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9. Parallel Features : Video Production
5.0 from 6 reviews
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5.0 (6)
Great Value
Great Value
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves San Francisco, CA
Miguel is a phenomenal videographer! He is so incredibly creative and pours his heart into his projects. Hire Miguel and his production team if you have a project that requires care and attention to details. **People often do not read long reviews, which is why I wanted a quick blurb about Miguel (provided up top) before going into an in-depth review of my experience with Miguel and his production team** Here I go: Miguel and I started our conversation around early to mid-July time frame. I live on the east coast, and I was in need of a videographer in the mid-October time frame for a very special project. I have been researching for videographers, the types of services they provide, and the fees associated with this type of service for a few months now. I have searched for videographers on the east coast (DC Metro) and on the west coast (SF Bay Area) via Yelp, WeddingWire, The Knot, and Thumbtack. I have been with a handful of videographers, but I ended up putting all my trust into Miguel. Miguel had sent me a really reasonable quote, which I appreciated. And as a result, I began reviewing his work (both via his website as well as his Instagram account). I was really impressed. I recall one of my first impressions of Miguel’s work was that it felt out of the box compared to the hundreds of videographers that I had researched in the weeks/months before. The video quality of the material in Miguel’s portfolio was satisfying to me as well. Without further delay, I wanted to lock in my date with Miguel so the two of us hashed out an agreement, and Miguel was very accommodating of my requests. As per my agreement, I made my payment in full, in advance (note: this portion was based on my personal preference as I wanted to minimize the logistics I needed to deal with the day of). Days prior to my event, Miguel and I had a couple of telephone/text conversations to figure out details of where we would meet and etc. I appreciated that Miguel made sure we were both reading off the same sheet of music, especially since we made arrangements with each other being across the country. The event took place in a public, historical facility (so imagine a bunch of other people around us the entire time). Miguel and his production team arrived an hour before to scout-out the place, to familiarize. By the time I arrived, they were ready to go. Miguel and his crew were punctual, patient and extremely pleasant to work with. I was really pleased with the flow of things. Once our event wrapped up, Miguel told me he was prepared to deliver the product with a four-day turn around (of which only two were business days). He was preparing to travel abroad and he would not be available for the next month. I let Miguel know the timeline would not be an issue, and I am absolutely fine with him taking a bit more time. This was going to be a very special delivery to me no matter what time of the month he would hand it over to me. I received the product recently (a very reasonable delivery time frame), and my mind was BLOWN. I watched the video and told my family Miguel really put his foot into it, and I was corrected - that Miguel poured his heart into it and that was true… I agreed 100%. The edited product was just a little over 8:00 minutes in duration. And each time I have watched the video, I have cried with tears of pure joy and happiness. I had requested a musical overlay of a specific song and Miguel used an instrumental version (violin) and captured the essence of the event so beautifully. Some of the clips were black and white, so as to stand out from the rest - everyone who has seen the product thus far, they have raved Miguel and his work quality. A lot of videographers that I have researched struggled to stabilize their videos (i.e. their videos appear really shaky), they transition in an out too frequently and lack flow, and/or the sound/video quality is very poor. Miguel really came through for me, and delivered a product that I will cherish for YEARS to come. A lifetime even. Miguel surpassed all of these criteria (and I knew he would from seeing his portfolio); Miguel used electronic stabilizers, transitioned from one scene to the next effortlessly, and provided an end product with picture perfect video and sound quality. Miguel and his production team gets 1,000 (and this is not a typo) out of 100. I have so much love and appreciation for Miguel and his team’s work. Thank you, Miguel and team, for truly providing me something beyond my expectation. I am in awe and I have so many feelings of gratitude.


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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Where is the best place to take baby pictures?

Baby pictures are among the most popular types of portrait photography, and most newborn photographers are well versed in the best places to take baby pictures in their local areas. Some newborn photographers will come to the hospital to shoot the baby within a day or two of birth, while others have set up their studios to accommodate the needs of infants. Some parents prefer to have the newborn photographer come to their home or travel to a favorite park or other outdoor location. Like any portrait photography, the best place to take baby pictures is the place you like best and that will yield the types of photos you want of your baby, whether that’s posed and carefully lit studio portraits or spontaneous, casual photos at home. Work with a local newborn photographer to find a safe, calm location with great lighting and some privacy for your family.

Do you tip a photographer for family photos?

Tipping a photographer for family portraits is not standard etiquette. A great way to recognize a family photographer who goes above and beyond is to write them a glowing review. You probably found your photographer by reading online reviews, so paying it forward by letting everyone know how much you appreciate their work is a great gift. Write your review after they have delivered the final edited photos on time and you’ve confirmed that you’re happy with the terrific portraits they took.

How much does it cost for a photographer for a wedding?

Finding the right wedding photographer can make a big difference for your ceremony. Nationally, the average wedding photographer’s price ranges from $800 to $1,000, but costs can be much higher in areas like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles where some couples spend $2,000 to $5,000 or more for the photographer they want. Factors that can affect your wedding photographer prices include the photographer’s reputation and experience. Heavy hitters can command top rates, especially during wedding-season weekends. Day of the week also affects your cost. You may get a $200 discount on wedding photographer prices if you get married on a Friday in November rather than a Saturday in June. Time onsite is also an important cost factor. Hiring a photographer to snap photos from the moment you wake up until after last call at the reception is going to cost more than five hours of pictures during the day. Multiple photographers, special lighting, and videography will also increase your costs. Ultimately you want to find someone who has a style you love and can provide the number of edited shots you want for a price you can handle. Learn more about hiring a wedding photographer.

How much does baby photography cost?

Portrait photography provides parents with lasting images of the first whirlwind months of a newborn’s life. The cost varies based on several factors, including the length and location of the session, the number of photos provided, and the amount of editing and retouching the photographer does. The national average cost for baby photos is $150-$200. Some baby photographers charge by the number of photos provided, typically ranging from an average of $299 for 20 high-resolution edited photos, to an average of $399 for 35 photos, to $499 for all of the images taken in a single session. Props and location affect the cost, too; an elaborate studio shoot with props and professional lighting may increase the cost to $600-$700 for 20-50 photos. Adding a second location or asking the photographer to travel can add $70-$250 to the cost of the session. Photographers may also charge extra fees for providing additional photos and DVDs, scheduling weekend sessions, and shooting siblings. Expect to pay at least a $50 deposit when you book a portrait photography session.

What should you wear for a family photo?

A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:

  • Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way.
  • Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
  • Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much.
  • Avoid wearing matching outfits.
  • Do wear outfits that are complementary in color.
  • Choose color over black-and-white outfits.
  • Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
  • Opt for tonally similar colors.  
  • Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.

How much do photographers charge for family portraits?

Family portraits are a great way to mark the passage of time, create lifelong keepsakes and have gorgeous-looking photos for your annual holiday card. The national average cost for hiring family photographers ranges from $150 to $200. Pricing can range higher depending on where you live, length of the photo shoot, the number of edited photos you request, and the background and reputation of your family photographer. Before hiring, make sure you understand their fees up front. Ask how many finished images are included in the quoted price and whether you will receive all the photos taken (not just edited photos). Ask whether you’ll be able to download digital photos or if you’ll have to print them or purchase digital copies through the photographer. Here are some average examples of family photographer pricing:

  • $175 for a one-hour studio session in Kansas.
  • $200 for a one-hour studio or outdoor session in Georgia. Includes two outfit changes, access to an online gallery, and about 200 high-resolution, edited digital photo files on a DVD, with permission to print.
  • $400 for a one-hour outdoor session in Southern California. Includes 25-30 fully edited photos accessible online or via CD/DVD.
  • $425 or more for a one-hour outdoor or in-home session in Illinois. Includes more than 50 professionally edited images, online access and print release.

When should you take newborn photos?

Few styles of portrait photography are as tricky as newborn photos — the unpredictable infant is always in charge! The best way to ensure a successful photo shoot is to work with a local newborn photographer within the first two weeks of the baby’s life. Some photographers even work with hospitals to offer newborn sessions within a day of the baby’s birth. But newborn photographers usually recommend scheduling a shoot during the baby’s first two weeks of life, while the baby is still sleepy and relatively cooperative, especially for posed or studio shots. During this time, babies are easier to swaddle in blankets and dress in hats or headbands, and, because they often nap or nurse, can be staged with various props or be cuddled by their parents. For casual photos, most newborn photographers recommend shooting within the first six weeks of a baby’s life. Lifestyle portrait photography is more flexible and doesn’t require the baby to cooperate with multiple poses or props.

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