Bunn Hill Photo

Vestal, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have a genuine interest in people. I was a social anthropologist for over 20 years before retiring to take up photography. I love learning about people, observing and interacting with them. This strong innate interest in people and my formal training in anthropology is evident in my photographs of people, and makes my work stand apart from that of other photographers.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like interacting with the people I photograph, getting to know them, having them relax and feel comfortable in front of my camera, and helping me to capture an image of them that is natural and reveals their character and personality. Nothing gives me more pleasure that to have a client rave about how much they like their photograph and how pleased they are with my work.

Location

Vestal, NY 13850

Years in business

11

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

11

Reviews

14 Reviews
  • Monica T. Oct 24, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Thanks!
    Thanks for everything Randy! You captured greats shots from the entire day! You were very patience and accommodating. I will keep you in mind for future events. Thanks again, Josh & Monica
  • Jill P. Oct 17, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Randy at Bunn Hill photography was AMAZING. He communicated well with us throughout the whole process leading up to the big day. He even asked about little details beforehand so he could be best prepared. On our wedding day he came to the salon to take pictures. Then, photographed our wedding at the venue. We could rave about him for days! His photos are high quality and natural. The best part was, we were able to enjoy our wedding day with all the people we love, rather than spending the majority of our day taking pictures. The authenticity with which Randy can capture a moment is a skill seldom found in any photographer!
  • Mary M. Sep 20, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Glad we hired Bunn Hill Photography!
    Randy shot our wedding and he was awesome at capturing "in the moment" shots! He had our pictures ready super fast too, which is great becasue you're always anxious to see them! :) He was a pleasure to work with and I definetly recommend him for any of your photography needs!
  • Colleen S. Nov 20, 2015
    Our appt had been lost at another photo place. I looked up Randy and called him at 5pm on a Friday. He said "come on over"! He sure did make our day!!!!! His prices were reasonable and his pictures were fantastic!
  • Carrie D. Dec 17, 2014
    We had the pleasure of having Randy photograph our Wedding in February and the moments he captured are amazing! He was punctual, professional and made the entire experience even that more special! I cannot recommend him enough for any upcoming events you have.
  • Laura W. Dec 1, 2014
    Randy was our wedding photographer. He went above and beyond, traveling to Ithaca, NY for no extra cost, offering engagement photos, and offered to take pictures at the rehearsal. He got some great pictures and was easy to work with, I have no complaints! It's hard to find a photographer who will give you as much as he did for such a low price. He was very prompt and we had all of our pictures within DAYS of the wedding.
  • Ava C. Oct 28, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I had put off getting new headshots for various reasons. The main reason being, I didn't know where to start. I also assumed it would be a long process. How do I find the right photographer and how long before I would be holding one or more finished 8x10's in my hand? I then found myself facing a deadline to produce a current headshot of myself in less than 2 weeks. This, of course, only added to my stress about putting this endeavor off for so long. And so my quest began. What better place to start than online. Actually, is there even any other way anymore? Well, I stumbled across Thumbtack shortly after beginning my search, and within mere hours I received an email response from Randy! Right away I was impressed by him! His professionalism was apparent in his extremely prompt initial response, and in our continued exchanges. I was provided a link to his website and was able to view galleries of his work. It was impressive to see the range of events he photographs, everything from formal once-in-a-lifetime wedding events, to personal one-on-one headshot sessions such as I required. After seeing the beautiful images he captured, and reading the glowing client reviews, I had every confidence that I had found my photographer! Randy was extremely accommodating and flexible, which meant we were able to set up an appointment just a few days later! Randy made me feel comfortable and relaxed right away. It was so helpful that he spends time conversing and getting to know his clients, instead of just jumping into a photo session the minute you enter his studio. I appreciated him understanding how to help people relax and feel more natural during the actual session, so that he can capture those images of your best, natural self! As far as the photos themselves, I told Randy I would be pleased to have just 2 or 3 shots I was happy with. I wasn't expecting to have so many images to choose from that it actually made it difficult to select what headshot to use for my immediate need! It was a great problem to have! I would definitely recommend Randy to anyone needing a professional, collaborative, accommodating, friendly, talented photographer! Thank you, Randy, for an amazing photo session and so many headshots that I love!
  • Aaron R. Sep 10, 2014
    Randy was the photographer for our wedding. We cant say enough good things about him! He was great at capturing moments, getting everyone into positions, suggesting postures, etc... At one point during taking photos he actually crawled out a window onto the second story roof of my parents home to get the perfect angle for the shot! He was very personable and easy to work with. He posted photos for us to view within 24 hours of the wedding and let us know whenever a new album had been posted. All photos were available within a couple of days and a set of CDs was mailed to us in less than 2 weeks! We have friends who were married months before us in May and their photographer still has not released their pictures 4 months later. The quality of his pictures is amazing! My wife is Chinese and her parents do not speak English and he was very patient and made sure they knew what to do. At the end of the reception both of our parents commented on how much they loved our photographer. We would not hesitate to recommend him to our friends and family and will use him for other major events in our lives.
  • Your First Name Y. Sep 9, 2014
    Randy is the perfect mix of professional, personable and respectful of the occasion which he is photographing. He works well with the key individuals to be sure he is meeting their needs and expectations and is unobtrusive as he is carrying out his work. His work is thoughtful and beautiful. I have used him for informal occasions in the past and now for a wedding as well. I would absolutely recommend him to my friends, family and coworkers without reservation.
  • Vikki V. Jul 10, 2014
    Randy proved to be the most experienced photographer for my daughter's wedding that consisted of stage actors, directors, and production people. (People who are critical.) Everyone of them expressed the high level of photography, the skill, the angles. Randy has been recognized for the finer details, he is dependable and has great communication skills. The theater people are buzzing, talking about the excellence of Randy's pictures. As mother of the bride ... I am most happy.
  • Judy B. Jun 26, 2014
    It has been my great good fortune and pleasure to work with Randy Cummings as Official Photographer of Tri-Cities Opera for the past few years. In that time he has captured beautifully all of our main stage operas and second stage events as well as many fundraising projects, most notably our MUTT-ropolitan Opera Dog Calendars of 2012 and 2014. Many of the dog owners commented to me that they've never had better photos of their pets nor did they ever believe it possible that their pets could sit still for our sessions they way they did. All credit is due Randy for that, as four-legged and human subjects alike respond to his calming and unobtrusive presence during any session or event. Good-natured, kind and a real delight to work with, I would recommend Randy for any of your special events or portrait sittings. He is first-class in every way. I would gladly speak personally for Randy if contacted.
  • Michael C. Jun 17, 2014
    I am a young professional opera singer and I can't recommend Mr. Cummings highly enough. He is a consummate professional and always willing to accommodate personal needs. My recent head shot session was one of the most relaxing and effective sessions I have had yet. I will probably use his work as my head shots for the next few years.
  • Denise T. Jun 12, 2014
    Randy photographed our wedding. The pictures were fantastic and he was a pleasure to work with. With his work, he captured the days' events and our guests at their best. We have so many great pictures. We recommend him without any reservation.
  • Ann L. May 27, 2014
    Randy has photographed the Lourdes Hospital Ball '14 and the Lourdes Volunteer Recognition Brunch in April '14. His talent and professionalism are outstanding! He has the gift of capturing the moments and even gets people to like having their picture taken!

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have had a camera of some sort since I was a youngster, and my favorite subject was always people. I lived and worked overseas for over 20 years as a social anthropologist so I had lots of opportunities to photograph a wide range of people in very different surroundings, though more as a hobby than a vocation. Back in the US, I was able to devote more time to photography, and when I got my first digital SLR camera, I knew that I wanted to become a professional photographer. My training and experience naturally led me to concentrate on photographing people: weddings, portraits, head shots, and special events. It is what I was destined to do.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask for references and examples of their previous work. Everyone has a camera these days, and many people think they are a photographer. Don't entrust your wedding, birthday, or reunion photography to someone who hasn't the skills and experience to capture the event competently and professionally. These are once-in-a-lifetime events. You don't want a botched job.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I work hard to master my craft. I try to photograph people as much as I can. I volunteer my services at several organizations in order to have the opportunity to photograph people in different settings and under different conditions. I will also go to public events like fairs, rodeos, parades, and farmers markets to photograph people. At other times I will just walk around the city streets photographing people. This constant photographing of people is something I love to do, but it also allows me to practice and improve my photographic skills and ultimately become a better photographer.