Takahashi Photography

Palm Springs, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My service motto is my customer satisfaction. I listen to my clients patiently ,try to understand what they want, how they want it and I deliver high quality products at a competitive price. It may not sound special at all but I always follow these my basic rules.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Simply put, customers are always right. The image I like isn't always the one my customer likes so when I got the shot that made my customer happy, that's when I feel I made someone happy and it's a great joy.

Location

Palm Springs, CA 92264

Background check

Complete

Years in business

3

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

20

Reviews

14 Reviews
  • Sabina G. May 25, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    He is perfectionist
    Hidetoshi T. May 25, 2017

    Thank you,Sabina. It was a great experience to do your special photo shoot for your baby.

  • Steve K. May 7, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Hidetoshi was an outstanding experience. Our photos are beautiful. He made the experience fun and easy. His artistic sensibility and technical abilities are excellent. I would highly recommend his services.
    Hidetoshi T. May 8, 2017

    Thank you,Steve. It was a fun photo shoot and I'm glad you liked the photos I took.

  • Michael A. Apr 14, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    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 work
    Hidetoshi T. Apr 14, 2017

    Thank you, Michael. It was a fun photo shoot!

  • Amanda F. Mar 19, 2017
    My first photo shoot!
    I have never hired a pro to do my solo photo shoot so I was a bit nervous. Hide is very easy going guy and within a half an hour I became comfortable being in front of camera and we had a fun photo shoot. He's professional,polite and patient. Thank you Hide for making my photo shoot special! I highly recommend him.
    Hidetoshi T. Mar 19, 2017

    Thank you, Amanda. We had a fun photo shoot and because of that, I got some great shots.

  • Linda S. Mar 8, 2017
    Great photographer,fun photo shoot!
    It was a great experience for me and for my family to have Hide for our family photo shoot photographer. His communication skill is excellent,he's patient and he's professional in every aspect. I highly recommend him.
    Hidetoshi T. Mar 8, 2017

    Thank you,Linda. I enjoyed your family photo shoot!

  • Mary S. Feb 4, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    photoshoot
    this was a very professional photoshoot he made everyone feel at ease and the end product was wonderful I would recommend Takahashi Photography to all
    Hidetoshi T. Feb 25, 2017

    Thank you, Mary. Glad to know we had a good shoot and you/family loved it.

  • Peggy E. Jan 5, 2017
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Great Family Photos
    Our family photos came out great. We framed and gave them as holiday gifts, and they were a huge hit!! We even had requests for more. Thanks Hide!
    Hidetoshi T. Feb 25, 2017

    Thank you,Peggy. It was a fun shoot and I'm glad you loved the photos.

  • Patricia V. Nov 22, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Where does time go?
    I'm so glad that we had the "family" pictures taken by Hide. We don't get the chance to get together very often, so having pictures was the right thing to do. He is professional, and even fun to be around. This was a very enjoyable experience. Our pictures exceed anything we had expected. Thank you
    Hidetoshi T. Feb 25, 2017

    Thank you, Patricia. You guys are all nice people and it made my job easy.

  • Annette C. Nov 3, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Great photographer, very friendly.
    I had a great experience with Hide. Hide acted as our headshot photographer at or annual conference. He photographed our board of directors and made sure that everyone looked their best. He was patient and friendly and very professional. Everyone is very pleased with their individual headshots. He also acted as our conference photographer, and we are very happy with all of his photographs.
    Hidetoshi T. Feb 25, 2017

    Thank you, Annette. Glad to know you/everybody liked their headshots. I really appreciate your hospitality and we really enjoyed the dinner.

  • Allison B. Sep 13, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Highly recommended!
    Hide is the best! Highly recommended! We had family visiting from the East Coast and decided this was an excellent opportunity for a family photo shoot. Hide was very patient and with his expertise, he was able to capture amazing and unique photographs of 4 generations of our family, ranging from 84 years to 6 months! We will treasure these memories! Thank you so much!!!
    Hidetoshi T. Feb 25, 2017

    Thank you, Allison! It was a special family photo shoot for you guys and I'm glad you/family liked the photos.

  • Zettie P. Jul 29, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    he was patient and detailed, this project required different resolutions and meetings to accomplish objectives
    Hidetoshi T. Feb 25, 2017

    Thank you,Zettie.

  • Gene O. Jul 23, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I selected Hide to photograph my classic Mercedes. My decision was not based on his bid price, which was slightly higher than the other bidders. My feeling is that the price is secondary to the project. I selected Hide because of his attitude toward my project; he addressed my specific need. Other bidders sent the standard reply, telling me that they are excellent wedding and baby photographers, etc. I felt that Hide was the only bidder who actually took the time to read my comments and consider my project as special. At the shoot, he exhibited every characteristic that I needed to make my project work. He was patient, took direction and suggestions with enthusiasm, and added his own creativity and technical experience to bring my project to a very successful conclusion. Hide is a delightful person and an excellent photographer. I will definitely hire him again in the future.
    Hidetoshi T. Feb 25, 2017

    Thank you, Gene. It was a fun shoot.

  • Mary O. Apr 13, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • James S. Mar 14, 2016
    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!
    Hidetoshi T. Feb 25, 2017

    Thank you,James.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Exploring my client's needs is a must and after that everything else will usually go well.
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 in the past so I know what's like to be a wedding photographer. But I wasn't allowed to use the photos I took for my portfolio, that's why you don't see them in my profile. When I get an opportunity I'd like to be a wedding photographer.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My standard pricing for a solo portraiture starts at $150. For a family portrait shoot is $200+ 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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
On one Thanksgiving day many years ago, I took usual holiday pictures with my P&S camera but I thought they looked like snap shots and I really wanted to get some professional-looking photos that my family and friends would cherish for years. That motivation got myself into this photography and I'm still hungry for learning and improving myself.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My clients range from soccer moms to little kids to business men to models...you name it.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My most recent work was a little girl's photo shoot. Her parents had a problem with her smile. She just can not smile naturally no matter what they instructed her to do. I like to talk to little kids and I thought that asking her some questions and letting her talk would make her relaxed and feel comfortable being with me and being in front of the camera. And it worked. After a while, she wasn't shy anymore and gave me the look I and her parents wanted. I finished the whole shoot in about 1 and 1/2 hours.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would say that you should look at his/her past works and get a feel about what you'd expect from that photographer. Their first quote response is also important. Does it sound professional? Is he/she fair about the price? Do they respond to your question? After a few questions and answers you'll get your impression about the photographer. You should eliminate any worry about the photographer and the photo shoot so that you'll feel comfortable about doing the photo shoot with the photographer.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
You have to know your needs well. Tell your photographer how you want to be photographed, tell him/her how you vision yourself in a photo. This way, you can give your photographer an idea or vision on how he/she should prepare for your photo shoot.