A. Tatum Photography

Hampton, VA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

The artistic vision I bring to the shoot along with understanding business and customer service.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love photography and creating something new every time. It's not just a job it's something I've loved since I was a child. At events you have those standard pictures your client wants, but catching those special moments are what really makes this career fun.


Hampton, VA 23669

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29 Reviews
  • Leah D. Jan 9, 2017
    I enjoyed my experience very much! He was very kind and got the pictures back to me quickly. Did a lot of candida as well as posed pictures which i like that variety.
  • Bryanna G. Dec 14, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Superb recommendation, hands down!
    My wedding photos came out great!!! Alvin is really professional and his work speaks for itself. Because my wedding was put together rather quickly, he was very flexible and accommodating. There were certain shots that we wanted and they were executed with no complaints. He is also very creative and can work with with any place and background. I will definitely be using A. Tatum Photography again!
  • Alex & Paul S. Jul 10, 2016
    We did our maternity pictures with him and we are very happy with it. He is very professional, helpful and he brought lots of great props for the pictures. We highly recommend using his services!
  • Yasmin C. May 23, 2016
    Alvin was my photographer for my husband's homecoming. The weather conditions were not ideal, it was pouring rain as we waited at the pier for the ship to pull in. Alvin never complained once. He's warm, friendly, & professional. Thankfully the rain stopped once they started to exit the ship. Alvin captured our reunion perfectly. I love all my pictures! We even received a sneak peak of some of our photos before they were all ready. I will definitely have Alvin capture our next homecoming as well as any other professional pictures we'll want in the future.
    Alvin T. May 25, 2016

    Thank you Yasmin it was my pleasure to capture such an important moment.

  • Johna D. Oct 1, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Audrey W. Sep 28, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Alvin did a fantastic job I truly enjoyed having him at my wedding.
  • Jamesia M. Jun 4, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Alvin photographed our wedding on 5/30/15. It was an amazing experience. I didn't have to ask him to do any shots. He knew everything to shoot and had it planned so we were never waiting for our picture to be taken. During the reception several pictures were also taken. I'm thrilled to see the outcome. I would recommend him to anyone for any occasion.
  • Alyssa G. May 18, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Mr. Tatum was very professional and just a joy to be around. He is very easygoing and just makes you feel comfortable during the shots. I would hire him again in a heartbeat and I'm recommending him to everyone I know. You will not be sorry.
  • Judith F. May 13, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Very easy to work with. Congenial & professional.
  • Brandon W. May 8, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Tianqi D. Apr 30, 2015
    Wonderful experience for working with him ! All nice pictures and I'm looking forward for the next time we can work together !
  • Valerie D. Apr 18, 2015
    Experience was flawless!
  • Tarah D. Apr 1, 2015
  • Jasper T. Mar 31, 2015
    They did an excellent job with everything! They are very professional at what they do and take pride in their work! Would definitely work with A. Tatum Photography again!
  • Judith L. Mar 23, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Professional from beginning to end. I have him on speed dial for my next event.
  • Michelle A. Jan 5, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Alvin Tatum did an amazing job on my wedding. I could not have asked for a better photographer.
  • Arslan K. Jan 5, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Alvin was fantastic! Timely, professional, courteous, patient, and the pictures came out looking fantastic! I hired Alvin for my parents surprise 30th anniversary party. The situation was tricky, but Alvin was able to get some awesome shots during crucial moments throughout the evening. I would absolutely hire Alvin again in a heartbeat. I don't think you can get any better than Alvin for the price!
  • Spencer T. Jan 5, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Very professional and polite. Our wedding photos turned out amazingly! Thank you so much, Alvin!!
  • Nicholas C. Dec 1, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Alvin is fantastic! The pictures for our event turned out great and we received them a lot faster than we had expected. I highly recommend using him for your next event!
  • Craig S. Nov 18, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
  • Henry D. Nov 16, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    We were quite pleased with Alvin. Very professional and very nice.
  • Keshawna G. Nov 10, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Mr. Tatum did our engagement photos. We got some AMAZING shots that I don't feel we'd have gotten anywhere else. Who gets an engagement photo kissing under an umbrella in the rain?...We did! He got our photos back to us very quickly. Unfortunately, we had to downsize our wedding and couldn't afford to use him for the wedding photos but we were happy we got those engagement shots!
  • Stacey B. Oct 28, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Wonderful my husband and I are very pleased with everything !!!
  • Abbey L. Sep 25, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Alvin was very professional and great to work with. He exceeded out standards and his quality of work is A+! He was flexible with our schedule and was able to meet our very short deadline. I definitely recommend Alvin!
  • Cassandra R. Jul 25, 2014
    Alvin was a wonderful photographer and was very detailed and creative when it came to talking our wedding pictures. He was thematic and caught all of the perfect moments and handled the staged ones well! I love his work and will always cherish the photos he took.
  • Shay B. Jul 7, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Hired him for my daughters 1 year birthday party. Very professional and patient with the kids and parents. I am still receiving compliments on the pictures. Lots of friends ask how much did I pay, when I tell them to guess they always say around $400, the price for my daughter's birthday party was no where near that amount. I will definitely be coming back for future parties and events. Thanks for the memories! !
  • Tatianna W. Apr 21, 2014
    Mr. Tatum is a really great photographer. He really captures the exact moment you want captured and he does it well. He makes sure that you have the best pictures possible. I would recommend him to anyone
  • Jennifer D. Apr 21, 2014
    You did a great job documenting our wedding! Through all of the chaos and with all of the moving pieces, you produced an amazing product! Timeless, classic photographs that will be treasured for the rest of our lives! Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication!!!
  • Kellet W. Mar 3, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes I take college course and I have a mentor who has been in the business 20 years.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Because I love it and it doesn't feel like work. I love the creativity of photographing and bring something new to each shoot. I spent 20 years in the military and wanted to then, but the job was not available at the time. So once I approached retirement I decide to follow my passion.
What types of customers have you worked with?
A.Tatum Photography takes a photo-journalistic point of view. I believe in catching the unique perspectives during your event and adding those special touches in post production that will make your memories last a lifetime. Also I have 20 years as a Navy weather forecaster. As a photographer that gives me an edge when helping you plan your event.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Thing I am most recently proud of is being invited to the White House this past January by Thumbtack.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
For Brides don't wait to hire your wedding photographer because the good ones will be gone well in advance of your wedding. Don't chance your one special day on a last minute decision.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Photography is not just snapping a picture. It's about knowing how to achieve the desired result regardless of the lighting situation. Any good photographer studies and is always studying.