Heartland Photos & Design, Inc.

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About Heartland Photos & Design, Inc.

hired 9 times on Thumbtack

Midwest's Premier Photographer and Design Studio

I provide high quality photography services. We offer commercial work and portrait work.

We have high-end clients, from ConAgra, Google, and Nebraskaland Foundation or the new graduate or baby on the block. We also provide a long list of print creative, printing services, and of course satisfied wedding or portrait client.

Give me a call, or visit our website to discuss your project. We'd be happy to work with you and most of all you know you are getting a seasoned professional with high integrity.


15104 Pine Terrace Dr.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

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  • 5/5 stars Headshot Photography Verified Review

    Very professional, reasonable price, and great turn-around! Christ got us exactly what we needed and worked with our schedule. We definitely recommend using Heartland Photos & Design, Inc.

  • 4/5 stars Photography Verified Review

    Outlook Business is a fortnightly business magazine from India and we used Heartland Photos & Design for a photo shoot at the University of Nebraska. Christopher Ruhaak knows his craft and his sense of photo composition is excellent. We would hire him again and if you are sitting on the fence with respect to Chris, please go right ahead and hire him. You will be glad with the result.

  • 5/5 stars Photography Verified Review

    We had our session today for our daughter's senior pictures. Chris was very accommodating for our schedule and went out of his way to make this work for us. We had already done a Senior picture session in October with another photographer in our area who did not follow through with what they said they would do, so we were looking at having nothing to submit for her year book deadline, nor anything of value for her other Senior year needs. Thumbtack helped us find Heartland Photos and Design. Chris was quick to respond to our request. He followed through on every request in a timely manner. He was able to get us in within a weeks time. The experience at his studio and during the outdoor session was first class. He thoroughly explained his policies and prices both in writing and verbally and answered all our questions. We are extremely pleased with how stress-free the process has been so far. Our daughter had a really good experience. She suffers from anxiety and depression so this could have been an extremely difficult and stressful experience, but it was exactly the opposite! Chris was great about putting her at ease and explaining to her what he was doing. He was very patient and kind to us. He went through the shots with us on his camera and they are really great. He really captured the best in her personality. We are really excited to see the proofs. We would definitely recommend this studio to anyone!

  • 5/5 stars Photography Verified Review

    Excellent support, well prepared and flexible considering how challenging the customer was. Strongly recommend Heartland Photos and Design to any who might consider using them. They met and even exceeded most tasks in a timely and professional manner.

  • 5/5 stars

    Chris Ruhaak made me feel at ease during the photo shoot,
    and followed up quickly with just the busniness items I needed.

  • 5/5 stars

    "Chris did a great job designing my business cards and the labels fro the honey I sell."

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Most common jobs are portraits consisting of private sittings, seniors, weddings and commercial shoots consisting of event and architectural images. We also provide print design, most often business cards.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. The most recent jobs completed are as follows, holiday family photos at a local historic national landmark. Fall/Holiday family photos at local parks. Executive business session in studio. And out of the country corporate photo shoot. We also just got done with a corporate identity project that includes printing for our local City.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure you check as many url listing the vendor may have. That includes Facebook, their web site, blog. If you see consistency in their work then your search is almost complete. Most of all do not determine hiring a photographer only on price. Remember you get what you pay for.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. Flexibility and the ability to understand what the client needs.

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