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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.
Joe Jenkins is an expert in what he does! He was punctual which was extremely important to me being that my event took place near the WTC and it was very early in the morning. He is very thorough, he followed up my phone calls, text messages and emails promptly. He has a very friendly and warm personality (unlike the typical annoying photographers). His quality work speaks volumes! I received outstanding quality images in a timely manner. He is truly a professional and you can tell he works extremely hard (especially behind the scenes) to provide the best images possible.
One of the best photographers I have ever worked with. She was amazing - took amazing pictures, captured all the special moments. Picture quality is amazing, and moreover, she felt part of the party, and made it fun :)
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!
We hired Ali to photograph our wedding and not only was he extremely professional throughout, but he was incredibly pleasant and congenial. He was a joy to work with, he went above and beyond what we could've asked of him, and by the end of the day, he honestly felt like family. Not only is he a great photographer, but he's a great person, and anyone would be well served by his photography skills.
Emily did our vintage-themed maternity shoot. I was 36 weeks in and very fatigued. Emily was very understanding and went at a pace I was confortable with. From the very beginning she was very involved with the details and worked with the vision we had in mind. The shoot came out better than if we had planned it and the photos, phenomenal. It was truly a fairytale setting the one she chose for us and we couldn't have been more satisfied. She was very professional and accommadating. Worth every penny and highly recommended! Definitely our photographer for any future projects.
Corey has an eye for photos that not many photographers have. He did a fantastic job at our wedding, his pictures are real in the moment shots. His poseing ability and photos are something out of a magazine. I am extremely happy with my wedding photos and his ability to capture every special moment perfectly.
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.
Anj was amazing. On time. Plenty of helpful hints and guidance to insure memorable photos. Price was amazing for last minute booking. I high recommend This photographer. We had a great time with her.
I enjoyed my shoot with Hans. He was very patient. I showed Hans pics of what I wanted to recreate and he said we couldn't do some of them (use of props, etc) but with the help of my friend that I brought with me --we were able to recreate most of the poses, shots I hoped for. This was a shoot for my birthday so I wanted to get really creative --I think Hans is more of a family portrait photographer. Either way--beautiful pictures. Thank you!
Luc Kordas is a brilliant photographer. He is great to work with. Luc brought a wonderful point of view while shooting Armor Story generating expressive imagery that makes you come back again and again. Luc understood perfectly what this story was all about and added an element that made this story unmistakable a Luc Kordas piece of work. Mary Cassola
We hired Daniel for our son's 1st birthday party in Greenwich CT. He was early, professional, thorough and very reasonably priced. We especially appreciated having the digital rights to the photos which most photographers hold you hostage to. Thumbs up
Working with Marzio was brilliant. He's easy to work with, welcoming on set, and has a great eye. I would certainly recommend him. I look forward to working with him again soon for both portraiture and still life.
Johan is FANTASTIC! He took my maternity pictures with my husband and he did a FABULOUS job! I have worked with photographers and Johan stood out from his personality to the final product. In a short 30mins, he gave us all we were looking for. My family and friends ADORE the pictures. He used the sunlight, the landscape of the park and our personality to give an amazing product. Thank you so much Johan for making these Bostonians so happy. If we are ever in the area we would love to take you out with our baby :))) We wish you all the best, no doubt you are going to blow up BIG time. Thank you again Johan.
Justin is one of the most talented photographers I have ever worked with. He's top notch
We hired Travis as a photographer to shoot our clothing line for our retail website/marketing materials. His talents went above and beyond just taking a picture. He took charge in capturing the right angle and working with the model to create the perfect shot. Aside from his photography skills, he is open minded, flexible, and easy to communicate with. I have found this is a challenge with other photographers and so necessary when it comes to creating your vision. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a professional photographer and hope to work with him again in the future.
We got married in Bridgeport and wanted to make sure we had great photos to share with our family and friends. Raul was able to create those images for us, capturing the fantastic day we had. We'd recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer who has not only a great, creative eye, but also the ability to get the moments and shots that truly add to a memorable day! Thank you!
Briana was a very humble and professional photographer! She took my fiancée and I’s engagement photo near the Empire State and the turn around time was super quick! Would def consider her for future work.
Matt is an excellent photographer and I was very happy with his service and it was very competitively priced. All in all, a very pleasant experience! David Matthew Glynn: Shankill Counselling
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!
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