Timothy Shonnard Photography

San Leandro, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Our Stills and Video capabilities offer you the absolute best teams available. We have resources that accommodate every Project... from a 1-2 person gig, to any size Production. Our experience is unmatched... and we are ready to make your Marketing Project come to life.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

With over 30 years of Production, I truly enjoy every shoot, be it large or small. Each client is treated with the same amount of effort and passion for their Marketing needs. My skills shine in how I approach each unique project.... customizing each one with the specific knowledge drawn from meeting and conversing with you, my client. Simply put, the more I know about who you are, the imagery we need and the market we are reaching out to, the better my imagery will be. Stills or Video....

Location

San Leandro, CA 94577

Years in business

40

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

35

Reviews

25 Reviews
  • Amanda B. May 4, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Tim's work is excellent and his personality is a fit with any customer. He is friendly, outgoing and professional. He has an eye for detail and his experience shines through in the finished product. I look forward to working with him again.
  • Susan S. Apr 18, 2017
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Great Experience, will hire again
    Tim did catalog work for us and was very professional, easy to work with, flexible and the photos turned out great. He really knows his stuff when it comes to lighting. He shot our stainless steel units and the photos were flawless.
  • Akilah H. Mar 28, 2017
    Awesome Photographer!!!
    Tim was hired to take professional headshots for a group of our executives. He was great! Experienced professional and very personable. His humor made everyone feel comfortable and his laughter was contagious. Although our company has been working with Tim for 3 years now, this was my first time working directly with him, and it was a complete pleasure. The shoot ran smoothly thanks to Tim's flexibility and the photos came out great. We most definitely will continue to use Tim for his services.
  • Mary F. Sep 28, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    The best of the best
    This was my favorite experience with a photographer. The work was excellent; timely. He is a pro. I will have him photograph all of my SF events.
  • Joanna M. Sep 26, 2016
    Corporate Videography
    Verified Review
    A great partner I'd hire anytime for corporate vids
    Excellent - Tim's a pro and I would hire him again for another corporate video job in a heartbeat. He was professional, courteous, and made an excellent impression on my client (who was the subject of the video). He came armed with great advice, took charge when he needed to, and deferred to us when appropriate. Most importantly, his work is fantastic.
  • Terry M. Jul 20, 2016
    I am a Realtor, listing 20+ homes a year, and use Tim exclusively. Once or twice I have had to use another photographer but no one delivers a prettier, better product than Tim. He understands light better than anyone I have seen. His attention to detail is second to none. If I could give more stars I would!
  • Rob C. May 16, 2016
    Corporate Videography
    Verified Review
    We had a three-camera interview shoot on location in a hotel. Tim was very responsive, very professional, and intuitive to our needs. He's also fun to work with. I was particularly impressed with his diligence around lighting. He had a junior crew member with him and was able to utilize both his talent in set-up, while also instructing him on the finer points of filming...all without getting in the way of production. I'm always impressed with people consider the future of their profession and feel they can bring others along in their journey. Highly recommend.
  • Melissa H. May 10, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
  • Thelma K. May 3, 2016
    Timothy was an absolute delight. We needed professional head shots done to update all of our materials and website. We're a group of 27 that did not have the easiest schedule but Timothy danced around our schedule and made it seamless. In the process of taking our photos he was also kind enough to teach us some tricks when taking any photo. The majority of us did not have much experience in posing for photos so we were extremely grateful knowing how to pose to highlight our best features moving forward. Timothy’s turn-around time was impeccable as well. We had 3 sessions, with each session he was consistent in communicating what his schedule looked like and the progress of each shoot. He was also kind enough to accommodate each individual’s concern when it came to the final touch-ups. For those of us that were unable to come to a final choice, he was more than willing to give his opinion with no pressure. The final product was nothing short of what we wanted, Timothy went above and beyond! Thank you so much for all the hard work, time and effort you put into our sessions Timothy! We would definitely recommend you to anyone looking to get professional head shots!
  • Joanna Z. Feb 29, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    very professional! show up on time, and charge at reasonable rate for excellent work!
  • Charlotte M. Feb 23, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Tim jumped right in on a last minute corporate project. He was great with the client and worked well in tandem with my video crew. I would work with Tim again and recommend him to other producers.
  • Mary G. Feb 3, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Timothy is one of the best photographers I have worked with in my 30+ years in the business! He may not be the cheapest but he is worth his entire rate and more!! He is well with the investment!!!
  • Sarah L. Jan 28, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    From the get-go, Timothy was very communicative, clearly stating his needs to get the job done. I hired him to work with a client to create vivid pictures for a website. Even though the client couldn't meet all of his suggested conditions for a successful photo shoot, Tim was a pro and didn't blink an eye. He improvised, and the results are stunning. My client, a school, has a vast photo bank that will serve them for years to come. Thank you, Tim!
  • Laura G. Jan 8, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Timothy was great. I hired him for corporate headshots of my executives. Everyone was very pleased with the results, we all looked fantastic! I highly recommend Timothy; he's very professional and made everyone feel at ease. He was on site for two days with no disruption to our day to day work space. Thank you Timothy!
  • Cynthia K. Nov 16, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Ben W. Oct 21, 2015
    Very friendly, great eye
  • Dan S. Dec 10, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Tim to create professional business portraits of our medical staff and Board members. He arrived early for both shoots, with his equipment and an assistant, and a pleasant, enthusiastic, flexible attitude. His work product is excellent, and he was a pleasure to work with.
  • Emily P. Sep 30, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Very helpful, responsive to our short deadline.
  • Isabelle G. Sep 28, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Jon L. Jul 10, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Tim to come into our office and take headshots for the team. Tim was great - very easy to work with, flexible with his scheduling, and the pictures turned out great. He was extremely professional and knew exactly how to make everyone look their best.
  • Kathryn K. Jun 9, 2014
    Tim was very understanding, and very helpful throughout two separate photoshoots (with very different subject matter). His 'posed' pictures were just as great as his un-posed pictures - he got the shot, no matter what, without interfering with our day-to-day operations. He was committed to our project from start to finish. He was very approachable and always got back to me (phone, email, etc.), and was more than willing to go the 'extra mile' for us. Tim photographed our social office as well as an interior architecture project. While very different in style, his talent is very apparent in both products. He was great to work with and I'm very glad we found him!
  • Rebecca R. May 28, 2014
    Thumbtack Business Photography
    Verified Review
    GREAT GUY - EASY TO WORK WITH - DOES INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR SHOTS THAT I NEED - COMMERCIAL AS WELL AS RESIDENTIAL - and gave me great pointers to put together the shots I need for clients and also new website :)
  • Andrew H. May 28, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Timothy was awesome. Talented photographer, flexible, agile, service-oriented. Would work with him again. Took both executive shots plus hard to shoot new product (appliance) shots. All on a very tight timeline. Thanks!
  • Sheryl F. Apr 2, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Tim was beyond fantastic! Professional. Personable. He made the shoot fun and memorable. He was kind and definitely knew what he was doing. I would highly recommend him (already have) to anyone that wants to work with a true professional. And the results speak for themselves!
  • Charlene L. Mar 27, 2014
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Tim is a consummate professional. He was hired to take pictures of our duplex for sale. He communicated clearly; showed up on time and took some great photos. He highlighted what needed to be highlighted and made the space look vibrant and inviting.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
With my 30 + years in being a Professional, I ask specific, targeted questions so that I can create the most accurate estimate possible. I then guide my clients thru the Production process, be it a small or large shoot. I pride myself on educating my clients, as much as letting them know how fun we make our shoots!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Though 30 + years of working with a large variety of clients is most important, I also have 7 years of formal training and 2 years of being an in-house Director of Photography, overseeing a crew of 20.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
All clients are unique, and each shoot presents a different approach to production and budget. Once I have a full, and complete understanding of the Project, I then build a flat rate budget, taking all aspects into account.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Started right out of College.... shooting Musicians, and live Rock and Roll shows. I worked for the record Companies shooting their PR images.
What types of customers have you worked with?
National Ad Campaigns for Sprint, Cisco Web - Ex, Palm, ACI ( a large electronic payment company ) to a host of young firms and startups in the Bay Area. Glassdoor, Jones Lang LaSalle, LendingHome, Medium, Epicor... I also shoot Architectural work for a wide variety of Real Estate clients. Lastly, I enjoy shooting personal work for individuals.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I actually enjoy every shoot, and client relation. I Direct with expertise, and humor. My reviews tell the story. :-)
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Please state as many details as you can re: your image needs. As a Pro, obtaining as much info as possible on the Production is the only way to offer a fair and balanced budget.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What images do I need to market my product or service? What story should they tell in order for me to retain a good ROI ( Return on Investment ) ? How many shots ? Location or studio ? What is my realistic budget ?