Digital Merit Photography LLC

Astoria, NY

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Our work stand out because we took an integrated approach to the way we do business. We lean all the aspect of the tasks at hand so that we are able understands all of our customers needs fully and address these needs to their full satisfaction. We use state of the art equipment both in the studio and in the field, we spent years studying photography and comparing our work to the best and constantly strive to be one of them. We do edit our photos professional ourselves and have our dedicated staff that can do makeup and hairstyling to complement our services and produce the best photo quality possible.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

It let me see and capture the beauty of everyday life. It allows me to capture the amazing range of human emotions, love, and passion at a give point in time and memorialize those moments forever. I love the creatively of it all. Every shoot is a new and creative project is which I try to continue to excel at my work and enjoy it at the same time. I love that fact that each situation present me with new challenges, it could be the lighting setup, the ambient light, the contrast, and posing, etc., and which I try to put everything together to create the most striking and appealing photos for my clients.
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Location

Astoria, NY 11106

Background check

Complete

Years in business

17

Times hired on Thumbtack

72

Reviews

51 Reviews
  • Barbara L. Sep 3, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    First off I would start by saying that my photographer from this point on will be Hassan! He will become a part of my family's memories. His punctuality, professionalism, kindness and most importantly his desire to give his client the best photos and experience (he even through in a short video!!!!) are second to none!! He pays close attention to detail, I don't believe Hassan took a break during our 4 hours of partying, he was mobile the entire time ( not to mention that there were nearly 100 teenagers at that party!) also, my event was to start at 8pm, Hassan was at my venue before I arrived in order to prepare himself ( I give him so much credit for that, the venue was over a two hour drive for him) with that being said, I would recommend Hassan to anyone needing a professional photographer!!! And wait..... pricing? You will definitely not be disappointed!!! He aims to please in every way!!!! Thank you so much Hassan!
    Hassan H. Sep 3, 2017

    Thank you Barbara for your kind review. This was one of the most amazing parties I attended. I felt at home and among friends all the time; you guys really rock. Best! Hassan

  • Olivier D. Aug 31, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Lecheryl K. Jun 26, 2017
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    This was my very first Boudoir shoot, and it was lots of fun! Hassan is an excellent photographer, and he made me look BEAUTIFUL, with his makeup skills. The music was really nice, and I enjoyed the spacious studio, I felt like a real model!
  • Wassila S. Jun 12, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    One of the best photographer I had. Thanks again for your help and professionalism. The photos are amazing
  • Laura F. May 22, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Last week I had the pleasure of hiring Hassan Hussein of Digital Merit Photography and I am very happy with the shots he managed to capture. His shots use flattering angles and provide wonderful perspectives. Hassan is very passionate about his work and is very accommodating and professional in his work. He made sure to learn beforehand what exactly I was looking for and as a result provided some wonderful photos, capturing and documenting two great film screening events. All photos were professionally edited and delivered when and as agreed. I will definitely hire Digital Merit Photography again. - -
  • Zaida M. Dec 20, 2016
    Headshot Photography (Package Options)
    Verified Review
    Great Experience
    Hassan was great to work with and very professional. Would recommend him to family and friends.
  • Hemansu S. Oct 2, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Glad I went with Digital Merit Photography!
    We would like to thank Hassan and his team for taking wonderful and professional pictures for the right price! We had 2 weddings in 2 different locations on the same day and they made it work. They were very accommodating with the hectic wedding schedule and made sure they were at both venues before anything started! Not only did they take wonderful pictures but we had them within 2 weeks already formatted. No regrets hiring them whatsoever!
  • Tanya V. May 3, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan not only arrived on time but was incredibly pleasant to work with throughout my daughter's event. Most importantly the pictures came out beautiful. He was creative in his approach and took both candid and portraits skillfully. I would hire again in a heart beat.
  • Francisca M. Jan 4, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan did a wonderful job! It was a gift for my brother's family. They were all very very happy. The pictures are beautiful. Hassan is a truth professional, very friendly and attentive to his client's need. I will use again his services. Thank you!
  • Kim G. Jan 2, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Marlene V. Dec 4, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I cannot begin to truly explain how happy we are with the work that Hassan did for our Child's christening. Name something that could have made it difficult to take pictures in any environment - last minute changes, bad lighting, no ability to use flash, far away, lots of movement, too many people, people standing in the way, babies who don't look at the camera - and Hassan was up against it. However, when you look at the final product, you would have no idea these challenges existed, because we have images that are bright and full of color, capture the moment, focused clearly, and leave us with pictures we will cherish forever. This is clearly the result of experience, passion, and a priority to deliver quality work. The pricing of Digital Merit Photography is likely on the lower end of most thumbtack photography quotes. That is because Hassan is a honest, hard working professional who delivers outstanding pictures at a fair price because his interest is in the art of photography, not overcharging people like many other professionals attempt to do. Overall, if you cannot tell already, we highly recommend hiring Hassan for your photography needs.
  • Mahsa N. Nov 1, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I had a wonderful experience with professional photographer Hassan who is also an expert in make up and hairstyle at Digital Merit Photography LLC. I would highly recommend their studio to everyone. Every single shot has the best angle, lighting and posture.
  • Morshed A. Oct 27, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    It was real pleasure to get the images from this company. Hassan is a brilliant photographer and the photos that he took for us in our wedding ceremony came out so vivid and beautiful that I couldn't believe; truly the photos were beyond my expectation. This kind of sincere work and dedication is very rare these days; I honestly recommend this company and Hassan to anyone who are looking for some talented and brilliant photographers for any occasion.
  • Andrew M. Oct 1, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I was in need of a professional head shot picture. Hassan is an outstanding professional,very knowledgeable, friendly and will go out of his way to be sure you are 110% satisfied! His pricing is more than reasonable. Don't use anyone else!
  • Safa H. Sep 27, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    It was awesome working with Hassan! He gave us amazing pictures for our shoot! Thank you again!
  • Rusmairy R. Jun 23, 2015
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    I was very skeptical about going for a boudoir shoot from someone online, but I am so glad I did! Hassan is extremely professional and a very nice gentleman. I was very impressed because he did a great job doing my hair and makeup. He answered all my emails very promptly and always made me feel comfortable during the shoot. It was a real pleasure to work with him, and my pictures came out beautifully. Thank you so much Hassan!!
  • Mirian R. May 22, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan was very professional. I hired him to photograph my mother's 70th Birthday, the pictures were great. His price quote was very resonable compared to what other photographers were quoting. I will definitely hire him again.
  • Lottie T. May 6, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan was booked the day I needed to do a photo shoot he was courteous and went in early on a Sunday morning just to accommodate me, he took his time with my hair and did an amazing job with my make up, he also took his time with the photo shoot and did not rush me at all, and his price was unbeatable. Hassan is an amazing photographer/ make up artist and Hair stylist and I plan on using him again soon. L Torres
  • Hanan J. Dec 15, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Digital Merit Photography LLC was exceptional. Hassan was an amazing artist and has true talent! He guided us in poses, was quick and efficient and when we saw the photographs were completely blown away! The professionalism of the company and of Hassan was superior. We were able to meet with him beforehand and give him all our requests, suggestions, and our reception timeline. He did a wonderful job of executing it all beautifully! We have received nothing but compliments on how smoothly the reception flowed and how great the pictures look. Hassan was very responsive in the time leading up to the ceremony, and worked with me to make sure everything we asked for, even when it meant getting more people from his company to help out. You hardly knew he was there, but when you asked him for something, he got it right away. I highly recommend Hassan and team at Digital Merit Photography.
  • Gurpreet K. Oct 3, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I just want to say Hassan Hussein is a great photographer very punctual and professional. I took some graduation portraits and he made me very comfortable and at ease with the whole process. He had my pictures ready in the same day I took my pictures. So I am very grateful to him and it was a wonderful experience. I would recommend him to anyone who wants a great picture and no stress after. THUMBS UP!
  • Suchita B. Sep 27, 2014
    Mr. Hassan was a pleasure to work with. He arrived early on both days, and helped me and some family members with hair, make up and of course with photos. He worked hard to capture so many beautiful moments for us. The photos will be truly treasured. I had misplaced some of my stuff with him, and he went out of the way to send it back to me! A truly talented, professional and extremely helpful gentleman! I look forward to working with him again soon!
  • Ruchika B. Sep 17, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan did photography and make-up for us for my sister's wedding. He was very punctual, hard working and helped us beyond his responsibilities to make the event successful. He stayed long hours, took a load of pictures and provided them all to us edited and unedited at no extra charge within a week. I would strongly recommend him.
  • Tarik Z. Sep 12, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding work, thanks to Frank I finally got a nice picture with the digital specifications I need.
  • Yasmine E. Apr 15, 2014
    It was really a nice experience, Mr Hassan took a very good looking portrait for me and my uncle during my visit last fall in New York, he was very professional, the studio was fully equipped with advanced cameras, flashes ... etc. Next summer i will be there with my fiance, i have a plan to take some special photos with her and use them for my wedding video !
  • Valorie N. Apr 15, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    He was professional, quick and open for direction. He does amazing portraits and had a lot of options for different photo needs. I even learned more about hair and makeup products in the process. Thank you Hassan!
  • Brenda G. Apr 10, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan was very professional on time and made the experience fun It was a cold day after snowing but the pics came out wonderful The pics he took for my daughter adoption I and my family will treasure forever still haven't picked out my favorites yet Thank you Hassan for the great pictures
  • Sean B. Mar 25, 2014
    Hassan is a perfectionist when it comes to his photographic productions. He is very professional and strives for excellence at all times. He produced some passport sized phots for me at a moment's notice without any fuss, but the product was perfect and very much to my liking. he took many shots until he was satisfied that he had done his best to achieve the result I required. I recommend Hassan highly! My own experience with him is proof of this.
  • Hasan A. Mar 6, 2014
    Hassan took some amazing pictures of me and my colleagues in our office. I strongly recommend him for any photography event. I also found it interesting that I have a similar name like him with slightly different spelling.
  • Eyana H. Mar 4, 2014
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan did an excellent job! His hair and makeup skills are excellent as well as his photography, and he was extremely professional. I was very comfortable throughout the whole shoot and had a great time, it was really fun! It was a great experience all around, he's very attentive and creative and had great ideas. No need to look elsewhere! Thanks Hassan!!!
  • Jackie R. Feb 24, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    THANK YOU SO MUCH,I AM VERY HAPPY WITH MY PHOTO,Hassan is very nice person.thank you jackie.
  • Nina E. Feb 15, 2014
    It was our 30th anniversary and Hassan was nice to take our pictures. They were very clear and beautiful
  • Bill J. Feb 13, 2014
  • Emily N. Feb 10, 2014
    Hassan is an amazing photographer. Very skilled, extremely accommodating, and very pleasant in his manners. He has been taking very beautiful pictures of extended family for years at many occasions/events such as weddings, reunions, and birthday parties. He has created many galleries for us to share online and keep the memories of good times alive. I am in particular grateful for him taking a very beautiful portrait of my mom and pop shortly before my dad passed away and provided me with a large color print that I have hanging on the wall of my bedroom reminding me of my late dad every day. I highly recommend Hassan to others.
  • Eman S. Feb 5, 2014
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Wonderful photographer with a beautiful attention to detail! My sister was so pleased with the gorgeous photos. Thank you so much for capturing my sister's engagement and making her special day so memorable! :)
  • Hillary R. Feb 5, 2014
    I loved working with you. you are a creative makeup artist/ hairstyle and photographer.
  • Kayla D. Feb 5, 2014
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    I had a great experience with Hassan! He was extremely welcoming and made me feel so comfortable. He did my hair and make up as part of the package and had all the make up and hair tools laid out and ready for me. He even took the time to fix my make up at the end of the shoot since I was going out for the night. Not only did he create a comfortable professional environment but he was extremely pleasant to work with, the man even offered me half of his breakfast sandwich! I would recommend Hassan over and over again. If your looking for a photographer who will give you more than what you need at a great place, digital merit photography is the way to go!
  • Jackie B. Feb 4, 2014
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    Awesome job! Great photographer, had the photos back within a few days! He also has a great studio that was excellent to shoot in!
  • Maria P. Jan 21, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan was very professional and offered great advise for the business look I wanted to achieve for my photos. I especially enjoyed that he did my make-up and made great suggestions about my hair style prior to the photos. I also received the photos back very quickly. I would definitely recommend Hassan to others.
  • Merrill W. Jan 20, 2014
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
  • Vernessa A. Jan 11, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan has shown his expertise and professionalism in this field while capturing my baby bump. He was patient and open to suggestions....overall a good experience
  • Kazuha G. Jan 1, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan and his assistant were already at the event before we arrived. They took 1000+ pictures during a very difficult to shoot event (6 year old boy's b-day party at FAO during holiday season with LOTS of people). I'm very happy with his service and will definitely hire him again for another occasion!!!
  • Lisa G. Dec 18, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    This review is long overdue. I hired Digital Merit for a surprise 50th birthday party back in October 2013 for a very close friend of mine. He was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. He arrived early, took amazing pictures, captured all the special moments. Even helped me with last minute set up! He provided 1000+ edited photos of the event as promised. The birthday girl, normally hates what she looks like in photos, but she absolutely LOVED the photos of herself and all her loved ones. Thank you Hassan for a outstanding job and providing such professional services! Lisa G
  • Jen B. Dec 2, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I needed a photographer last minute for a reunion far away. I used Thumbtack and immediately received a call from Hassan about his services. Very price competitive and willing to work with me. Extremely courteous and easy to work with. He showed up on time and took great pictures of the event. I am so happy I found him and would use him again for a special occasion!
  • Lavelle C. Nov 12, 2013
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We employed Mr. Hussein to take pictures of our Family Reunion. He was awesome. The pics are incredible. I'm having a tough time choosing which ones i like most. He was prompt, prepared, reasonably priced, and most of all... a pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend him.He also had our pictures ready for viewing within 24 hours.
  • Jeszenia J. Nov 7, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan was not only a great photography, but also make-up artist. He is my top choice. What I love the most is that he gets to know your personality first before taking the shots. He helped bring out the best of me in my photos....
  • Sonia C. Oct 28, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan worked my sweet sixteen party and it is needless to say he was amazing. He was supposed to stay for four hours, and stayed way longer and we got back over one thousand beautifully edited photos. The pictures are so nice to look at when trying to recap moments throughout the night, and he caught all of the highlights of the party perfectly. He was very very friendly and nice to work with, and even let us come heck out his studio beforehand just to go over and confirm everything. He took way more than expected pictures, and they're the perfect way to remember a night that for me could now never be forgotten. Thank you so much Hassan! -Faith
  • Famayia W. Oct 27, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    He was great very professional and help Me out alota , it was my photo shoot and I feel like I can do many more with him. Thank you.
  • Ellen M. Oct 23, 2013
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    I received several estimates. Hassan's was the best and he was able to come the next day and have the photos online that evening. I was VERY pleased with my experience and highly recommend Hassan.
  • Diane S. Oct 22, 2013
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Hassan was wonderful. He attending our company meeting and took head shots of 35 employees. He was professional and his work was wonderful. The speed that he got the pictures back in print and in web format was great. He did a great job touching the pictures up and everyone liked the shots that he picked. It was a great experience and I will definitely use him again.
  • Omar A. Sep 12, 2013
    I had a photo shoot with my uncle at Digital Merit Studios during the holiday season. The arrangement for the shoot was very simple, just a quick phone call. The price was incredibly inexpensive. The photographer was very knowledgeable and accommodating and the Photos came out great. We received very courteous service throughout the photo shoot. We will definitely go back for more photos.
  • Fari H. Sep 7, 2013
    We wanted to shoot a contemporary/cute music video. Hassan picked out a brilliant location and came prepared! Video is still at editing stage! Will post once complete!!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I constantly keep abreast of all the development in the field of photography through attending show fairs, reading photography magazine, taking online courses, and practice and practice and practice with models and other photography students.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
This all started when I was six years old. At that time, my Dad saw something in me and bought me a medium-format film camera. He handed me over the camera and said: make art with it. I did not disappoint him. After converting our small kitchen into a part-time darkroom to my Mom's dismay, I became a prolific shooter. I shot everything I could see. My photos were big hits for everyone that saw them. Soon, I was asked to photograph birthday parties, school events, sports events, and my hobby grew quickly to become a business.
What types of customers have you worked with?
At Digital Merit Photography we provide a variety of photographic services including shooting indoors in our spacious professional studio, or outdoors including clients homes and locations. Our services include events, sports, weddings, portrait, fashion, glamor, vintage photography to just mention the few. We also do photo journalism and press coverage.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
My main advice is that not every person who carry a digital camera, not to mention an expensive one, can be considered a pro. Professional photography requires dedication of many study and practice in addition to a gift of natural talent that is honed over many applications in the field and in the studio. At Digital Merit Photography we pride ourselves on spending the time to learn all the tricks of the trade correctly through many years of practice and be able to impart that our values customers and meet their need with full satisfaction.