TRC Photography

East Brunswick, NJ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

There is nothing more important to me than keeping my clients completely happy. I will always take whatever time and energy is necessary to 'get the shot'... this means it is priority one that you are comfortable, relaxed and ready to enjoy the shoot before I ever point a camera at you. :)

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love everything about what I do... the client interaction, helping people to be at their absolute best.. the artistry... everything. Even the post-production work is fun for me. What's not to like about helping people to be beautiful?

Location

East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Background check

Complete

Years in business

17

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

92

Reviews

53 Reviews
  • Kim L. Mar 14, 2017
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom is fabulous!
    Tom was efficient, professional and a pleasure to work with -- exactly what I needed!
  • Beth B. Mar 2, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Easy to work with
    Prompt professional response Easy to communicate with. Unfortunately, a family emergency called me out of town and put my project on hold.
  • Stephen K. Feb 13, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Professional Photos
    Tom is very professional. I highly recommend him.
  • Karthik N. Feb 12, 2017
    Headshot Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Great work and helps you meet your goals!
    Tom is quick in his responses and took the time to understand our requirements. The images he took were perfect for what we were looking for. He also was very helpful in turning around some of our images quickly as we needed them urgently. I would highly recommend exploring working with Tom for your next photography project.
  • Mary M. Jan 26, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing!!
    Tom was amazing! Super professional and made me feel extremely comfortable. Really sweet guy and funny too :) had a really good time and my pictures came out amazing!!!!
  • Brett H. Jan 17, 2017
    Acting Headshots
    Verified Review
    GREAT!
    Fantastic experience. Very quick turn around. Beautiful headshots. Honestly a dream.
  • Helen C. Jan 11, 2017
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Professional, excellent photographer.
    Tom was very professional and made me and my daughter who came along for support feel very at ease. The pictures were excellent. I am very happy with the results.
  • Lorraine R. Dec 6, 2016
    Acting Headshots
    Verified Review
    Even better than expected
    Very professional and flexible. Super quick turnaround on beautiful shots!
  • Mariah L. Nov 24, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Good
    Very kind and funny guy. Definitely took my needs into consideration .
  • Rebekah B. Nov 2, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Great and friendly service
    Was very helpful with the questions I had regarding a photo shoot and provided great information. Will definitely refer to friends and other performers who need photo shoots! :D
  • Nina P. Oct 4, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Would hire again!
    Tom was incredibly easy to work with, especially considering that I am in New England and was hiring him to take headshots for an employee in NJ. The photos he provided were exactly what we were looking for as well.
  • James C. Sep 18, 2016
    Headshot Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Great experience for a photoshoot
    Tom was very good at getting a feel of the type of shoot I wanted to do and the result was fantastic.
  • Caitlin C. Aug 4, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom was guy! Easy to work with. Made us very comfortable. Private studio in his home. Pics came back pronto!! And he was very eager to make sure we were happy with the end result. Highly recommend.
  • Shannon C. May 20, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Excellent job, professional head shots came out terrific!
  • Mai H. Apr 26, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom was very helpful and made me and my fiancé feel at ease. Most of the pictures turned out great. Although I I wanted a retake, Tom was going to a charge us a percentage which was a surprise to us. Overall, he did a good job.
  • Beverly R. Mar 15, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom is very professional and very pleasant to work with. His work is excellent! I recommend him highly.
  • Terri V. Mar 7, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom was very professional and put me at ease during our shoot. I would highly recommend Tom!
  • George B. Mar 5, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • David G. Feb 23, 2016
    Acting Headshots
    Verified Review
    Tom is a true professional. He is super easy to work with and made my 15 year old daughter, who was getting acting headshots taken, feel very comfortable and at ease. Tom was an excellent choice!
  • Doug F. Jan 17, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Great experience! Tom was very helpful and made the process easy.
  • Emily H. Jan 16, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I asked Tom to take candid photos of my girlfriend and I. I'm the type to hate getting my picture taken, but Tom made everything relaxed, easy, and natural. My girlfriend and I plan on using Tom again in the future. He is a great person to work with and definitely is in the right line of work.
  • Eliza H. Dec 8, 2015
    Modeling Headshots
    Verified Review
  • Pinky M. Dec 1, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent!! Loved the professional head shots!! Thanks a Lot!!
  • Jazel W. Oct 21, 2015
    Acting Headshots
    Verified Review
    Tom did such an beautiful job. My daughters and I love the photos. I would highly recommend him and will definitely use him again.
  • Rwanda P. Oct 2, 2015
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Very professional and pics came out great.
  • Patty M. Sep 26, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom was absolutely wonderful! I had never taken professional pictures before. He made it a pleaant and fun experience with his friendly personality and help guidance all throughout the process. The pictures were perfect! He captured exactly the look and feel I needed. He has an amazing artistic eye. I highly recommend him. Thank you again, Tom!
  • Samantha L. Sep 19, 2015
    Acting Headshots
    Verified Review
    Friendly guy. Easy to work with. Cannot wait to see the end result. Recommend him to everyone looking for a great friendly photographer. :-)
  • Lizette V. Aug 5, 2015
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Great results matched by highly positive experience. Tom operates with high level of professionalism, warmth and is encouraging as he guides you through the shoot. Highly recommend!
  • Ingrid F. Jul 20, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Love love love absolutely love his work. Very professional and I will be going back 😎😎
  • Frank G. May 5, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Great experience....very accommodating.
  • Mary K. May 4, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom was very professional. He came on time, set up his equipment quickly. He was hospitable with the group and made them feel comfortable and relaxed. Pictures were great, looking forward to utilizing him again next year
  • Candice J. Mar 15, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Very professional. Extremely nice. My daughter warmed up to him almost immediately. Would definitely recommend!
  • Vijay D. Mar 11, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom was prompt and professional. On short notice, he accommodated me for a rush job and delivered what I needed at a fair price. His studio is just right and I would recommend him highly and intend to keep him in mind for any of my own needs in the future.
  • Elizabeth S. Jan 5, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Tom was a great choice! Really professional, really friendly, and made the environment really comfortable. He took some amazing headshots, and sent them to me a day after we shot.
  • Kendra F. Jan 3, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Very easy to work with. Patient and very kind. Knowledgeable about the industry and has a lot of experience on the subject of photography and modeling in general. Received great pictures and would work with again!
  • Danielle S. Dec 25, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
  • Kathleen S. Dec 20, 2014
    Hats off to Tom! He took both relaxed informal headshots and formal corporate photos that I needed for work and Linked In. I never thought I would like as many as I did. I'm a tough customer, hate having my picture taken, and I am not particularly photogenic. He got shots that are really good, amazing! He is easy to work, gets you to relax and laugh. He is a really nice guy. Outstanding is definitely how I would describe him.
  • Brian B. Dec 20, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom, is not only a great photographer, he is a wonderful person. I had never taken professional grade photos and Tom made it very easy for a novice. He is a consummate professional with a skilled photographer's touch. I would recommend him highly, 5 stars!!! Brian K. Briel
  • Gina W. Dec 17, 2014
    Pet Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom did an outstanding job with our two bulldogs. Sadly, our youngest bulldog will not be with us very much longer, so not only did Tom do the shoot on short notice, but he sent me the photos ASAP so I would have them in time for family photo cards. He was patient, caring, spent a great deal of time with them and was able to remain calm for everyone in a stressful situation, which was great for the dogs. It was total chaos. They were not their usual selves. They were so excited to be there; it was total mayhem, i.e. hair, drool and trying to keep them seated long enough to get the perfect photos. He provided us with wonderful photos to treasure of both our bullies, but especially our beloved Dozer. Would I recommend him? YES, and I have already done so to everyone I know. If I could give him a 10 star rating, I would.
  • Elizabeth W. Dec 3, 2014
    Tom Castles is an top-notch photographer - there is no doubt - but the real beauty in working with Tom is that he has this amazing personality to supplement his skill. He has the ability to bring out your best self and make you radiate from inside-out in all your shots. Working with Tom was a truly great experience and I encourage everyone interested in photography/modeling to make sure you cross paths with him at some point. He is outstanding.
  • Gregory A. Nov 7, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding service! This was the first time I've ever taken professional pictures before and I must say I actually don't mind looking at an image of myself now haha. The quality is outstanding! Tom Castles is very professional photographer. He got me to relax from a very tensed state from when I walked in. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for professional shots.
  • Jordan M. Oct 10, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I recently got my pictures taken by Tom Castles and couldn't be more happy with the results. This was the first time I've ever had pictures taken in a studio and he made the whole thing fun and comfortable. I would definitely recommend his work.
  • Josie H. Oct 7, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I would highly recommend working with Tom! He is very responsive throughout the entire process and is very professional. During the shoot, he did an excellent job recommending different poses so that I came across naturally in my photos. I was very happy with my photos and would work with him again.
  • Kevin E. Sep 11, 2014
    This was my first ever experience on Thumbtack and I have to say it was awesome. I downloaded the app, plugged in my most egregious procrastination and got 5 proposal back within the hour. Tom was the consummate professional. Very friendly, convenient and skilled as a headshot photographer. We spent just enough time switching outfits, checking the lights and planning the shot. I would recommend Tom to anyone who is in need.
  • Kai Y. Sep 5, 2014
    I used Tom to create images for my medical residency application and I needed them to be both warm and professional. I am happy to say this is exactly what we produced. He makes you feel comfortable immediately and the finished photos were exactly what I had hoped for! He is not only professional but also kind, warm. It is pleasant to work with him.
  • Joseph J. Jul 10, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    He is the "go-to"l photographer for my company.
  • Mary F. Jun 23, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    I'm an author with a small press, which means I get to pull things most big publishers won't let you get away with. One of these things was picking my own cover models, and I had two local teens in mind. I wanted a photographer who did more than just your general portrait and event photography, because these had to be character shots. So I wanted someone with a great sense artistry, and Tom's portfolio (which include some fantastic fashion and actor shots) was really the only one in the central Jersey area that I liked. To say Tom was great to work with is the understatement of the year, but despite being a paid wordsmith, I don't know how else to put it! Fantastic to work with? Amazing? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? He really went above and beyond what I expected, providing vision for the project that an untrained eye like me would never have thought of. And two teen models had a great time with all the interesting poses Tom came up with. Tom was great at coaching these two aspiring kids and turning them into bona fide models! And not to mention just very friendly and great at making the teens feel at ease. I was on set (to watch and give a input about the characters), and the whole thing was both very professional and a lot of fun at the same time, which really is the best way it could have gone. Tom was really quick about editing the shots and putting them through post-production too - I was impressed by the quick turnaround. And they looked fantastic! My publisher and I were very happy. I would definitely hire Tom Castles again should another occasion come up, and I certainly recommend him and his work.
  • Diane M. Apr 18, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Tom was wonderful! He is very professional in his work, yet helps you to relax so you get a natural photo. He was immediately responsive to my request & had a rapid turn around time. I woul definitely use him again & highly recommend him to others! I want him to photograph my new grandson too! Thanks Tom
  • Krystal G. Mar 23, 2014
    Working with Tom was definitely one of the events in my life that i would consider life changing for me, shifting me in the direction of modeling. As shy and nervous as I am when meeting someone for the first time, Tom made me feel comfortable right off the bat. He got me out of my shell! One of the things he is great at, is bringing out the best in every single person he works with, which you will see in THE pictures! Tom is very professional and has a lot of experience. He is extremely passionate in what he does, and has a great eye. I highly recommend working with Tom without a doubt. You will definitely leave his studio feeling accomplished, confident, and of course.. excited to see the results!!
  • Lauren K. Mar 22, 2014
    Tom took engagement shots for my fiancee and I and we couldnt be happier with them. He does incredible things with a camera! He is able to make anyone feel comfortable being photographed and is amazing at capturing natural moments both in and out of the studio. The location he picked to take our pictures was perfect and the way he shot us was very creative - not your typical boring engagement pictures. Our friends and family cant stop talking about these pictures and we cant recommend Tom highly enough!
  • Melissa R. Mar 12, 2014
    I've worked with Tom four times to date.. and gotten better and better pictures every time. From the moment I met Tom, he put me at ease and made me feel comfortable. I'd never had professional photos done before, and he was amazing to work with. Super sweet and so funny. I loved working with Tom so much, that I recently had him do photos for my wedding announcements - they came out beautifully. I couldn't be happier with all the photos that Tom & I have done together. I won't go to anyone else.. Looking forward to working with him again. :)
  • Karen G. Mar 11, 2014
    I have shot with Tom on several occasions, all of which have produced high quality images. The environment he creates is relaxed and comfortable, all while being very professional. He is a photographer that is very diligent, professional and personable. I would highly recommend Tom to anyone looking for refined images.
  • David M. Mar 7, 2014
    Working with Tom was a great experience! We did an editorial, and commercial/print shoot. I learned a lot from Tom, and was by far my favorite shoot I had so far. The shoot was about two hours and I enjoyed every minute. He is also very well at lighting and angles. I highly recommend shooting with him!

Q&A

What types of customers have you worked with?
I am a portrait photographer first, so most of my work involves very clean, natural and emotive images in close up. This is also the kind of photography that is the most expressive for both me and the person(s) being photographed... its all about finding... and capturing someones 'best side'.