Chris Panagakis Photography

West Hollywood, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I'm an old school professional and trained with some of the best in NYC. My professionalism, attention to detail, and style are a cut above.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The way I shoot portraits is more like a conversation during which I happen to be taking pictures. It's kind of like being a bartender or hair stylist, and I get to have the most extraordinary conversations with people.

Location

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

13

Reviews

9 Reviews
  • Deborah D. Dec 29, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We enjoyed working with Chris. He was very accommodating -- we were in Burbank and not familiar with the area. He was willing to meet us at a park within walking distance to our hotel, spent plenty of time with us and was open to our input on the groupings/shots. We'd definitely recommend Chris to others.
  • Timna P. Dec 15, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Chris was superb! His photos are brilliant and he is technically and artistically accomplished. I am absolutely thrilled with his work for the event. He is versatile and his eye is trained and aesthetically sophisticated.
  • Tatjana L. Oct 15, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We are really happy with our photo shoot in the flexibility to change time & dates to suit the weather. Our vision of the photo's we were after was captured amazingly. He is very friendly and professional. He didn't charge us until he had reviewed the shots and that we were happy with them. I have no hesitation in recommending Chris Photography.
  • Pauline M. Sep 1, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    It was a pleasure working with Chris. He is very professional. We discussed details before the event. Chris is on time and he does a great job. He sent us the files very quickly. I will work with Chris in the future
  • Alan S. Sep 1, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Chris was the best photographer I have ever had the pleasure of working with! He was professional as well as very personable. I 100% recommend him to anyone who wants the absolutely best quality in a person and professional photographer. His best attribute is his willingness to deliver the experience his client's want to see reflected in the product they are paying for. If you want the job done right, hire Chris Panagakis
  • Jason T. Jul 16, 2014
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Spent several hours with Mr.Panagakis. He was extremely hepful and very professional. I am sure we will do more business with him in the future. Jason O. Thorso.
  • Helen M. May 17, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Chris is amazing. His professionalism and interaction with the client is amazing. He addresses needs, and provides his input to gwt the best experience out of the shoot. I highly recommend him.
  • Erin B. May 8, 2014
    I needed new, professional headshots to accompany articles I write for magazines and other publications, and I was blown away by how professional, efficient -- and reasonable -- Chris Panagakis Photography was. A few reasons why: -- Chris walked me through every step of the shoot and was able to draw some unbelievably natural poses out of me, despite the fact I generally feel awkward about having my picture taken; -- He understood the resolution needs for both print and online publications (you'd be surprised how often that's an issue with some industry professionals); -- I was able to do the shoot in his on-site studio, which is located in a convenient area (West Hollywood, with plentiful parking); -- His lighting, retouching and other effects made me look far better than I do in person; -- And he delivered fully retouched, ready-to-use photos incredibly soon after the shoot. I've received a ton of positive comments from the new photos -- and I can't recommend him more highly. Chris is a skilled, experience and friendly photographer to work with; if you're looking for professional shots, he's the guy to go to.
  • Stephenie H. May 7, 2014
    A FANTASTIC photographer! Chris' work is nothing short of brilliant! His take (pun intended) on a subject brings out such depth and soul. What you think is a simple photo is art. My sessions with him have consistently been fun, easy and have resulted with moments captured in beautiful and soulful pieces of art. Look no further for a great photographer and man.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I use primarily Lynda.com to do quarterly training on the newest in technologies and techniques in photography.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My mother was a press photographer before settling into teaching. It was in my blood.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My bread-and-butter jobs are events, headshots, and commissioned portraits.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I shot a session with blogger Haley Kaplan (what-is-privacy.com) back in January, who was so nervous at the prospect of professional headshots that she admitted to nearly canceling at the last minute. In the end, she was thrilled with the work and ended up using it not only on her blog, but also her other marketing materials. Better still, when featured in an issue of "Brentwood" magazine, she declined their offer for a staff photographer to shoot her and instead used my images for the story!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Only hire photographers who clearly get you or your project on a human level. These are the eyes interpreting you for the world. If you don't think they understand what you're about, neither will anyone looking at the pictures they take of you.