Parks Creative, Inc.

Bellevue, WA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I strive to produce precise, artistic, well thought out images, which work well for a client's wide variety of uses at a reasonable cost.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Always interesting to see the great products, interiors, and services people come up with and I find it rewarding to help clients succeed in promoting their products, services, and places.

Location

Bellevue, WA 98008

Background check

Complete

Years in business

32

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

14

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Rocio P. Dec 1, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Outstanding Job
    Brian spent time helping me with the best options. He delivered the photos the same day of the appointment and they were perfect. I highly recommend him.
  • Frank Y. Apr 13, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    I was in need to get a quick shot of my products, and Parks Creative was able to accommodate my schedule to do the job on the same day of the request. Parks offered his creative suggestions to capture the best photo representation of my glass bottles. I will refer to Parks Creative for future photo jobs, and to recomned them to others who are looking for a quality and professional photographer.
  • Laura H. Feb 22, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Brian to photograph some high resolution product color boards. From the very beginning he was responsive and helpful, and when it came to the project itself, his years of experience showed through not only the quality of his work but also through how easy it was to work with him. He has a large, well-equipped studio that enables him to handle a wide variety of commercial photography needs. Recommend.
  • Angie K. Oct 15, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Brian was fantastic. He was able to accommodate my quick turn-around needs and really listened to what I was looking for. The images turned out great!
  • Brian H. Jul 25, 2014
    Commercial Photography
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  • Mike D. May 2, 2014
    Architectural Photography
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    Brian was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. My company needed some custom request home photography for an upcoming website launch and Brian was able to accommodate our needs. He went above and beyond to take care of some additional Photoshop enhancement requests, while stay within his original quote. Brian was an outstanding communicator which I believe to be the number one trait in any working relationship. With the things I learned from our initial project together, I cant wait for the opportunity to work together again.
  • Jessica F. Feb 24, 2014
    Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Brian is a great photographer and we are very impressed with his work. He is extremely professional and a pleasure to work with - we will absolutely use him again in the future.
  • Barbara K. Aug 29, 2013
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Brian was the perfect choice for our job. He knows industrial products. He is reliable. He and his van full of cameras, lights, and backdrops drove into our facility and he was setup and operational in no time. He is accommodating to the client, but offers excellent professional recommendations. A very efficient photographer who utilizes technology to augment his creative eye. Really thrilled with the final output. He saved our project!
  • Mark H. Nov 21, 2011
    I hired Brian Parks to create a couple images for my copywriting services website and was very pleased with the results. A plan was well thought trough and executed, with end uses taken into consideration. Pricing seemed reasonable and final images were well produced.
  • Ashvin C. Nov 21, 2011
    I am the President/CEO of a high-end acoustic guitar manufacturing company. I first started using Brian for product detail photography 10 years ago. Soon I realized that Michelle brought a terrific creative mind to the table as well. Over the past decade, Brian has exclusively created all the product images, both straight shots and artistic ones, for my company's magazine advertisements, website design, catalogs, trade show graphics etc.. Not only do the Parks help me put together some amazing marketing pieces, they are also the easiest people to work with. They have been very willing to work with me on tight deadlines and skimpy budgets. I highly recommend Parks Creative to anyone that wants to make a stylish marketing splash.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Starting with assessing the client's needs and working up a shot-list to estimate upon, I think over, perhaps with concept sketches, and schedule a photo-shoot (with our without client present, depending on preference). Most of my work involves supplemental lighting and post-production Photoshop adjustments and enhancements. Final high-rez images are delivered to client, often online via DropBox, which others can also be sent access links to.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have an AA degree in commercial photography and assisted other photographers, but nothing replaces 30+ years of working assignments for clients as a full-time pro in this area.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My standardized pricing structure is based on time required and number of final images needed. I have developed this system through my career around what is required to make a reasonable living. I believe in fair-scales pricing, rather than what the market will bear.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started early in a junior high program that was at a college level (color processing, printing, and using spotlights, umbrella lighting, and 4x5 cameras). I pretty much knew what I wanted to be professionally at age 13! I worked full-time in a catalog photo-studio for a year after high school and then got a degree in commercial photography at SCCC.
What types of customers have you worked with?
While I've provided a wide variety of services over the past 30+ years, the majority seem to be product and architectural work. Also enjoying more lifestyle assignments lately.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Yesterday (10/5/15) I photographed a hand-held LED flashlight (see JPG samples), which involved merging several different lighting exposures. i think it is a good example of taking a somewhat ordinary product and making it look striking and irresistible.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When comparing photographers, it is difficult to weigh apples-to-apples. Anyone with a camera can call themselves a photographer, and you can get photography at any price-point, so look at how long they've been able to stay in business and ask to see a portfolio of several images similar to your needs. Years in business show not only experience, but fair dealings to sustain ongoing clients.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Consider what is your specific shot-list and realistic budget, before asking for quotes. Reality is a pro with quality equipment and actual studio space may make less than 50% profit, so consider this when weighing what's a fair price. Sorting through and Photoshoping "heroes" can take almost as long as the photo-shoot. Can a real photographer survive off a $200 shoot that takes over half a day when all is said and done? if you run the numbers, it takes over $800 every-other day to simply make a modest income, more with a studio space. Sorting through and Photoshoping "heroes" can take almost as long as the photo-shoot.