Lugo Studios

Belleville, NJ

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I take pride in and I love what I do. So it comes easy to me and it's more than any old job for me.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I get to give people memories that they can cherish for a very long time and it makes me happy when people are happy with my work.

Location

Belleville, NJ 07109

Background check

Complete

Years in business

7

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

91

Reviews

54 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Aug 22, 2017
    Very Professional and provided great photo's quickly. Party started late due to unavoidable circumstances - but Rick was willing to spend extra time to take photo's for us and only left since he had another commitment.
  • Stephanie T. Oct 25, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Here is your photographer!!!
    Rick did an amazing job and great photos. I highly recommend him for your wedding. I didn't even realize he was there taking photos!! He really cares about getting those perfect shots. Thank you Rick!
  • Justine R. Oct 24, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Had A Blast!
    We had a really fun engagement shoot with Ricky and his wife, Shirley. They were professional, polite and lively. They seemed to enjoy our concept and allowed us to have a great time making it come to life. Can't wait to see more photos!
  • Patricia B. Aug 29, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you Rick Lugo for making my wedding unforgettable.
  • Kiyana B. Aug 18, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Rick did a fantastic job. He was very accommodating and thorough. He seemed to be everywhere but unobtrusive. I can't wait to see the pictures
  • Cynthia A. Jul 3, 2016
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    We had a lot of fun, everything was great Ricky and his wife were absolutely professional and very nice, I would definitely recommend them and hire them again..... Thank you lugo studios you make us have lots of fun on my daughters graduation party 👍👍👏👏
  • Jennifer C. Jan 18, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Rick for our winter wedding 1/16/16 and couldn't be more satisfied with our choice. Such a great photographer, easy to work with and all around such a decent person. We got all the shots we wanted and it really was fun and not stressful at all. He was even able to surprise me with a gorgeous shot the very next morning! I can't say enough good things about Lugo Studios, such a great company, would definitely recommend!
  • Paula M. Jan 12, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Paula M. Oct 26, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Very professional... My guests were very happy and pics were great. The 2 attendants were very professional and respectful.
  • Denise B. Sep 15, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Rick did a great job! he paid special attention to detail and managed fantastic photos with a rainy day and 5 kids under 5 years old in the wedding! Overall great work great job.
  • Lisa G. Sep 7, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Rick was amazing to work with. He was always so pleasant and very accommodating. We got to see a sneak peak and the pictures looked great. We can't wait to see the rest. I definitely recommend Rick.
  • Susan J. Sep 6, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Ricky for our wedding photos. He was awesome! He was a pleasure to work with and had some great suggestions for our special day.....just saw a few of the pics he took and they look beautiful! Thanks again Ricky for working with us and making our memories beautiful!
  • Carol M. Aug 21, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Rich was great with accommodating me with a package that was reasonable financially and met my very specific needs. I would highly recommend him to others.
  • Paula G. Aug 12, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Christian D. Aug 6, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    On time, professional, excellent communication, great guy and great photographer! Thank you, Ricky!
  • Jon R. Aug 2, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We are so grateful that Rick was our wedding photographer! He was so accommodating -- he met us a few days before our wedding to photograph us together at three different locations in the city. It was a brutally hot day, but he never complained, and was so accommodating with everything we wanted. On the wedding day, he was willing to travel to two boroughs to photograph our ceremony and our reception, stayed through the end of the night to make sure everything and everyone was captured, and was wonderful in every way. And, his wife came to the rescue several times -- and even drove us to our reception! We've already seen a few of the photos, and they are lovely: romantic, beautifully composed, and unique. Thank you so much, Rick!!
  • Jeffery M. Jul 29, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Ricky was very professional on time and ready to go l will definitely use rick again. Thanks for everything
  • Darcy F. Jul 7, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Ricky did a fantastic job. Very creative and very patient.
  • Jacki I. Jun 22, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Ricky was very nice, personable and easy to wrk with. He did a great job with the kids!
  • Kate N. Jun 22, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Rick and Shirley were wonderful and our staff loved the props and how quickly they could get their photos. We will definitely use them again next June. They are very professional, on time and the quality was excellent. Kate Nitto
  • Katherine M. Jun 15, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Rick was amazing. He took GREAT shots and made sure to get pictures with all the family members and friends we wanted. Very professional- I would definitely recommend Lugo Studios to friends!
  • Lisa E. Jun 8, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Great very professional would recommend them. We used them for an 8th grade dinner dance. The kids and parents loved them. Hoping to use them next year for the same event.
  • Susan V. Jun 8, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Ricky Lugo was very professional from my first contact with him until the event was over. The students had a great time with the photo booth and the quality of the pictures was excellent. Students loved that the group photos came out in 4's so each student could have their own copy. I would definitely recommend Ricky Lugo.
  • Ana I. May 12, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Beautiful pictures! !! However only 211pictures were taken in three hours. I was expecting more pictures, at least 500.
    Ricky L. May 12, 2015

    Thank you so much for the review. Its important to me that my clients are pleased with my work. Although it seems that there should be more pictures if you breakdown the time at 60 minutes per hour for 3 hours is 180 minutes total. By that logic I produced a little over 1 great moment per minute. I apologize for not meeting your expectations. Rick

  • Grace W. May 10, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Super Outstanding , very impressed, so much fun and unlimited awesome pictures . We all had such a blast we did not want it to end. Thank u so much Rick and his wife , so down to earth.
  • Debbie M. Apr 20, 2015
    Ricky photographed my daughter's communion and the party afterwards. He did an amazing job!! He totally went above and beyond! The pictures are all beautiful ! He is such a great guy.. Great with kids.. Great to work with and I highly recommend him! He captured every special moment ! I will be hiring him do more of my family's special occasions in the near future.
  • Quatese P. Mar 17, 2015
    Excellent! I cried when I looked back at my wedding photos. Rick was always responded quickly when I had questions and was affordable.
  • Maria I. Oct 20, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    It was great...I cannot wait to see the pictures.
  • Kristy B. Sep 22, 2014
    My now husband Kyle and I hired Rick to photograph our beach wedding. With neither of us being very photogenic this made me very cautious. Our wedding ceremony was on the beach. Rick arrived early and traveled quite a distance to do our wedding pictures. We did lots of fun pictures with the bridal party! He was full of fun ideas and even made my unenthusiastic flower girl smile. Rick took our wedding rings for a stunning shot in my bouquet. He laid in sand and took STUNNING photos. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone to hire for a wedding or any other kind of important event. Thanks again Rick your the man!
  • Lauren B. Aug 13, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Our company had a wonderful experience with Rick. He came to our location, was very professional and guided us through the session. We had a very short time frame and Rick fit us in even with our short notice and request for two separate days to accommodate all employees for our head shots. His price was excellent and well appreciated. Thanks Rick! I would recommend Rick Lugo for all photography needs.
  • Rachelle M. Aug 10, 2014
    Not only photographed me but made sure I had a good time doing so! I had so much fun working with Rick, and I couldn't be more pleased with the experience especially since I was from out of town!
  • Caitlin W. Apr 16, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    fantastic got all the shots i needed was a pleasure to deal with the best ! the creative shots were fun was very pleasant to despite the family in his way ! so very happy with lugo studios
  • Jackie F. Mar 23, 2014
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Was very accommodating to my needs. Went out of his way to make sure I was pleased. Me made sure everyone was comfortable. Gave me real good photo taking pointers.
  • Frankie M. Mar 23, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    They were great! Contacting, planning, and working with Rick was smooth and stress-free. We eloped and needed two witnesses, so Rick brought his wife and they both signed for us. They were very sweet! It is obvious that Rick loves his work. He showed up early and stayed later than we agreed on the contract. Every time he saw a beautiful opportunity for a picture, he had to get the extra shots in. It was a pleasure working with him and his wife is lovely. I highly recommend hiring Rick for any occasion!
  • John C. Jan 28, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Ricky as a present for our friends getting married in New York. Ricky met us in Times Square as a surprise to the newly wed couple. We booked him for two hours. Ricky was very well organised with all the equipment needed to ensure the correct light setting and surroundings which immediately put any concerns to bed that I'd hired a 'just a man with a camera' Ricky had a real professional approach and would keep snapping up until he was completely satisfied he'd got the perfect picture. He was directive and suggested many poses and angles. He suggested locations around Manhattan to get the best scene and knew his way around. All of the above was kind of what I expected, however what was really special and exceeded my expectations was Ricky's passion for photography and flexible approach to our day, our suggestions and requirements. This isn't simply a job for him and this was clear from the moment we met him. Our photos were received about 10 days after and were excellent quality, he had photoshopped any minor blemishes. The best wedding present ever - thank you Ricky
  • Iwona K. Jan 26, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Absolutely happy with the service. Ricky is amazing. I just needed 3 hrs but he stayed longer and was so patient with our guests and requests. Thank you Ricky.
  • Vladimir V. Jan 16, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Ricky lugo was a true professional, he did a great job capturing our wedding. Ricky was very easy going, comfortable to talk to and he listened to what we needed and expected. Ricky made my entire family feel comfortable in front of the camera and really knew what needed to be done in order to capture the right shots at the right moments. I would absolutely use him again in the future and recommend his service.
    Ricky L. Jan 16, 2014

    Thanks for this awesome review! This really makes my day when people like yourselves are happy with my work! Thanks again!!

  • Robert C. Dec 23, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I found and hired Rick to do an engagement party for my fiancée and I and was extremely pleased across the boards. Rick arrived early to set up and even stayed later than we discussed because our party ended up starting a bit later. He was able to take terrific shots to capture the venue, as well as the attendees and did so without being demanding or invasive. he was willing to take pictures of anyone that requested them of him and came up with creative ways to capture different moods. On our special occasion of an evening, I could not be more pleased in my decision to go with Rick and I would absolutely use him again in the future. I'm glad that I found him online and was able to establish a future relationship for the next time his services are needed. Very professional with quality results, book Rick without hesitation.
  • Carmen M. Oct 24, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Ricky was wonderful to work with. He was very professional and patient with my family. It was fun and easy. He felt like another member of my family. Ricky and Evin made us feel like movie stars!
  • Chris G. Oct 18, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Ricky went above and beyond to ensure we had the very best photos. He really captured the love between my husband and I. He also took many pictures of the reception to capture the great time we had with our family and friends. I would recommend Ricky to everyone for their special day, whatever the day may be. Thank you Ricky for doing an amazing job!
    Ricky L. Oct 18, 2013

    Thank You so much for this awesome review. I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world!!!

  • Tatiana L. Sep 20, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    professional / talented / awesome / patient / passionate / enthusiastic. The one thing that will stay with you forever after the flowers die, the cake is gone, the food is eaten, the dress is worn.............. is your photos. This will freeze the most important day of your life forever in time,........... as beautiful as you were, as perfect as the day went, as priceless as the event was. If there is one thing you should spend on your wedding,  thank u so much
    Ricky L. Sep 25, 2013

    Thank You So MUCH!!!! I'm speechless by this review. It was my pleasure.

  • Ozzie R. Aug 11, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Ricky Lugo did an awesome job!!!! he was very sincere and right on spot with taking alot of pictures. I was very impressed that he showed up earlier to start. everyone was very happy with him. I will be using Mr. Lugo for our next Reunion. Thank you
  • Renata A. Aug 1, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    hi Ricky,I am really appreciated and pleased for work you have done. Thank you very much! Great job! I will keep in mind you for next time I need your service, and for sure, I will recommend you to all my friends.
  • Karen E. Jun 30, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Kyle M. Jun 5, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    If you are in need of a photographer, in the NYC area, and want someone that is not only very talented, but also a pleasure to work with, then Rick is you man, and I'll tell you why. I got engaged in early May, and I hired Rick to take some candid photos of the events as they day unfolded. Grand Central Terminal is where I chose for the engagement to take place, but since I live in D.C. and was be traveling to NYC for just the weekend, there was no time to meet with Rick for an advanced walkthrough or to even put a face with a name. Needless to say, there were a lot of variables at play and I was a little stressed trying to coordinate all of the details. That is where Rick came in and set my mind at ease. I would guess that this was not a "normal" job or request for Rick, but he made time to speak with me on the phone and plan out exactly how the day would play out. On the actual day of the engagement, we met in Grand Central Terminal, for the first time, and Rick did an amazing job capturing candid shots, as well as staged. Anyone that has ever had professional photos taken knows that the time between the photo shoot and receiving your images can sometimes feel like an eternity. Well, with Rick it was literally less than 1 week. My fiancée and I barely had time to travel home and before we knew it there were images on Rick's Facebook page, a link that Rick provided us so we could see all of the images and share them with friends and family, and a CD with high resolution images that we have since printed out and they look great! My fiancée and I could not be happy with the final product, and personally, I could not have asked for a better or more professional person to work with. Rick, thank you very much!
  • Grace G. Jan 6, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Well let me start by saying him and is wife are the most amazing people in the world they made me and my family feel awesome when he was taking pics him and his wife was there on time and left a little after the party I highly recommend him for any party you were very professional .. Great job Ricky can wait for the next event I would defenity want u for my next event.i was very pleased.
  • Selin D. Oct 25, 2012
    Photography
    Verified Review
  • Bhairavi S. Oct 11, 2012
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Rick did an excellent job with our pics in New York. My husband does not like getting clicked but he absolutely loved the pictures after he saw them. I am glad to have found Rick through thumbtack. His work is awesome. Thank you Rick for creating such beautiful memories for us.
  • Evil Q. Oct 4, 2012
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Rick arrived on time, he brought all his equipment and the most important thing for me is that he did not leave the session until I was completely satisfy! My project was not easy but he got very good photos.
  • Paulette M. Sep 5, 2012
    I have worked with Ricky lugo on more than one occasion and he is just awesome to work with. He's patient and energetic. He's got a great eye. I was so happy with how my pictures came out each and everytime that I worked with him. I plan to keep going to him whenever we need photos
  • James G. Sep 5, 2012
    Having Ricky as my photographer has been a great experience time after time.. he is always prompt and gets the best shots in a athletic environment.
  • Jaz R. Nov 6, 2011
    Verified Review
    Very professional and efficient Husband and wife team! We had a lot of movement going on during the event and Lugo studios captured it all. They are definitely highly recommended.
  • Raya P. Nov 2, 2011
    Verified Review
    Rick did a good job. Very pleased. Price reasonable and quality work.
  • Niraj B. Oct 20, 2011
    Lugo Studios photographed my wedding reception. They were excellent at quietly capturing the evening's wonderful moments as they happened. Rick and his team were adept at managing lighting, subjects, and shot composition without being obstrusive. They balanced their photojournalistic approach using a narrative approach with the more formal portrait shots that required corralling guests and much patience. I would highly recommend them, and would not hesitate in hiring them again.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I went to college for Visual Communications & Media Arts then I went into the workforce and made photography my hobby then it turned into my beloved profession.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My most common jobs are Engagements & Weddings. There are others like Family Portraits and the occasional Sports event.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Finding a photographer is like making friends. You want someone who you can enjoy this experience with. My Advice is to take your time. Call various photographers and ask questions.