Shew Design Studio

Palo Alto, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Uncomfortable in front of the camera? No problem. I will coach you through a few different expressions making sure you look comfortable, confident, and approachable - the keys to a successful headshot.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Creating smiles and touching my clients with memorable captures

Location

Palo Alto, CA 94306

Years in business

8

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

56

Reviews

44 Reviews
  • Kymberly C. May 27, 2016
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis was a pleasure to work with from the initial phone call to the final photo! I have recommended him to several friends. I was very pleased with my photos.
  • Vishal K. May 2, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
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  • Reynold L. Apr 11, 2016
    Portrait Photography
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    Very smooth and professional. Excellent coaching on how to stand, look, etc. Felt very comfortable. Very prompt on sending me pictures for review.
  • Robert D. Apr 9, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I went to Shew Design Studio for a professional headshot. Dennis was already set to go when I arrived at the appointed time. He had an upbeat personality and was able to put me at ease despite my trepidation about the photo shoot. We were done well within the allotted hour and I had plenty of good photos to select from.
  • Lori A. Feb 18, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Great job- professional and the result were so much better than I could have hoped for.
  • Grace F. Jan 12, 2016
    I had the opportunity to work with Dennis for a promotional shoot for a film. He was inspiring while while being supportive. The experience was great and the photos are dynamic and perfectly represent the spirit of the film.
  • Tracy O. Nov 21, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Joel M. Oct 7, 2015
    Acting Headshots
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    Dennis knows what a professional actor's head shot should look like, and he is able to deliver it. If you are ready to take your actor's head shots to the next level, book Dennis Shew. His work rivals that of New York's best, but he's right here in the Bay Area. What a pleasure it was to work with him. He is personable, professional, and prompt. I booked a Sunday afternoon shoot, and by Tuesday morning was uploading finals onto my actor's page. These are the best head shots I've ever gotten. I got 5 different looks in high-resolution for $300. Sixty bucks apiece for awesome photos? That's an OUTRAGEOUS deal! Book Dennis and book more work as an actor (disclaimer: this is my opinion; not a fact, but come on! He really knows what he's doing).
  • Steve F. Sep 28, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis is the consummate pro. I needed a headshot for my web site and saw that he was a leading member of Peter Hurley's Headshot Crew, a worldwide team of the best headshot photographers. Then it was a no brainer. He lived up to his reputation and got me some great headshots for a fair price. Had some fun too. I recommend him without hesitation.
  • Cory K. Sep 22, 2015
    Corporate Headshots
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  • Melvin E. Sep 21, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis Chew is very professional and did an excellent job. I recommend him highly.
  • Mark D. Sep 8, 2015
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
  • Shawn M. Jun 19, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Josh L. Jun 4, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Karin L. May 22, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis was so much fun to work with! He was incredibly patient with me when I got a little obsessive with wardrobe choices and was willing to work with my prop suggestions. We had a blast during the photo session this afternoon and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others looking for a photographer.
  • Rick G. Apr 13, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis was a pleasure to work with: very responsive, friendly, professional, and turned around my order in less than a day. I would highly recommend the studio to anyone looking for a top-tier product and great experience.
  • Jaime B. Mar 13, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Penina C. Feb 13, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Dennis was a delight from start to finish. I usually don't like getting my picture taken, but because of his support and talent, I was able to enjoy the process and get fabulous pictures. His ability to capture our essence is uncanny!
  • Theresa D. Jan 30, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis did a great job for professional headshot. Appreciated his responsiveness in setting things up. Found a wonderful makeup artist on short notice. He made the shoot really fun! He gives good instructions from behind the camera. I am quite happy with my results.
  • Diane P. Jan 2, 2015
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Hired Dennis for a special photo shoot I wanted as a gift for my fiance. Dennis was extremely professional and put me at ease right away. Dennis was more than willing to work with me and my specific ideas - I feel he went out of his way to give me what I wanted and went the extra mile to ensure my satisfaction with the end result. I highly recommend Shew Design Studio for any photographic needs you may have - especially more creative, artistic shots!
  • Nad K. Nov 16, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Professional, courteous and friendly, job was completed in a timely manner
  • Lotus M. Nov 7, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis was great from the beginning of our conversation and quick to respond. He showed up on time (was very flexible when I needed to push him out 30 minutes), set up quickly, and took fantastic photos! I would absolutely recommend him and use him again!!
  • Ema S. Oct 26, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    He was ready taking the pictures right after I came in and generous enough to redo the pictures with a different background. The pictures are very professional and perfect for the formal use as requested. He is good at making you laugh so that the result looks natural and comfortable. I highly recommend Dennis to everyone!!! A++++
  • Sharon S. Oct 23, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis was great to work with! He has a knack for making you relax and bring out your natural smile. He was accommodating with my schedule, very professional, and down to earth. Very pleased with the photos.
  • Shilpa S. Oct 22, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis was professional and gave me some great photos I can use for Facebook and Linkedin!
  • Mike C. Oct 9, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I typically do not like my picture taken. However, I recently needed a photo for my corporate profile. Dennis was able to meet on a very short notice & was excellent as well as fun to work with during our shoot. I would highly recommend Dennis.
  • Ariana F. Oct 7, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis Shew is an amazing photographer! I was very nervous and unsure of how to take a good picture. Dennis made me feel very comfortable and confident, and even made me laugh a few times. With his direction, my headshots turned out amazing! I strongly recommend Dennis due to his talent and fair price.
  • Jessica A. Oct 4, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis did professional headshots for me. I was very nervous about the process because I don't photograph well. Dennis made the whole experience really enjoyable, and the photos turned out great.
  • Diana S. Sep 22, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis did a great job with our employee head shots. He did a whole studio set-up in our office, which made it really convenient. He put everyone at ease, and the pictures turned out great. I would hire him again if an opportunity ever comes up.
  • Chandra A. Sep 11, 2014
    Sports Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis is extremely talented and we are very pleased with the outcomes of our photos. We gave him big challenges with our live action shots. The photos are timeless. Thanks again Dennis for your determination and patience on "getting the job right"!
  • Jonida C. Sep 9, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    The session was good, we got plenty of pictures. Dennis made sure to give me good directions for best angles on my face. And pictures were available very soon after the session.
  • Raelynn R. Sep 8, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Dennis was able to schedule a corporate head shot session for me on short notice. When I came in for my session, Dennis was unfazed by an unexpected visitor I had with me which made my life much easier. I am not a very photogenic person but Dennis was able to capture some great pictures for me. The entire session lasted 40 minutes which was fantastic in the middle of a work day. I not only would recommend Dennis Shew for corporate photos but for family shoots as well.
  • Brenton H. May 22, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Simple and efficient
  • Miracle Amor A. Feb 15, 2014
    Dennis Shew is professional, energetic and produces beautiful work. He will give images that are exactly what you are looking for. The studio is cozy, has ample parking and is fully equiped with a changing room and restroom. Dennis takes the time to evaluate your needs and will make you comfortable that will make you feel like posing in front of a camera is your day job. He knows how to give direction, finds your best angle and has a great sense of style! His communication is superb and the quality of work he does is amazing. I highly suggest Dennis for your photography needs!
  • Melissa P. Jan 17, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Chris C. Oct 4, 2013
    I do not post reviews but in this case, I'm compelled to make an exception... Dennis is such a pleasure to work with; has great & creative ideas; and produces absolutely stunning results. I was very impressed with his artistic ability along with the high quality and quickness of the professional service provided. Dennis is most reliable, meticulous and definitely cares for his customers. He produced a video with still shots (photographs) for my company which was viewed by hundreds internationally. The glowing responses received were staggering! Dennis has remarkable talent & is a master at what he does. Shew Design Studio will most definitely not disappoint!
  • Debbie M. Oct 3, 2013
    It is a pleasure to "Highly Recommend" the SHEW DESIGN STUDIO for any of your photographic needs. Mr. Shew is a personable and extremely professional photographer. I have seen many examples of his creative talents, from portraits to landscapes , sporting events, dance recitals, and special celebrations. My son and I did a Mother's Day portrait together. Each picture portrayed the essence of my son's personality and our closeness and love. His work is flawless and very reasonable for the quality of his work. Our school faculty retained Mr. Shew to help create a school-wide video to present at a regional conference for an award ceremony. He photographed teachers, the school environment, set up interviews, and children of our school involved in curriculum, choreographing it all to music. It was outstanding! Mr. Shew has made many video collages for our school and my classes . He created a Kindergarten graduation video for all the parents developing an unbelievable collection of the entire year with each child talking and participating in projects that he photographed all year long. His work is absolutely magical!
  • Mackenzie L. Oct 3, 2013
    Dennis is the only photographer I'll work with. His energy and professionalism make me feel comfortable, and the results are always more than I could hope for. Plus, we always have a blast during shoots. Simply put, he's the best!
  • An C. Oct 2, 2013
    Dennis is the most creative, artistic and nice photographer you will ever work with. Each one of his photos are a piece of art that you will treasure forever. He has a true talent that rarely exists in photographers, he can bring out the best in any format photo--dance portraits, family shots and professional pictures. The only hard part is choosing which photos you like best. He is so easy to work with and works day and night to get your order done right and on time. He is awesome!
  • Donna M. Oct 2, 2013
    I highly recommend Dennis Shew, Shew Design Studio. Dennis photographs my daughters dance competitions (when allowed),recitials and prodcutions as well as individual photo shoots at the end of the dance season. He has a gifted eye and tremendous artistic talent when it comes to proof design, lighting and final products. The only negative part of choosing Shew Design Studio is that there are too many wonderful picutres to choose from and the final decision process is tough. Thankfully he creates priceless beautiful photo books which gives the ability to pick multiple photos at a reasonable cost.
  • Heather T. Oct 2, 2013
    Dennis photographed my daughter in 10 different dance costumes and in each of them he was able to capture her personality in some amazing action and posed shots. He also took some group pictures of my daughter and two of her friends. All of the pictures in the proof book we received are amazing. Dennis is very personable. I was very impressed with how patient he was while taking the pictures. He also knew which shots would look best and asked her to repeat a move until he captured it. I am also impressed with how creative he is. He designed a name plate for my daughter where each letter of her name has a dance pose on it.
  • Savannah J. Oct 2, 2013
    Always very professional, timely, creative and friendly. I have worked with Dennis over a period of 5 years now, and I have never been dissapointed. He always has creative ideas to bring to the table, and loves collaborating with me as well. He is always prompt with his edited photos. His presentation of the final photos is always very pleasing.
  • Steve Y. Oct 2, 2013
    I have used Dennis Shew on projects in the Amazon basin with photography and video work. Dennis is detail minded and very professional and what is a plus he keeps things fun and relaxed. The quality of his work is outstanding. We plan to use Dennis's service in the near future. Great guy to work with.
  • Leslie L. Aug 24, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
If you choose to hire me, we will discuss briefly via email, wardrobe options to bring to your shoot. Once you arrive, we'll talk about the goals for these headshots, where you plan to use them, then go through your wardrobe options to best represent your intended audience before getting you in front of the camera.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm an Associate photographer with the Headshot Crew - the world's largest team of headshot and portrait photographers. Our current numbers exceed 10,000 team members worldwide. Associate photographers within this group currently represent the top 1% numbering a little over 100 professionals.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Standard pricing for my headshots and other photography can be found on my website under the "rates" tab.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with corporate professionals, models, actors/actresses, brides and grooms, children, dancers, teens, basically anyone and everyone who needs their portrait taken.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Headshots are important in defining your digital identity and brand. A properly executed headshot communicates confidence, approachability, and other important aspects of your personality. A poorly executed headshot could mean the difference between getting a call or not. Think about it, when you see someone else's headshot, what goes through your mind? Aren't you thinking whether or not you'd like to work with that individual? Don't take your headshot for granted and don't hire someone based on price alone. Take the time to go through each photographer's portfolio. Do their subjects look engaged in the session or are their expressions blank and out to lunch? Is their work something of which you'd like to be apart? "Good enough" really isn't when your career is on the line. You've worked hard to get where you are today and to put yourself in position to succeed. Don't handicap yourself with a poorly executed headshot.