Foto Graphics By Sheryl

Grand Rapids, MI

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

For the second year in a row, I have been honored by my clients to be one of Thumbtacks Best Photographers. My value is in more than the photos I take, it is in the relationships that I build. I consider those I work for clients versus customers; customers are transactional, but with a client you build a relationship so you better understand their vision of what they want from their photography and bring out their personality and the details that tell their story. And I offer great value for my client's investment. I shoot several different genres of photography and I think knowing how to shoot everything from architecture to zoo animals makes me a better, more informed photographer. I tell stories of people, places and life events with my photography and it is a joy to do so.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

In my job I get to meet people and most of the time these are joyous, wonderful occasions. So I get to see people at their best, when they are their happiest. I love getting to know my clients and thrive on repeat business so it is very important to me that I provide each client with exactly what they are looking for and more. I love to see the smiles on their faces and hear them talk about how much they love their photos. The moment may have passed but the memory lives on in the images I capture and just like any cherished keepsake, my photos become a part of their life's story and often are shared with future generations.
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Location

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Background check

Complete

Years in business

9

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

143

Reviews

45 Reviews
  • Yekyeong N. Aug 6, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl was very positive and fun throughout the whole process. We had our wedding in a different language and requested several shots that were specific to our culture and she was very accommodating. Everyone told me that she was very fun and professional and the pictures looked great.
    Sheryl T. Aug 7, 2017

    Thank you so much Yekyeong. It was such a privilege for me to photograph your wedding. Part of why I love photography so much is that it gives me the opportunity to be a part of traditions and cultures that truly enrich my life. I hope the photos bring you a lot of joy for many years to come.

  • Stephanie L. Jul 28, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl was fantastic! She had the perfect balance of herding us into place and posing us for one photo then standing back to capture our natural interactions and reactions for the next photo. The photo quality is great and we ended up with so many amazing pictures. Sheryl was a cheerful and energetic yet subtle presence and her knowledge and professionalism made our wedding photography easy and fun.
    Sheryl T. Aug 7, 2017

    It was such a pleasure to work with you and your family and friends and I am so happy you love your photos. That's always my goal. thanks so much for the honor of being a part of this special day,

  • Jame' F. Nov 11, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding Women!
    Sheryl was so wonderful to work with! She is very thorough and makes sure you get every shot you wanted. She is so much fun and is just great to be around! I would recommend her to anyone! And I will definitely be using her for my photographer in the future!
    Sheryl T. Nov 14, 2016

    Thank you Jame'. It was a pleasure to do your wedding photography and I had a great time. Wishing you both the very best!

  • Chris G. Oct 31, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Great wedding photos!
    Sheryl was great to work with..very professional and asked our opinion on ideas for the photos. I would definitely recommend her!
    Sheryl T. Nov 1, 2016

    Your wedding was such a pleasure to do. You two are absolutely perfect for each other and I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day!

  • Heather M. Oct 7, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Perfect.
    Wonderful woman! She did the photograph for my wedding. We couldn't be happier. We had fun, and the photos are just beautiful.
    Sheryl T. Nov 1, 2016

    thank you Heather. You were great to collaborate with. Loved your ideas and so much fun to work with. I wish you and your new blended family all the love and joy life can hold!

  • Tara R. Oct 6, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Foto-tastic!
    I cannot wait to see how my photo's turn out. Sheryl was wonderful and was so adaptable to my numerous changes and constant minor freak-outs. She really put my mind at ease and was there the whole night to capture all my photo needs!
    Sheryl T. Nov 1, 2016

    Thank you Tara. I had a great time photographing all of you and it was such a great wedding - everyone had a blast and it show in the pictures. Thanks for letting me capture it for you!

  • Melinda M. Sep 30, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Great Photography
    I highly recommend Sheryl as a photographer. She is very professional and provides great customer service. Sheryl, photographed our wedding and the photos look wonderful. I would hire her again without hesitation.
    Sheryl T. Oct 20, 2016

    Type It was my pleasure to be a part of your day. Thanks so much for including me.

  • John J. Aug 16, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent pictures and fast service....thanks from PROInspected.com
    Sheryl T. Nov 1, 2016

    Thank yo John. Hope to continue to be of service to you!

  • Phillip K. Jun 18, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl was thoughtful, helpful and professional. As someone who is uncomfortable having their picture taken for any reason, let alone for a business publication, I was not looking forward to the session but it turned out I had nothing to worry about. Sheryl made the process enjoyable and the results were excellant. Phil
    Sheryl T. Nov 1, 2016

    Thank you to the Super Lawyer and his team of great folks. It is easy to get great shots when you work with great people!

  • Judith C. Jan 13, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl took many family photos of our family of 19. She was lots of fun to work with, the pictures were beautiful, and I would recommend her to anyone.
  • Amy M. Jan 10, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We are thrilled with the work Sheryl did! She worked hard to take the pictures we wanted, but she also shared her expertise. The result was a very wide range of photos that she edited beautifully. Thank you for making our celebration even more special, Sheryl!
  • Mitchell N. Oct 23, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl did a fantastic job! Very professional, great photos - just an amazing job.
  • Amber E. Aug 31, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl was absolutely wonderful! I have received so many compliments on our wedding photos.
  • Elease D. May 26, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome, professional and fun to have around. Her work is superior. I would reccommend her services to anyone. Elease Dobbs
  • Commanetha P. May 13, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Very good photographer and I would definitely hire her again to do more jobs she is great at what she do and the pictures came out very beautiful and professional and I love them a lot I recommend her.
  • Khush H. Mar 4, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
  • Jessica R. Jan 14, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Such an amazing lady! She was extremely professional & willing to work with us to make our day perfect! I am so pleased with her work ethic & quality! Everyone loved our photos. Even though she worked with us right before the holidays she sent us a couple sample photos that night so we would have something, just so thoughtful! I want to renew my vows every year now so that Sheryl can capture it in print! Completely recommended!!!
  • Cinda S. Nov 29, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We loved Sheryl. She clicked with our family, was accommodating when my son in law wanted to capture some throwback poses from earlier pics of my husband and I. She gave us great photos for the price and was extremely fun to work with. Keeps in touch well, is prompt and professional. Highly recommend her for any photo needs you may have.
  • Lucy S. Nov 3, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We loved working with Sheryl! From the start, Sheryl has been a pleasure to work with. She's incredibly professional and does beautiful work. From the start, she told us what to expect, made some recommendations, and gave us the ability to customize what we were looking for. We did an engagement shoot prior to the wedding (which she threw in) that was wonderful and helped us get used to her style. Prior to the wedding, we chatted about expectations, priorities, and our plan for the day. When my plan for the day fell apart (hint: it's helpful to give copies of the schedule to the vendors!), she rolled with the punches and helped us through the night. She took gorgeous photos and caught all of the important shots. We were a bit anxious hiring an independent photographer rather than a service but Sheryl wowed us at every step. We would definitely recommend her!
  • Maggie R. Nov 1, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl took photos of our daughter's baptism. She was very thorough and professional . Great communication. The photos are beautiful. Would hire again. Thank you!
  • Trent G. Oct 29, 2014
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl's services were everything I needed from a photographer. She responded quickly to my email and was able to work out an appointment on short notice. Sheryl also assisted me in planning out how the shoot would go using my ideas and her own extensive experience (we were shooting a surprise engagement). When it came time for the big day, everything went according to plan. She took shots from many different poses around the area I chose and was great about giving us direction. Overall, I couldn't have been more happy with how the shoot turned out, and would recommend Sheryl to anyone needing a photographer.
  • Carlos N. Oct 17, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Having the opportunity to work with Sheryl was simply amazing! Going into the wedding process, we had no idea of the steps that were involved but with Sheryl's experience, she made the whole day turn out as smooth as ever! She was hands-on with everything, from beginning to end - especially when we needed someone to tie our bow! Her work is great and she followed up to the very end! We are very happy to have worked with you Sheryl and would do it again! -Carlos and Elmer 8/30/14
  • Julie C. Oct 7, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend Sheryl, she did a fantastic job with our wedding photography. Not only did she reschedule her time when our plans changed at the last minute, but she brought so much energy to the day right when we needed it most! It was a wonderful experience and I am very pleased with our photographs.
  • Anthony M. Aug 7, 2014
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Needed Sheryl for an engagement photo shoot and she did not disappoint! The pictures turned out wonderful and for what we paid for her package, there was no beating it...Definitely recommend!
  • Michael S. Jun 14, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We were quite fortunate to have had Sheryl photograph our wedding...she is so personal, kind and professional...in fact a friend was so impressed with her talents that he is going to fly her to another state to photograph his daughters wedding...when the photographs were ready to review we were in ahhh as well as our family and friends who had attended....all in all, she is the absolute BEST ever!!!!
  • Angela F. Jun 5, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Wonderful work will be working with her again real soon.
  • Bruce M. May 17, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl worked with me for 2 months to pull off an amazing Cinderella Style Sweet 16 Birthday Party. The celebration was CAPTIVATING! (160 guest). Sheryl is professional, engaging, very responsive, and the best at capturing and creating moments that you will cherish forever. Sheryl was on time, dressed professionally, and interacted with my guest - in a manner that made them comfortable to be themselves in front of the camera. After the celebration was over, Sheryl continued to work closely with me to customize a picture book that my Daughter absolutely loved! From start to finish, Sheryl Thomas is an amazing photographer and person. I will hire her again for my next event.
  • Masuzyo N. May 9, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl took pictures at our wedding, she was there for 5hrs.She has amazing suggestions for poses, she is very detail oriented and wants to capture the best shots. Amazing humor and she makes sure everyone is comfortable with her. Outstanding package she offers, gives you your monies worth and more. Highly Recommended!!!!!!!!
  • Aaron H. Feb 4, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
  • Donell W. Jan 31, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Robert W. Jan 24, 2014
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Shery was GREAT. Very professional with great ideas and great shots. We love the way the entire process went. She made us comfortable and confident in her work.
  • Sheima G. Jan 22, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I booked Sheryl for couple of hours for our small ceremony and she was very nice and friendly right from the start therefore made me more comfortable for the photo shoots. She kindly and immediately made me feel at ease and checked around to see if there were any good location for more shots. If you want a budget friendly, professional, awesome photographer......I'd suggest hiring Sheryl. Take a look at her website so you can see for your self. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. However in future I would like to see different poses, but apart from that she made it an extra special for us.
  • Shawn H. Dec 9, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl had been working with my now fiancé for months to pull off the best surprise proposal ever, and they did. I cannot begin to describe how loving, funny and detail oriented Sheryl is. Working in front of the camera was sort of goofy for me (I am a photographer) but she made us so comfortable all worked out fantastically. We are from Milwaukee and are even hoping that she will come to Milwaukee to photograph our wedding for us. She has a lovely personality!! We both are so pleased with the timing it took to get the pictures and the quality of them as well. 5 star rating!!! Shawn & Erica Milwaukee WI
  • Christin W. Dec 7, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl Thomas is a beautiful woman, with a heart of pure gold and an eye for magnificent photos. Our experience with her has been nothing short of perfect. From the first contact we shared on email, to the minute we shared our "I do's", to a post-coffee-meeting to visit and share photos, every moment spent with Sheryl has been wonderful. Her professionalism is uncanny; accommodating, punctual and readily available. And her personal character is charming, LOVING and like a member of your family. We are so blessed to have struck gold with finding her to not only shoot our engagement photos, but share our wedding day, and begin a future friendship. Choosing a photographer for your special moment's is an important decision. Sheryl Thomas will fill all your needs, leaving you with incredible photos and a warm feeling in your heart. Lacho & Christian THANK YOU for being such a beautiful part of our lives, Sheryl! We love you!
  • Carlos O. Nov 28, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    The best option ever! She is awesome! So friendly and very very pro. Simply i couldnt have chosen better. An experience!
  • Crystal L. Oct 23, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl was very professional and a very nice person. She was everything we wanted and more she was on time and everything went as planned , u won't be disappointed with her or her services very happy with her
  • Kawana H. Oct 10, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
  • Christine B. Sep 14, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl was a dream to work with. She was totally reliable and accommodating. People viewing her work for my event commented on what exceptional work she did. Plus, they commented on her professionalism.
  • Carla M. Sep 14, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I could tell from the moment I first communicated with Sheryl she was a true professional. She's very attentive and 'gets it' when it comes to customer service. She recently did a photo shoot for me and I couldn't be more pleased. Here are the 4 Ps that make up Sheryl's 'marketing mix': 'P'rofessional, 'P'rompt, and 'P'icture 'P'erfect. She has great talent and anyone contemplating on hiring her should feel confident in her work.
  • Eric S. Sep 14, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    She did a great job! Everything went perfect!!!!
  • Andrea C. Aug 26, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl was on time for my wedding she was dressed appropriately and very professional. My proofs looked fabulous and they were available very timely. I definitely would use her for another event as well as recommend her services to my family and friends.
  • Luis C. Aug 19, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    SHERY L THOMAS: Was,great and very professional. She was on time and she was fun to work with. Shery was open for suggestion as well knowledgeable with her equipment. I will used her in the near future as well recommend her to others.
  • Mike B. Aug 17, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Vey enthusiastic and easy to work with. Very professional. Thanks.
  • Sibi I. Aug 3, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl photographed my daughter's Baptism on a sunday evening. She was very accomadating to all our picture needs at 2 different locations. The pictures were fantastic and she gave us the pictures and album in record time. I highly recommend Sheryl for all your photography needs.
  • Amanda L. Jul 1, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Sheryl was great to work with. Very professional and the photos turned out amazing!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I have an hourly charge for the some shoots like portraits and it varies between $125 and $175, depending on whether or not there is a lot of travel or upfront expense involved. For weddings and events I have a set fee for different packages offered based on hours of shooting time and products offered.People
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly reading, attending webinars, looking at the work of other photographers, subscribing to newsletters, blogs, books and magazines related to the photography industry so I can constantly hone my skills and improve my work.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My father was an avid photographer and when I left corporate America I was looking for something to occupy my time. I have always taken photos but started learning more about the equipment and the art of the genre and then started doing it for art galleries and ended up doing more than just the fine art aspect.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I do mostly weddings, events and portraiture for clients. I prefer shooting outside of a studio to allow the location in which I am shooting to become the backdrop for the photo. When I am shooting just for me I do street and landscape photography
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
There are two photo shoots that I am really proud I did. The first was for Autism Speaks, the walk at Soldier Field. This is such an important cause and I met so many wonderful people and learned a great deal about Autism and the families affected by Autism. The second was a shoot for the Chicago Fire Dept where I volunteered to do some photos for the 57th Engine division because they say they never get their photos taken and they just loved the work and were so happy to get the photos.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a photographer that is willing to take the time to sit down and find out about your personality and what you want out of your photography. Find someone who can understand your vision and can turn that vision into a reality. Be precise about what you like and don't like - do you like black and white, quirky photos, heavily vignetted photos, moody, light, etc. The more you can verbalize what you want the better the photographer is able to make sure that is what you get. You should at least have an hour or so consultation with the photographer Visit their website to see work they have done and make sure you can see some samples of their products. I always bring samples with me when I sit down to discuss my wedding services with my clients. Ask yourself these five questions before you hire a photographer: Do I feel a connection with this photographer as well as his/her photos? Are our personalities a good match? Am I comfortable with this person's work and communication style? Has this photographer listened well and addressed all my concerns?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
People often wonder why photography cost what it does. One of my favorite quotes is "if you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur." Pricing photography doesn't just include the shooting time, it also includes the time to edit, equipment costs and overhead, For every hour of shooting there's at least 8-10 hours in post production involved, from editing to putting together products, the costs of the products and printing and shipping costs. The actual taking of the photo is just one step in a process and when we price our work we also have to price for the travel, expenses we might incur.