Bits of Magic Image Studio

San Jose, CA

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How does your business stand out?

I specialize in Maternity, First Year, (and more) portrait photography in and around San Jose, CA. I am a mother of three toddlers and have a passion for all things related to pregnancy, birth, and children. I understand the joys and challenges of being a new or new-again mamma, and do my best to work with my clients to provide them with a service that works for them. I happily provide both in studio and in home newborn photography. I do my best to create studio quality images within the comfort of my client's home, and I strive to create even more creative images in studio where I have my full selection of props and backdrops available to me. I pride myself on making the process of portrait photography easy and enjoyable. Let me give you a few thoughts to take into consideration when comparing me to less expensive photographers. I have 12 years of portrait experience, and 4 of those years of newborn experience. I'm also a mother of three toddlers under 4. I understand the patience required for working with newborns and, more than anything, I put your baby's safety first. I use safe and simple poses and I am vaccinated. My package requires no additional purchase of prints or products. I also set only a minimum number of delivered images. I promise 15, but nearly all of my clients receive more. My newborn clients also receive a custom designed birth announcement, a video birth announcement, and a word art piece. I strongly encourage my clients to print their favorite images and give instructions on the best options, but clients are not obligated to buy through me. No matter what kind of photos I'm creating for my clients, I want my clients to feel taken care of and cared for while they are working with me. Hearing that a client felt comfortable and enjoyed their time with me is my most favorite compliment because the process is as important as the pictures.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Capturing the early days of a baby's life is a special privilege. Babies change so quickly that photographing milestone moments of their first year makes me happy because I know that I'm creating special memories of these fleeting moments for families I work with. It's too easy to be caught in the survival mode that a new baby can bring upon any family. I get to give the parents a short break while I create long lasting and special memories for now and for future generations of their family to look back on and enjoy.
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Location

San Jose, CA 95128

Background check

Complete

Years in business

13

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

46

Reviews

22 Reviews
  • Ketan N. May 17, 2017
    Newborn Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Shes very professional and takes her time with new born.
    Gladys W. May 17, 2017

    Thank you, Ketan. I appreciate the compliment.

  • Vaishnavi G. Dec 18, 2016
    Newborn Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    The best :)
    I had to sit and think for a few minutes in order to find the right words to describe the experience and I still don't think I can do justice to it. Gladys was simply wonderful. I had booked her for newborn photography in my third trimester and she was beautifully cooperative. The environment in her studio was so friendly warm and welcoming that my baby simply blended in... she handled the baby so well I thought I could even ask her for tips ;) my baby woke up during the second set of photos and Gladys was very patient and changed her tactics to get good pictures accordingly... I went with my husband and parents and she accommodated all of them and was super hospitable with everyone's needs. Next for the photos part. I was amazed at her props and the photos she had hung around the studio!! I can't wait to see my baby's pics but I'm sure they will come out wonderful!! I could see she is a perfectionist by the way she adjusted the lighting and surroundings so that the moment would be magical for us.. I would definitely recommend Naked Artisan photography for my friends and family :) you go Gladys!!
    Gladys W. Dec 19, 2016

    Thank you for your wonderful words. I am so pleased to know you and your family,and look forward to delivering beautiful photos.

  • Ankita N. Jul 14, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    All went well n she is very cooperative as my LO is very fussy n moody . she peacefully attain n done a good job :)
    Gladys W. Jul 18, 2016

    Thank you, Ankita. It was a pleasure working with you family.

  • Sri S. Jun 28, 2016
    Newborn Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Gladys to take new born photos of our 3 week old. She got props for the baby and was very patient with our lil one. We wanted some pics with our props and she immediately agreed. We would definitely going to call her for our lil one 6 month photo session!
    Gladys W. Jun 30, 2016

    Thank you so much for your kind words. Your family was so welcoming, you made my job feel easy. I look forward to seeing how baby grows, and seeing your lovely family again.

  • Alfred P. Feb 8, 2016
    My experience with Gladys was great. She helped prep for the photoshoot, was accommodating, and she was great fun taking the shoots. I will be recommending The Naked Artisan Photography to friends and colleagues.
    Gladys W. Feb 8, 2016

    Thank you so much, Alfred. You were a joy to have in studio. Enjoy your headshots!

  • Carol S. Jan 1, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Gladys W. Jan 4, 2016

    Thank you, Carol. I'm glad you are happy with your little one's images. I hope to see you again.

  • Heather B. Dec 22, 2015
    Wonderful experience and beautiful photographs. She helped me find the more photogenic me - I have never felt so good about how I look. Would recommend to anyone!
    Gladys W. Dec 22, 2015

    Thank you, Heather. I love your photographs and am very glad that you do as well. See you again.

  • Sruti K. Dec 14, 2015
    We were very pleased with our daughter's newborn photos that Gladys put together. She brought several different sets of beautiful props and spent a generous amount of time with us, making sure to get several good shots. The images she sent us were beautiful and very high resolution. The turnaround time for the pictures was on the longer side (4-6 weeks), but this was inevitable since Gladys is doing this on the side apart form her day job. On the other hand, her charges are very reasonable compared to other full time photographers. Overall, we had a very good experience with Gladys, and I would be happy to recommend her to my friends.
    Gladys W. Dec 14, 2015

    Thank you for the well-rounded review, Sruti. It was a pleasure spending time with you and your family. I hope to see you again.

  • Lynn Y. Dec 12, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Gladys W. Dec 14, 2015

    Thank you, Lynn. It was a pleasure meeting your lovely family. I hope to see you again.

  • Shashank S. Oct 29, 2015
    Newborn Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    The pics came out to be really great. Our kid was 20 days old when we took him for photoshoot. Gladys was very patient all throughout the session and was very accommodating of our needs. She had all the necessary props and dresses for the photoshoot. I'd definitely recommend her for newborn photoshoots.
    Gladys W. Oct 29, 2015

    Thank you so much, Shashank. I'm glad you enjoyed your session. Your little one was a champ and proves that older babies can take great photos, too. I hope to see you all again.

  • Michelle W. Oct 27, 2015
    The Naked Artisan is a artistically talented photographer that I would recommend to any one close to me who is trying to capture that special moment in time with a feeling that grabs you through a photo. She has photographed our wedding and continues to be our photographer for our family photos and life events.
    Gladys W. Oct 27, 2015

    Thank you, Michelle. I love documenting your family's milestones.

  • Katerina H. Sep 11, 2015
    Newborn Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We had an amazing experience with Gladys and got beautiful pictures of our newborn baby. Gladys is very professional, understanding your needs, being flexible and reliable. Highly recommend her.
    Gladys W. Sep 11, 2015

    Thank you, Katerina. I enjoyed working with you and your family. I look forward to working together again and seeing how much little one will have grown in that time.

  • Savita P. Jul 27, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Gladys worked with my husband and me to create some special maternity pictures. Right from my initial email contact with her to the actual photo session and delivery of pictures, she was very professional and easy to work with. My husband and I have never had such pictures taken before so we were a little awkward when we drove up to the photo session location, but Gladys made us feel absolutely comfortable and it turned out to be a very pleasurable experience overall. I highly recommend her and in fact, I have already done so to friends who are also pregnant and looking to create some special pregnancy memories.
    Gladys W. Jul 27, 2015

    It was a pleasure capturing this special time. I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience.

  • Auston D. Jul 13, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    For any of you who are camera shy like me, but need a professional photo Gladys is simply THE best! I am not big on being photographed and was a little nervous prior to my photoshoor. Gladys immendiately set me at ease and it was clear within no time that she was a professional and cared a great deal about my satisfaction not just with the photos, but the entire experience. She had my photos ready for me the very next day and her photography skill came shining through as she made me look like a superstar. My family and I will be back later in the year to take family photos with her. Thank you again Gladys you are AWESOME!
    Gladys W. Jul 13, 2015

    Thank you so much, Auston. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Lisa D. Jun 29, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Gladys was very easy to work with. She accomidated and directed a rather large and akward family for some great shots. She was very easy to communicate with and coordinate with. I enjoyed the entire experience.
    Gladys W. Jul 1, 2015

    Thank you, Lisa. I enjoyed spending time with your family. Enjoy your photos.

  • Daniel R. Jun 1, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Gladys did a great job with my product pictures and I. Easy to schedule with and pleasant to work with- and was priced well. Thank you!
    Gladys W. Jun 1, 2015

    Thank you, Daniel. I hope to work with you again in the future.

  • Lisa S. May 28, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Gladys W. May 28, 2015

    Thank you, Lisa. I'm glad I was able to help you out with your last minute portrait needs. I look forward to seeing you in studio again.

  • Eric T. Feb 28, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Gladys was great to work with! Our session was surprisingly fast and I was happy with the photos she gave to me. I purchased this service from her so that I can get professional looking pictures for my online presence to further my career goals and I think they turned out just fine!
    Gladys W. May 27, 2015

    Thank you, Eric.

  • Subject J. Feb 2, 2015
    Gladys was great through the entire process. She was patient and very accommodating, and also very helpful in giving tips of what will make a good shot. Most of my sister's pictures don't come out that great since she tends to blink a lot, but Gladys was able to capture really good shots of her. Very pleased with her work I enjoyed my time with her and would definitely recommend her!
    Gladys W. May 27, 2015

    You were a pleasure to photograph, Ladies.

  • Jenna H. Jan 28, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Gladys was great, the photoshoot was on time and quick, and I liked my pictures.
    Gladys W. Jan 29, 2015

    Thank you, Jenna. I'm very glad I was able to help you with photography needs. It was a pleasure meeting and working with you.

  • Annette S. Jan 8, 2015
    We did a family photo shoot in Gladys' studio. It was very professional but very laid back. Very professional. She was able to get some great shots of our 2 kids that didn't look posed. WHat really made this a 5 star experience for us was the preparation Gladys gives clients. Well before the photo session, she sent a client information sheet that talked about "do's and don'ts" of wardrobe, how the process would work, etc. It was very helpful information. She also followed up with a call the week before to make sure all questions were answered and review some of the tips. We loves our finished photos and used them on our holiday card this year. I would definitely recommend Gladys/The Naked Artisan Photography.
    Gladys W. Jan 29, 2015

    Thank you, Annette. It was a joy working with you and your family. Your kids were a lot of fun. Thank you for the review and recommendation.

  • Petra P. Jan 7, 2015
    I had a Social Media session with Gladys recently. I loved the resulting photos. This is the second time I've had a photo shoot with Gladys. She has been really good on both occasions on making me feel relaxed, helping me enjoy the process ... and this resulted in great photos... for someone who's not inherently photogenic. Gladys had a low-key and talented makeup and hair artist working with us as well. They worked well together. I would absolutely recommend Gladys for group, troupe and individual sessions. You can't lose. OK, and in honestly, the one thing that I thought could have been different was that we got off to a late start. But the session was on a weekend, so things were a little casual and that's OK.
    Gladys W. Jan 29, 2015

    Thank you, Petra. It's always fantastic to work with you. I will be working with my HMUAs on steps to speed up the process so that future sessions aren't delayed. I hope to see you again.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing is simple for a photography service. I provide the session and images for one combined, upfront cost. I offer a minimum number of images for any given session which I select and hand edit from the client's total film. If I have more than the guaranteed number of images, I will generally provide those as well which is why I say that the client receives a minimum number of images. Prints and products can be purchased through me, if desired, but isn't required like in the old days of traditional portrait studios.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When working with a new client, I strive to find out what the client is looking for in style and products. We will talk about the client's vision and expectations. As the conversation occurs, I answer questions and try to educate my clients when expectations are contrary to my process, collaborating where possible. My goal is to leave no room for assumptions for either party. I want my clients to feel confident that they know what will happen from the process of booking, taking the pictures, and delivering the images. I try to be open and transparent so there is no confusion for anyone.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In order to continually educate myself on both technique and the industry, I'm a huge fan of creativeLive.com where I engage in many of their photography workshops. Some of the top photographers in their fields share their knowledge on that platform and I do my best to take advantage of it.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always loved photography. I decided to take a Photo 1 course in college because it thought I might enjoy it, and have been hooked ever since. I love creating beautiful images for people that they and their families will cherish. I pivoted to newborn photography after having my own kids. It's a very special time and I decided that I wanted to help other families freeze this fast moving for a baby and family for posterity.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have been working with babies and their families for nearly 4 years now. Before focusing on babies, photographed weddings and parties for about 5 years , although I now leave that work to other photographers. I started portrait work by photographing dancers, and have extensive experience photographing dancers and other performers on stage as well. Although I focus on babies and families, I still do photograph dancers and provide professional head shots for personal and corporate branding.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I did profile photographs for a pair of sisters recently. The eldest sister was critiqued as not being photogenic. I found her to be very easy and natural in front of the camera. Her photos came out beautifully and captured her essence perfectly. Her family expressed how impressed they were that the eldest sister's photos came out so well. I was very pleased to show that the eldest sister was indeed photogenic and capture her inner beauty while doing it. The entire session for both sisters was about an hour.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Choose your photographer based on both the appeal of his/her work and his/her personality. The chemistry between you and your photographer is as important as his/her skill with the camera. It is important to trust your photographer's skill and expertise in combination with liking what you see in his/her body of existing work.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Photography is more than pushing a button. Photography is about capturing a moment in time; a sense of who a person is in that second the shutter closes. When you're hiring a photographer, you're not just hiring someone to capture a snapshot. You're hiring someone who'll freeze time with a sense of artistry and skill. A good photographer should be valued as an artist as well as a technician.