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stayreddy photography

stayreddy photography

San Francisco, CA

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“Awesome Event + Tech + Studio Photography”

Bio

I've been drawn to photography since childhood. My mother made lots of photos of us - our house was always filled with images of family + friends. Taking a black & white film class in high school inspired me to pursue this as a career.

About stayreddy photography

hired 31 times on Thumbtack

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. stayreddy photography offers full-service event and studio photography, including comprehensive coverage, post-production (editing), and delivery.

Ashleigh Reddy is a popular and professional photographer, based in the Bay Area, with clients nationwide. You might see her snapping away at a swanky event, non-profit fundraiser or creating headshots for a company website. Known for her thorough corporate event coverage, Ashleigh also captures private gatherings, weddings, portraits, live music, and even food! You name it; she's probably photographed it.

Clients include: The GLIDE Foundation, MSN, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Omega Watches, University of San Francisco, 7x7 Magazine, Houzz, and Hotel Vitale.

Location

San Francisco, CA 94112

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  • 5/5 stars Event Photography Verified Review

  • 5/5 stars Event Photography Verified Review

    I hired Ashleigh for a Corporate Event at a local night club which consisted of Candid Shots, Venue Shots, and live performance shots. I provided a list of shots that needed to be made and Ashleigh accomplished all of them! She was quick to respond to requests and was a pleasure to work with. I would and will probably hire Ashleigh again.

  • 5/5 stars

    Outstanding photographer. We worked with Ashleigh on a corporate event and we were so pleased! Ashleigh totally captured the energy and excitement of the event and managed to be in about 10 places at once. The final photos were delivered in a timely fashion and were beautiful. We would love to work with her again!

  • 5/5 stars Event Photography Verified Review

  • 5/5 stars

    i hired ashleigh to work with me on a multi-day shoot for converse in los angeles - i couldn't have been happier.

    from the moment she arrived, she was contagiously exuberant, friendly, and visibly enthusiastic about her work.

    during what was a very hectic series of workshops, all happening in tandem in a single large space, she went above and beyond to not only thoroughly complete her assigned shot list but to also field several last minute shoot requests. she did so with ease and a calm that made my job easier.

    not only was the work beautiful, but it told an accurate and complete narrative of the unique event experience.

    this is just one example of the many times i've worked with ashleigh before and since. i will most certainly keep hiring her at any chance i get!

  • 3/5 stars Event Photography Verified Review

    Ashleigh was great, got a ton of great shots only thing was that she was 45 mins late for the time we agreed on her to arrive at my bridal shower which completely threw off the timing of the day. It wasn't really necessary for her to be there taking pictures the entire time we were having lunch and me opening gifts (I didn't need a photo of every gift I received or people mid bite) but we had to wait until after lunch and gifts to take the rest of our group shots. She stayed later than scheduled which was nice to make up for her being late in the beginning and then I overpaid her for staying late which she should have not accepted since she was the one late in the first place. This is the first time I've used a professional photographer from an app so I guess I will know better next time.

    Ashleigh R. from stayreddy photography replied to this review on April 21, 2015:

    hi brooke! i'm sorry to hear this, but this information is incorrect. i was 15 mins late, which i notified you i would be, because of factors out of my control (there was a car on fire on the freeway which severely impacted traffic). i was asked to photograph the gift opening portion of the event with little direction, so i erred on the side of shooting all the gifts vs. not enough. i'm happy to refund you for the extra time you offered to pay for, if you felt i was in the wrong for accepting it. i've contacted you via email as well.

  • 5/5 stars Event Photography Verified Review

  • 4/5 stars Event Photography Verified Review

    Thank you Ashleigh! Your photographs were just what we needed to represent the great work at our Net Positive Conference. I appreciated your timeliness and your willingness to work with very little direction. Thanks again!

  • 5/5 stars Event Photography Verified Review

  • 5/5 stars Event Photography Verified Review

    It was a pleasure working with Ashleigh at our event. She is very professional, timely, takes directions well under difficult circumstances, and has a great personality. Ashleigh's photography is fantastic, and I would certainly recommend her and use her services again.

  • 5/5 stars

    Hired Ashleigh to do photograph an event at our salon. There were lots of people and lots of media, and it was a very rainy night, so the lighting was a bit weird. She did an awesome job of capturing faces, people, fun candid shots, etc. Plus, she is very pleasant to work with, and sent us our images right away. I will definitely hire her again.

  • 5/5 stars

    Ashleigh captured my 40th birthday party perfectly. I look forward to working with her again!

  • 5/5 stars

    Ashleigh photographed Gilt City's La Marca event in San Fran. She produced great photos, amazing videos and sent them back to the team at Gilt City on time. She was a very reliable photographer and will definitely want to use her expertise again!

  • 4/5 stars

    I hired Ashleigh to take photos of our guests in a private suite during a large event, for only about 1.5 hours. Ashleigh was easy to get a hold of and was flexible with all the last minute changes. The pictures turned out well and my staff enjoyed working with her. I hope to be able to use her again for future events in the San Francisco area.

  • 5/5 stars

    Ashleigh was great. She arrived on time & provided the photos within a couple days. Photos were beautiful!

  • 5/5 stars

    I was extremely impressed with the professionalism, experience and talent of Ashleigh's work. Ashleigh is an amazing make up artist and has a great eye for photography!! I did a fitness inspired photo shoot and my prints turned out amazing!! She also performed my make-up services for the shoot which made the experience very convenient!! Can't wait to work with her again :-)

  • 5/5 stars

    Ashleigh sounded great over the phone and I picked her for my 50th birthday party out of 7 online offers I got on thumbtack.
    No regrets whatsoever! She took loads of high quality pictures, both people posing and spontaneous and send me two sets: online-ready and high resolution, per my request afterwards even though we haven't discussed that. She has great people skills and very good eye for photography. And believe me she has no idea what I am writing right now :0)

  • 5/5 stars

    Asheley was incredibly easy to work with, arrived on time, and took really beautiful photos! All of the photos were delivered on time and were high quality. I would definitely work with her again in the future.

  • 5/5 stars

    We worked with Ashleigh during a Lunar New Year event at Union Square, San Francisco. She was easy to communicate with, which made our job a lot easier since we do not know exactly how many people will be there to utilize the photo-booth and step and repeat wall. She was really accommedating to the crowd and also very prepared. Her rate was fair. We would certainly use her again for future events.

  • 5/5 stars

    We hired Ashleigh to photograph my husband's 40th birthday party. Our photos turned out beautiful. It was an intimate affair. She managed to capture a lot of candid moments without being intrusive. Ashleigh was wonderful to work with and we'll definitely do it again!

  • 5/5 stars

    I hired Ashleigh for a Diwali party at home. She did a great job and was very communicative the whole time. She was on-time, detail-oriented, and very creative. The pictures turned out great and she is such a fun & cheerful person to work with. I am glad I got to work with her.

  • 5/5 stars

    Ashleigh is a true professional. In the two hours we had her, she captured all the requested shots plus many impromptu special moments. Her personality and kindness is what separates her from other photographers I have worked with in the past. Many friends and family members commented on her cheerfulness and smile. Her photos are as beautiful as she is. We all enjoyed having her here on our special day. I would hire Ashleigh again for any corporate or private function that I have in the future.

Question and answer

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Teach For America annual fundraiser. Trulia annual awards. Various elite events
I also have my own photobooth company, called lightworks! We recently completed events for AFAR magazine, soulcycle, Union Square NYC, and Google! You can check us out online!

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. I constantly keep up on the average market price for event photography. I do believe that you get what you pay for (to a certain extent). I price my services fairly. I am not a budget photographer, but I am willing to negotiate within reason.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. An expensive camera does not equal a professional photographer.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Asking about previous experience is important. It's good to know if a photographer has experience with your particular photo needs. Also, don't hesitate to negotiate pricing! I realize that thumbtack has very broad pricing, and sometimes consumers are working with a strict budget. If you like a photographer's work, and they like you, ask if they'll be willing to negotiate on pricing! We won't bite! :)

Also, I find that clients often forget to ask about photo delivery. Some clients want a CD, others want a zip file, while others just want a link to an album that can be shared with others. Make sure you know how you want the images delivered so the photographer knows what to expect. Also, if you would like the possibility of making prints from the photo files, be sure to mention that as well. The photographer will shoot in a high(er) resolution.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. A big difference in my work is how I relate to people. I'm not shy - I will go up to anyone and ask to take their photo. Event photography, especially, is very social and you have to communicate with your audience to do a good job. I have a knack for making people feel comfortable, and that shows in my images.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love the fact that every job is different. A different location, different clients, different atmosphere. I've met people from all walks of life, and that is a beautiful thing.

Everyone has a story and I'm thankful to be able to capture a little piece of it with my photography.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. When people send me messages, emails, cards after I've worked with them, and they express their gratitude - there's nothing that humbles me more. Sometimes people will fuss that they aren't photogenic, but once they see their images, they are pleasantly surprised. I love capturing people in their best light. And that's more than just fancy lighting!

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Photography is so multi-faceted. The work starts from the moment we book a job. We have to figure out logistics, plan the shoot, shoot the job, complete post-production, and deliver the images to the client - all in a timely manner.

The work doesn't end there. We spend a lot of time on marketing and client relations. And let's not begin with editing the images! Depending on the job, editing can take hours upon hours.

Photography is a great career, but there's SO MUCH more to it than making beautiful images. We do it all because we love it. :)

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I knew I wanted to pursue photography as a profession when I took a film photography class in high school. I was amazed by being able to create and develop my own images. My parents weren't to keen on the idea of me being an "artist", but I never lost sight that vision, even after completing four years of college in a much different field.

After college, I began shooting events part time here and there while working at a non-profit. After experiencing a devastating personal loss followed by losing my nonprofit job, I began taking photo classes at City College of San Francisco. Photography really helped to pull me through a tough time. Through networking and client recommendations, I was able to build up my business to a full time career. I love what I do and I'm happy to be where I am.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I occasionally attend photo conferences such as WPPI. I maintain a network of photographer friends and we're constantly in discussion about work, equipment, business development, client relations, etc. I also read up on a few photo blogs.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. More and more photographers are getting into video. Most new dSLRs come equipped with full video capabilities, so it comes as no surprise. I'm excited about it but also terrified at the thought of video post-production! Guess I'll have to delegate that task. ;)

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Just ask me!

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