Al Ungar Photography

Thousand Oaks, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Al Ungar Photography has over 10 years providing image that are not the usual standard images you would see. Every picture is the most important. Image I have shot. Although, i'm a self taught photographer, I have taken on line courses with Shaw Academy in Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom I have also had the privilege of being tutored by Gary Moss who have been contributing photographer for People, Newsweek, Getty, Bon Appetite, Universal Studios and is currently the Photo Editor and Photographer for 805 Living Magazine

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Love taking pictures and working with the public I get to meet Creating and bring out the visual best of the individuals I photograph

Location

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Background check

Complete

Years in business

15

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

78

Reviews

47 Reviews
  • Frances R. Oct 11, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you for my daughter's beautiful Senior Pics
    Thank you for my daughter's Senior Pictures...they were so beautiful...my husband and daughter said you were awesome and made them feel so comfortable...definitely will recommend Al to family and friends!
  • Kristyna C. Oct 10, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Overall: AMAZING!!!
    Al did an amazing job! I had to find a photographer to take my senior yearbook photos. I messaged Al last minute and he was so accommodating. We absolutely loved the finished pictures and our overall experience with Al. We will definitely be calling him for any and every future photography events.
  • Renee D. Jul 10, 2016
    Portrait Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Al has been wonderful through this whole process. He spent a long hot day at the dance studio taking over a thousand pictures of my students.The day went smoothly and the photos turned out fabulous! I'm very happy with his work and being so helpful to me. I'm thrilled I was able to find him and very grateful for all his hard work!
  • Kari P. Jun 27, 2016
    Headshot Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Al is patient and flexible. He really worked his schedule around our company.
  • Taryn S. Jun 25, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    We trust Al to take photos of our client projects. He's done a great job for us. The quality of his work meets our high expectations. Our company would recommend Al without reservation.
  • Dan S. May 18, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I was looking for simple corporate headshot photos, quickly, and Al was able to accommodate with very fast turn-around and high quality photography.
  • Robin F. May 9, 2016
    Event Photography
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    I couldn’t have been happier with Al Unger as a person, a professional and as a photographer. Just a few weeks before my 40th birthday party, a friend told me about thumbtack. I thought, “Why not, I will try it out.” After receiving a few different bids for my event, I ultimately chose Al. He was the most popular photographer on the website (in addition to having stellar reviews) and I was so impressed with his photography, his professionalism and his kindness. When I had questions, his response time was almost immediate. I had 150 people at my birthday and the venue was held at an intimate restaurant. The night of my party, he blended in with the crowd and didn’t miss a single photo opportunity. He took lovely posed pictures of my family, fun candids of my friends, lots of action shots while we were dancing and etc… He was very creative in his shooting style. I give Al a lot of credit because my event was crowded and the lighting at the venue was challenging. My images were emailed to me quicker than I had expected. Every picture was better than the next. He truly captured the aura of the night. I can’t recommend Al enough. He is a sweet, gentle, good-hearted man who loves what he does. He has an amazing talent and I can’t wait to use him for my next photo opportunity. Don’t think twice about hiring him. He’s your man!
  • Brenda N. May 8, 2016
    Portrait Photography (Package Options)
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    Al was very professional, creative and patience working with the wild winds we had the day of my photoshot. I loved all the images and I kept most of them.
  • Patricia S. May 8, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
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    When I wanted several new headshot to use on FB and LinkedIn, I hired Al Ungar photography for the job. Al is very professional, patient and responsive. He was easy to work with and I absolutely love the final headshots. I highly recommend Al.
  • Almog S. Apr 22, 2016
    Acting Headshots
    Verified Review
    Al knows what he is doing. There is nothing to say. Knows the job, both very professional and caring. I am more then satisfy with the excellent photos I got from him.
  • Jennifer S. Apr 16, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Jacquie W. Feb 23, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Kathy R. Feb 18, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Al was very pleasant and very professional. Our portraits came out beautifully!
  • John F. Dec 28, 2015
    Acting Headshots
    Verified Review
    Great photographer! By far the best prices. Most people would charge triple his price for what he does. This is a guy who genuinely loves what he does.
  • Fuyuan S. Dec 16, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    I'm good with Al's photograph capacity.
  • Daniel J. Dec 12, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Al provides excellent service and exceptional value, he is highly recommended in my book!
  • Sandy D. Nov 2, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We had family pictures taken and Al did a great job. His communication with me was incredible and the shots he took were outstanding. We had 2 little ones and he worked very hard to get good photos of them. I will use him again for sure!
  • Casey X. Oct 28, 2015
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    The experience working with Al was very positive. I was able to find a number of the professional head shots for my website and work-related media. It is also done within my budget.
  • Ayla M. Oct 28, 2015
    Acting Headshots
    Verified Review
    I had a very pleasant experience! Al was very kind and guided me through the photoshoot since I had never done one before. I needed headshots for a casting agency that I was new to and when I turned the headshots in to the place they were very pleased with the results. I highly recommend him and it's also very good pricing. 4-5 stars! Thanks again Al!
  • Harpreet M. Oct 13, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Al to photograph an apartment for us with pictures to be used on Airbnb. He arrived on time and was easy to communicate with and the final pictures looked great.
  • Denise A. Oct 7, 2015
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Al did a great job and met my budget and timeframe requirements delivering high quality images! Check them out on Worlds of Wow's flickr page. https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldsofwow/albums/72157658938632258
  • Ramya S. Sep 25, 2015
    Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Great experience with Al.He meticulously photographed all my art work with lot of patience and genuineness. I loved the sincerity and the skill that he demonstrated.I am so happy to have found his place through Thumbtack.I am sure to go to him frequently for all my photography needs.
  • Kendall R. Sep 19, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Paul D. Sep 15, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Good guy great job!
  • Daniel B. Aug 3, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Al was very responsive and professional. I'm glad I picked him.
  • Peter D. Jul 31, 2015
    Modeling Headshots
    Verified Review
    Great job. Great impression. High Professional. Thank you Al!
  • Janna M. Jul 25, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Al has been great to work with. He makes you feel at ease and captures great images.
  • Sarah F. Jul 24, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Very personable, professional and talented. He got some great headshots for my professional social media pages. I highly recommend him! Thanks Al!
  • Ralph R. Jul 18, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    A great person to talk to, scheduled an appointment.
  • Ken S. Jul 17, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Al did an excelllent job. He took his time and explained a lot about what was to happen in advance and what I should do. He was very professional. The pictures came out GREAT! :-))))
  • Patrick M. Jul 14, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Pamela C. Jul 6, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Just woaw! I just love them all! Thank you Al.
  • Ahmed H. Jun 7, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Daniell P. May 25, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I am very pleased with our photographer, Al Ungar. He was very accommodating with my crazy, hectic and demanding schedule. He was very personable and professional. We loved the photos s. The hardest part of this experience was choosing what photos to use my daughters graduation announcement photos. We will definitely contact him again for our photographic needs.
  • Linda R. Apr 8, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Al is an outstanding photographer will recommend him
  • Rich F. Mar 27, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Kranti S. Sep 23, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Al captured my daughter's first birthday really well in high resolution pictures. He clicked multiple shots and gave a a good collection of options to chose from, very impressed with the quality of the photographs and also his cordial conduct!
  • Jack L. Sep 6, 2013
    I have worked with Al Unger both as a Character Male Model and as a Photographers Assistant. on many occasions. The most recent job we worked together was the Miss California United States pageant 2013 in Camarillo, CA. We photographed the contestant’s personal and candid shots, including the pre-judgment entertainment shows they participated in. Here is an example of Al’s eye and instinct for fashion photography. After meeting with all the contestants, he privately shared with me his pick of the winner with me, and he was right! It was the beautiful Ms. Ventura, Christina Meredith! Al is my mentor, and is patient to teach me to be a better male model and a better photographer. What impresses me is that he excels in all categories of photography: Events, Weddings, Ba and Bar Mitzvahs, Fashion photography, plus Family portraits. Anything you want, he can do. He is constantly photographing to hone his skills as a photographer. You would probably not see credits for his, magazine landscapes, actor portfolio photos, and stock photography, but he is a driving force in the photography field.
  • Gina P. Aug 26, 2013
    Al is an excellent photographer and I would highly recommend him to anybody that would like to have all types of photography done. he's done several events for us and his pictures are by far top notch with capturing the moment and spirit and also technical brilliance....
  • Zarfa M. Aug 13, 2013
    I worked with Al twice on my shoot once at his location and second time. He got so comfortable in a studio he has never seen before. We were shooting my clothes (I'm a designer) and he made sure to shoot everything i loved and kept asking if i was happy with what we got. Unfortunately i moved out of LA but next time i'm there i'll make sure to book with him again.
  • Nicolette V. Aug 13, 2013
    I am a Hair/Makeup Artist who's worked with Al on many different projects. He's definitely one of the most professional photographers I've ever worked with. He doesn't waste time, already knows exactly what shots he's looking for to maximize on the shoot, his creative eye is very much on point & I always get the photos within 2wks after a shoot. I can always count on him for amazing shots. This is definitely someone you want to work with. ~NV
  • Lee W. Aug 13, 2013
    Al Ungar shot my son's wedding. We found him to be very professional and we were extremely pleased with his work. The finished album was outstanding.
  • Kerry E. Aug 13, 2013
    I highly recommend Al. He has an amazing eye for composition, his technical skill in capturing the shot are impeccable, and his post production work is top notch. I would absolutely recommend Al to anyone needing an excellent photographer.
  • Wendy E. Aug 13, 2013
    Al was able to capture the girlz in action on their mountain bikes perfectly! He gave all of us outstanding memories for the day. I loved my pictures, probably the best mountain biking pictures I have of myself on my bike.
  • Sophie P. Aug 13, 2013
    I have been working with Al Ungar for 6 years now and every year is better than the last. Al is professional, fair priced, delightful to my clients and staff and I would highly recommend his photography services!!!
  • Judy H. Aug 13, 2013
  • Jesse E. Aug 12, 2013
    I've worked as an assistant to Al in all varieties of photography portrait, life-event, action, sports and spontaneous events. Al is a consummate professional with the eye for composition, the tools to capture the shot and acumen in the digital dark room. His images are as stunning and compelling as any work I've seen.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Typically may rate is $200/hour
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Understanding the customer's need and recommend best location and process to meet the need.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Always looking at other photographers work. Working with Gary Moss a long time, one of the best professional photographers. Shaw Academy On-Line training for Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom
How did you get started doing this type of work?
People kept telling I'm damn good and should make some money doing what I love to do.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Any of the listed types of photographer relating mostly to Life Style is what I do and enjoy But mostly I do portraits of any calibre from business to models/actors
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Love shooting Dance and sporting event, capture that once in a lifetime image, Week long Baseball tournament
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The customer should do some research on the photographer they have in mind, see his/her work, ask question about type of equipment, etc. Ask experience with the kind of photography you are seeking . Before selecting your photographer talk personally to each candidate. The cheapest is not the best he/she is just the cheapest. An old saying is "you get what you pay for"
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
About me, that I want every shoot to be perfect. About my profession, that there is more to a good image that point a camera at a subject, there is light, angles, background, depth of field