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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 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.
He is a great person to work with. He knows his job very well I will recommend him alwyes to every body to use him as a professional photographer
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.
Emily is an amazing photographer - her pictures developed beautifully. She captured candid and formal photos for our launch event -- lighting and quality of her photos were exceptional. I would definitely hire her again for events!
Despite my personal mis-givings about the anticipated experience of being photographed for corporate headshots, I found myself completely comfortable and at ease during the entire process with Beth. She made the whole experience a very casual (and interesting!) conversation so that I hardly realized I was doing something I dislike, (which is having my photo taken!!) She did an amazing job with my shots to the extent that my family was raving about how she was able to capture the essence of my personality along with the physical traits. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Beth and would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for a professional photographer.
We hired Dag to take pictures at our wedding since we really liked his aesthetic as demonstrated by the pictures on his website. He did not disappoint. Almost all of the pictures he took were very good with respect to composition and quality. The remainder were outstanding. He gave us all of the pictures within a week. It was a great experience especially when compared to another photographer we hired for our engagement.
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.
I was highly amazed by Hans' professionalism and thorough understanding of the world of photography. The photoshoot took place in his spacious living room where he assembled the setup to professional industry-standard in less than 15mins. He really has great direction to bring the out the very best in his clients and for these reasons, I have found myself a new photographer in New York City!!!
Kate is a consummate professional. Punctual, fast, and friendly, not only did she provide great photos, she proposed slight staging tips and worked with what I had to make my apartment look even better. I scoured many other photographers' portfolios prior to working with Kate and I feel I made the right choice given her keen eye and extensive experience with real estate in particular.
Chris is a talented new photographer who is generous with his time and flexible in his approach. I believe photgraphing my family was his first experience working with small children. He juggled their energy with ease and enjoyed the chaos of working to capture the essence of our busy family. We got great shots out of the session.
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.
Excellent work, priced right, so pleased I found this photographer on Thumtack! Highly recommend her.
Raul is an extremely professional talented photographer. I had a last minute Photography request ( within 1 day) from my client and he was able to accommodate. He took the "before " photos, all came out beautiful and I will definitely hire him for the "after" as well! Thanks
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.
Janine, did the photos for my wedding and handled the entire affair very professionally n had total control. She let us enjoy our special day without having to worry about the photos we would need to capture our special moments and special people in our lives. She completely took the reaponsiboties off of us and handled everything herself and captured all of the very best pictures!!. We could not have asked for a better photographer on such an important day in our lives. She even came back to upstate NY to take family photos of myself, my wife and our newly adopted little 2 year old boy!!. Anyone is welcome to request to see any of the pictures and I would gladly show you what she has done for us!! Dealing with her and her company can ensure you will have the very best in photos and her sincerest and best interest quality of work. She has a true passion for the business and her heart is completely in it, all the way. Her service was far superior to any other photographer I have ever done business with. You can do business with her with complete confidence!! Please enjoy her services!!
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 the perfect wedding photographer. Friendly, fun to work with, punctual, reasonably priced and of course, a great photographer. My husband and I are so happy we used him, our pictures are perfect.
Great, flexible photographer. Would definitely use again!