Roger Bolt Photography

Santa Rosa, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Named to Thumbtacks Best Top Pros for 2016. NAP National Arts Program Professional Photographer winner 2015. I have a talent and skill for showing the unique and special qualities of my subjects in a natural and genuine expression. I am very attentive to post production detail to bring out the very best for every client I work with. Client satisfaction is paramount.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

My biggest joy is developing a rapport and real understanding of my clients needs and feelings. I know that the work that I do will mean so much to them for years to come. This inspires me immensely to make every photograph a masterpiece especially created for each and every client.

Location

Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Years in business

13

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

47

Reviews

36 Reviews
  • Judy I. May 24, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    RODGER WAS SO KIND,PATIENT AND HELPFUL
  • Kathy G. May 18, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Roger was very personable in his response to my inquiry. We met for coffee to learn what I wanted before I committed. He was one time, prepared, and very professional during the photography session. He made me feel comfortable. He loves photography and it shows in his demeanor and his work.
  • Lacey K. May 15, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Roger was great! Very professional and took amazing pics!
  • Katrina M. May 8, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot my graduation photos with Roger. The only regret I have is not shooting with him sooner. Roger is very knowledgeable about what works for your particular body type and what will photograph well. I will definitely recommend Mr. Bolt to anyone looking for a great photographer!
  • Katherine N. May 5, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Roger is a wonderful collaborator. I had some behind-the-camera experience before, so we talked shop a little beforehand, but he is great at explaining the types of shots he's giving you. He's very open to suggestion, but the guy has a fantastic eye for things. He even got me smiling my weird toothy smile. Great job!
  • Mary B. Apr 19, 2017
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding Photographer
    I needed photos for an online store. Roger went above and beyond what I asked for to give me photos that will really stand out and promote my product.
  • Ron K. Mar 14, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Smooth as Silk
    Smooth, easy, no-hassle experience for both the studio shots and the on-location shots. Roger is skilled at bringing together light, background and most importantly, getting someone who is camera-shy to open up.
  • Allegra D. Feb 11, 2017
    Great to work with!
    Great to work with! We had Roger scheduled within a day of reaching out to him. He was efficient and took beautiful photos of our home. Thanks Roger!
  • April T. Jan 23, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Great to work with!
    Roger was really great to work with. Being out of state, I hired Roger for photographs of a commercial property and not only was the turn around time prompt, but the images were perfect and he was very easy to work with and made sure that I was satisfied with the product!
  • Raghda Z. Jan 14, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Clear on his bid and understood my goals
    Roger was clear with his response, understood what I am trying to accomplish and was willing to take a second shoot on few shoots. Very professional. no hidden surprises
  • Enedina D. Dec 27, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We had a great experience with Roger. From the time he arrived at our house he was nothing but pleasant. He went out of his way to make my daughter and I feel comfortable with him. We explained what we wanted and he more than provided perfect service. Once the photograph session was over Roger took his time to perfect our photos and give us the best gallery to choose from. I would definitely recommend Roger and will definitely be using him again in future.
  • Randalll L. Nov 28, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Thanks Roger!~
    Extremely professional and pleasant. Will highly recommend.
  • Rosalia S. Nov 7, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Roger is THE MAN
    Roger was a pleasure to work with. He and his team did everything we asked. They got the shots we wanted without being intrusive, and he was very organized and prepared. Also, Roger was great at keeping family members on track and giving direction during family photo time. All around great experience and a great guy.
    Roger B. Nov 17, 2016

    Bless you both for the gracious remarks and review!! Love you and the whole family.

  • Lindsay L. Oct 27, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Looking forward to round two!
    Roger was prompt and delivered beautiful photographs of our community, we look forward to working with him again!
    Roger B. Oct 31, 2016

    Thank you Lindsey for the gracious review!

  • Kat T. Oct 25, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you, Roger!
    Roger took photos of a challenging house I just listed. They turned out so good! The seller was quite happy and, as promised, Roger made me look good. Will call him again!
    Roger B. Oct 31, 2016

    Thank you very much for your gracious review. It means a lot to me. Looking forward to a future job with you.

  • Tina H. Sep 9, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Good job Roger!
    Roger is very serious in what he does and also keen to make it satisfactory for his customers. He is patient and taylor to each individual's need. He does quality work and I am happy with the photos and virtual tour he made for me. Thank you Roger!
    Roger B. Oct 31, 2016

    Thank you Tina for your generous comments and gracious remarks. As wedding season winds down a little bit I will have much more time for property in real estate images. I hope that you may consider me for other projects that come up for you in the North Bay. Working with you was a pleasure and an honor. All the best in the new year.

  • Donna M. Aug 3, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Roger was very professional but friendly and relaxed. It was like I've known him for years. It made our reunion go on without a hitch. His customer service is excellent and all my questions were answered quickly. The pictures are beautiful and our entire family loves them all. Our memories will be kept for generations to come. I already have plans on hiring Roger for a photo session of my great grandson in September. Thanks Roger.
    Roger B. Oct 31, 2016

    I just wanted to say thank you Donna for the very gracious review here on Thumbtack. I feel like we have become friends and not just photographer and subject.

  • Jolly R. Jul 16, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    The images were excellent! I am so happy finding Roger. I highly recommend him.
    Roger B. Oct 31, 2016

    Thank you very much for the gracious review Jolly! I hope we get a chance to work together again soon.

  • Jeff H. May 8, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Headshots for professional use - provided excellent recommendations for a variety of backgrounds and lighting.
    Roger B. Oct 31, 2016

    Thank you very much for the gracious review Jeff and I wanted to also wish you and your entire family a very happy holiday season. I hope we get a chance to work together again soon.

  • Emily F. Apr 10, 2016
    Pet Photography
    Verified Review
    He was amazing! Would definitely recommend him to others!!
  • Amarantha K. Feb 26, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Julie M. Dec 18, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We love you Roger! You did a great job taking our wedding pictures at an awesome price! We appreciate all your hard work. You went the extra mile with a separate photo shoot due to the sun going down on our night wedding and the cute bride and groom USB's. Plus you made my VA husband comfortable for a night of flashes in his face, which was most important to me. Thank you for your hard work.
    Roger B. Oct 31, 2016

    Thank you for your very kind words and gracious review Julie. It was such an honor and a tremendous pleasure making selected to photograph your wedding and engagement. I hope the new year and for many years to come bring you nothing but joy happiness and prosperity.

  • Richard A. Dec 3, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Roger took the time to come to our home and get to know us and our needs prior to the event, rather than waiting until the day to become familiar with us. He also worked very smoothly with all the family for family shots, even with the kids, knowing when not to prolong the experience. This made all feel comfortable and elicited optimum cooperation from everyone.
  • Adilene F. Sep 3, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Roger was such an amazing experience and I was in awe with all of the pictures and his work. He is a great photographer and even better frien. Thank you!
  • Samantha E. Aug 19, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Though our event is having to be rescheduled, I am impressed with how he foresaw an issue and contacted us immediately. Very professional and we look forward to working with him when our event is rescheduled!
  • Gina C. May 21, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Roger was amazing. He photographed a birthday celebration for my 90 year old mom, 60 year old husband and 30 year old son.His work was excellent and he was easy and friendly with all involved. We highly recommend him.
  • Janis D. May 12, 2015
    I appreciated that Roger took some very nice shots of my dog and me at a rally/obedience trial where pro photographers are seldom present. (Agility is so much more conducive to good action shots...) I was great to see the fruits of our labors so well portrayed.
  • Maureen M. May 12, 2015
    Roger has taken photos at the Countwide Dog Training Club trial the past two years. His pictures of the dogs and competition have been excellent and are some of my favorite photos of my dog. I highly recommend Roger.
  • Kathy M. May 12, 2015
    Roger is easy to work with and takes terrific photographs. He has captured some great photos of my dogs both working and posed.
  • Anastasia M. Apr 30, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Hi Roger, very interested & very fond of your work. I will be in touch sooner than later to set up a time and place. I have to coordinate my family of 3 schedule first. Thanks!
  • Steve W. Dec 31, 2014
    Roger is very easy to work with. He is very professional with a keen artistic eye toward content. I look forward to working with him in the future. The photo shoot was an exceptional exciting experience. The pictures turned out beautiful. Thank Roger...
    Roger B. Jan 24, 2015

    Thank Steve. It was such a great pleasure and honor photographing you and your daughter.

  • Tony G. Dec 30, 2014
    Roger loves the camera and is a true professional with crafting his art. He has a keen eye for positioning and the emotional impact comes through when you look at his photos in either color or Black and White.
    Roger B. Jan 24, 2015

    Thanks Tony for you comments and support!

  • Lynn G. Dec 30, 2014
    A lot of Roger's photo's could be sold to the printing houses that need stock photos for magazines. Beautiful work. He catches the expressions of people and shows a lot of texture in his work.
    Roger B. Jan 24, 2015

    Your review and gracious comments mean a lot to me and my work.

  • Cindy J. Dec 30, 2014
    My experience with Roger's work is all great! As an amateur photographer I admire Roger's skill, attitude and professional product. He worked flawlessly with my grandchild for her portraits. A+ in my book!
    Roger B. Jan 24, 2015

    Thank you very much for this wonderful review of my work. Your grandchild was a delight to photograph.

  • Rob D. Dec 30, 2014
    Obvios passions in Rogers work would and does can emotions to flow. He is simply outstanding as an individual and as a professional !...Rob DiPietro
    Roger B. Jan 24, 2015

    Thanks Rob for your very gracious remarks and review.

  • Veronica V. Aug 31, 2014
    On time, open to suggestions, great communicator, quick response. Very accommodating and flexible.
    Roger B. Jan 24, 2015

    Had a wonderful time photographing your furry companion Boo. Thanks Veronica for the great review. I very much appreciate your comments.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Developing a rapport and true understanding with every client is essential to their satisfaction with my services and the natural quality of my images for them. I love people and I love learning about each client's special gifts and talents. I enjoy bringing their uniqueness out in the magic of the moment with our photo sessions. They are relaxed and unhurried to create a wonderful spontaneous photography experience for everyone.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was born into an artistic family both photographically and musically. My studies in college included fine art, theatre, music and psychology with my major in communications. I am constantly studying and researching to improve my talents and skills as a photographer. I belong to a couple well know photography groups in the California North Bay where I share and learn from others and teach help those that are new to photography. I host a black & white Facebook photography forum online.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My prices are designed and structured based on the client's budget and services needed. The highest quality is offered and rendered no matter what the package cost may be for each and every client.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My father was a portrait photographer in Buffalo New York in 1940 and later a career military officer. His framed studio portrait of my mother hung on our wall since before I was born and inspired me to become a photographer. The creative and artistic elements of portrait, journalistic storytelling, special event and landscape photography inspire me constantly. My passion and interest in my rich family history from both my mother's and my father's side has inspired me to restore old family photographs for myself and for others. These are time capsules and visual treasures to be preserved for generations to come. We know of where we are from where we have been.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I am well known for my portraits, special event photography, weddings & engagements, real estate and vacation rental images and for capturing moments in great compositions as they happen. I shoot for over 8 regional real estate businesses and vacation rentals with two out of state. I have received national attention as an award winning black & white fine art photographer and I have a passion for old photo restoration. I love to see the happiness of my clients when I restore their old family photos to almost new condition through the amazing digital technology available to us today.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My black and white image titled REST has garnered national attention in 2014 and in 2015 it has won a 1st place blue ribbon with the National Arts Program, a cash award and a handshake from the mayor of Santa Rosa California. Wedding and special event photography in the California wine country are breath taking experiences for my clients and my staff. I love where we live. The California Northern coastal regions, the redwood forests, the rolling hills of vineyards, apple trees, black oak and douglas fir render a landscape like no other in the world as a magical backdrop and atmosphere for my clients.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Good communication is essential. Do your research. Not all photographers are alike. Search for the style that resonates best with you. Ask lots of questions and address your needs and concerns fully so there is complete understand and nothing is left to chance and misunderstanding. These moments are very special so take the time to get the answers you need.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Clients should consider what they really want and ask the photographer as many questions as they need to understand and feel comfortable with their professional photographer's choice. Great images like memories can last a lifetime. Think about the location for the session...indoor and outdoor. The natural beauty of the surrounding area as well as a lovely home setting are popular choices. The client should allow for enough time for the session and the post production work of the project. A professional photographer is not just taking simple snapshots but is really working with and creating composition, lighting, Background, setting and location adjustments. Post production on larger projects can take hours and is so important to the final image and the clients satisfaction. Also and perhaps most importantly It's essential to establish a good rapport with photographer and clients so the sessions are relaxed, spontaneous and natural with an ease of flow and inspiration. Allowing enough time has it's rewards however a good photographer will get it right "in camera" and so reduce the time in post production.