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The entire experience with Mary was really great from start to finish. She was friendly, professional and most importantly, genuinely passionate about what she was doing. Mary was punctual and she was immediately polite, reassuring and excited. We took plenty of photos at City Hall, while walking to the subway, during the ride and then finally at Central Park with some great fall colours in the background. The pictures came out great and we loved talking to Mary and Ali, who were courteous and professional at all times. Mary was really generous with her pricing and took into account the fact that it was just my wife and I. Unlike a lot of quotes from other photographers, hers was one of the few that really reflected this fact. We highly recommend Mary.
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.
Joe was extremely professional and responsive. I have worked with many photographers before and Joe was definitely the most "on-top-of-it"! Besides being easy to work with, the work product was amazing. Very clear and professional head shots. The subjects of his photos said he made them feel comfortable.
Maria was beyond a pleasure to work with! She is a seasoned photographer with years of professional experience as well as top of the line equipment and resources. Maria made me feel super comfortable and took her time to walk me through all aspects of the shoot explicitly which made the whole experience an amazing one. I have worked with many photographers for various reasons, and Maria is hands down one of my favorites. I would recommend her services to any and anyone looking to get professional photos taken for any occasion!
As a project manager for a magazine, I have to book photographers in cities across the country, not knowing anything about them. For us at the magazine, it's always a risky operation because we don't have an established relationship with most of the photographers, plus we're always under tight deadlines, AND we can't physically be at these photoshoots. When we found JoAnne, we booked her that day for a shoot the following day. When I spoke with her she was so professional and so bubbly I felt like I could trust her with our clients immediately. This totally put my mind at ease considering all the bad experiences we've had in the past. When we received the photos from JoAnne, the quality of photos was amazing and the shots were exactly what we needed. JoAnne even went above and beyond the count that we asked for which gave us a lot of variety. Our magazine looks great because of J Richards! If we have to book a photographer in this area again, we will be coming straight to her.
I ordered newborn photo. She was so kind and the photos were great! I am planning to ask her again. Thank you Cheyanna!
Never had such authentic and beautiful photos taken of me as those taken by Steve. Ended up paying more to order additional photos, I loved them all so much and could not narrow down to just a few favorites. FYI I am 47 & terribly shy and awkward in front of a camera. Steve was extremely professional, patient and persistent and gave me great direction to get the shots. He has an intuitive instinct, high expectations for his work and the greatest integrity. So much so that at first, the pictures weren't "working" according to him, so he retreated and booked a studio where we got our amazing shots. Most photographers would not have spent the extra time, would have just ploughed through. Not Steve. Consider yourself lucky if you can book with Steve. My guess is he won't be available for thumbtack booking for long. THX Steven!! You are amazing!!!
Alex was a professional photographer with incredible expertise. He was very professional and took beautiful and stunning family pictures at our twins Baptism ceremony and reception. We will cherish these memories always and are very grateful to him. His photos captured the essence of our loving twins, our family and friends!
Lizzie was OUTSTANDING! Her professionalism from our very first Thumbtack message exchange to the delivery of our photos and photobook have just been amazing! She has an absolute gift for photography - capturing so many priceless moments of my parents 50th Anniversary Celebration! The images were pure artistry! And she was so incredibly professional throughout the entire process. If you are trying to decide between photographers - stop deciding and push the "HIRE" button now! Believe me - you will not regret it. WOO HOO Thank you Lizzie and may God bless you for He has absolutely blessed us with you!
We love Emily. I hired her for a family portrait photo session and she worked well with my toddler and newborn baby. She is very professional and pleasant person, she listened and gave suggestions of how we can have our photos taken. My husband and I were both happy with the photos she delivered after 2 days. We will definitely hire her again for more photo sessions in the future.
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.
I asked Kevin and Rebecca to take some headshots for me and the results were amazing. They were super easy to work with and understood exactly what I wanted. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for photographers.
Alex is a professional photographer. Not only took very good photos, also was punctual, efficient the whole process and accommodated my last minute needs. Good job Alex.
Jenna was an excellent photographer for my son's communion. She was professional and on point with photographing the most special moments. She captured what was happening without breaking the laughter for a "pose". I'm so happy with the pictures. She was great with the kids and all of our invited guests. I'm thrilled that she was available for my event. I would recommend her with my full confidence. Cheers!
I loved every minute of my session with Philicia. I'm a tough critic when it comes to my pictures because I've taken pictures with a lot of photographers, but she was the best photographer I've ever had by far. Not only was she great at giving suggestions but she also combined both of our visions which seems to be really hard for photographers. It's either they don't give any direction at all or they overpower you with their suggestions, but Philicia did neither. She was the perfect balance. I didn't even know my pictures could come out so great! It was truly art. My portraits came out BEAUTIFULLY! My family loved them and I wouldn't shoot portraits with anyone else. She was simply wonderful and I can't wait to shoot again. My birthday's coming up and already we're thinking of great locations and outfits. I'm so excited to do more!
What a great experience. Shanta is very professional and had a lot of patience with my 2 year old and crying newborn. She captured special moments of my daughter with her newborn brother. My pictures came out absolutely beautiful! Shanta has such a great eye and had great ideas. I am very happy and will using her for all my special occasions. She has done my pregnancy photos, newborn son photos and will be now doing my Christmas pictures.
Elizabeth does beautiful work! I went to her for my maternity photos as well as newborn photos and couldn't be more pleased. She made me feel comfortable and was great when working with my baby boy. I especially appreciated her gentleness when working with my son. Now I have photos that captured the happiest moments in my life! So thank you Elizabeth, you made our sessions an enjoyable experience.
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.
Great Photographer. We are repeat clients and we did newborn photos at the hospital. She was on time and very professional. The pictures are beautiful. The process was very smooth.
I have worked with several photographers in the past but have decided to keep going back to Justin. I have done two photoshoots with Justin and was very pleased with the way both sets of pictures came out. He definitely has a good eye for photography - he sees the big picture but also pays attention to the details. He is also a great guy and easy to work with....flexible and responds quickly. I look forward to working with him again.
Working with Briana G was a pleasure. She is very quick to respond and answer questions. She took senior photos of my daughter that turned out fantastic. She showed creativity and patience with a busy environment! I would highly recommend Briana G.