David Scruggs Photography

Atlanta, GA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Simple snaps are great. But you don't need me for those. You need me for those something-extra shots. For turning a tender moment into a work of art. For turning a pretty setting into a grand scene. You need me for capturing a spontaneous laugh, the tossed bouquet midair, and your surprise ballroom dip on the dance floor. For personal and corporate work, you need me for the professionally created portrait that captures you at your best -- the real you -- and makes the statement you want made about yourself. For intimate prints and albums, you'll want the genuine art that you and I create together to commemorate the unique beauty you were blessed with but that's so fleeting. Not every photographer looks at his work this way. We're all different. But this is how I look at what I do; it's how I look at you.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

First, I love thinking big and taking my clients and myself out of the routine. Second, photography is a curious mix of camera mechanics, light and physics, computers and image processing, creativity, fashion, style, sex, romance and human psychology. So it keeps me occupied.
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Location

Atlanta, GA 30360

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

5

Times hired on Thumbtack

117

Reviews

53 Reviews
  • Yumi S. Jul 15, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We loved everything about David and Nicole. They were on point, responsive, and punctual, and overall amazing. I loved working with them. And can't wait till I see the big reveal. I know it will be great!
  • Heather O. Jul 13, 2017
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    David really knows what he's doing, and he knows how to produce great work. One can tell he's very passionate about creating great photography, and the photo shoot was fun!
  • Thumbtack Customer Jul 12, 2017
    Although my project of recreating my grandmothers graduation photo with me as the subject was rather unconventional, David worked for a long time to get it perfect
  • Christopher P. Jul 8, 2017
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    I can't say enough good things about him. He did everything right!!!
  • Lina R. May 16, 2017
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    David is just amazing and fun to work with. He is very talented and made feel confortable and pretty all the time
  • Diana S. May 8, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Fantastic experience!! So easy to work with, flexible, open to ideas, and supportive if you get the jitters!! Would recommend over and over.
  • Brandi N. Apr 29, 2017
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent Photographer
    Everything from scheduling, planning, and the photo shoot was phenomenal. David is extremely professional. The photos are beautiful. I can't wait to schedule another shoot.
  • Heidi S. Feb 23, 2017
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome!
    I spoke with David today about my upcoming shoot. He made me feel completely at ease and even excited about having these pics taken.
  • Shelby P. Jan 29, 2017
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Great experience with shoot and final product
    Great experience! Loved the way the photos turned out.
    David S. Jan 29, 2017

    Thanks for the kind words, Shelby! Let me know when you're getting married! I'd be pleased to be your wedding photographer.

  • Cynthia C. Jan 2, 2017
    David is the Best Bang for your Buck! Hands down!
    David is the best wedding photographer you can ask for! David and his team were so accommodating throughout the process and really care about capturing the most genuine and beautiful pictures that really displayed the essence of the groom and bride's personalities! I would definitely recommend his service to anyone including the videography add-on! A+++!
  • Sarah L. Jan 1, 2017
    Great Experience!
    David was amazing to work with. He was very professional and made me feel very comfortable. I loved my pictures and am so thankful I found him!
  • Rachel C. Dec 31, 2016
    A Photographer to Remember
    I was getting married and one of the things I was worried about most is finding a photographer that both me and my mom liked. It wasn't just about the photos, even though obviously that was the most important part, it was also about the person behind the camera. We wanted someone professional but also a people's person. Someone our guests could have a good time with, be relaxed with, when they were getting their photos taken. So when we saw David's pictures and the way he caught not just the moment, but the persons personality in the photo, we knew we had to meet him. And when we met him we knew we had found our Photographer. The pictures were beautiful and everything we could have wanted. I will never look for another photographer for anything.
  • ROBIN D. Dec 16, 2016
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing photographer
    I have yet to have the session but he is been absolutely amazing & he doesn't rush / isn't pushy... I absolutely can't wait for the shoot. Anyone else just simply wouldn't do.
  • Katie M. Dec 14, 2016
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome
    Great communicator. Looking forward to our session.
  • Tonya B. Oct 15, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Simply AMAZING!!!!!
    So happy we chose David for my daughter's wedding! He was simply amazing, very easy to work with, great personality, he made sure he captured every moment Rachel and Chris wanted and his photographs are incredible!!! I can't wait to see all of them!! I know it will be hard to select our favorites, because he took so many incredible shots!!! I will hire him again!!!
  • Esha S. Oct 2, 2016
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding
    He is outstanding..I can give thousands of reasons to hire him.
  • Danielle T. Sep 30, 2016
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Wonderful Experience!
    So I was hesitant about a using a male photographer for my boudoir shoot I wanted to do for my fiance.. But after looking over David's work and talking with him on the phone I felt more at ease. He was nothing but professional and easy to work with! He guided me in how to do certain poses and made sure little details of the shots were perfect. I highly recommend him!
  • Maryam A. Sep 8, 2016
    Portrait Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Not recommended
    Lack of follow up until last min. Nothing like the other reviews. Lots of issues in email.
    David S. Sep 8, 2016

    Maryam, I'm so sorry for the email confusion. While I'm a photographer, I'm also a consumer, and in my own affairs I want to feel attended to, so I completely understand how you must feel. I would love the opportunity to give you the experience that I'm known for and that you expect, so please consider a second try! David

  • Sheena B. Aug 8, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    David S. Aug 8, 2016

    Thanks for those five stars, Sheena! We thoroughly enjoyed covering your beautiful wedding, and we wish you and Terrence a wonderful life together! See you soon for the big reveal!

  • Julissa W. Jun 3, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We have yet to actually receive service because the wedding isn't for another few months, but the initial consultation and the value are both wonderful. I really look forward to working with him on our wedding day.
  • Missy C. Apr 22, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Husband and I are very happy with the outcome of our photo shoot David did with us and our '57 Chevy. He added some unique and intriguing effects to the pics that we just love. We have received a ton of compliments on them. Thank you David!
  • Shayah S. Jan 13, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    David is a great photographer. He is worth every minute of time to be around and worth every penny to spend. He is very good at his craft. He is creative and takes amazing photos. He will pose you but be patient it comes out more than amazing. I couldn't be more happy with the services received and would recommend David to anyone needing photos taken. We will be using him in the future for any major events or photos that need to be professional. Make sure to communicate what you want, he asks you what you may want so ensure that he knows so that he can make it happen. Thanks David!
  • Jaimie P. Nov 30, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Karma M. Aug 27, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    David was magnificent! He captured our day so beautifully! Weather it's a christian, hindu, or sikh wedding, he knows how to catch the picture you're looking for! Very sweet and personable as well! I would refer him to all my friends!
  • Jennifer M. May 24, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    David is the most amazing photographer!!!!! I love him and his crew!!!! We had so much fun and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Anyone looking for a photographer should definitely use David!!!!
  • Natalie S. Mar 6, 2015
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    My friend and I had a boudoir photo shoot with David and he made it a great experience! We had our makeup done there and we looked beautiful, if I do say so myself! He played fun upbeat music to make us comfortable and relax and we did multiple poses in each outfit with different props and in different locations around his place. He was also very open to our outfit choices and to the number of outfits we wanted to use. He was very efficient and we got a lot more shots than I would have imagined in the time frame. The turn around time for him getting our digital galleries ready was less than 24 hours and the photos were amazing (even before retouching)! He gave excellent and specific directions and guidance for each pose (and boy were we sore the next day!) and really seems to enjoy doing what he does and making people feel beautiful. I would love to do it again and would definitely come back to David!
  • Mindi M. Feb 4, 2015
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    I loved having David as my photographer!! He lightened the mood and made the photo shoot such a blast. The pictures have turned out wonderful and his pricing was definitely affordable. I will definitely be using him again!
  • Shawn T. Feb 2, 2015
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    It was a wonderful experience!!! HIGHLY recommend him!!!
  • Kelley A. Nov 7, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    David was great! He helped to make our wedding day special and captured the moments so beautifully. It was great working with him and wish I could get married all the time just to have more great pictures. Highly recommend David he is very professional and reliable .
  • Martha H. May 26, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    David and his team were amazing for our Wedding Sat May 24,2014! Friends and famy have been calling asking for his info so that they can is him for there next event! They were on time, very professional down to their company shirts, and captured any shots I asked to have. We can't wait to see our pictures:-)
  • Holly N. Apr 9, 2014
    Where do I begin with David?... He was absolutely amazing from the moment I walked through the door! He made me feel very comfortable with every pose (and made me realize how badly I needed to get back into the gym! Lol) I will definitely be using him again and referring him to anyone who may need his services!
  • Kimberly W. Dec 13, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Heather M. Nov 12, 2013
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    He was amazing. I felt totally comfortable and relaxed in his studio. He really knows how to make a person look amazing and over all he really a passionate and friendly person.
  • Pierre H. Nov 8, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with David from the start, he showed attention to detail and great organizational skills. We hit it off from our first meeting. We saw that he had a real good eye for catching "the moments", he's great at being a "people watcher". Many wonderful ideas came about through the whole process. He has some great resources at his disposal for your benefit as well as his. It did not take long to know he was a fine photographer and soon he would also become a really good friend! Cheers to you David for a job well!
  • Hannah D. Oct 20, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    David is the best. My bridal shoot was amazing. He spent 6 hours taking gorgeous pictures for my husband. He is very professional and extremely friendly. Lots of pictures were taken throughout my wedding. David has awesome prices. We will definitely use him again for future pictures.
  • Cherie W. Oct 11, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    The photo shoot with David Scruggs Photography was amazing! Very professional and fun. The cost is very affordable and you receive alot of photos for so little cost. I would definately recommend him to others.
  • Libby D. Sep 14, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I am so happy we found David for our wedding pictures. He did a wonderful job. He treats you like family and makes you feel so comfortable! David is so creative and the pictures come out amazing! We are having dinner with him and looking over our pictures and we can't wait! He also did our engagement pictures which we got alot of compliments about everyone loved them! His prices are GREAT we wanted great pictures but without going poor and his prices were great! I would definetly recommend him you will be very happy!
  • Your First Name L. Sep 11, 2013
    Was very impressed with the quality and flexibility David had. I've done multiple shoots with him outdoors and indoors and a variety of shoots. Makes the model comfortable and is very easy to work with. Definitely recommend and would shoot with him next time.
  • Jamie Ann G. Sep 3, 2013
    David is wonderful. I am probably the world's worst model as I have always hated being photographed. Having the need for a professional photo, I had to break down and do it. David called me beforehand to discuss the process, convinced me to do a fashion shoot as well, and actually led me from a sense of dread to excitement about the shoot. He put me at ease at the session and worked what I felt was a miracle, being able to catch my expressions, and produce beautiful photos that did not appear "posed." He wants you to feel good about the photos and it shows when he works with you and in the finished product. Which, by the way, he shares very quickly. I was able to see a couple proofs within the same day. David is a talented professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
  • Sharron C. Aug 6, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    David was absolutely excellent, on time and very professional. I will definitely refer him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. His poses and shots were great! Sharron
  • Frankie C. Jun 29, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    What an incredible photographer and an even more incredible person! David's warm and welcoming personality made the shoot loads of fun! The photos he captured of my daughter were simply amazing. In addition to the studio shots, his beautiful Victorian home provided an elegant backdrop for some additional photos. My daughter is building her modeling portfolio, and we have already scheduled a location shoot with David for next week!
  • Clare X. Jun 17, 2013
    Verified Review
    David is a gifted photographer. He makes you feel at ease, enables you to achieve great poses, and is fun to work with.
  • Jen J. Jun 11, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    My session was incredible. David was very professional and made me feel very comfortable from the first moment I arrived. He explained everything in detail about how the shoot was going to go. He's very talented, has a great eye, and knows how to get the perfect shot. My pictures turned out better than I ever expected. My shoot included makeup and hair on set and his make up artist Adrienne is great! I would highly recommend David Scruggs Photography!
  • Tasha W. Jun 6, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    I did my very first photo shoot ever with David and he was so great. He made me comfortable he gave me pointers it was just a blast all the way around I would and actually am going to be shooting with him again. Thanks David
  • Renee P. Jun 3, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Saira S. May 28, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    David Scrugg was very professional and creative. We hired him for our one year wedding anniversary photo-shoot and were very happy with the results. After we booked him for a Saturday, we had to change the time for the photo-shoot from later in the afternoon to earlier in the day. He was very courteous and accommodated us earlier in the day. All my family and friends loved the photos! I would definitely recommend David to others.
  • Dale C. May 21, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    This is a amazing man. Not only is he an awesome photographer he quickly became part if the family. He well try his best to get the shots he wants and if he didn't he'll hey an even better one. This man is amazing. I can't think him enough for the memory's he has given us. Thank you David
  • Hanna K. May 10, 2013
    David knows what looks good. He's got a grand camera and all pro equipment. He has tons of props (like Chinese ceremonial silks in various colors (BEAUTIFUL)) as well as many flattering wardrobe pieces! You can't go wrong, and you'll love the many perfect images. P.S. His wife is sweet too.
  • Danielle K. May 6, 2013
    So nice and great turn out of photos!
  • Jodi B. Apr 29, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I had such a fantastic experience having my photo shoot performed by David! He is a true professional and made me feel so comfortable in the comfort of his beautiful home & studio. He is meticulous with his work and ensures that he is shooting exactly the kind of pictures you are desiring. I highly recommend David Scruggs for anyone in need of a professional photograher!
  • Lela S. Apr 27, 2013
    David is a great photographer--he is able to seamlessly combine his creative vision with the wants and needs of his clients. He has an easygoing personality that really helps you feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. He is meticulous about getting just the right shot, so you can rest assured that the final product will be just what you're looking for. He works really quickly too--you'll probably have a few "teaser" shots to ooh and aah over before the day is out!
  • Skyler F. Mar 29, 2013
    David did a fashion shoot for me and I loved it! I loved the whole experience! I picked him after I went to his site and saw pictures of models that he captured, I have plenty of fitness model pictures and I was hoping to to expand my portfolio and my new web site with more fashion and glamour shots. I liked his artistic quality and compositions. When we met, I appreciated how he wanted to capture my femininity vs. other typical photo shoots I've done where the emphasis has been as a bikini/ fitness model. He has a wonderful sense of beauty, is positive and upbeat! He made me feel very confident and at ease. Just knowing that made me feel like it was going to be a great time, and it was and I loved the results, too- feminine and fashionable! I can't wait to proudly display them on my own web site!
  • Toby G. Mar 14, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    David did an excellent job. He came out to the venue before hand to get a feel for the perfect photographs on his own then met with usthere to discuss angles and lighting to ensure everything looked the way that it should. He was very professional and we started to see proofs the next day which were absolutely gorgeous. Our family highly recommends him.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm a Certified Professional Photographer candidate, having sat for and passed the written exam demonstrating knowledge about the technical aspects of photography. I'm currently preparing my CPP portfolio for judging to demonstrate proficiency. I'm also a member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International and Professional Photographers of America, two great professional organizations that promote learning and collaboration. I'm also a big fan of Creative Live, an online subscription service with tons of technique videos by high-profile pros who share their knowledge. I'm also a reader and collaborator, working with other photographers to share and learn technical tricks and inspire creativity.
What types of customers have you worked with?
In addition to wedding and event coverage, we bring a lot of fun and creativity to our studio and location photography. We like the personal connections we make in engagement and save-the-date sessions, sexy fashion shoots, and family sessions. Typical sessions last between one and six hours, depending on our client's wish list.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
As important as budget, the connection and chemistry between client and photographer has everything to do with how happy the client will be with the results of a photo shoot -- whether for a wedding, senior portraits, family portraits or fashion. So take time to chat with your candidates before you decide.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
With the advent of digital photography, the demands on the professional go beyond an intimate understanding of light and knowing how to compose a shot. Now, terms like image processing, retouching, and finishing have to be part of a photographer's vocabulary -- and his or her skill set. Simple stuff? Absolutely not. Image processing is a geeky and highly subjective art form that can be done well or done horribly. But more than anything, it's the one skill that separates today's photographer from a relative with a point-and-shoot. And it's an element of a photographer's rate that's often hidden and under-valued by the customer. I'll spend two hours processing photos for every hour I spend shooting. If the lighting conditions were poor, I'll spend considerably more time on every photo I release. So if you balk at my hourly rate, divide it by three to account for all the time I invest in your photos, and consider that what I'm giving you is a legacy of a moment you lived. I'm giving you a photo of you at your very, very best, and it will last forever.