 30, 2015

    Great guy to work with! Very good with kids as well and open to all ideas. I would definitely recommend him.

  • 3/5 stars April 27, 2015

    Richard did a great job with my event! He actually bought printer to accommodate the request for branded prints. Really appreciated his expertise and efforts!

  • 5/5 stars April 2, 2015

    It was a pleasure to have Richard shoot our wedding yesterday evening. Though it was small and our needs were minimal, he far exceeded our expectations. He intuitively knew what I was looking for and I am thrilled with the shots he shared with us last night. I can't wait to see everything else!

    Richard was quick to reply to any questions, arrived early and was the consummate professional. I would highly recommend him, and will not hesitate to use him again.

  • 5/5 stars March 19, 2015

    Super professional, on time, great pictures of our conference, and very pleasant to work with, great attitude!!

  • 5/5 stars March 12, 2015

    Richard was very professional and fun to work with. Got our pictures 3 days after the shoot and they were fabulous. Richard has a good eye and knows how to find good frames even in a pretty crappy neighborhood.

  • 5/5 stars March 10, 2015

    Richard was an amazing photographer. He was so easy to work with and has a great eye when it comes to taking photos. I would totally recommend him to anyone looking for proposal or engagement type photos. I am strongly considering him for my wedding next year. Thanks again for making that day so special for my fiancé.

  • 5/5 stars February 25, 2015

    Amazing photographer and amazing photos...five stars all the way around.

  • 5/5 stars February 25, 2015

    Easy to work with, highly professional, does whatever it takes to get the job done and provide you with great results. Outstanding!

  • 5/5 stars February 22, 2015

  • 5/5 stars February 11, 2015

    Richard was very responsive and customer focused. He reached out with questions both before and during the event to gain clarification on our requirements and needs. He went above and beyond to provide photos requested in a very compressed timeframe. The assets he captured at our event met and in some cases exceeded out expectations. Would highly recommend.

  • 5/5 stars February 8, 2015

    Richard's disposition put the guests at ease and the shots of my 50th were fantastic! He was just wonderful and I will use him again and again!

  • 5/5 stars January 19, 2015

  • 4/5 stars December 23, 2014

    Richard is extremely personable and professional, is on time, handles the job per requested and goes the extra mile to ensure you are pleased with the outcome. I would recommend his services to others needing to document business-oriented events.

  • 5/5 stars December 22, 2014

    Richard was awesome and very easy to work with. Would definitely recommend him to friends!

  • 5/5 stars December 15, 2014

    Richard was great to work with and very professional. When I was looking for him to capture a particular moment, he was already capturing it! He didn't require any direction and it was great to have one less thing to worry about during our grand opening event. I highly recommend and will totally use him again!

  • 5/5 stars November 30, 2014

    An extremely talented photographer at whatever work he does. Richard took pictures at my daughter's b-day party and they turned out to be truly amazing. Looking forward to working with him on other occasions. He's very funny, easy going and hardworking. Highly recommend.

  • 5/5 stars November 28, 2014

    Excellent photographer, truly gifted at what he does. His eccentric and exciting personality really made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. His experience really showed itself during the most crucial moments of our wedding. I look forward to working with him again in the future. Thanks Richard!

  • 5/5 stars November 16, 2014

    Richard was amazing to work with! He is very professional, funny, and makes everyone in the room feel at ease. He stayed with us longer than we had requested in order to make sure we got the best shots possible.
    We were very impressed with the final pictures, which he put up very quickly. He also edited a few images for us and they turned out great.
    We would definitely recommend Richard to anyone looking for a photographer and will be calling him again in the future.

  • 5/5 stars November 13, 2014

    Richard Hartog shot our engagement photographs in the Pasadena and South Pasadena area. He has a calm and easy going personality coupled with high energy and inspirational ideas. He was quick, fun, and open to pretty much any photographic idea we could think of! We love that he did not hold us to an exact set of rules like number of dressing changes, exact times, and only a certain number of locations. Flexible, creative, prompt, and professional. I could rave about him all day but check out his professional website that bears his name and may his jaw dropping career of photographs give the final word.
    P.S. -Richard is so friendly and helped to create such a fun and relaxing environment for our engagement photos that we all went out for pizza afterwards.

  • 5/5 stars November 13, 2014

    Richard was awesome to work with. He was very responsive, professional and friendly with an upbeat personality. I literally contacted him the night before the needed shoot and although he didn’t have much time to prepare, he was able to capture the essence of what we were aiming for. Additionally, he directed the subject (an executive of a non-profit agency who is very camera shy) in a manner that brought out a natural look and feel (what we had hoped for). Moreover, his rates were very competitive, especially for the amount of quality photos produced.

  • 5/5 stars November 11, 2014

    Richard is an EXCELLENT photographer and I would HIGHLY recommend him! We hired Richard to shoot some pictures of our office and employees for a company website. He was very responsive, and even called me before we hired him to discuss our ideas and ultimate goals for the website.
    After we hired him, he was very accommodating to our schedule, and showed up early to set-up and meet us. Richard has a friendly personality that puts everyone immediately at ease and makes for better pictures. In addition to being a highly-skilled photographer, he's a lot of fun to work with! The pictures turned out great, and he went above and beyond to make sure we were totally satisfied with his work. He has a great eye, and because of his background as a photo-journalist, he delivered certain shots/angles that blew us away! His work is beautiful and creative. We are so happy that we will be using him for all of our corporate photography needs in the future.

  • 5/5 stars October 24, 2014

    Richard was pretty awesome all around! Could not have had a better experience. He was open to any location I wanted, had great suggestions, and made the whole experience so comfortable. I have had a few head shots in the past, and never used any of them. I already have 3 of our photos up on my website. He is a talented professional. Never thought it would be so fun! Thank You R!

  • 5/5 stars September 30, 2014

    We love Richard and we love his photos! We photographed our engagement photos, rehearsal, wedding day prep and wedding. He is very easy going and easy to get along with. He also gets along with other wedding vendors. Beautiful photographs! He catches the moment, has great ideas and listens to yours!

  • 5/5 stars September 24, 2014

    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!

  • 5/5 stars September 11, 2014

    Words can't explain how excited and happy we are with Richard. I've been a professional DJ for over 16 years. I've seen all the good bad and the ugly, needless to say I was hesitant trusting anyone to the most important day if my life. Richard was perfect. He made our wedding the greatest night ever! My wife thought he was funny, professional and made her feel at ease. He even made me look good!! To top it off, while we were on our honeymoon, we got our first round of pictures to look at!! They are beautiful! I'd recommend Richard for any occasion! GREAT JOB and thank you for making our day the most special and enjoyable ever!

  • 4/5 stars May 8, 2014

    Richard was so enthusiastic with this project from the beginning. It was not the easiest to pull pictures of this corporate event but he found a way to make it work. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him on future projects.

  • 5/5 stars April 22, 2014

    Richard is a talented, energetic, and positive person! Not only did he take dynamic photos as we had discussed but he also interacted with the guests and built rapport with them on the spot. Even though this was a professional event and Richard has an immense amount of experience shooting for high energy events he was still able to communicate the energy, atmosphere, and vibe of the evening through his photos. My company will be utilizing Richard's services for all of our photography needs!

  • 5/5 stars February 17, 2014

    We were thrilled with the pictures Richard took at our son's Bar Mitzvah. He was a pleasure to work with and his pictures were incredible! He took amazing action shots at our gymnastics event as well. I highly recommend Richard for capturing special memories of an event!

  • 5/5 stars January 20, 2014

    Richard was the photographer for our wedding. Richard has an amazing talent for photography. He is professional, on time, and has a great eye. Richard busted his butt for us,long after any other photographers would have called it a day. Richard was full of great ideas, and more then willing to roll with any suggestions. Richard had more ideas then we had time for.That was too bad, because if we had all day, we would have had even more great photos. I would recommend Richard for any of your photography needs.

  • 5/5 stars November 1, 2013

    I hired Richard to take photography of a family baptism. I was happy to be working with the caliber of photographer Richard happens to be. At the end of the day his services and his skill set did not disappoint. He was professional and willing to go the extra-mile when working with our entire family. We appreciated that he was approachable, easy to work with and would recommend his services to those in need of an event photographer.

  • 5/5 stars October 29, 2013

    Richard was PERFECT for my last minute job! We arranged our shoot the night before!!! He was ready, prepared, and showed me through his pictures a mirror to who I am in my work and my life! It was an astoundingly beautiful experience to get this kind of immediate, golden, feedback with pictures in a way that words can never be believed. He opened life-changing doors of opportunity and optimism for me with those FABULOUS, AMAZING shots! There is a God, and he resides in Richard's photos! It was one of the best days of my life when I hired him to help me. He made me look like a rock star in my head shots! My eyes were sparkling! The action photos were so dramatic and moving! I will be telling everyone about him...I won't have to, they're already asking!!!
    The speed he employed in post production was awesome. I made my deadline in no time and everyone was impressed and happy!

  • 3/5 stars July 20, 2013

  • 5/5 stars April 21, 2013

  • 5/5 stars April 6, 2013

    I would highly recommend Richard for ANY of your photography needs! He shot photographs of my two children at the beach and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out! He was on time, professional and engaging with my two teenagers who were not too keen on getting their photos taken. He loosened them up, made them laugh, and was all around awesome! I plan to hire him for a big 50th birthday party coming up soon as well!

  • 5/5 stars February 22, 2013

    I hired Richard to do a corporate group photo in Hermosa Beach. Richard took the time to meet me at the venue in the weeks prior to the event to scout the best location. The photos came out great and everyone enjoyed receiving the photo as a memento of the event. Richard can handle a group of any size. He's fun and gets everyone involved. I was so impressed with Richard's work that I hired him to shoot my husband's 50th Birthday Party and we couldn't have been happier with the results. Richard is highly creative and organized. Major plus was his quick response time and making the photos available in a timely fashion. Thanks Richard!

  • 5/5 stars June 25, 2012

    Richard was excellent to work with. Friendly, punctual and skilled, he was the perfect photographer for my daughter's 3rd birthday. As anyone with a young child knows, capturing good moments with finicky little ones can be a challenge and Richard approached the task with a great attitude. Thanks again!

  • 5/5 stars June 13, 2012

    Richard is a fantastic photographer, super professional and really fun. He photographed my wedding with such a creative eye and gave me a strong collection that documented my entire day to its fullest. The photos are classic as well as spontaneous and beautiful. The best part of working with Richard is he does not make it tiring or disruptive to be photographed, but instead, it's as if your friend is just celebrating each moment with you.

  • 5/5 stars May 29, 2012

    Richard is very professional and creative. He had an excellent command of the space to create unique shots that others could have easily missed. He has built a strong rapport with the group so everyone felt comfortable. What I appreciated was also Richard's diligence to scope out the site before the shoot. He came well prepared and his turn around for the proofs was quick! Recommend 100%!

  • 5/5 stars May 23, 2012

    We used Richard Hartog for a very quick headshot shoot for an executive. Richard was very professional, easy to work with and produced great results. We had an aggressive timeline – less than 24 hours to contract Richard, shoot and see proofs and the shots turned out very well. We were very happy with the shots and would highly recommend Richard Hartog.

  • 5/5 stars May 3, 2012

    Hi; I was so pleased I chose Richard; great guy, awesome photographer; great results. Richard was friendly; on time and had fantastic locations; both myself and my agent are extremely happy with the results. Check out who he has shot already in his celebrity gallery. He knows how to capture you.

  • 5/5 stars May 3, 2012


  • 5/5 stars January 25, 2012

    I had the privilege of having photos taken by Richard that were extremely sentimental to me... to remember my precious dog, Stevie, that I was to put to sleep just weeks after our shoot. I am a young stage 4 Metastatic breast cancer patient and adopted my little Stevie girl, who was a "special needs" dog that just needed love and happiness before the angels came to grace her with her next journey. I knew when I adopted little Steive that she did not have long left to live. But then again, I heard the same thing myself. We both had Stage 4 Bone disease and were not given long. I have survived six years now when docs said I would not survive a year. And the vets gave Stevie about 3 months. She survived 6 months. It was one of the hardest days of my life, to let my little fur baby go... but, she was in too much pain and it was time. Thankfully, I reached out to Richard weeks before to set up a beach shoot so that I could have pics to treasure and cherish of being blessed to know little Stevie, and the honor of loving her during the time we shared together. Richard captured beautiful moments that I will never forget now... and it's all because of the quality of photographer he is as well as being a quality human being that truly understands how to snap a moment of feeling that makes others feel just by looking at the photos. And that's what capturing a moment is all about.

    Highly recommend Richard and his brilliant and dedicated work. He gave me one of the most valuable gifts I could receive. Another priceless memory.

  • 5/5 stars January 8, 2012

    Richard was such a pleasure to work with. He took some close ups of my patients for my website as well as a few headshots for my daughter. Not only is he professional, but he also has a great sense of humor, making the whole process an enjoyable experience. I am so happy with the final products and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.

  • 5/5 stars November 4, 2011

    Richard Hartog was a pleasure to work with. I went to him after my manager reccomended his services for my headshots. Richard was friendly and funny which really helped me loosen up for the shoot. He spent the entire day, from the afternoon to sunset, working to get me the perfect shots. He didn't worry about running over time or keep track of the amount of "looks" we shot. The end product was countless amazing photographs that I have been able to use for a variety of projects, including my current Facebook picture. Richard really has an eye for this and I am so glad I went to him!

  • 5/5 stars November 1, 2011

    Richard with Richard Hartog Photography is highly recommended. Richard was a very easy person to interact with and do business with. Hired for a recent fundraiser, he was very responsive, punctual and most importantly understanding to the needs of a busy venue, which included close to 2,000 people and their pets. His turnaround time in producing and uploading images was an additional plus, and his images speak a thousand words. Most impressed.

  • 5/5 stars November 1, 2011

    I would highly recommend using Richard Hartog photography. I have worked with many photographers before and Richard and I got along right off the bat. He was kind and funny and made me feel so comfortable. In effect, the end product turned out awesome!

  • 5/5 stars October 28, 2011

    My wife, Teresa, and I were fortunate enough to have Richard Hartog as our wedding photographer. Richard was nothing other than professional, endearing, and added a sense of humor to our amazing day. Richard has an eye for detail and had the ability to see our wedding experience the way we envisioned it. At the church, he captured the ceremony beautifully while remaining stealth and considerate of the event. He arrived at the hotel early that day to take shots of the bride and bridal party getting ready and stayed until the last guest had left the reception late that evening. We received the photo package within only a few short days and they were perfect. Richard took well over 500 photos for us capturing every detail of the entire day. Even months after the wedding, Richard still keeps in contact with us to see how we're doing and how married life is treating us. We will recommend Richard Hartog to anyone who is looking for an amazing photographer!

  • 5/5 stars October 27, 2011

    Richard's work is simply amazing. He took beautiful head shots of our three kids and they have been getting auditions like hot cakes ever since. The way he handles kids is wonderful and actually very touching. He brings out the best in his subjects with calm and .....tons of humor. I highly recommend him to anyone.

  • 5/5 stars October 26, 2011

    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.

  • 5/5 stars October 26, 2011

    In this order- Headshots, maternity, and baptism... these were the 3 times I have hired Richard. I cannot wait to hire him for my wedding. Let me just keep this simple. I have worked with many. Never has there been a time it was more fun, fulfilling, exciting, eventful, professional, easy, and worthwhile among other things. I have always kept my endorsements to myself but being consistent 3 times in a row over a 2 year period is hard to come by. Richard is so efficient and also cares a great deep about his work and what "he puts out there". A true artist who brings the most precious moments to life. I cannot get enough of looking at our photos. Not to mention all the compliments I receive on his work when people ask "who was the photographer?" Thanks to him, our memories will be timeless and beautifully captured. Enough said, hire the guy and save yourself the trouble and disappointment of someone else.

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