Shutterart by Debi

East Haven, CT

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Details...the details, especially for a wedding are so important, especially for the bride. She has spent months, and sometimes years, planning for this special day in her life so the importance of the center pieces, table favors, seating cards and flowers should be given plenty of attention. After all, it was important to the bride, so therefore, is very important to me. I also like to catch the activities of any children at the events that I shoot. Even though they are not the center of my attention, their innocence and expressions can add so much to your memories.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life as well as from different countries. It has been a wonderful experience meeting a man from Tunisia, families from India and a wonderful couple from China. The cultures and wardrobes may be different, but it has always been a rewarding experience that I am happy to be a part of. If I did not put myself out there, I would have missed these opportunities to meet people from different parts of the world.

Location

East Haven, CT 06512

Years in business

8

Times hired on Thumbtack

77

Reviews

34 Reviews
  • Jonna C. Jun 21, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Debra did an amazing job with my wedding photography! My husband and I are swing dancers and Debra got some absolutely amazing shots of our first dance! She was extremely easy to work with even though we are from out of town, and went above and beyond to assist the DJ with a swing dance lesson! The photos are stunning, and she even gave us a gift when the photo disc was delivered! I would recommend her any day!
  • Allan N. May 9, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Debi was a joy, she is very professional and she also have a sense of humor. She was ontime for my event and I liked that she interacted with my guests. If I have another event I will definitely be using her to take my pictures.
  • Janet B. Jan 15, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Satisfied
    Debi was good at what she does but the pictures were very repetitive. Being a bride and wanting everything to be perfect on your day,it's hard to think of how each picture should be taken also. I think she needs to suggest different poses.
    Debra M. Jan 16, 2017

    In all fairness, I did suggest different poses.The original plan was to do wedding party poses at a winery which ended up too windy and cold. The winery also had a policy against photos inside the building. At the restaurant, we did many suggested poses, which were difficult in a location that was much too small to do some of them. As far as repetitive photos, I take many of the same pose and process each one slightly different. This give the client the choice to print the one's that they like the best of the two or three similar shots. Any other photographer would have charged 3 times as much and given you only a fraction of the 370 images that that this client received.

  • Laurie H. Dec 12, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Debi's pictures were just what we wanted.
    Everything was excellent.
  • Chris G. Oct 8, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    great photographer with an eye for detail
    Debi was wonderful. She listened to what we wanted and captured our wedding day perfectly. She kept us informed and followed up along the way. We were very pleased and would highly recommend her. Tony and Chris
  • Judy K. Aug 12, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Debra is very personable and flexible. I found Debra friendly and easy to work with. Debra took many photographs, so there are lots to choose from when making up the wedding album.
  • Nathan F. Aug 3, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Everything went well.Great photos.We would use her again for other events.We are very pleased!
  • Karen S. Jun 19, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    She did a great job. Loved the pictures and a great price. Easy to work with. Thanks.
  • Trisha C. Jun 10, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    She arrived on schedule and was professional. The only con is that my fake smile sucks and I wish she would have told me so that I could correct it instead of having a weird smile in most pictures.
  • Carol E. Apr 1, 2016
    Debra, thank you for the amazing job you did capturing the beautiful memories at our wedding. We will be forever grateful every time we look back at all the special moments you were able to capture. There was so much happiness, love and laughter in the room, and we are able to share and enjoy those moments, over and over again because of your wonderful work! Edwin and I thank you from the bottom of our newly married hearts!
  • Deidre S. Feb 15, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I had the best experience working with Debi!! My husband and I got married on Halloween 2015 and she captured our day perfectly; our photos are absolutely beautiful. Debi worked within our budget and she was a pleasure to work with. She was on time and the guest really really loved her. I have nothing but positive things to say. The best part was we had all of our photos within a month! :) I am very shy and as the bride that can be challenging, Debi made it easy for me to be comfortable in the spot light. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
  • Krisanna L. Feb 10, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Deb was our photographer for our wedding on September 25th. 2015. She was promot and very professional and courteous. Deb took the time with us prior to the wedding to listen to our wishes for photos. We emailed photos we wanted in advance and Deb was very accommodating to our wishes and she took beautiful puctures as challenging as it was because it was a sunset wedding on the beach. We are very happy with our photos and would highly recommend her for a wedding or any other special event. We received our photos promptly after our wedding and they were beyond our expectations. Krisanna
  • Shelby T. Feb 9, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Deb was on time actually she was early. She was so discreet I don't even remember seeing her throughout the ceremony but she was there BC she got so many pictures.
  • Hattie M. Feb 9, 2016
    Excellent photographer. very professional yet she has the personality to make you feel very comfortable. I was very pleased with the photos and how fast after the wedding I did get them. I would recommend Debi to everyone I know. I have one more child getting married and will be calling her again.
  • Brandi B. Feb 8, 2016
    Debi took beautiful pictures at my wedding last fall. All of our pictures turned out phenomenal! She was also incredibly professional. Showed early, and was diligent about making sure everyone at our wedding was captured. She took a mix of candid and posed shots, so we received a good mix of photos.
  • Terri N. Feb 8, 2016
    Everything went well and smooth. I was very happy. The only comment I have to say is I wish I had seen the pictures before it went on disk. I didn't like a couple of them. I had this ugly face that I had made and would have deleted it. I should have asked to see them first. Otherwise, everything else was great!
  • Sarah L. Dec 27, 2015
    Debbie is truly a gem! We used her for maternity pictures. We loved her work so much we used her again for new born pictures and plan to have her take family portraits in years to come. She is extrememly professional yet warm. She finds a way to tell a story with her pictures. I highly recommend her.
  • Rebecca M. Oct 27, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Kimberly M. Oct 13, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Deb took pictures for our wedding! She was very easy to work with!! I would and already have recommended her to anyone needing a photographer. Fair price and great quality..
  • Tara T. Oct 6, 2015
    Deb took pictures for my wedding on 9-10-2015. She was amazing! The pictures came out beautiful. I would recommend her to anyone who wants great shots for their memorable day.
  • Katie H. May 6, 2015
    Debra Meole was the photographer at our recent wedding in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She was there for three hours, as we had requested. The service was absolutely excellent. Debra was prompt, efficient, and extremely accommodating. Her warm personality was also evident and made her a welcome guest. The photographs are beautiful and we are both very pleased with them all. I have no recommendations for improvements. Debra did a truly excellent job, for a very reasonable price. I would recommend her to anyone.
  • Georgette P. May 1, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    She was so helpful and fun. She got all the shots that we asked for. Very professional. She is the best. Hire Debi Meole.
  • Edwin K. Nov 22, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Anthony D. Oct 17, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Ashley C. Sep 27, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Extremely pleasant to work with!! pictures from my wedding day came out absolutely amazing! So pleased with her work, everything ran so smoothly. Would definitely recommend her to everyone!
  • Sarah K. Sep 26, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Debbie was very easy to work with and very professional. She met with us beforehand, went over the different types of photos we wanted, and made us feel comfortable with everything. She was at our ceremony early, and took really great pictures! Thank you so much Debbie!
  • Terrie A. Aug 27, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Debbie to photograph my wedding August 2nd. My husband and I couldn't be happier with her work. The photographs were wonderful and she took many candid shots that really captured the moments of the day. Thank you Debbie, we have the best memories forever in our photos!
  • Robin D. Aug 15, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Debbie was very professional, funny and easy to work with. She was able to work around the craziness that was my wedding. She was prepared for the crowd and small spaces to work in which was my backyard. All in all I would definitely work with her again. She is the best. Kudos to her.
  • John S. Jul 4, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We wanted a photographer who would do candids and let us have a flash drive and CD. Found Debbie on Thumbtack, met with her and we pleased with her pricing and portfolio. She covered our wedding beautifully--was there all the time but "invisible," taking a few staged shots as requested and candids the rest of the time She was easy to work with and did a quick job getting our pictures to us. We were pleased with the results. Karen and John
  • Todd R. May 7, 2014
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    She was excellent. Photos were great. She did what she said she would do and followed-up, on time, on budget. Highly recommended.
  • Heather M. Mar 1, 2014
    Debra took family photos for our extended family and was very patient with the children running around and crying. She took many photos candid and arranged. As I reviewed the photos, I found myself oohing and aahing often. The turn around was fast too.
    Debra M. Mar 1, 2014

    Thank you Heather, it was a pleasure photographing your wonderful family. Your kind words are appreciated too.

  • Loretta R. Feb 10, 2014
    Debra came to my home for my granddaughter's first birthday. She took loads of lovely pictures of the baby and our family. They will help serve as a lasting memory of this special day for our family.
  • Christine S. Jan 21, 2014
    I had Debra photograph my wedding back in September. And I loved them all. She captured some really great moments and now I have some wonderful keepsakes to remember such a special day. She was very professional and listened to my requests. Thanks to her, I have some really beautiful photos!!
  • Kaylena S. Jan 13, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Very professional! We planned our wedding in less than 2 weeks so we were crunched for time and on a budget! Debi did a great job and was able to book on a short notice. We didn't feel like she overcharged us either. We got 400 pics to choose from!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First we communicate through telephone and/or emails, then I would set up an informal meeting in a public place such as a coffee shop. We can chat over coffee and get to know each other a little while viewing my portfolio.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Recently completed a photo shop class on a program called Elements. It was a 7 night course through adult education at North Haven High School. I now have the ability to correct and enhance photos better than I have in the past.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Nothing is complicated about my price system. I have a contract which both of us would sign with the agreement to pay a deposit equal to the first hour of service. In most cases, the balance would not be paid until your photo dvd is finished.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began with nature photography and expanded to ballroom dance shows. It is a challenge photographing moving people in changing light situations.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I listen to my clients needs, make notes and work closely with them to give them the service they require, plus a little bit more. The feedback that I have received from past wedding photography jobs as well as my nature photography has always been exceptional. I have a growing portfolio, but continue to work at making my craft even better. The better the photo, the happier the client. When an event is scheduled, I always arrive extra early to check out the venue and the light sources that I will be working with. With my primary camera as a Nikon D5100 and a back up camera, Nikon D3000, I am always prepared and ready to shoot.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
My advise would be, shop around. Look at the work each photographer has done and know what you are looking for. If you want something simple, or something more creative. I can do quality work for a very budget friendly price. It is a bad economy, so you don't have to pay high prices to get quality work when you hire me.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Customers most often do not realize how many days, or even weeks, I put into editing their photos. If I shoot 400 or more at a wedding, my client would most often receive at least 325 that are straightened, sharpened, lightened or darkened to bring out the best in them.