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My girlfriend hinted (like beating me over the head with a 2x4) that she hoped a photographer would be around to capture our impending proposal. So I did what any 21st century guy would do and hit the internet. I emailed several photographers in the tri-state area, all getting back to me with varying fees and availability. I found Neil Blake on Thumbtack. His personal website showed his experience, so I explained to him that I would like for him to secretly photograph my proposal. I detailed that I had hired a caricaturist (if youre reading this and also are in the market for a caricaturist, look no further than Jessica du Preez) that would be drawing me on one knee proposing to my girlfriend though we would be sitting next to each other on a park bench. He agreed, and we were set. The big day was a beautiful October Sunday in Hoboken. So perfect, in fact, that there were literally dozens of people taking pictures (with what looked to me like high-end cameras). My girlfriend and I walked around the general area that I had laid out for the caricaturist to set up and for Neil to be ready to find us. I literally had no idea what Neil (or my caricaturist looked like), and so I wasnt sure if people were taking pictures of us or of the scenery (and it turned out that it was Neil taking a few of those pictures, he really did a wonderful job at being so discreet). Once I found my caricaturist and the drawing was in progress, he would walk by non-chalantly (pretending to be one of these everyday photographers enjoying the beautiful day) and marvel at how well the drawing was coming along and ask my caricaturist if it would be alright if he could take a picture while she sketched and ask us if he could take our picture (of course it was okay! But my girlfriend was still not entirely in the know. It was all for her, and it was perfect. Neil was fantastic. I cant believe how they went above and beyond to really play the parts that I asked them to play). He walked away and took some other discreetly long-distance shots, shots from behind, everything. You can really tell the entire story from the pictures leading up to the caricature, during the caricature, after she said yes. And I think thats more than I could have hoped for when I hired him to be our photographer. After the gig was up, he brought us around for 30 minutes or so posing us against the skyline and taking literally hundreds of pictures. I really feel like I got a lot for my money, and I dont see how I would do it any differently (and that goes for not only Neil, but also Jessica). I am still blown away by how flawless the day turned out for me and my now fiancée partly due to the fact that I did not know what Neil (nor my caricaturist, Jessica du Preez, for that matter (whom I also highly recommend, but that is for another review)) looked like, partly because I was hoping for true perfection, and partly due to the stress of getting several pieces (timing, two people (caricaturist and photographer) working together that have never even met, etc) into place without my girlfriend knowing (okay, so she knew it was coming. But she did not know how and what I had planned, so she was still very much in the dark). At the onset of this review, I had hoped that it would be more about the professionalism and expertise of Neil and less about me and the proposal, but let my excitement and joy be a testament to him. For any function at all, consider hiring Neil Blake to capture the story. He will do a superb job.
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Kaddy was a real pleasure to work with! I hope to work with her again in future! She is a skilled photographer for sure! An area where she really stands out from other photographers I have worked with is her ability to capture great action shots (in this case of dancers)! She got a lot of really great shots that were very complimentary! (In my experience, folks who try to photograph dancers take a lot of really awkward-looking shots! Not Kaddy!) I recommend her highly!
Basel is a world-class photographer, and I highly recommend him, without reservation. His art direction, shot selection and post production processing are all very advanced. His athletic photography communicates the emotion and energy of the athletes, going well beyond the standard, dull emphasis on physicality and action so common to many average photographers. This emphasis on emotion humanizes his subjects, bringing their striving into sharp context for the observer. His work for me was at a high in suboptimal conditions - poor lighting conditions, limited vantage points and perspectives from which to shoot, and uninspiring backdrops for the action. Basel did the best that he could, and the output was amazing considering to the environment. Excellent administration is another key attribute, and his level of organization was exceptional.
We hired Vincent to take professional photos during and after our wedding ceremony. He was very easy to work with during the entire process and a pleasure to have as our photographer. The photographs turned out great and we are so happy to have such beautiful photos of our special day! We were also pleased with the turn-around-time of the edited photos. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer!
Patti is a talented photographer. She really captures the essence of her subject whether it be in the action on the sports field, the special expression in a student's school portrait or the grandeur found in a seascape. She shows great pride in workmanship and is a true professional.
We hired Lauren for our son's 1st Birthday and she was amazing! She not only is an awesome photographer- getting all of the photos we requested and more; she also has the most amazing personality which made getting those great pictures so much easier! Not only did my husband and I love her work, but everyone at the party raved about her being able to catch all the right moments! If you are considering hiring a photographer for any event I would highly recommend choosing LBD Photography to capture every special moment!
Awesome pictures and very professional people. Loved everything about them. Thank you for the lovely pictures and professional service.
Lukman was not just an excellent photographer and great with pictures but also a thorough professional. He arrived on time, mingled with guests and captured, among other pictures, some candid momets as well. Finally in the end when we were winding up the party he, very sportingly, accepted kids request and did a few cart wheels with them. He came as a photographer and left as a friend.
I had Emma take my engagement photos a while back in a small town in Northwest Arkansas. Emma was all around an amazing photographer; easy to work with, extremely creative and insanely talented. She made us feel comfortable and always had genuine poses to put us in. Nothing felt staged or cliched and she captured our true personalities in those photos. She truly has a gift!
Within 5 minutes of meeting goes him. It was worth the time and allowing him to take pics of our boy. The action shots, black and white, and overall experience was awesome it itself. Definitely going to use again in the future...
Kristin has taken several individual photoshoots in difficult settings-- low lighting, action, unscripted events -- and produced superior, priceless photos of important family milestones for me-- including being an impromptu photographer at my daughters wedding! So whether it's young children or senior adults, Kristin connects with her subjects & brings out their inner character --and captures the memories you will treasure for a lifetime!! Thanks Kristin!!
We had a very positive experience with 3:17 photography. They were super professional, affordable and friendly. The pictures came out beautiful. I would use them again and recommend them highly!
We used Alex Kaplan for our wedding on September 8, 2017. Right from the beginning his company was very responsive and flexible with making appointments. They were very professional. We had 2 photographers and 1 videographer from Alex's team. They were great! They were very patient and worked really well with the kids in our wedding party. They were all over the place making sure to capture every moment. They did not make it obvious that they were all over the place either. We just recently got some of our photos back and they came out amazing! We are very pleased at the way they came out and the moments that were shot! We would recommend Alex Kaplan for your wedding!
Sal is an easy-going and experienced photographer with a good sense of humor. After I chose the location, he told us how to get there, where to park and walked us around the site prior to the date. The date came, we stuck in traffic for hours, he was patiently waiting for us without charging us extra. He even gave us extra large prints (24" x 36")! The pictures are amazing and the experience was wonderful. Many thanks Sal.
Dee goes above and beyond to create unique photos. She has done my family's Christmas cards, sporting events, personal photos, birthdays, proms, and graduation photos. I have never been disappointed in her work and would highly recommend her ! She's also a lot of fun!
Torri's sports photography is outstanding. She has the composer and skills to handle any sport at any age level, which I've witnessed to be quite a challenge at the younger ages. And to top it all off, you cannot beat her pricing. She is very competitive and will give you your money's worth. I highly recommend her to any organizations or private individuals that are interested in top quality sports photography
Clarence took our family portraits as well as some action shots for my company website. Great job! We'll definitely continue to use his services again in the future.
Eric is an amazing photographer who understands your vision and is able to excute as well bring additional ideas to your pictures. So very pleased with the pictures Eric took for my sports league.
"Ken was amazing! He photography talent is on the next level. I couldn't believe how awesome my pictures came out. Sweet sixteen photographers are so expensive, Ken had the best prices around, still expensive but absolutely worth every penny! Thank you Ken for capturing amazing memories!"
I do a fantastic job covering all types of events, such as birthday parties, religious ceremonies, and corporate events. I am skilled at quick, informal posed shots, unposed photos, and organizing groups of all sizes for formal portraits. I have professional, portable lighting that I can bring on location, and I am good at using natural light for great results, usually without a flash.