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Introduction: We create and capture those precious personal and family moments you never want to forget. Most headshot and family portrait photographers settle for stilted, uncomfortable-looking shots where the subjects look like they are posing for a photo. At Smoothprints, we surpass other photographers because we take the time and effort to draw out those authentic moments worth capturing. With family shots that feature small children, adolescents, and adults, it can be challenging to get everyone comfortable enough to let their guard down and share their bond. The photographer needs to be skilled and experienced in making the subjects feel relaxed and natural – this is precisely what we at Smoothprints specialize in. Our photographers are trained to work well with all families and know exactly how to put each person at ease, creating images that are candid, intimate, and touching. We understand that photos are not just about capturing visually pretty moments – it’s about conveying meaning and emotions that make the moment matter long after it has passed. We offer both headshot and family photos because we are passionate about capturing the personalities and family bonds that people share with us. Our focus is on getting in touch with our subjects in an authentic way. This is why we are happy to capture as many photos as it takes to get those moments that reveal the subject as they really are. Our talent and experience in working with a wide range of clients has enabled us to completely disarm our subjects, creating moving shots that will be treasured forever. Professionals, entertainers, performers, families, couples, and anyone else looking for portraits will love our work, so get in touch.

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Hired 14 times

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3 employees

2 years in business

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Jul - Dec

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

Wear masks during the job

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

Exceptional 5.0

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RaGean P.

Headshot Photography

I enjoyed working with Derrick, he was extremely professional, punctual, and energetic! He encouraged me to try different poses which lead to some really great photos! My final photos were amazing! I 100% recommend booking a photo shoot with him.
Apr 28, 2021
Heidi H.

Headshot Photography

Working with Derrick was outstanding. He was very professional and all participants commented on how knowledgable he was. Derrick was extremely flexible in his time with our group. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional photographer
Nov 6, 2020
Monique M.

My husband and I enjoyed working with smooth prints. We had a wonderful time and had lots of great laughs while taking our photo. The pictures came out beautiful and we are forever grateful for smooth prints bringing our vision to life.
Aug 18, 2021
Fikayo O.

Portrait Photography

Derrick is awesome! He was very flexible and understood that we had a short window to take pictures. I wanted so badly to take pictures outside and he made it happen! Because he realized that the outside pictures would not be great, he also did a set-up inside our home to ensure we would get great pictures to choose from. We will be a return customer! Thank you Derrick!
Apr 23, 2021
Larsarene A.

I loved my experience with this company. Derrick made me feel comfortable and he remained professional through it all. I will be booking him for all of my photo needs.
Mar 30, 2021
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Derrick Parker


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

    Unfortunately there is no black and white answer for that question. We provide the best value possible for your needs and the more you add the more save. Portrait pricing starts at $100 for a 30 minute session. This packages comes with 15 digital pictures. Headshot pricing starts at $125 for a 30 minute session. This package comes with 1 digital edited picture. Group headshot pricing for 10 people starts at $1000. Each person receives 3 digitally edited pictures.

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

    When we work with new clients, our process is as follows: 1. We will have a conversation to discuss what your photography needs are. 2. We will propose a solution and discuss the best approach for achieving the results you want. 3. If you are happy with this proposal, we will schedule a time and place for the photoshoot. 4. We will follow this up with a contract, confirming all the details of the arrangement. 5. We execute the photo shoot as planned. 6. We review the results and send you an unedited image selection for you to choose from. 7. We edit the selected photos which can take between 1 day and 2 weeks. 8. We deliver your images in digital format.

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

    Studied video production/photography at Eastern illinois

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