Valerie Ryan

Roswell, GA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I'm meticulous about checking my work for errors. Just like writing a paper for school and then creating various rough drafts - I don't stop until I'm happy with the results. I'm very particular about the way that I compose my images. I pay very close attention to what is happening near the edges. This kind of attention to detail can mean the difference between an 'okay' photograph and a very strong, balanced photograph.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the variety. Being able to be out in the field and behind the camera one day and at the computer editing and restoring another day...it keeps me on my toes and interested in what I'm doing. I haven't been bored in a very long time!

Location

Roswell, GA 30075

Years in business

4

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

3

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Michael F. Mar 28, 2017
    Great photographer!! Highly recommend
    Valerie was very prompt and professional. Amazing photos! Great color, composition and sharpness. Highly recommend
  • Robyn P. Jan 5, 2017
    Amazing home photographer!
    Valerie arrived on time and handled herself professionally. She helped me to 'stage' the town home so that I could get the most out of the photos. She was also willing to work around the two small dogs that I had that seemed to want to be in every photo. The quality of the photos was amazing and I am confident that our house will sell quickly, in part because of the great job she did.
  • Bill D. Apr 27, 2016
    I contacted Valerie because we are planning to sell our house and wanted to have professional photos made for the MLS listing and flyers. Valerie responded very promptly to my inquiry and provided a very reasonable estimate for the project based on number of photos and house size. On the day of the shoot, I met Valerie and was immediately struck by her great attitude and her attention to detail. She took the time to walk through every room in the house with me to discuss the possible photos and then spent several hours on the photo shoot itself. She provided the photos within two days and the results of the photo shoot were even better than I had hoped! Valerie is a very talented photographer and she captured our home beautifully. We are really delighted with our decision to use Valerie as our real estate photographer and feel that, thanks to her abilities, our home will show at its best online. I would recommend Valerie unreservedly!
  • Joan Q. Mar 29, 2016
    I specialize in high end real estate and Valerie is my go to photographer. Her images are stunning and she’s a pleasure to work with. In fact the last 2 projects she did for me attracted a flood of showings that resulted in offers the first few days after listing! I would highly recommend Valerie…
  • KM B. Sep 11, 2015
    Arrived on time. The picture quality was excellent!
  • Michelle W. Aug 19, 2015
    As a REALTOR®, the images I use to market client's homes MUST be spectacular! That's why I hire Valerie! She achieves this for me every time! She's precise, quick and professional. I couldn't produce such beautiful, high-end marketing pieces without her magnificent work! She's an All-Star!!!
  • Maggie H. Jun 19, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
  • Andrea S. Mar 5, 2015
    Valerie is very easy to work with and has a great eye for interior photographs for my Real Estate listings!
  • Kate V. Jan 31, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    I have used Valerie for several of my listings and she always delivers amazing photos that perfectly showcase the homes. My clients rave about the way their home is presented and many of the buyers have also commented on how well the photos have represented the home. She is professional, always prompt, accommodating and has gone above and beyond to meet my requests. You will be impressed if you hire her. I strongly recommend that you do!
  • Cindy B. Dec 18, 2014
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Wonderful pictures and service. I will use her for all my real estate picture, from this point forward.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My photography and Photoshop education is on-going and never-ending. I'm a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Real Estate Photographers of America & International (REPAI). I recently (December 2015) passed the exam to become an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom 5 and am studying to become an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CC.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I considered studying architecture when I was in school. I thought about it again a few years later when I was considering grad school. I have always liked buildings. I like the way one space can feel inviting and warm and another can feel hollow and cold, all because of the colors and proportions and layout. As my photography hobby grew I discovered that I loved the geometry of architectural photography. And I work well alone - it's peaceful. So real estate and architectural photography were natural choices for me.
What types of customers have you worked with?
At the request of clients I have photographed the interiors and exteriors of single-family homes, apartment complexes and the surrounding amenities, a medical complex, a movie theater, a fitness center and a few other smaller commercial buildings.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
In addition to photography I also enjoy restoring old photos. I completed the restoration of a black & white wedding photograph that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy (I volunteered with CARE for Sandy). So many people lost so much - it's really nice to be able to give a family memory back to somebody. As of December 2014 I'm working on my fourth restoration!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Freelancing involves a lot of expenses. You might hesitate at first at the fees some freelancers charge, but out of that fee we have to cover travel expenses and wear and tear on a personal vehicle, income taxes, gear and equipment, insurance for that gear and equipment, health insurance, professional memberships, training, marketing, software...the list goes on. None of that is anybody's fault - it's just the nature of freelancing!