Herb Paynter Photography

Fort Pierce, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

What makes me different from other photographers and editing services? In a single word... bandwidth. We are a small two-person creative/production company with a wide spectrum of experience in overlapping disciplines from concept to wrap-up. What we lack in size, we make up for in experience. When creative imagination is backed up by years of production experience, you have a pretty powerful combination of tools to apply to almost any challenge. I've been shooting and editing pictures professionally for over twenty years and absolutely love what I do. I'm a photography instructor and author of over fifteen iBooks on photography, editing, and digital color. I work fast, shoot what's important, crop for detail, and optimize every photo before submitting it. I provide video editing services including animated titling, narration, and music tracks. I've worked in the professional audio industry for years, have produced dozens of videos, and understand the critical balance needed in mixing and sweetening.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love capturing the detail in every photo. I understand lighting and know how to shape the light to deliver full detail. Clarity and detail is what makes each job fun. I work with the best production editing equipment and enjoy producing excellent products. I love working with good equipment, and I've chosen the mirrorless Lumix GH3 camera and several fast zoom lenses because of the superior electronics, nearly silent operation, and flawless lens quality. The camera and lenses are so lightweight that the burden of carrying around needless size and weight has been removed. This makes shooting candid photography fun.
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Location

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

Background check

Complete

Years in business

10

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

16

Reviews

12 Reviews
  • Joe J. Jan 16, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you!
    Great work, thank you!
  • Rebecca K. Jan 15, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome!
    Herb was SO patient with me and did such an amazing job with the photography! The entire process was seamless, and my team was very pleased with the photos. Will definitely be working with him again!
    Herb P. Jan 15, 2017

    Thank you Becca, the pleasure was mine.

  • Glenn M. Nov 9, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    True Professional
    Herb Paynter is a true professional. I'm not someone that really enjoys having my photo taken, but needed a few for professional purposes. Herb has a calming way about him that helps you relax to enjoy the experience. I would highly recommend Herb as a photographer for any event, because he really enjoys it and he's a true professional.
    Herb P. Nov 10, 2016

    Thank you Glenn. You were very easy to work with. I really enjoyed our session. I'm glad you liked your pictures.

  • Toni J. Jun 10, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Herb was terrific! We came from out of town and had a small window to take our family photos, the weather did not want to cooperate but Herb was extremely flexible and we got it done, we got some great pictures. Thank you Herb!
  • Keisha S. May 23, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Herb & his wife was a pleasure to work with, he was very patient my kids though he was funny with a very down to earth personality! I'm very satisfied he did an amazing job on our photos exactly what I wanted, I'll definitely be using him in the future.
  • Nikki L. May 12, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Herb was great and easy to work with. He made taking the photos fun and was quick to post them after. We so enjoyed working with him to capture an amazing memory for our family. The next time we are able to all be in one place again, we will call Herb to capture it!
    Herb P. May 13, 2016

    What fun it was working with your whole family. Great bunch. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to make this memory happen, especially for your Mom on Mother's Day.

  • Tony G. Feb 29, 2016
    Video Editing
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    Herb is the most caring and professional video editor I ever encountered. You will be very pleased if you get the chance to work with him.
    Herb P. May 13, 2016

    Tony, I'll never forget you and your Xplosion girls basketball club. What an amazing group of talented young ladies. I loved producing this video. Thanks for the signed basketball, I have it in my "trophy" case.

  • Judi A. Feb 12, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    EXCELLENT JOB !!! Herb arrived on time ! Went about his work with professionalism, knowledge and humor. It was fun and he has done a great job ! I would highly recommend him and certainly utilize the services of Image Prep again.. Judi Ann Metzger
    Herb P. May 13, 2016

    Judi, you were delightful to work with. I'm so happy that you are pleased with your pictures.

  • Jake B. Jan 18, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Herb does an excellent job with communication and job expediency. He was extremely accommodating with file type and delivery method. There is some minor room for improvement in white balance consistency and composition, but Herb's pricing is very fair and he was super easy to work with. We will likely use him again for future jobs.
    Herb P. Feb 5, 2016

    Thanks Jake, mixed (tungsten/daylight) lighting is always a challenge when shooting from different vantage points. It was a pleasure working with you.

  • Peggy T. Jan 9, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Herb is absolutely great! Very professional, punctual, easy going and a great photographer. I highly recommend him. Will definitely call him again in the future.
    Herb P. Jan 11, 2016

    Thank you Peggy, it was a real pleasure working with you.

  • Ken G. Jan 4, 2016
    Herb Paynter is a first rate photographer. Technically sound on the mechanics, dependable and exceptionally creative.
  • David S. Jan 2, 2016
    Expert in graphics,color, and photography. Designed my website, and has designed CD album covers for me.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
It's best to get to know a bit about the people and the project before I start. Knowing the expectations of the client is very important and needs to be understood completely. Every job is unique and requires individual approach. There are no cookie-cutter projects. It's also important to get the pricing right out in the open so there are no surprises for either the client or myself.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've been working with both photo and digital images for decades now. I've worked with Adobe Systems engineers on both Photoshop and Premiere Pro. I'm a Certified Color Management Professional and Photoshop Professional. My training includes courses from Eastman Kodak, EFI, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Apple.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My standard rate is $50/hour and many projects can be completed within that hourly range. After get an initial understanding of the scope of the project, I can generally guarantee a firm price. If the project involves changes from the original specification, I'll work at the hourly rate until the job is finished and approved.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started my career in the publishing industry preparing images for high-end real estate and tourism brochures and catalogues in South Florida. I eventually opened my own studio and photofinishing lab. I worked in the professional audio industry for years and started producing animated videos, including services of audio mixing and voice overs. I now work exclusively with digital images, both photo and video.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My customers range from individuals with small budgets to major industry giants including Time Magazine and Architectural Digest. Every client, regardless of size, gets my very best efforts.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I shot a family reunion over the holidays that turned out extremely well. I had free license to shoot candidly throughout the afternoon. Lots of telephoto shots from across the room to be inconspicuous. I mixed with the family members like I belonged to the family and in the process, captured over 700 images. Because the shoot was a casual/candid assignment, we ended up with an amazing variety of personal interactions. We culled the images down to the top 200 and made memory books for each family. The photography took three hours. The post editing took another hour, and the books were produced and delivered within days. Total success for client and photographer. Everybody was happy.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
First, and maybe most important, don't let price be your only qualification. In most cases, the lowest price service has a reason for being a low-price service. If you are looking beyond your own capabilities, look for someone who is confident about his work, has a proven track record, has the experience to produce professional work, and one who loves what he/she does. Sometimes the lowest price indicates a lack of experience or capability. Good work, produced on good equipment, produces good results.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Very important question. As a customer. Can you articulate your concept clearly? Do you understand the process/scope/complexity of your project? Is price your only consideration? Real professionals always charge more than amateurs but they produce professional work very efficiently, saving you money and heartache.