Carmine Picarello Photography

Westport, CT

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My service is unique because of my experience. I spend time with my clients before the shoot. I ask questions so I can determine what they really want and translate their idea into something definite while giving them insight into what's realistic or cost effective. I suggest options they may not have considered that can save time and money.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I am most satisfied when my client is 110% satisfied and appreciates what a professional photographer contributes to the marketing and advertising needs of his company. I enjoy the variety of work that comes to me and enjoy the process of creative collaboration and problem solving.


Westport, CT 06880

Years in business


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22 Reviews
  • Nancy V. Sep 11, 2017
    Headshot Photography
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  • Mike M. Aug 7, 2017
    Headshot Photography
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    Great photographer who makes you feel at home
  • Chris H. Apr 21, 2017
    Photo Scanning
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    A great local resource
    I had an unusual photo project and wasn't sure where to turn or how best to go about it. Carmine was knowledgeable, professional, and extremely pleasant to work with.
  • KArin K. Mar 22, 2017
    Photo Scanning
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    Photo Restoration
    Carmine was very helpful when we discussed my photo restoration project. He was honest about the results that I could expect due to the fact that my (very old) photo's were badly degraded.
  • Anna V. Sep 2, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
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    Professional and Artisrit rolled into one!
    Highly reccomend Carmine, he was responsive, flexible and the final product really made our house shine via the photos's. He took his time with every shot to make sure the composition was perfect.
  • Kevin K. Jul 31, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
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    Carmine was able to take my photos very quickly. He was very responsive and had a fast turnaround with the pictures. He took my suggestions once he retouched the photos with no questions asked. I would highly recommend Carmine. Thank you very much.
  • Stephanie S. Jul 29, 2016
    Acting Headshots
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    I really enjoyed my photo shoot. I felt Carmine was very professional and made the shoot fun at the same time. Great quality photos.
  • Blake R. Jun 23, 2016
    Commercial Photography
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    Excellent...great product and timely delivery. Blake Reuter
  • Tanya P. Jun 12, 2016
    Headshot Photography
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    Carmine is a wonderful photographer! I needed head shots quickly and Carmine worked with my busy schedule. He made taking the head shots fun and in a comfortable setting. The photos came out great and were ready for me to have in a very timely manner. I highly would recommend Carmine!
  • Bienvenido D. May 2, 2016
    Acting Headshots
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    Very easy to work with. Highly recommended.
  • James C. Jan 20, 2016
    Headshot Photography
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  • Moira C. Dec 20, 2015
    Headshot Photography
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    Carmine was the ultimate professional in a casual setting. I am extremely camera shy but forgot all about it during the shoot. I would highly recommended Carmine.
  • Yang Z. Oct 18, 2015
    Headshot Photography
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  • Walter G. Aug 26, 2015
    Headshot Photography
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    Walter Greissle on August 26, 2015 5/5 stars Headshot Photography Verified Review Carmine is a great photographer. I needed head shots and he did them for me at a very reasonable price. He suggested several outfit changes and to my surprise, he took over 50 photos from which I choose the best two. He then did a little touching up and those two photos were excellent. It was a fun and interesting experience. I highly recommend Carmine.
  • Caragh L. Mar 14, 2015
    Headshot Photography
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    Carmine was very responsive and professional. The photos I received were exactly what I needed and retouched photos were delivered quickly via email. I posted to Thumbtack on a Saturday and had a session Monday morning with Carmine. I highly recommend his services.
  • Neil S. Dec 2, 2014
    Headshot Photography
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    Can't really say anything about his work, because he never got back to me about the job. He sent me a proposal that I really liked, and I accepted it. Sent it right back to him, because 2 other photographers had sent me proposals also, and I did not want to keep them hanging. But after I accepted his proposal, and sent him an email, I never heard back from him. I accepted his proposal on a Sunday, and now it is Tuesday afternoon, and no word back from him. Not fair to me, and not fair to other photographers, who are waiting to hear my response to their proposals.
  • Nick R. Jul 28, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Carmine is a real pro. I needed new head shots for social media sites. He suggested several outfit changes and his instincts were right on. I got more than 20 "Likes" on Facebook on my new thumbnail. Also excellent feedback from Linked In colleagues. He was right there with some ice water on a hot day and some touch up on a shiny nose. The whole session took a little more than an hour but went by quickly. He made it fun and no stress.
  • Jeffrey E. Sep 24, 2013
    Carmine is not only and outstanding photographer but an outstanding person as well. He is both hard working and honest and can be counted on to get the job done on time and at a fair price. I have worked with Carmine for over 17 years and have never been disappointed in the quality of his work. I would recommend Carmine for any job large or small.
  • Stuart S. Sep 24, 2013
    Our project with Carmine involved both product and live model work. He was thoroughly professional, cooperative and creative, We were delighted with the results!
  • Rick W. Sep 24, 2013
    Carmine is easy to work with, professional, and went the extra mile to make sure I was happy with his work.
  • Markley R. Sep 24, 2013
    He was very professional yet warm and friendly. I was very comfortable working with him. The proofs look great too!! I would totally recommend him to my friends and all contacts.
  • Frank C. Sep 24, 2013
    I have worked with Carmine for over 5 years and every assignment was a pleasure.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Business portraits are the only area where I have standard pricing. My Thumbtack response to a business, actor or modeling portrait inquiry spells out the rates and options from which an individual can put together a budget. Commercial still life (product or fashion) is more dependent on the particular details of the project as they are usually unique. It's beneficial to meet and go over the project. I ask questions and offer suggestions about how to get the desired result with the least amount of hassle and cost.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My clients tell me I'm easy to work with. No drama or high pressure. Many clients start out by telling me they hate to have their picture taken or are always nervous or self conscious. I try to make the shoot fun. I show them I pay attention to details they might worry about. I ask questions and provide anecdotes to put them to ease.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a BFA in theatre production and lighting design. After college I apprenticed to commercial photographers in different specialties. I spent years on staff at Macy's and other major department store advertising departments shooting fashion, home goods and furniture before starting my own company with a staff of photographers and stylists. I draw upon over 30 years of professional experience covering a wide range of photographic subjects.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My father was in the fashion business and into the arts. We lived in an artist community and were surrounded by many who contributed to the art scene. I've always been interested in recording light and lighting effects. It's all about the light. Look up the definition of photography.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I specialize in commercial oriented work. I do not do family portraits, wedding and other events of that nature. My customers are usually executives, actors, and professional people who need a public persona. Many of my customers are Art Directors who promote products and services for their commercial clients. I also work directly with small companies who use my work to advertise and promote products and servicesA.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A recent project we worked on was for a local business with a fleet of delivery trucks. We produced an early morning photo of the assembled trucks and arranged the drivers in the foreground. We then photographed the office staff individually providing head shots to be used in a variety of public relations, advertising, social medias and web site content.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be sure your photographer has experience in shooting your kind of product or service. A wedding photographer is not the guy you want to shoot product as a studio still life. Be sure to check the photographer's portfolio and ask to see samples. Ask for references. Have a concise shoot list so the photographer can estimate the job accurately.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
We specialize in Commercial Photography; essentially a business to business service. Commercial Photography encompasses any image created to promote or advertise ones self, a service or product. This can be photos of people, personalities, buildings, soft and hard goods, small and large items. In order to give a concise and accurate quote we need pertinent information so we can provide a level of service that will allow you to achieve your goals.