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Engagement Photography - Dearborn 2019
RACHEL and DAVID - THE WEDDING
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Family Portrait Photography
We were thrilled with the entire experience. He came out to a family engagement party, and we started with a family portrait of 24 people, ranging in ages from babies to grandparents. He did a fantastic job of keeping everyone engaged and having fun while he got us all in the perfect position. He then stayed past our scheduled time (at our request) and took portraits of individual families, as well as mingled throughout the event capturing all the great moments. Best of all, the proofs are posted online so everyone can choose the exact prints they want to purchase. We received so many positive comments from family members about how fun yet professional he was. I would definitely recommend J Singleton Photo for any family portrait or group event. We couldn't have been happier.Jan 3, 2016Verified
Absolutely horrible! I came to this person with the intention to get pictures taken for my album cover and advertisements in general, because I am a musician. I came in with the understanding that he would take about a 100 pictures and I choose the best of them, and he professionally retouches one photo, and I pay additional fees for other photos retouched. He then sends me a PDF file of my photos taken, and each photo has copyright written on them so I can’t use them. Then he says he is going to give me one photo!, and I have to pay additional fee’s to get more out of him, and I have meet his license requirements on actually using them?? In the end I paid 250 dollars for one photo!!! (Which I still have not received yet!) I had no idea he would pull this copyright and licensing nonsense before I entered into this contract with him. If I would have known, I would have never done business with him. A common person goes into a photography studio, gets pictures taken, pays a fee, and the pictures are given to him or her, plain and simple. To me this man is pulling a con, my suggestion is to stay as far away from this person as possible.May 5, 2016VerifiedJ Singleton Photo's reply
I would like to respond to this review as having a misunderstanding of the initial agreement yet as well an opportunity to change policies to insure the agreement is written and signed by both parties prior to any services and/or products to clear up possible future clarity issues. I will address each of the misunderstandings. The original quote included: Photo session Digital proof sheet (pdf) One digital image with basic retouching, color correction and enhancement I did not mention any reference to shooting 100 images. There was no usage agreement outside of the one digital image for an lbum cover. A copyright is a professional standard to use so individuals are not able to use images without the expressed permission or license of the creator of the copywritten material(s). During the session the client made mention that he felt confident that there would be at least 10 images to make a choice of a final image. I let the client know that if he wanted to purchase additional images there would also be a fee for additional retouching as well to which he agreed. After the session I culled (edited) the images to the best from the shoot then emailed the contact sheet for the selection process. I received not only his selection choices but also the need for all his images and to have full rights to these images. Also to have images he picked to be placed upon a separate contact sheet. There was no mention of my copyright or removal at the time. At that time I informed him as to the cost for the additional services and usage products available for his professional needs for an album cover and social media. And this is where the client made reference to thinking I was trying to con him about my rights as a photographer and how he should own everything because that's what he was paying for, yet clearly in the quoted agreement above he was stepping outside said agreementwith several assumptions. Since there was unfortunately no way to come to an understanding with this client I did refund his payment and deleted his original files from the shoot. As well I made a promise to sign any non-disclosure agreement towards the songs he emailed to me in an effort to develop some creative ideas to give the photograph a certain feel that would correspond with the songs and tilted of the album. I also did a bit of research on the type of music and other album covers that fit his genre of music. I have a need to make sure to not just take a photo nd hope it's what the client needs. I have an obligation to put more into a photograph creatively to maximize the possible sells that client needs to promote themselves. The fee he was paying was not just for one photogrph, but as well the creative process, session time, computer time (from research, editing, retouching to building a contact sheet and correspondence), to delivery there was well over ten hours of time invested to produce a professional image for a pro musician's album cover. To my understanding this was for a professional need, not a common photograph to have taken for a portrait. To me this was a misunderstanding that went awry. So to address this I am putting the following in place to avoid confusion. Upon approval of quote a document will be emailed to said client stating the agreed upon services and products to enter in a contractual agreement. Once this agreement has been signed by both parties shall the request for hire be accepted on thumbtack. The agreement will cover copyright and usages the client will have and availability of additional purchases of products and services. My need is to make sure EVERY client is satisfied with their services and products. Yet I know that regardless of how hard I put efforts toward this practice some will still feel that their needs have not been met. From there I can issue a refund on a case by case basis. I retain a copyright and licensing agreements on all images produced from a project as ALL those who independently create products in the creative field should have. Everyone should be made aware of the copyright laws of this country when asking for any type of photography whether for personal or professional needs. This is to protect our rights just as any other individual would want their rights protected in any work related environment. It's by no means a way to pull a con, but to protect my rights as a creative. I would again like to take this opportunity to personally apologize to Mr. Ross for this confusion. I can promise my utmost professional effort to make sure that going forward each party will have an agreement in place as part of the hire process to assure that the parties feel each are respected and their needs will be met. Sincerely, J Singleton
J was fantastic to work with! His attention to detail (especially in the weeks leading up to the proposal) was second to none. He worked with me to create a plan for the day as well as a contingency plan in the event of inclement weather. He was very quick to get me proofs of our session and am looking forward to the final 10 photos. Would absolutely recommend!Dec 30, 2019VerifiedJ Singleton Photo's reply
Hi Chris! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It was such a fun time capturing expressions of both you and your fiancee Allison. I am so happy I had the pleasure of working with such fun and outgoing people. Your personalities was a great match for my STORYTELLER PROPOSAL COLLECTION. I must say that I REALLY want to work with you and Allison on your engagement session and wedding collection. Please keep me in mind when making your choice. I want to get your images featured in a bridal magazine. The whole process, from proposal to the send off at the wedding reception. Add sparklers! :D
Wedding and Event Photography
J did an amazing job capturing the joy and excitement of our proposal day. He got to the site early and took the time to set up the perfect shot. He was well acquainted with the area (Detroit) and constantly suggesting creative backgrounds and finding unique photo opportunities. He was also fun and welcoming, and added so much excitement to our experience. We will be looking back on this day for years to come thanks to him!Dec 28, 2019VerifiedJ Singleton Photo's reply
Hi Joe! Happy New Year to you and Lisa! It was such a pleasure to work with you and set up a memorable moment! Thanks for the follow through on the champagne! That created a series of EPIC images! I hope you both treasure the moment for a life time. Please keep me in mind for your engagement session and wedding photography collection.
J’s photos were amazing ! My fiancé and I hired him for our engagement shoot and we couldn’t be happier with the photos. He really knows how to capture the personal moments and he really takes his time to get those perfect quality pictures. I definitely recommend.Jul 21, 2019Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My investment structure is based upon running a photography business. The higher price points not only cover services and products, yet also for the value of experience, schooling, workshops, insurance and several other facets of a working professional. My wedding services for 8 hour event currently averages between $1750 to $4100 for products, services and experience. My prices are not the lowest yet are in line with what I offer in capturing your event.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Due to a recent misunderstanding with a thumbtack client I am being very vigilant to make sure my possible clients and I are in agreement with what will be produced from the session, included in the quote, and delivered to the client. I would hope you to understand the due diligence to make absolutely positive that you as a client have your needs met within the parameters of my professional products and services available. I am in business to stay in business. With that said if you have any questions about my products or services please don't hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience. And I am open to discuss any referral concerns. First to establish the customers needs. Next make a plan to best accomplish those needs. Set a shoot date and time. Photograph the client. Cull the images for the best photos. Set up a viewing for the client to make a final selection. Order images and or additional products. Deliver the products. Follow up with client to make sure everything was what they had hoped to receive. Ask for an honest review from the client to post on my sites for other potential clients to see.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have studied at Lansing Community College for commercial photography. I have also attend fashion workshops in New York and Portrait seminars in Michigan. I have worked along side portrait photographers and photojournalist.