Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography/SFBayAreaDronePhoto
Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography/SFBayAreaDronePhoto

Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography/SFBayAreaDronePhoto

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Introduction: PLEASE READ: If you’re a returning customer please use my email & phone number to contact us instead of via Thumbtack. - Member of Professional Photographers of America - Zillow Certified Photographer - FAA 107 sUAS Licensed Drone Pilot, Insured. I'm an architectural / interior photographer since 2014. I have a unique background of working for architectural lighting design industry for 8 years then I stepped out to the world of commercial architectural photography. After that I started adding other repertoires like corporate headshots, real estate photography, then aerial (drone) photography. My photos will look natural, well-lit, not over-processed photos. I bring my flash gears for interior spaces so that supplemental lighting will help you achieve very natural lighting balanced with the sunlight - as a result of that, my delivery time is very fast (I can do within 24 hours if necessary), so if you are in a rush, I may be your best bet. I also offer Matterport / Zillow3D Home 360 / Cloudpano virtual tour service as well. Virtual staging is also available (I charge per an image for this added service). Find me online if you’re interested. Another service I offer is aerial / drone photography since I became an FAA 107 Licensed Drone Pilot recently. I don’t offer weekend hours, I'm sorry but that's one of the reasons I can't offer wedding photography.

Hired 10 times

Serves Oakland, CA

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1 employee

8 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Square cash app, Stripe, Venmo, and 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

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    Real Estate and Architectural Photography


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

Exceptional 5.0

6 reviews


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Chelsea T.
Jan 20, 2022

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Taka is an incredibly talented photographer and consummate professional. We hired Taka to take photos of our apartment to use for Airbnb/Home Exchange. Working with him was easy and made us feel really relaxed. Taka was early to the scheduled shoot and delivered the photos within 24 hrs! Incredible service! He was also proactive with tips about how to stage the apartment for the best look in advance of the session. But most importantly he's a phenomenal photographer who really made our home pop! I would recommend Taka without hesitation to anyone looking to list their home!

Details: Real estate sale photos • 1 property • Residential • Less than 1000 sq ft • Digital or online download

Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography/SFBayAreaDronePhoto's reply
Thank you so much Chelsea for the wonderful review. You guys made it super easy to work with too and it was a pleasure working with you. Best of luck with your hosting!
Real Estate and Architectural Photography
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Brian J.
Dec 30, 2021
Taka is a real professional you can trust. His turnaround time was so fast, and he did an excellent job photographing our office space. I'd recommend him to anyone who needs professional quality of architectural photos.
Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography/SFBayAreaDronePhoto's reply
Thanks Brian! I appreciate your opportunity. Best of luck!
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Elaine G.
Dec 17, 2021
I was about to sell my home and a good friend recommended Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography. He was great to work with and knew which were the best framing angles combined with lighting for the perfect shot. The photos came out great! It was a bonus to add photos to our listing to help sell our home. I highly recommend him.
Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography/SFBayAreaDronePhoto's reply
Thank you so much Elaine for your kind words. I always do my best! I hope we can work together again, or with your friends / family members if they ever need my services!
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Tom T.
Dec 16, 2021
We worked with Taka to get our house photographed. He was well-prepared with his gears, he asked what exactly we wanted to get delivered, and he delivered beautiful photos in a very timely manner. We loved working with him, he’s friendly and he made everything go easy. I’d recommend Taka for anyone else who wants quality photographs.
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Lily T.
Dec 2, 2021
I highly recommend Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography. I selected him because his website's Architectural photos are stunning! He has a great eye for composition and light. Taka was professional, friendly and easy to work with. We felt at ease with him right away. He also accommodated photo editing, going back and forth, until we were happy with the portrait photos. The end result was beautiful and captured our essence.
Taka Taira-Kaplan Photography/SFBayAreaDronePhoto's reply
Thank you Lily for the wonderful review! It was a pleasure working with you.
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Takanori Taira-Kaplan


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

    I charge traveling fee when it’s over 30 miles from Oakland, where my office is. Again I may not be the cheapest around but please consider the value of the photos if they can attract many more customers to view your listing. 360 virtual tour often attracts 30-60% more customers to view listing and I can provide that for reasonable added cost.

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

    Communication is very important. I discuss what the bullet points of the photos my customers want to have at the end and I’ll strategize how I can deliver them. I try to respond as fast as possible as well, most likely you’ll hear back from me in less than ten minutes).

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

    I was hired for an in-house photographer for the company I used to work for in 2014. They were a representative of light fixtures and they needed their completed projects photographed. Then I moved onto be a sole practitioner in 2021 fall. I still keep taking continued educational classes for photography quite often to keep improving my skill sets. My educational background: bachelor's and master's degree of architectural engineering, minor of architecture. So you see where my perspectives and passion for buildings come from.

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