Nick Otto Photography

San Francisco, CA

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About this pro

Nick has been working as a freelance photographer for the past 11 years, specializing in editorial, corporate and documentary photography. After having spent 12 years living abroad, he now calls San Francisco Home.

Some of his notable clients include the following:
- The Washington Post
- The Associated Press
- Bloomberg News
- USA Today
- The Telegraph
- The Australian
- The South China Morning Post and Post Magazine
- The National Basketball Association
- The World Economic Forum
- The World Health Organization
- SalesForce
- Sutter Health

Organizations and Professional Affiliations:
-Professional Photographers Association (PPA)
-National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
-Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA)
-Fearless Photographers

- He has been a contributing photographer to over half a dozen books.
- He was the official still photographer for the feature film, Sacrifice: The Orphan of Zhao (2010), a Chen Kaige film.
- National Geographic 2011 photo of the year
- He is represented by Zuma Press and Glasshouse Images.

Location

San Francisco, CA 94109

Background check

Complete

Times hired on Thumbtack

55

Reviews

47 Reviews
  • Sue T. Jan 26, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick Otto
    Nick was a delight to work with and he did a superb job. I highly recommend him.
  • Robert G. Aug 12, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick was amazing!
  • Jai D. Dec 2, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    This is my first time trying out thumbtack and I'm glad to have Nick in my first thumbtack experience. Working with Nick for our surprise engagement is wonderful! He took amazing photos that wowed our family and friends when they saw the album. Since it's a surprise proposal, I chatted with Nick a few nights before the actual event to go over how things are going to transpire. He arrived early to meet up with my friends that are setting up the proposal location. He knows the location really well (it was at Baker Beach) and gave us pretty cool ideas for the poses we did after my girl said yes. I would highly recommend Nick!!
  • Kylie U. Nov 18, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick did a great job photographing our charity donation event. We will continue to use him in future events in the area.
  • Tiffany V. Oct 13, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    As a couple of creatives (I art direct and my husband has a side business dedicated to event photography), my husband and I were determined to find a friendly, focused photographer with a penchant for capturing fleeting moments of bliss. Nick was the greatest vendor we invested in during our wedding. Having some art direction background, I know how important it is to invite only vendors with good personalities and professionalism into sacred spaces and moments. Nick was thoughtful, thorough and energetic and helpful at all points of planning. He made everyone in front of the lens feel comfortable, boosting the happy vibes. Nick was punctual, focused and polite without intrusion. He happily and deftly adjusted to the chaos, lighting, confusion and traveling of our wedding. All the while, he caught and framed all those great moments we dreamt of and even ones we missed with a sharp eye. His creative energy also showed in his ability to quickly spot and utilize angles and poses which made us and our venues actually look more attractive and dreamy. I would suggest any bride see Nick if they want someone to wonderfully capture those special, fleeting wedding memories!
  • Sara A. Sep 27, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick took press photos for our musical and we could not have been happier with our decision to hire him. Super professional, fast, easy to communicate with and his photos are OUT OF THIS WORLD. Thank you, Nick!!
  • Reiko F. Aug 26, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Nick for 6 hours at our wedding because we were impressed with his online portfolio. We had searched for a while, and we found it unusual to find someone with top-tier quality in our price range. He did not disappoint us. We met once to get comfortable with each other, and we found him pleasant and interesting. On our special day, he was on time and he provided a range of wonderful shots - some more traditional, some more creative. We have mementos for a lifetime; we are happy we found him.
  • Joshua Z. Jun 19, 2015
    Nick Otta - Photographer for our wedding in Lucerne, CA. What can I say about Nick Otto other than... This is the guy you want photographing your wedding or special event! Nick arrived on time as agreed in our contract timing and went straight to work. For our wedding, he started with the bride and bridal party getting ready. He was everywhere to get the great shots! But completely out of the way (sort of like a ninja). The chemistry between Nick and the bridal party as they got ready was incredible! The shots he took were amazing! Onto the wedding site (we had a camping style wedding). He went to meet the groom and groomsmen. I can honestly say, this guy made me feel comfortable the moment I shook his hand. He wasn't pushy at all, but still knew how to direct us to get the photos we were looking for. The shots of the ceremony were gorgeous! You would think there were 2 photographers running around grabbing some of the angles he was getting. At the end of the night, he stayed a little into the reception and caught all of the great moments on the dance floor! The photos were fun, yet very tasteful (even if the guests were sometimes not so tasteful). All in all, Nick was an amazing photographer and outstanding to work with. We were nervous as we didn't get a chance to meet in person until day of (we live out of state) but I'm so glad we took a chance on him. He's worth it!
  • Amanda S. Jun 3, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I am an events planner and work with many different vendors on all different types of events. Never have I worked with such a talented and professional photographer as Nick. I would highly highly recommend him as his photos are amazing and truly capture our events. I'd also like to add that his turnaround speed is incredible. I had a dinner one night and a conference the next day and before the conference started, I had photos from dinner in my inbox. Hire Nick and you won't regret it.
  • Jonathan K. May 4, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick was a pleasure to work with. He arrived early, got great pictures of everyone, gave us access to the photo gallery the next day, and even lowered his rate after the job was done.
  • John L. Apr 27, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick was so good! From the very first meeting to the final photos at the event, it was a pleasure. If capturing moments is what you are looking for (as opposed to cliche staged photos) Nick is your guy. Highly recommended.
  • Natalie C. Apr 23, 2015
    Commercial Photography
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  • Bradley R. Apr 14, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick was great - super professional and friendly. He was very communicative, easy to work with, and just an overall good person. We got some great shots, and he was very flexible and helpful in finding the right mix of shots/locations in our space to fit our needs. Highly recommend working with him.
  • Kay L. Mar 17, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I worked with Nick on a 2-day corporate event with a lot of different activities at various locations in SF and he was flexible and professional throughout. The shots he was able to capture in the various settings our large group was in were exactly what I was looking for. Would 100% recommend Nick to others and hope to work with him again!
  • Lara L. Feb 27, 2015
    we had an amazing experience with Nick. I highly recommend him! We are building our careers page for our office in downtown san francisco and Nick was fantastic at capturing our vibes and staying behind the scenes. The profile pictures are amazing and we couldnt be happier.
  • Megan S. Feb 21, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Almost a year afer our busy lives picked up, Derek and I are leaving a review. We had a few pretty specific requests regarding the photos and time frame - Nick was nothing but understanding and cooperative. He is tremendously talented and is everything I could have hoped for in a photographer. He is also kind and easy going, which made it a lot easier to discuss the ceremony for us. I loved the way the photos were presented (digitally for us) as well as the composition of the photos. I would definitely hire Nick again for any of my photography needs, I'm glad Derek and I discussed the photographer choices for so long - we wouldn't have found Nick otherwise. -Megan Burden
  • Shelby M. Jan 27, 2015
    Event Photography
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  • Martin N. Jan 11, 2015
    Nick was professional, and extremely accessible prior to our wedding date. His documentary style was able to capture our intimate moments and special moments of our guests. We loved working with him the day of our wedding, his kind, unobtrusive style was just what we were looking for.
  • Ian W. Jan 2, 2015
    Nick Otto was our photographer for our wedding at the Four Seasons in San Fransisco. He worked with us from 10AM-11PM. Everything went extremely well with the photography. Nick got great shots using reflections and different angles that most photographers wouldn't necessarily think about. Nick had the daunting task of working with a bride and groom that were not particularly interested or comfortable with doing posed shots and we only set aside 1 hour for photos. He made us feel comfortable and got wonderful pictures in such a short time. For the rest of the day he was taking candid photographs, in which he had a very unobtrusive presence. Photography never interrupted the ceremony, first dance, or speeches and he still got great shots of everything. He also was present when the bridle party was getting ready, as well as the groom and groomsmen getting dressed. All the photos he took will help us remember the whole wonderful day. In addition, he went above and beyond by setting up the first look so it took place in a special way. Nick is such a great person and easily makes friendly connections. We ended up wanting him at the wedding as a guest!!! If you are getting married in the Bay Area we strongly recommend Nick Otto as your photographer!!!
  • Mark T. Dec 31, 2014
    My wife and I loved the job Nick did for us at our wedding. He did a great job of capturing the light and atmosphere in the Buddhist hall where we had our ceremony. He was also able to get and preserve moments at the reception that I didn't think were possible and we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Great Job Nick!
  • Sonya M. Dec 5, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick is a gem to work with. My wife and I had the experience to spend our most special day with him and his lovely wife. He went beyond what we would have imagined. From the moment I first talked to Nick on the phone, I felt that I would be making a new friend and I was right. I would unreaervedly recommend Nick for any project you have.
  • Kymberlee S. Dec 4, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick and his team were amazing and the photos from the event turned out great! Nick was communicative, punctual and his team worked very independently which was so helpful from the event planner's perspective.
  • Betty G. Oct 30, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick captured the joy, spirit, and beauty of my daughter's wedding in Sonoma County. He was prompt, flexible, friendly, and a joy to work with. He got many photographs ready in a flash, all wonderful. I'm writing this even before the full gallery is up because we're already more than pleased. He is first rate!
  • Christy G. Oct 27, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick is very personable, professional, and genuine- simply put, a really nice, go with the flow kind of guy who just happens to be an amazing photographer too! He shot our wedding a few weeks ago and my husband and I couldn't be happier with the results. All of the photos from beginning to end are really beautiful. One of my friends nailed it when she said "his photos really capture what your relationship is all about" and I agree wholeheartedly.
  • Katie L. Oct 19, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick photographed our wedding on Sept 27th in Menlo Park. He is seriously amazing, both as a photographer and person. Not only are we incredibly happy with all the photos that Nick took, but we also enjoyed working with him. Nick is very down to earth, calm and easy to get along with. He truly documents your day as it unfolds. Nick was very in tune to all the small moments and was there to capture them all. Nick was early and stayed with us the whole day. He has our highest recommendation and we would give him more stars if we could! He truly cares about his clients and that their day is documented well. You will not be disappointed if you choose Nick!
  • Ehren L. Oct 12, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent work under short notice. I would highly recommend Nick.
  • Britany C. Oct 10, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick was incredible. Easy to work with, showed up early, and got incredible shots. I gave him examples of a few specific shots I was looking for and he went far and away beyond my expectations. What he captured was the essence of our company. We'll be seeing him at our next conference!
  • Carina H. Oct 2, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick was fantastic. He was super easy to work with, and everybody who interacted with him had extremely positive things to say about his attention to detail and personality. And most importantly, the photos that he sent to us were great and really captured the spirit of the event - a customer awards ceremony and celebration. We're so happy to have found a photographer that we can count on to be prompt, personable, and reasonable and to deliver great photos that we'll be able to use internally and for external marketing purposes!
  • Manny P. Sep 25, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Quite the honor to work with Nick. He went above and beyond his duties as a photographer. More importantly, his photos were exceptional, you can clearly see the vision and creativity that Nick brings to the table thats separates himself from others! I will certainly be booking Nick in the future for more corporate/trade show events. Thanks Thumbtack for helping us find Nick.
  • Debra S. Aug 8, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    What a great choice we made with Nick Otto photography for our wedding! He immediately got into the spirit of our unconventional wedding in the redwoods and was able to bring a creative vision, a great eye and strong technical skills to the task of capturing "our special day ". It's such a huge blessing to have these photos that capture so many essential moments – our expressions during the vows, our parents and friends looking on, action shots like the stomping of the glass and the cutting of the cake, the ceremony, and the big kiss. Beyond all these essentials, he caught many sweet, candid moments with us and our guests that we truly cherish. Nick brought a real sensitivity to some of the things that were most important to us in planning our wedding: Rich wild color, our setting in the redwoods – he had a great way of showing the scale of the trees and our tiny figures among them – and just the playful goofy quality that we wanted in the ceremony and reception. We recommend Nick most highly. He was a total professional from our first contact to the final delivery of his beautiful photos. Also,many guests commented on his pleasant and unobtrusive presence. We ourselves barely noticed that he was there after our initial portraits before the ceremony. Of course whenever we needed him he was right at hand, and he had a great sensitivity without much direction on our part for who was who and which moments happening all around us would be precious ones to capture. Thank you Nick!
  • Jason L. Jul 30, 2014
    Nick was with my wife and I throughout the entire wedding day. He showed up bright and early at our home as we were getting ready, and he stayed until the bonfire at the end of the night. All the while getting great shots of the ceremony, reception, and the little details in between. He was hands on when we wanted him to be, helping us to relax for some of the more 'posey' shots, but he also knew to step back when we wanted some alone time. Your wedding is one where you only want close friends/family around, so were a little skeptical of having a photographer around the whole day, but Nick fit effortlessly in like we had known him for years. Oh, and again, the pictures...fantastic. The lighting, the composition, and the fact that unlike some other wedding photographers work, his photos seem very natural. Totally captured the spirit of the day. Thanks Nick!
  • Charisse F. Jul 21, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick is amazing! His personality, professionalism and energy is great. I really enjoyed working with and will be working with him again. He captures moments perfectly and is super friendly and flexible. He's guaranteed to do an amazing job no matter what your needs. He's the best.
  • Samantha E. Jun 30, 2014
    Nick was the photographer for our corporate event at The Battery in San Francisco in late June. The event was 3-10pm, and Nick was there for the first 5 hours. Nick is extremely professional and a truly gifted photographer. He was punctual, knew exactly which moments to capture before being asked and took amazing shots of the entire event. It is very difficult to find a photographer who takes amazing conference and social photos, and Nick captured each section of the event flawlessly. Nick also was able to move about the event without being a distraction and was therefore able to capture true candid moments of guests enjoying the views, cocktails and each other's company. He turned around more photos then initially requested within hours of the event, and was able to arrange our entire gallery less than a week after the event. Every photo was of the highest quality - the photos captured each major moment of our event, the ambience of the venue and the atmosphere created during the reception. I would recommend Nick in a heartbeat, and plan on reserving him for every future event based in San Francisco.
  • Gina Y. Jun 5, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I wish we could rate higher than 5 stars. A Photographer? More like a Friendtographer Superhero. This guy is amazing as I'm sure you already know. Every photo captured looks better than the next. Imagination, creativity, ninja like suddlety, amazing personality, all topped with a heart of gold. Can't wait for my next marriage ( just kidding hon) or my next event to have Nick there not only as a photographer, but as our friend.
  • Tamil K. May 30, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    It was a pleasure having Nick as our wedding photographer. Very creative and very patient! Amazing pictures! And very reasonable in his fees.
  • Simone R. May 22, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick was very responsive to all phone calls/e-mails prior to the photo shoot and assured me that he would execute the process seamlessly. Day of, he arrived on time and was very engaging and entertaining throughout the shoot (80+ employees in one photo!). Nick delivered the photos within 1-2 days and was very reliable!
  • Blair H. May 6, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick was a terrific photographer to hire for my restaurant's Derby Day / Oysterfest party! I would strongly recommend him to anyone! He was quick to reply to my e-mails, showed up on time for the day of the party, worked his was effortlessly through 150 guests in a small restaurant, and his turn around time was speedy. Most importantly he really captured the energy of the party! Hire Nick! You'll be glad you did!
  • Julia P. May 1, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick has been really great to work with. He's flexible and eager, but best of all, he doesn't do the job just to get the picture, he does it until he gets the best picture. We've been working on a series of food pictures and he's even made unappetizing food look beautiful!
  • Em S. Apr 25, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick did an outstanding job with photographing our event. He's a real professional with a real affable personality. We enjoyed the process throughout. The photos turned out great and he made everything effortless. We really loved working with him and will hire him again...He's rates were also very fair.
  • Christophe L. Mar 4, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Our wedding event just happened on satuday. Nick was absolutely incredible! He arrived on time, engaged with our guests, he was flexible, profesional and the pictures turned out to be fantastic. I will work and recommend Nick to all my friends and my clients. Thank you Nick for making our event and memories to all so special.
  • Bernard W. Feb 11, 2014
    We found Nick online using Yelp and Google. After speaking with him we knew we had made the right choice for our wedding photos. Nick was absolutely wonderful and easy to work with and our guests all loved him. The photos turned out amazing, far better than we had ever dreamed they would. We were thrilled to work with Nick and we highly recommend him!
  • Allana H. Jan 12, 2014
    Nick took photos of my family - 9 of us. Not an easy task. He captured a cool moment that looks like an album cover, which is exactly what I was hoping for! We liked that he got right down on the level with the kids and had a great demeanor with them.
  • Marisa M. Dec 23, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Nick did an amazing job with our corporate holiday party! Very professional, timely, and fun! The pics turned out beautifully. Great action shots and the guests enjoyed his company!
  • Dan M. Nov 22, 2013
    Nick was fantastic to work with for our high profile corporate event! Very responsive, arrived early to check lighting and angles, understood exactly the photographic results we wanted, and he delivered. Without reservation, I'll book Nick again and refer him to others.
  • Morgan F. Nov 22, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Hired Nick last minute to take photos of a speaker at a large conference, he showed up early and did a fantastic job! We loved the pictures, he got us a couple early and are going to send the rest later - and he even knocked the price down when our shoot didn't take as long as we would have thought. I definitely recommend Nick to anyone!
  • Mikaila B. Nov 11, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We recently hired Nick to shoot a charity toy give-away for us. He was extremely professional and timely with his responses as we made the arrangements for the event. His shots were excellent; very polished, while still capturing the enthusiasm of the toy recipients. He also edited the shots quickly and effectively. We would highly recommend Nick for future events. He is easy to work with and provides an excellent product.
  • Alyssa Z. Oct 23, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    From the moment we met Nick to discuss our event, we knew he'd be a great fit and we were not disappointed. Mr. Otto captured the ambiance, the people, and the important moments of our wedding reception while seeming to blend into the background. He was extremely easy to work with and the photographs are beautiful (far more artistic and in-the-moment than standard posed photos). Nick is a super-talented photographer with a great personality to match and we would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to capture important memories and life events. Five stars!