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We have a beautiful 5-year-old daughter and though we took many pictures of her, none of them looks natural.When she smiles she looks unnatural and when she doesn't she looks unhappy.So we decided to hire a pro who could mpossibly take much better pictures of her. One of my friends recommended Hidetoshi to us because she's done her portrait shoot with him before. We had a brief phone conversation before the shoot, letting him know of the problems we're having withn her. We're quite impressed to see how he easily interacted with ourn daughter and that a half an hour into the shoot, our daughter seemed to be quite relaxed and comfortable being in front of the camera. Looking at the photos he took, we just couldn't believe she could give such a natural look. We're very happy with our daughter's beautiful photos and we're impressed by his professionalism. My wife and I highly recommend him. Thank you Hidetoshi!Mar 14, 2016Takahashi Photography's reply
In addition to being fairly priced and very available via text Hidetoshi had a lovely disposition and put everyone at ease, especially the camera shy. The end result was a lovely series of photos and an even lovelier afternoon. I would recommend him to anyone.Oct 12, 2018VerifiedTakahashi Photography's reply
Thank you Jessica! I'm glad you liked the photos. You have a beautiful family and everybody was nice and easy going and that made my job easy.
Great quality photos! Hide worked well with our kids to capture amazing family photos. It was terrific value for a photo shoot. The prints looked awesome! We were slow and intermittent in our correspondence with Hide and he was very patient. Overall, we were very pleased with the whole experience and would recommend Takahashi Photography to others.Dec 9, 2017VerifiedTakahashi Photography's reply
Thank you,Glenn. Glad to know you liked my work. Happy Holidays to you all!
We absolutely LOVED working with Hide. He was fun, creative, had many ideas and poses for us and most importantly he worked with us extensively to complete our vision. We can not wait to see how beautiful our photos have come out! THANK YOU HIDE!!!!Dec 15, 2017VerifiedTakahashi Photography's reply
Thank you, Alicia! I enjoyed working with you guys. I think your plan B worked very well and I will let you know as soon as I finished processing your photos.
It was great working with Hide! Great price, didn't rush the process and took his time. The photos got back to us quickly within a few days and hey came out very well! I would highly recommend his workApr 14, 2017VerifiedTakahashi Photography's reply
Thank you, Michael. It was a fun photo shoot!
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My standard pricing for a solo portraiture starts at $200. For a family portrait shoot is $250 because they not only want a family portrait but also an individual portraiture. My pricing includes my time to get to the location, shooting time, image processing time and prints if my client prefers. But if a client commands a premium package, my price goes up accordingly but I set my price fair to both my client and to myself. For a wedding shoot and a Quiceanera, it all depends on the hours of shoot and products they want and their budget. I will work the budget and I will deliver a quality of services.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Exploring my client's needs is a must and I always set up a day/time to have a short phone meeting to get details about their shoot. This phone chat is important not only because I will get details about their shoot but also it works very well to break the ice. Some customers have never hired a pro online and it's new to them. So my job is to make them feel comfortable working with me and that I'm a REAL person. Once they decided to hire me, I will ask them to indicate that they hired me on their end at Thumbtack. Some people don't know how to do it and in that case, I can do it on my end. I will always make contract for all shoots and for wedding shoots and Quinceanera, I usually meet my customer at my favorite meeting spot, Starbucks. The contract explains what they will get from my services and some legal matters. If they agree with the contract, then they will sign two copies and they will keep one and I will keep mine. Then they will pay me a deposit to secure my time for their shoot.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I started out working with a pro for a short period of time and I learned some basics. After he retired,I'm a self-taught photographer. Watch-and-learn is my style and I've watched many professional training videos and I applied the techniques and knowledge for my photography. It's a trial and error but I found my style. I also worked as a second wedding photographer a few times before I started doing my wedding photography business.