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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.
Took a headshot for my real estate website. Only had to take a few shots to get the right one. Great quality great work
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.
Great photographers and do a great job!
Lizzie was great for our daughter's 1st birthday. She was on time, even stayed a little extra and goes over the top with responsiveness and feedback. There are a lot of amateur photographers competing for your business, I found Lizzie goes over the top for her clients and delivers some incredible shots. Pose, natural, journalistic, all types were covered in her photos. Would recommend and use again in the future.
I was in need of a videographer and photographer in New York. The venue we happened to be getting married at recommended Corey & Faymus Media. So I contacted Corey. He was very down to earth and comfortable to talk to about my big day. His experience really shows as he helped me better understand my day and how formal photos and the timeline would fit. On the day of the wedding Corey & one of his photographers made my whole day go perfectly. We got all the photos we wanted and they were so relaxed and professional. They interacted with our guests which made them feel more comfortable for photos and video. The amount of professional equipment Corey has is unreal. He has very high end movie equipment. My son is an aspiring videographer and was asking a ton of questions and Corey still made time to show him everything while working. I thought that was really kind of him as it made my sons day! Once we recieved our final edited video I was so impressed. I cried as It was beautiful. We were provided 4k which the definition is incredible as we have a 4k TV. I totally recommend Corey & Faymus Media for any Photography or Videography you may need. Truly blessed to have found them. I will be looking to book with them for my sisters wedding next summer. Thanks so much Corey & Jim! - Melissa Createro
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.
A few weeks ago I hired Luc to film one of my training classes for Real Estate Agents in Brooklyn. Luc was professional from start to finish. On time, never rushed, blended into the crowd, and the quality of the final product was fantastic. I asked Luc to make several small clips of a few minutes each and he knew exactly what to do. I have already hired Luc for two more projects. Want more details? Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or call me at 646-529-2560. Doug Vairo
I hired Kate for real estate photos. She was professional, helpful and delivered a great product!
Chris is a wonderful, professional photographer and takes amazing headshots! He really understands the mechanics of how to get the person's personality to shine through the photograph. During my sessions with him he has always been very friendly, understanding and accommodating. He likes to get your input and opinion on a few shots and knows how to draw out the best side of you and your personality in a photograph. He's a lot of fun to work with and very easy going (plays some really cool tunes during the sessions and is always up for suggestions). I highly recommend getting your picture taken by him and working with him.
Basel and his team were consummate professionals. Available and communicative from the beginning, we were able to organize and schedule our shoot weeks ahead of time and Basel returned final, edited photos back to use within 48 from the shoot itself (over a weekend no less). We will definitely be working with him again for needs in his area. Great photographer!
Very responsive and polite. Incredible real estate photographer. Simply wow!!!
I have been using Dee for over 5 years now to do my real estate listing shots. She is very attentive and does everything the way I want. She gives me her point of view, but never does what I'm not comfortable with. She also does my photo montage videos of the properties and floor plans. I also use her for my family portraits. I'm very happy with her job and price. My kids LOVE her. She makes them be so happy and relax during the photo sessions. Give her a try. You won't regret it.
Marc did some real estate photography for us recently. He was efficient, knowledgeable and produced clean color balanced photographs. I would definitely recommend Marc for anyone interested in this type of project.
Awesome experience working with Michael. Very talented photographer with great results.
Erica was a pleasure to work with, extremely accommodating, and took great photos! I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a great professional photographer.
Chris is one of the best photographers I worked with. He is very responsive to emails and text messages, showed up precisely at the appointment time on the day of the shoot. I also work in film / show industry for a brief period of time and we had a very enjoyable conversation on the new technology being used in film/photography industry. The price is very reasonable given the scope of the work and I honestly think they should charge more. We have a two phase project and he turned around the photos from the first phase in just a couple days with high quality. I highly recommend home owners and real estate agents to hire Nova Via Media. It will definitely help the sale given the outstanding pictures they can take for you.
My husband and I were in a frantic to find someone to take professional pictures for our courthouse wedding and it was extremely stressful as we only needed someone for a few hours rather the package deal so many others offered which was unnecessary for a 10 min court house wedding ceremony. While searching on Thumbtack, the first person to message me was Ji. He was so polite and professional upon initial conversation yet reasonable too. Through checking others, I kept coming back to Ji. He was the only real professional while sesrching on Thumbtack.. Upon calling Ji, i explained to him that I only needed someone for a few hours. He assured me how the process, pictures, contract and ideas for pictures would be done. Weddings are already stressful so it was a sigh of relief to deal with Ji. He shared his portfolio and information to get an idea of his work and he was so calm, yet professional and knowledgeable about his work and art where you can see he is passionate and dedicated to his craft. Its not just a job for him but what he enjoys doing, which was satisfying to know. On my wedding day, April 6th 2018, Ji was prompt, punctual and extremely professional. Although my family members were bidding to get pictures, Ji owned his place and took beautiful pictures more than what i expected to be honest. He instructed positions, stances and suggested scenes for the pictures, which was helpful and awesome as I was anxious on my special day. Everything ran smoothly and finished in the alloted time we agreed. Ji was kind enough to send a few edited pictures on the same day which is usually unheard of as normally photographers are busy, but Ji was so kind enough to go out of his way just to make me happy and I was excited to see them. It took only 2 days for the remainder pictures plus Ji is giving me 10 printed 8 by 10 pictures which is included. That is so awesome and appreciative. Personally, I would highly recommend Ji gir any future events or to anyone seeking a professional photographer who knows how to take good photographs for their special events, who is reasonable, punctual and actually makes you a priority as a customer. I really couldn't ask for more and I am so thankful I gave Ji the opportunity for my wedding.
Tim is an absolute pleasure to work with. He’s extremely responsive, delivers high quality work and pays much attention to detail! I have been using Tim for my real estate photography/videography and I could not be happier ! His work has gotten rave reviews from all of my clients.
I loved working with Katrine! She is literally amazing to work with. I was in NYC for photoshoot with her. Done a fantastic job with the final products. She was so easy to work with, she understood what my style was. I would definitely recommend working with her. She is so easy to work. Its so hard to find photographers, that understand and produce good products. Her quality of work is stunning. SHE IS STUNNING!
She gets 5 stars all around. Excellent photographer and great experience. Thanks again!