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Top 10 Affordable Photographers near Pontiac, MI

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4. Red Hawk Photography
Exceptional 5.0

(9)

Exceptional 5.0

(9)

Portrait Photography, Wedding and Event Photography, Engagement Photography, Headshot Photography

Offers remote services
Discounts available
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Pontiac, MI
PLEASE ONLY CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE GENUINLY INTERESTED IN HIRING ME. ABOUT ME: Just a brief word about me. I spent 20 years in the film industry. I started as a makeup artist. This grew into wardrobe and props work. I branched into photography and videography. This is where my passion is, photography. EXPERIENCE: FILM INDUSTRY/PHOTOGRAPHY 1989 thru 2003: 14 Seasons/5 live shows per year on cruise ship (makeup & wardrobe) 1988 thru 2002 Published Photographer 27 live televised shows as Camera Operator Live events and film as Teleprompter Operator 10 educational films working in casting, makeup, wardrobe and hair. Over 30 videos on social betterment activities including education, drug rehab, criminal reform, gang reform and others in 5 Continents. I now freelance as a photographer and makeup artist. Note: with the current Covid 19 pandemic, makeup services are suspended. With my background in makeup, wardrobe, props and lighting in the film industry I can get the look you are after. I am experienced in many areas of photography. I have many creative ideas and always ask about and find out about your views and desires for your photographs. I'll work with you to get you exactly what you want. If you aren't comfortable in front of a camera, no problem. I am not high pressure. I am engaging and my clients will tell you, they feel at ease with me, we have fun and get great photos in an enjoyable session.See more

$175

starting cost

$175

starting cost

PLEASE ONLY CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE GENUINLY INTERESTED IN HIRING ME. ABOUT ME: Just a brief word about me. I spent 20 years in the film industry. I started as a makeup artist. This grew into wardrobe and props work. I branched into photography and videography. This is where my passion is, photography. EXPERIENCE: FILM INDUSTRY/PHOTOGRAPHY 1989 thru 2003: 14 Seasons/5 live shows per year on cruise ship (makeup & wardrobe) 1988 thru 2002 Published Photographer 27 live televised shows as Camera Operator Live events and film as Teleprompter Operator 10 educational films working in casting, makeup, wardrobe and hair. Over 30 videos on social betterment activities including education, drug rehab, criminal reform, gang reform and others in 5 Continents. I now freelance as a photographer and makeup artist. Note: with the current Covid 19 pandemic, makeup services are suspended. With my background in makeup, wardrobe, props and lighting in the film industry I can get the look you are after. I am experienced in many areas of photography. I have many creative ideas and always ask about and find out about your views and desires for your photographs. I'll work with you to get you exactly what you want. If you aren't comfortable in front of a camera, no problem. I am not high pressure. I am engaging and my clients will tell you, they feel at ease with me, we have fun and get great photos in an enjoyable session.
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Avatar for Odd Fern Photo LLC
5. Odd Fern Photo LLC
Exceptional 5.0

(18)

Exceptional 5.0

(18)

Portrait Photography, Wedding and Event Photography, Engagement Photography

In high demand
Offers remote services
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Pontiac, MI
Vendors pay money to quote jobs on this website. If you are price shopping, please do not request a quote from me. I'm not the cheapest and I'm not the most expensive - I provide high quality imagery for median market rates. I'm reliable, professional, and extremely skilled at what I do. Serious inquiries only. Odd Fern Photo LLC is passionate, professional, and skilled at documenting life stories. We provide in focus and well lit images, inside or outside, any time of day. We specialize in weddings, events, in home and on location portraits, as well as commercial imagery. Our clients are individuals, families, businesses of all sizes, agencies, and press. Lighting and retouching is included in most session and event documentation rates. In addition to standard portrait and event documentation services, we also offer more specialized sessions using high speed sensors, underwater, and aerial photography services. Portrait sessions include lightly edited images delivered in online proofing gallery, base rates include 7 selected favorites to be retouched and delivered as a print quality download + print license. We also offer additional image packages, prints, and products as add-ons to our normal services. Event documentation + formal portraits include print quality image files of all delivered images, delivered by emailed download link from proofing gallery. Odd Fern Photo LLC requires a 20% non-refundable retainer and signed contract to reserve your session or date.See more

$250

starting cost

$250

starting cost

Vendors pay money to quote jobs on this website. If you are price shopping, please do not request a quote from me. I'm not the cheapest and I'm not the most expensive - I provide high quality imagery for median market rates. I'm reliable, professional, and extremely skilled at what I do. Serious inquiries only. Odd Fern Photo LLC is passionate, professional, and skilled at documenting life stories. We provide in focus and well lit images, inside or outside, any time of day. We specialize in weddings, events, in home and on location portraits, as well as commercial imagery. Our clients are individuals, families, businesses of all sizes, agencies, and press. Lighting and retouching is included in most session and event documentation rates. In addition to standard portrait and event documentation services, we also offer more specialized sessions using high speed sensors, underwater, and aerial photography services. Portrait sessions include lightly edited images delivered in online proofing gallery, base rates include 7 selected favorites to be retouched and delivered as a print quality download + print license. We also offer additional image packages, prints, and products as add-ons to our normal services. Event documentation + formal portraits include print quality image files of all delivered images, delivered by emailed download link from proofing gallery. Odd Fern Photo LLC requires a 20% non-refundable retainer and signed contract to reserve your session or date.
Avatar for Stop and Stare by Taylor Photography
Avatar for Stop and Stare by Taylor Photography
9. Stop and Stare by Taylor Photography
Excellent 4.9

(20)

Excellent 4.9

(20)

Portrait Photography, Wedding and Event Photography, Engagement Photography, Boudoir Photography

  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Pontiac, MI

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Are you looking for the perfect Detroit Michigan Wedding Photographer, to capture the memories of your special day, with timeless photos that will last a lifetime? If you are planning a wedding in Michigan, you have come to the right place. David Taylor, owner of Stop and Stare offers beautiful Metro Detroit Michigan wedding photography at affordable price points. At Stop and Stare, we believe it’s about much more than just having a good eye and a great camera. It’s about taking the time to get to know you and planning out the details in advance, so that you can get the most out of your wedding day photos with absolutely no stress on you. And when we say “no stress,” we really mean it. We will work with you on photo location scouting, poses, and we will put together a fool-proof shot list so that we can capture all of your most important photos. Not to mention, we will collaborate on your engagement photo session so that you and your fiance will be naturals in front of the camera on your wedding day! Over the past 10 years, I embraced photography whole-heartedly, spending endless hours behind the lens of my camera. I enjoy the idea of capturing life’s genuinely beautiful moments and am especially drawn to the influence of lighting on a photo and how it can help tell a story or set a mood. As a premier Metro Detroit Michigan photographer, I pride myself of having a keen attention to detail and will do anything to get the perfect shot in order to make my clients happy. I love a creative challenge through and through from scouting locations, selecting wardrobes and props to pursuing creative lighting techniques and posing. I will make your vision for your special day come to reality by getting to know you and truly understanding your goals for each shoot. From traditional posed photos to artistic and whimsical to photo-journalistic styling, I truly enjoy it all!See more

$199

starting cost

$199

starting cost

Are you looking for the perfect Detroit Michigan Wedding Photographer, to capture the memories of your special day, with timeless photos that will last a lifetime? If you are planning a wedding in Michigan, you have come to the right place. David Taylor, owner of Stop and Stare offers beautiful Metro Detroit Michigan wedding photography at affordable price points. At Stop and Stare, we believe it’s about much more than just having a good eye and a great camera. It’s about taking the time to get to know you and planning out the details in advance, so that you can get the most out of your wedding day photos with absolutely no stress on you. And when we say “no stress,” we really mean it. We will work with you on photo location scouting, poses, and we will put together a fool-proof shot list so that we can capture all of your most important photos. Not to mention, we will collaborate on your engagement photo session so that you and your fiance will be naturals in front of the camera on your wedding day! Over the past 10 years, I embraced photography whole-heartedly, spending endless hours behind the lens of my camera. I enjoy the idea of capturing life’s genuinely beautiful moments and am especially drawn to the influence of lighting on a photo and how it can help tell a story or set a mood. As a premier Metro Detroit Michigan photographer, I pride myself of having a keen attention to detail and will do anything to get the perfect shot in order to make my clients happy. I love a creative challenge through and through from scouting locations, selecting wardrobes and props to pursuing creative lighting techniques and posing. I will make your vision for your special day come to reality by getting to know you and truly understanding your goals for each shoot. From traditional posed photos to artistic and whimsical to photo-journalistic styling, I truly enjoy it all!

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up an appointment or a consultation with a photographer near you during the COVID-19 pandemic is by conducting an online search. Start by scheduling a call with the photographer. If possible, it may be better to use a video call service so that the photographer can get an idea of the site location. Take this opportunity to discuss safety measures you can take during this time, as well as whether it’s safe to complete the project now or simply postpone it.

How can I find out if a photographer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Consult your city or state’s government websites, which typically have information on which services are deemed essential during the pandemic. 

For national information, visit CISA’s page on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. Here, you can find 16 different types of essential infrastructure sectors that can continue operating unimpeded during the pandemic. But some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do photographers offer remote or virtual services?

Photography happens in person, but photographers may be able to offer other remote services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, they may be able to offer editing and other post-processing services. 

If you see that a photographer is offering remote services in their profile, contact them and ask what those services include.

Can I use digital payments to pay for wedding and event photography services?

As digital forms of payment and money transfer are becoming more popular, wedding and event photographers are likely to use digital services. These include PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo, Square Cash and more. As you search online for local wedding and event photographers, ask them if they accept digital payments and, if so, which ones you can use. And make sure to have a strategy in place for safe social distancing.

Does a photographer need to enter my home?

There are many situations in which a photographer does not need to enter your home. It’s not uncommon for people to prefer to have their pictures taken outdoors. If you're hiring a photographer, maintain safe distances, avoid being in the same room, sanitize all involved surfaces and conduct payment using digital platforms. You can discuss strategies as you complete your search for local photographers.

Do you tip a photographer for family photos?

Tipping a photographer for family portraits is not standard etiquette. A great way to recognize a family photographer who goes above and beyond is to write them a glowing review. You probably found your photographer by reading online reviews, so paying it forward by letting everyone know how much you appreciate their work is a great gift. Write your review after they have delivered the final edited photos on time and you’ve confirmed that you’re happy with the terrific portraits they took.

How much do photographers charge for family portraits?

Family portraits are a great way to mark the passage of time, create lifelong keepsakes and have gorgeous-looking photos for your annual holiday card. The national average cost for hiring family photographers ranges from $150 to $200. Pricing can range higher depending on where you live, length of the photo shoot, the number of edited photos you request, and the background and reputation of your family photographer. Before hiring, make sure you understand their fees up front. Ask how many finished images are included in the quoted price and whether you will receive all the photos taken (not just edited photos). Ask whether you’ll be able to download digital photos or if you’ll have to print them or purchase digital copies through the photographer. Here are some average examples of family photographer pricing:

  • $175 for a one-hour studio session in Kansas.
  • $200 for a one-hour studio or outdoor session in Georgia. Includes two outfit changes, access to an online gallery, and about 200 high-resolution, edited digital photo files on a DVD, with permission to print.
  • $400 for a one-hour outdoor session in Southern California. Includes 25-30 fully edited photos accessible online or via CD/DVD.
  • $425 or more for a one-hour outdoor or in-home session in Illinois. Includes more than 50 professionally edited images, online access and print release.

When should you take newborn photos?

Few styles of portrait photography are as tricky as newborn photos — the unpredictable infant is always in charge! The best way to ensure a successful photo shoot is to work with a local newborn photographer within the first two weeks of the baby’s life. Some photographers even work with hospitals to offer newborn sessions within a day of the baby’s birth. But newborn photographers usually recommend scheduling a shoot during the baby’s first two weeks of life, while the baby is still sleepy and relatively cooperative, especially for posed or studio shots. During this time, babies are easier to swaddle in blankets and dress in hats or headbands, and, because they often nap or nurse, can be staged with various props or be cuddled by their parents. For casual photos, most newborn photographers recommend shooting within the first six weeks of a baby’s life. Lifestyle portrait photography is more flexible and doesn’t require the baby to cooperate with multiple poses or props.

What should you wear for a family photo?

A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:

  • Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way.
  • Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
  • Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much.
  • Avoid wearing matching outfits.
  • Do wear outfits that are complementary in color.
  • Choose color over black-and-white outfits.
  • Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
  • Opt for tonally similar colors.  
  • Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.
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