Patrick T. Power Photography

San Francisco, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

This is a tough one. I have to admit to not being particularly creative behind the camera for most of the work I do. My clients quite simply don't require it. I try, however, to be as prepared as possible prior to every job, often asking questions up until the last moment before leaving home. I make every attempt to get photographs to my clients as quickly as possible, and I am almost always of good nature, from first contact until the delivery of the photos.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Cliché though it might seem, I most enjoy meeting the people I work with. The San Francisco area boasts such a diverse populace in background, personalities and interests that it's a pleasure meeting and chatting with them. As a relative newcomer to the Bay Area, it's also interesting to meet those who are lifelong residents of the city, as well as to learn how non-native San Franciscans came to live here.

Location

San Francisco, CA 94114

Background check

Complete

Years in business

11

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

82

Reviews

65 Reviews
  • Mary K. Aug 4, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick really went the extra mile to make sure I got the photos I wanted. He did a great job and I would highly recommend his services.
  • Anna S. Feb 28, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent professional photographer!
    We engaged Patrick for a 1-day corporate photo project involving shooting a lab facility and executive headshots. Patrick was very professional and exceeded our expectations. He took the extra time before the shoot date to scope out the location, which saved set-up time on the day of the shoot. He was professional, friendly and easy to work with. I would highly recommend his services!
  • Keti S. Jan 25, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Highly recommended!
    Highly recommended! Patrick was very helpful, easy going and nice to everyone. He did a great job and now we have wonderful photos to remember our beautiful event.
  • Jenell S. Nov 7, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Highly recommend Patrick Power
    Patrick took photos for us of a conference we were hosting at a hotel in San Francisco. He captured so many great shots of the event with little direction and the turnaround was fast.
  • Jen B. Oct 25, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Fantastic experience with Patrick
    Hire Patrick, we would again for sure! He was quick with communication and made sure we discussed all details so he was prepared for the shoot. At our event, he worked with the light of the space to capture fabulous shots of a meeting. He managed to to capture the event perfectly with out being intrusive at all and did a fabulous job (we liked him so much we asked him back for the next event in our office!). If there was an option for six stars we would give it to him.
  • Ching H. Oct 3, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Highly recommended for professional portraits
    I couldn't be more pleased with Patrick's photography service and the final delivered images. He visited our office a week prior in order to check out the space, and arrived early on photoshoot day to allow ample time for setup. He was pleasant and professional with each staff member, putting them at ease in front of the camera, and was even able to accommodate some last minute schedule changes. I appreciated how communicative and thorough he was with his process. We're already trying to book him for our next round of headshots for new team members. Thanks for all your work, Patrick!
  • Tania S. Jun 13, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Corporate exhibit at Bio International in SF. Patrick was professional and very accommodating to our needs. The pictures came out great and he captured all that was needed.
  • Amy F. Jun 10, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Very professional, high quality work. I would definitely work with Patrick again.
  • Debbie G. Jun 2, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I contacted Patrick to provide head shots of me with my flute to be used in promotional materials, and I was so pleased with the outcome. Not only were his shots creative, bright, and high-quality, but he was so invested in getting that perfect shot. He was timely in getting me the proofs and in his communication, and always handled himself in a professional manner. Couldn't be happier!
  • Nathan P. May 9, 2016
    Portrait Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Fantastic experience. Very professional. I highly recommend Patrick!
  • Tom B. Apr 23, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Patrick was professional, fast and easy to work with. He delivered exactly the type of professional head shot I was hoping for. He made me feel at ease and had great insight for catching the perfect picture.
  • Allen C. Feb 25, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Liz R. Jan 26, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    I engaged with and hired Patrick to assist with twelve corporate headshots. Patrick was punctual, professional and put each subject at ease - allowing for the best end product. He was also extremely accessible and flexible during the photo editing process. I would highly recommend Patrick and will definitely look to use him again.
  • Zenia L. Jan 21, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Patrick was very professional and pleasant to work with.
  • Kayla E. Jan 11, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    As a nonprofit, we usually search for a photographer for each individual event. We never have consistency because our timing and budget can be hard to work with. We hired Patrick to redo our staff page and he has turned into a photographer we use for everything! He has worked our Annual Bay Area Holiday Party and is now our photographer for our Martin Luther King Day event. We will keep using him in the future! He provides great pictures and his personality, is easy to work with and does a lot for you in the process. We highly recommend him!
  • Teri F. Dec 1, 2015
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Enjoyed working with Patrick. Communication was good, arrived on time and liked the pictures he took. We would refer him to others.
  • Brittany L. Oct 28, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick did a great job all the way from his first communication to his prints of our event! It was definitely refreshing to see that he captured our event especially our food.
  • Tom S. May 26, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick has an amazing attention to detail and provided us with beautiful photos in the style we requested.
  • Dawn V. Mar 17, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick took photos at our annual conference. He was great to work with, professional, and very flexible even when some unexpected glitches occurred. The photos turned out great and we would work with him again anytime.
  • Laura J. Mar 16, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Sam K. Feb 26, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was very easy to contact, responded almost immediately to any questions. He took great photos of our 15-person roundtable discussion, and they were available for download no later than two days after the event.
  • Rakesh S. Feb 16, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was very accommodating and pleasant in carrying out his job. He was quite reasonable and transparent about what he would deliver and when. We are very pleased with the pictures from our wedding reception.
  • Prasanti P. Feb 16, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent.
  • Lizzy L. Jan 2, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick is a great event photographer. He came ready with questions to make sure he achieved what we were looking for. I felt like I saw him every which way I turned during the event. The photos were just what we were looking for and he send the digitals to me within 2 business days. Definitely recommend!
  • Korina P. Dec 18, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Patrick for a corporate party on a yacht. We were a large, pretty dynamic group, but Patrick managed to capture incredible moments. He was great to work with!
  • Jennifer R. Dec 17, 2014
    Patrick was great to work with. He was flexible, easy going, and made me less self conscious about having my photo taken. The headshots turned out great!
  • Tori L. Nov 20, 2014
    Second time using Patrick and we could not be happier! He took our company headshots and group photos. The photos came out amazing and he was great to work with from start to finish! We look forward to working with him again!
  • Cliston B. Nov 14, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick did an all-employee photo shoot for our company. He interacted well with the staff, took great photos, delivered them quickly, and did the job for a great price. I highly recommend him.
  • Lisa S. Oct 27, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was professional and focused, a real pleasure to work with. I will most certainly consider him the next time I need on-site photography.
  • Matt K. Oct 13, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was outstanding - he was very timely, intuitive and professional. He really captured all of our event. Even better he turned around our picture very quickly so we could use them for promotional materials. I'd highly recommend him!
  • Zoya G. Sep 17, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Very pleasant and professional!
  • Sue U. Apr 21, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick covered a half corporate event for us. Punctual, professional, good communications throughout. We would hire Patrick again if the opportunity comes about!
  • Colin K. Mar 24, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend Patrick. He was great to work with, incredibly responsive and delivered an outstanding product which is now displayed on our website. The experience and product was so good that we immediately commissioned him for another shoot, and if we ever need anything in the Bay area again he will be the only call we make.
  • Joy C. Mar 21, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick did a wonderful job! We hired him for our post wedding reception. Patrick took great pictures and I received many compliments from my guests. Thanks Patrick!
  • David K. Mar 19, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick delivered exactly what we were looking for; professional pictures of our business conference. He is a pleasure to work with. He arrived on time, and with some guidance from us, went to work. He knows what needs to be done. He provided the images a few days later. We are thrilled with the work and have many good shots we can use. We would like to use him again.
  • Shelley J. Mar 16, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend Patrick Power! I needed a professional portrait for a legal job application, and I hadn't had one taken in over 20 years. I wanted it to be professional, but also unique. I wasn't sure how to find a photographer, so I just put out a bid on thumbtack. Patrick responded very quickly and with a very reasonable price. I had resigned myself to just getting a studio portrait with a neutral background, but Patrick had the idea of meeting at City Hall to take the photo. I was very nervous and self-conscious about the process. I don't like having my picture taken and I am not very photogenic. It helped that City Hall was full of other photographers taking pictures of brides, grooms, and other people like me, so I didn't really stand out. I had a problem and ended up being pretty late to our meeting, but Patrick was very nice about it. I was sweating like crazy in my suit, but he did a good job of putting me at ease and letting me rest and cool down for a little bit white while he staked out spots to take the photo. He talked with me casually about what I was looking for in the photo, but we also made small talk about our lives and work, so that soon I felt very comfortable with him. As a result, I looked very natural in the photo. Patrick took a lot of shots, and several of them were quite good. I needed the work done on very short notice, including a print. I made the bid on a Sunday, we did the photo shoot on Monday, and I had the print by Tuesday morning. I love the photo, and my family and friends do too. Everyone agreed that not just my appearance, but also my personality comes through in the photo. I will definitely call Patrick again if I need another photo taken in the future!
  • Maureen K. Feb 26, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was great to work with and very responsive. He helped us out at the last minute when another photographer fell through. He made us feel relaxed and we had fun on the photo shoot. He got us proofs to review the next day, and we had final photographs in less than a week. Everyone loves the photographs. We will definitely use him again in the future and highly recommend him.
  • Nancy S. Feb 19, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I was a little nervous about hiring a photographer from the website for my wine club event in mid-February; however received numerous recommendations after signing on to Thumbtack. Patrick stood out initially because he asked intelligent questions and showed interest in obtaining my business. Once we coordinated the event, he followed up regularly and confirmed the day before. He showed up on time, had all his equipment, and was set up and ready to go 15 minutes earlier than needed. His follow-up was amazing and I received proofs immediately. His photographs were high quality and guests at the event were thrilled that we had a photographer to capture the moment. I highly recommend him.
  • Darah P. Feb 10, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was really easy to work with and made the whole process very simple. He responded to emails in a timely manner leading up to the event and his pictures turned out great! I would definitely use him again!
  • Ghigo D. Feb 9, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick is a great photographer. The whole experience of working with him has been very pleasant. He was punctual and worked very quickly, yet at no time did it feel like he was in a hurry. He was great at putting me at ease for the photo shoot. He was very interested in knowing what kind of feel/style I was looking for for my photos and he proved to have clear in mind how to obtain the effect I was looking for. A few hours after the photo shoot the work was ready for easy download from the web. The results were really great!
  • Jeffrey P. Feb 7, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I really enjoyed working with him. He was patient, creative, responsive and very reasonable. I would definitely use him again.
  • Ericka T. Feb 6, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was great! He was professional, on time, and very reasonably priced. He took some amazing shots and we'd use him again!
  • Fabienne T. Jan 16, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    It was very pleasant and fun to work with Patrick. He knows his stuff and knows how to vary atmospheres and shooting angles. He is fast and put you in confidence. At the end of the day, it was very easy to choose your best pictures. Thank you Patrick. Bruno.
  • Michael L. Jan 2, 2014
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was very communicative up to the point and during our event. He asked the right questions around the goal/tone of the shoot and then he just ran with it. His photos are amazing and he certainly captured what we wanted to achieve. I will definitely call him for future events.
  • Laraine G. Jan 1, 2014
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
    Patrick was amazingly accommodating. His product was great and I would reccomend him to anyone I know looking for a photo restore. Also, he's super nice and his willingness to negotiate was greatly appreciated. I actually ended up giving him an extra $25 because he did such a great job and spent so much time on my photo. The best part of dealing with Patrick is that I really feel like he cared about what happened with my photo. He even wanted to know how my friend reacted to seeing the picture I'd hire him again in a second.
  • Jeff P. Dec 18, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Very professional and amazing results.
  • Gina S. Dec 16, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Ryan R. Nov 19, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was very knowledgable and skilled at what he does. I was more than impressed by not only the amount of professional equipment he brought along to the shoot, but by his natural ability to scout out the best locations in the area. Patrick delivered many more finished images than we initially agreed upon and truly did a great job of under-promising & over-delivering. I would recommend him to anyone seeking professional photos and would absolutely work with him again.
  • Tori L. Nov 6, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was great! He shot our family reunion and captured all the precious moments perfectly. Having Patrick there took the stress off of us and we actually got to be in the photos! We definitely would recommend Patrick and will definitely be using him for reunions/events to come!
  • Vanessa G. Oct 25, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Great to work with. Showed up early, very friendly and professional. Took great pictures capturing everything. Would hire again!
  • Amy L. Sep 9, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Patrick to do corporate pictures for our website. Patrick was thorough prior to the shoot making sure he understood our needs. He was also very punctual and very personal. Overall a very good experience.
  • Michael C. Jul 3, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick was outstanding. Our event was with kindergarteners learning financial literacy, so not an easy shoot by any means! Patrick did a great job, capturing some really powerful photos. I highly recommend working with him!
  • Kathie G. Jun 14, 2013
    Patrick did an excellent job on our company headshots and team photos, and provided the final photos extremely quickly. I would be happy to work with him again.
  • Lisa R. Mar 4, 2013
    Patrick was great to work with! We hired him to take photos of our conference and every photo came out great. He was professional, on time, dedicated and took amazing photos. I would definitely recommend Patrick!
  • Lee M. Feb 12, 2013
    Did some great portrait photography shots for our tech startup. Makes our company and website look a lot more professional. http://runnable.com
  • Karen C. Feb 12, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick shot a "VIP" couple who were to be featured in my company's annual report. I really appreciated that Patrick not only showed up on time, but early; and when the shoot lasted longer than expected, he was very accommodating and mellow about it. He was very good with the subjects, delivered our photos quickly, and made my job less stressful!
  • Shaw L. Jul 8, 2012
    Patrick is a wonderful photographer. I used his service and would recommend him to anyone.
  • Marco Z. Jun 26, 2012
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Patrick to shot some family portraits for my mother's 60th birthday. From start to finish, Patrick did a fantastic job. He arrived early so he could check out locations for the shots, used the 2 hours we had together very efficiently, worked great with the little kids in the group, and most importantly got us fantastic pictures! They were so good in fact that someone in the group exclaimed, "I wish he'd shot my wedding! I can't recommend Patrick enough!
  • Doriane S. Jun 18, 2012
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Patrick was FANTASTIC. From the initial call to onsite work, Patrick was very responsive. He is also very professional and really engaging when immersed in his work. This event in particular included delegates from various countries and Patrick surely had their attention during the photo shooting--they were all smiles with his light jokes that further showed how personable he is. Patrick was able to handle any last changes and meet other demands without hesitation. His product is top notch and we were pleased to have him provide his photography services for our event. – Doriane Sewell (GEARS Inc.)
  • Rhonnie W. May 27, 2012
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Patrick is AWESOME. We had such a great time going through AT&T Park with him taking our engagement photos. Very personable. He is a Detroit Tigers fan, but his talent overshadows that and we didn't hold that against him. We liked him so much that we want him to photograph our wedding
  • Bianca S. May 23, 2012
    Verified Review
    Patrick was great to work with. I hired him to take pictures of my best friend, me, and our two kids. We met in Golden Gate park and had beautiful backdrops to take the pictures. Patrick was easy going, thorough, and adjusted his strategy based on our kids (mine would not sit still!). He was also responsive over email, over the phone, and over text, which I really appreciated. Finally, Patrick took wonderful pictures! He took many photos of us looking at the camera (which we asked for), but also did a great job of following us around and capturing interactions between us. I am happy with our entire experience and would gladly hire him again.
  • Lincoln L. Jan 25, 2012
    Patrick was our wedding photographer, and he went above and beyond for us in too many ways to list. He was professional, hardworking and thoughtful in every way, disappearing into the background yet catching so many amazing moments throughout the evening. Patrick is not your traditional wedding photographer, but that was not what we were looking for. His work speaks for itself, and we recommend him highly.
  • Yvette R. Jan 24, 2012
    Patrick did great photographs of my home. He was very communicative up-front. He was on-time. He was very detailed, spending more time taking the photos than he needed to spend (in a good way). I would recommend him.
  • Heidi And Jason B. Jan 24, 2012
    In looking for a photographer for our wedding, our main goal was to find someone who could portray the events of the day as they were happening. We were less interested in formal photos and more interested in emotions and ambiance. Before the wedding, Patrick took the time to get to know us as a couple to better depict our relationship. He made a concerted effort to learn the names of our families, the bridal party, and even by the end of the night several of the guests. Patrick did a wonderful job capturing the special moments – a smile here, a look there – which allows us to look back on our pictures and relive the experience. As circumstances changed during the day, he improvised and provided us with a great final product. Overall, Patrick was very flexible and added an artistic touch to our wedding. We are thrilled with our pictures and would enthusiastically recommend him to couples interested in an experienced and inventive photographer who takes great pride in his work.
  • Peter C. Jan 24, 2012
    My sister is a photographer who introduced me to Patrick's work on Flicker. When he moved to San Francisco she connected us. On a whim I asked him to photograph my 70th birthday party, a large affair at local club, never having met him. He showed up, and spent the night capturing indelible images like a ghost. He never intruded on a moment or a person and yet gave me hundreds of photos that perfectly capture the night. This guy is an ace! Honest, prompt, and with an eye that you can't pay for. I'd use him again in a heart-beat, and wish that I had more time to hang out with him.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My prices vary depending upon the service I provide... I am most amenable to working with my clients' budgets provided I am paid fairly for the work that is asked/expected of me.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I am pretty flexible with how I work with new clients. Depending upon the type of work I've been hired to do, I might require a deposit. Typically, if I am hired to photograph a conference or similar event that won't happen for several months, I will request a deposit, with final payment expected either the day of the event or upon delivery of the final images.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My university degree is in Visual Communications Technology, which trained me more as a technician and/or problem solver. It was during a ten-year stint as the supervisor of a photographics unit that I began to explore photography from a creative standpoint, inspired by Chicago portrait photographer Marc Hauser and the late lighting wizard, Dean Collins.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
For me, it was a bit of a circuitous trip... I have always liked taking pictures, but it wasn't until I was at university that I started getting interested in it as a possible career choice. I originally wanted to major in commercial art, but instead enrolled as a journalism major, because I liked to write and because I had taken journalism courses in high school. As part of my course requirements, I took a class in Visual Communications Technology. I was inspired by my teacher's enthusiasm, and I recognized my knack for the visual. I changed majors immediately. My training was not as much to be a photographer, but a problem solver in visual communications, whether in photography or offset lithography. After school, I worked a couple of years in advertising doing layout work, then ten years supervising a photographic services unit at Michigan State University, which is where I became inspired to shoot more. I ate, drank and slept photography for a few years, and took on occasional freelance work. I approached a local gallery director about the possibility of creating a solo exhibition and she said yes. I created a series of portraits of local visual artists for the show, then, because I was concurrently going through a divorce, lost interest in photography, instead getting involved with the local folk music scene, producing concerts and designing websites. At about this time, I bumped into Flickr and I became smitten all over again with the idea of taking photographs, eventually deciding to invest in the gear I would need to shoot professionally. While I still maintain a non-photo contracting job for part of my income, I have become more and more determined to make photography my primary source of income.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most of my work has been to shoot corporate events and headshots for professional use. Some of the events are quite varied in and of themselves, requiring that I document numerous sessions at a conference, the interaction of a trade exhibit, as well as headshots and/or group photos of conference organizers. Shooting headshots can also be very different from one job to the next. Some people want environmental photos (that is, the background is either a natural outdoor setting or an office environment); others might prefer a plain white or coloured background; others still might want a variegated or mottled sort of background. The equipment I bring to a shoot, as well as the amount of time I spend, will be determined by what the client wants. Outdoor shoots tend to require less equipment and time (although sunlight presents its own challenges), while indoor sessions usually require more set-up and tear-down time.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Because the bulk of my work is either shooting corporate events or headshots, I don't get much opportunity to be all that creative, and while I don't consider myself particularly artistic as a photographer, when given the opportunity, I like to make the best of it. Recently, I was hired to shoot portraits of a Bay Area musician. We scheduled a couple of hours to do the shoot at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, my first time there, and we explored briefly before finding a place to begin the shoot. At this point, the session became a collaboration, as she told me what was important about the placement of her instrument in the photo, as well as seeing and recommending other potential locations. In the two hours we spent together, I shot probably five hundred frames in ten to twelve locations within a small section of the park. She was such a delight to work with and to hang out with, and I was so pleased with what we were able to create together that I asked if we could do an additional session—at no charge!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I suppose that my only advice would be to understand that a photographer's work is not done the moment he or she packs up to leave. Even beyond the overhead, insurance, equipment maintenance, repair costs, marketing/promotion, travel, etc., a big chunk of time is spent sifting through photo files (or negatives, for those rare few who are still shooting analogue) to edit the good from the not-so-good, preparing them for proofing, then, ultimately, producing final images for delivery.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
With regard to my profession, the first thing I would want clients to know is that what I do goes quite a bit beyond showing up with a camera... it is extremely detailed-oriented, whether it's situation-related (lighting, location/setting), equipment-related (lens choice, maintenance), subject-related (noticing lint on dark suits, crooked glasses, off-center necklaces), or editing-related. Most people aren't aware that probably as much time is spent sitting at the computer editing as shooting.