Martika Photography, LLC

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63 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for value, punctuality, and responsiveness.
  • Luke J.

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    Feb 21, 2018Verified
  • Charles G.

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    Martika took photos of a home I remodeled for resale. She was professional, and took amazing pictures! I have no doubt they will drive traffic to the home and lead to a quick sale. I highly recommend Martika and will definitely work with her in the future.

      Apr 11, 2017Verified
      Martika G.'s reply

      Wow! Thanks for the amazing review. It is easy to take great photos of a great remodel! I am sure it will sell quickly! Thanks for allowing me the pleasure of working with you! Martika

    About this pro

    My images speak for themselves, but I think I have an artist's eye. I put people at ease with me, my camera and themselves. I want people to act like themselves when I photograph them. It makes it easier for them to smile and for me to catch them at their best. I want folks to have an enjoyable photo session and if it is an event, I want to go with the flow and add to rather than detract from the fun of the event. I enjoy people and it shows in my work! Be sure to see my lifestyle, fashion and advertising site.martikagartman.com. I am also a Member of the Professionl Photographer's of America and the American Photographic Artists professional associations. I love people and I really enjoy bringing out the best in their imagery and helping them to feel good about themselves or their product. I want the process to be as painless as possible.

    Years in business

    8

    Times hired on Thumbtack

    112

    Number of employees

    2

    Background check

    Completed
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    Photos and Videos

    31 photos and 4 videos

      Q & A

      • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
        My pricing varies from type of job and depends on the number of final files required or the length of the shoot. I will probably not be the cheapest photographer in the group. I use Canon professional camera and lenses and top quality Profoto professional studio lighting. These are not inexpensive pieces of equipment. I am not a hobbyist. I have invested tens of thousands of dollars in my professional training and education. Additionally I have a backup camera in case of damage, theft or malfunction. I am also insured and I have a good online reputation. Sometimes in life you do get what you pay for.
      • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
        We chat by phone or if needed in person to discuss the job, agree on the scope of the shoot and pricing, verify it in writing and go from there!
      • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
        I have been shooting single lens reflex cameras since about 1979. I was on the yearbook staff in junior high, high school and in college. I shot for my university. Although I am largely self taught, I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the American Photographic Artists Associations. These are professioanl societies for photographers. i have attended their conference. I also attended Shutterfest each year and I have attenden courses at Calumet Photographic and Progear and Procam. I do online education as well. This year I have been studying with renown LA Photographer Kevin Michael Schmidt in Chicago and in LA and I have invested $8,000-$10,000 in education this year and I am continuing with Kevin as my mentor in the next year as well. I am one of his top students. In January and February, I spent a week in California meeting with Kevin several times. He presented my portfolio at a Canon event in Coasta Mesa in front of a group of 70 photographers. At this point I have invested more in my photographic education than I did for my legal education.

      Business hours

      Central Time Zone
      SundayClosed
      Monday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Tuesday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Wednesday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Thursday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Friday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Saturday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Coverage Area for Martika Photography, LLC is about 100+ miles of Westmont, IL.