Studio 656 West
Studio 656 West

Studio 656 West

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Introduction: COVID INFO: I am fully Covid -19 vaccinated and boosted. I am a PLATINUM TOP PRO ON THUMBTACK, the highest achievement to be reached. I'm very proud of that! I am an on- location only photographer and no longer have a home studio because I have 4 rescue dogs at home. However, I DO have studio backgrounds and can travel to a home or office for headshots or similar requests. In 2005, I suffered a devastating fall behind a restaurant bar on St. Pete beach, severing my left main artery and median nerve at the wrist on a broken beer bottle. The injury is extremely painful, permanent and my hand is mostly unusable. It changed my life. You will notice that I wear a glove on my left hand to protect the scar and to help reduce the intense nerve pain. This is the reason I can't do what I love full time. I offer several different photography services, which include family portraits, engagements, maternity, headshots, children, pets, couples, events, (corporate or traditional) graduation/senior portraits, small beach weddings/receptions and all sports. If you have something special in mind that's not listed, just ASK!! As a photojournalist, I shoot with a more critical eye than most photographers. I like to use natural texture in my photos; it adds a sense of realness that traditional style photography does not. I use natural light as much as possible! I offer a complimentary phone consultation with every prospective client and can help with location and clothing decisions if needed. I stay in touch with my clients throughout the entire process and am always available for questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is by text as I'm often on the phone with consultations. You can also leave a voicemail as well. I will get right back to you! Thank you much for considering Studio656West for your photo needs.😊
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Current Top Pro

Hired 255 times

Serves Saint Petersburg, FL

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1 employee

22 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Featured Projects

461 photos

  • Surprise engagement session Devin and Amanda

    Engagement Photography

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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189 reviews

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Travis W.
6 days ago
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Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Leigh was fantastic as a photographer for a surprise engagement. She worked with me on very short notice and brought loads of energy and positivity to the special day. The photos themselves were of the highest quality with numerous poses and gorgeous colors from the sunset. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a photographer in the area.

Details: Proposal photoshoot • Natural or environmental • Candid • Traditional posed • Outdoors • One location • Online or digital proofs and prints • My home, venue, etc.

Engagement Photography
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Niomi D.
4 weeks ago
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Hired on Thumbtack

Leigh did an AMAZING job photographing our 17 person group! We had a lot of little ones and Leigh and Doug were so patient and had all kinds of creative and fun poses for them to do. The pictures were superior quality and just breathtaking. Thank you for capturing our family in such a beautiful way!

Details: Family or children's portrait • Natural / environmental (photographed in an outdoor setting) • Outdoors • Digital or online download • My home, venue, etc.

Portrait Photography
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John C.
Apr 5, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Studio 656 West was excellent to work with! They made our surprise engagement photos so special! Could not recommend them more, they are the best!

Details: Proposal photoshoot • Candid • Traditional posed • Outdoors • One location • Online or digital proofs and prints • Physical proofs and prints • My home, venue, etc.

Engagement Photography
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Erica W.
Mar 23, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Amazing photographer!!!! Her personality, her attention to detail, her work. All wonderful. It’s undeniable she loves what she does. She even brought along another photographer Doug that helped get additional shots and made my kids feel so special. I couldn’t ask for more. She took the time to call and get ideas of what I had as a vision. She brought the vision to life!!! I’m so impressed by the pictures I have seen. Can’t wait for her to do the newborn/family photo shoot. Book her now!!!

Details: Maternity portrait • Natural / environmental (photographed in an outdoor setting) • Outdoors • Digital or online download • My home, venue, etc.

Portrait Photography
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Grace P.
Mar 21, 2022
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I can’t say enough about Leigh and Doug! I was nervous hiring someone I didn’t know BUT I am so glad I did. They were AMAZING from the beginning to the end. I had a few insecurities going into my engagement photos and Leigh took all those insecurities away. The picture quality is like no other. Leigh has a strong eye for the small details which made a huge difference. 10/10 experience!

Details: Posed engagement photoshoot • Artful composition and lighting • Natural or environmental • Candid • Traditional posed • Outdoors • One location • Online or digital proofs and prints • At the pro’s location

Studio 656 West's reply
Miss Grace, it was an absolute pleasure to photograph you and Alec! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness, health and joy!
Engagement Photography
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Leigh Clifton

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Firstly, I want the potential client to understand that we, the Pros, pay for the lead that Thumbtack sends us if they, the client, express interest in our profile. That means if the client is just "shopping" for prices or different styles and clicks on our profiles, we, the Pros are charged for that interest if we match their request. Then, if the client decides NOT to contact the Pro, we are still charged. My biggest pet peeve is when a client expresses interest, I contact them right away and then they never answer. I think I price competitively but affordably. What I think most clients don't realize is there is a tremendous amount of post production (after the shoot is done) work that is necessary to get a final, finished photograph that a client will love. I try and keep my prices affordable.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I email a quote and let them know I'm available for any questions they might have. For a lot of clients, this is often a first-time attempt at hiring a photographer. It can be very confusing at times. So I encourage them to call or email with any questions or concerns and I will often send additional photos to them, if their particular needs are not listed on my Thumbtack portfolio.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    In addition to my Photo Journalism and Communications degrees, I also have a minor in Music/Vocal Performance. This really helps me with my musician clients because I can relate to them at their level and I think it shows in my work. It enables me to better connect to their ideas and how they want to be portrayed. Having a working knowledge of music makes me a better music photographer. I also went back to school at 50 and got a Commercial Photography degree; it has really helped my understanding of lighting.

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