Stuart Westmorland Photography

Bothell, WA

About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Greetings, my name is Stuart Westmorland. I am a multi-faceted professional photographer and longtime resident of the Seattle area. My photographic specialties include: weddings, headshots, portraits, corporate events, birthdays, maternity, glamour, water-babies, food, products, and trash the dress (above and below the water). An award-winning photographer with more than 200 magazine covers including Time, National Geographic Traveler, and Ritz Carlton. My stock photography has been published worldwide and varies from giant billboards to private collections. You will find me easy to work with, prompt, courteous, and enthusiastic about your photo project.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love everything about photography. Having worked with multi-million dollar companies to neighborhood projects my focus is the same; deliver quality, and visionary photography-whatever the project. I enjoy working with people. I love the challenge of finding those special moments that will bring a smile to client's face every time they view the particular fleeting moment serendipitously captured forever.
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Location

Bothell, WA 98012

Background check

Complete

Years in business

15

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

82

Reviews

49 Reviews
  • Susan B. Jul 4, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We wanted to have family pictures taken while we are on vacation on Whidbey Island and Stuart came and spent two hours taking many pictures of 5 couples and 4 grandchildren. Stuart was friendly, patient, professional, and timely.
  • Lois Y. Jun 28, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Pictures are beautiful. Stuart is a very nice man and easy to work with. We were very pleased with the outcome and if we ever need a.photographer again we know who we'll be calling.
  • Patrick D. Jun 27, 2016
    Event Photography
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  • Michelle J. Jun 23, 2016
    Wedding Photography
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  • Sallie H. Jun 23, 2016
    Portrait Photography
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  • Chrystal B. Jun 14, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Contacted Stuart to photograph a dear friend of mine's wedding. He did a good job and I'm so happy he was able to capture precious moments of her special day.
  • Scott G. May 18, 2016
    Wedding Photography
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  • Eileen J. May 5, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart kept in communication about location and ideas, and was flexible to a last minute location suggestion. He is professional and gave us great photos!
  • Richard S. Apr 3, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart was great to work with, exceeding my expectations. He did a photo shoot of our family of 7 adults and 5 kids.
  • Natan A. Mar 30, 2016
    Commercial Photography
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  • Isabel H. Dec 10, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    My husband and I had a great experience with Stuart. He was very nice and easy to work with. He also had great ideas to capture our "Christmas" card themed photo shoot. We would absolutely work with him if there is an opportunity.
  • Joseph M. Sep 15, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    While we are fortunate to have several excellent photographers in our family, we wanted a professional to ensure that we caught the most important moments of our wedding. We couldn't be happier with the photos from Stuart. Not only did he capture all the important moments but he also provided us with many wonderful candid memories. In addition, Stuart was so easy to work with and he moved around the wedding ceremony and reception almost invisibly, Completely surprising us was the fact that we had a couple dozen photos available on line that evening. The next day we had a link to a site where we were able to download a compressed file with all 792 photos. Talk about first class service, Stuart Westmorland is a Pro!
  • Emina J. Sep 12, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart did an amazing job with our wedding photos/video. He had our photos ready 2 days after the wedding!! We are very pleased with the photo/video quality. Thank you Stuart! You are the best :)
  • Gregory E. Aug 18, 2015
    Wedding Photography
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  • Jim H. Aug 8, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
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    Stuart got us in right away. Beautiful spot for pictures. Quite patient with a couple of difficult people in our group to get relaxed and to get to smile and have fun. Lots of great pictures and we can go back to him to have additional sizes of images (larger) if needed. It was a fun time having the pictures done. Will contact him again should we need additional portraits.
  • Lorraine A. Aug 5, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Tina S. Jul 30, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We had 17 family members together in July, ranging from age 2 to 73, to celebrate my parents' 50th Anniversary. Stuart recommended the perfect location, the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. He met us there on time, and had already scoped out a couple of perfect spaces for family shots. He was very enthusiastic and managed to keep the little kids engaged (not an easy task, working with a 9, 7, 6 and 2-year old!) He was able to take a combination of family portraits and casual, impromptu shots. My favorite was the group shot of all 17 of us in front of a bridge. Afterwards, he got some cute shots of the kids joyfully running across the bridge. Then, he suggested we go back to the visitor center for ice cream, which was a big hit with the little ones, and made for some adorable pix. Stuart spent a full 90 minutes with us on a Thursday morning, and that very evening he emailed us a link to over 400 images. By Monday, we received a flash drive in the mail with edited, high resolution images, with full permission to print. I can guarantee that all of my family members will be using their family shots for Christmas cards this year! Stuart was a joy to work with, and in my opinion the price was a bargain. I especially appreciate the fact that all of my family members have access to the pictures and can easily print the ones they want, instead of having to decide on a "package." Thank you, Stuart, for capturing pictures that our family will cherish!
  • Micah W. Jul 25, 2015
    Stuart is very personable, friendly and professional when he took on the job of photographing Kristyne and I's wedding. He knows how to get everyone in the right place, he is also very efficient in using the time that you have him for. He has years of photography experience and is very good. The bottom line is if you want someone who is easy to work with and knows how to effectively get the right photos Stuart is the perfect photographer.
  • Kenneth B. Jul 17, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Would highly recommend Stuart. His professionalism is as great as the photos and video he promised. I found him a pleasure and easy to work with and would recommend him to anyone looking to capture that special moment. Thank you for the beautiful art work of my daughters wedding. My family and I will cherish it for years to come.
  • Patricia V. Jul 10, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    It was a pleasure to meet Stuart. He did a excellent job. Very professional, patient , knowledgeable and willing to listen to suggestions. Thank you Stuart!
  • Jaime G. Apr 23, 2015
    Wedding Photography
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  • Ron M. Feb 23, 2015
    Engagement Photography
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    This was a wonderful experience. I had a surprise engagement in Kerry Park. Stuart caught the moment perfectly. The park was crowded, and we had to make some changes to the plan, but he gave me just the right amount of direction ahead of time without taking away from the organic moment. The pictures are powerful, and we will treasure them. I highly recommend him!
  • Austen B. Feb 18, 2015
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart was great to work with. I needed someone to take photos of my surprise proposal and he immediately accepted the job with great enthusiasm. He made the photo process all so easy and the photos are beautiful. I couldn't recommend Stuart more highly.
  • Ed E. Nov 17, 2014
    Wedding Photography
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  • Rowena B. Sep 13, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    It was great working with Stuart. Service was great. The quality of work was impressive. He took care of all the things that needed to be done and captured at the event. I will recommend his service to future wedding events I will be planning.
  • Jane B. Aug 29, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Our experience was beyond outstanding! Great communication. Stunning pictures! Very creative, kind, and fun! Worked with our large group (including a newborn and an 87 yr old) quickly, efficiently and patiently. Willing to try goofy and serious. Looked like he was having fun the whole session! Final pictures completed quickly!
  • Linda C. Aug 26, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    My daughter recently moved to the Seattle area 9 months ago and I had to find a photographer for her August wedding from out of state. We found Stuart in March through Thumbtack. We did have the chance to meet face to face a few months before the wedding. My daughter and I felt we hit a home run when we found Stuart and he proved us right on her wedding day. His calming demeanor actually helped us when we needed it most. He was on time for First Look (we were not), Wedding (St. Madeleine's Catholic Church, Bellevue) and Reception at Tibbetts Creek Manor (issaquah). We had pictures to share immediately and the quality of his work is beyond words. Brilliant color and he knew where exactly to shoot for the best lighting. I would gladly recommend Stuart Westmorland to any future bride.
  • Amy S. Aug 5, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I was thoroughly impressed with Stuart. He captured unbelievable shots and was incredibly professional and unobtrusive. Very, very easy to work with and have at our wedding. The turnaround on photos was incredible. We had fully edited photos by the following evening! Would definitely use Stuart again!
  • Stacy C. Jul 13, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart was wonderful to work with. He took beautiful pictures of our wedding, I feel lucky we had him there to capture our wedding day. Thanks Stuart!
  • Kumiko B. Jul 8, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We couldn't be more happy with Stuart! Stuart not only helped us with amazing pictures but saved the day with some impressive wedding advice when I asked for his opinion! Stuart is professional and kind!
  • Thomas S. Jun 24, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart was very agreeable and easy to work with. Some great photography.
  • Richard A. May 24, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    My wife and I recently married, Stuart took magnificent pictures and video of the wedding and reception, He,s a very nice man, patient and easy to get along with, we were late to our own wedding, Ha Ha. I will recommend stuart to all my friends and family for future photography
  • Janell L. Apr 28, 2014
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Fun and pictures available same day
  • Lindsey N. Mar 27, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart is fan-freaking-tastic. He did our wedding photos, and engagement photos. He was easy to talk with over phone and email. His style of photography works wonderfully within a wedding. He has a great idea of what he wants from the people he is photographing but loves when you give ideas of your own. Our photos turned out beautifully. I loved myself in the pictures, which is hard to make happen. He was a pleasure to have at my wedding, and took so many great photos of friends and family without being intrusive. The turn around to get all our photos back was less than a week. He does amazing work for a really reasonable price, especially in the Seattle area. We are so grateful to Stuart, and feel privileged that he did the photos for our wedding.
  • Katy S. Mar 24, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuarts prices/fee are very reasonable, his skill is excellent, he is personable, and he was very professional. I will definitely refer others to him, and use his photography services in the future.
  • Christie C. Mar 15, 2014
    Portrait Photography
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  • Paul R. Nov 20, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart is the best! If you want a photography professional who is easy going and personable, then Stuart is your man! Stuart is more than fair in his pricing and is well worth his price. Stuart will help you capture those special moments that are so important to remember later on in life. Stuart has plenty of ideas for photos and he loves it if you come up with some of your own. Once I met Stuart I knew he was the person that my bride and I wanted for our November wedding! Family members that spoke with Stuart thought he was the best too! When I have another event that needs a photographer Stuart is the one I will be calling. Stuart, all I can say is thank you so much for making our wedding special and it was the greatest of pleasures to work with you. ~Paul R
  • CJ J. Sep 6, 2013
    Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart did a great job; very professional and accomodating. His work is top notch all the way around; I highly recomend him and would definitely have him photograph any other major event I'll have in the future. Got so much more than I expected for the fee.
  • Bruce S. Sep 3, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Stuart was truly a Godsend! I posted our need for a photographer just days before our big event and it just happened to be that he was going to be in the town we had decided to get married in that same weekend. The photo's are no less than breathtaking and we continually get comments about them. We could not be happier about our wedding photos or the man that shot them! Tremendous job Stuart!
  • Irene K. Sep 1, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    The wedding is not until November, but i, my daughter and her finance met with Stuart and were favorably impressed with his experience and expertise. As a result, he has been hired for the wedding and we look forward to working with him. Thanks
  • Rauni B. May 2, 2013
    He was amazing and so fun to work with! His attitude made our day so much more special! I would refere him to anyone and everyone:) thank you Stuart for going above and beyond for us!
  • Katie W. May 2, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    My fiance and I met Stuart for the first time for our engagement photo shoot. All I can say is we couldn't be more excited about him photographing our wedding! he was fun, casual and made us feel relaxed. The photos are amazing and defiantely reflect our relationship and personalities! Thank you Stuart!
  • Robert D. Apr 29, 2013
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Very amenable person with good photo results. Video while stationary captured a good essence of the wedding. VERY happy with pictures taken from many angles during the ceremony without flash. My only complaint is that I had specifically asked for lots of pictures of the guests and did not receive pictures of the largest portion of the guests. COuld not be happier with the photos taken of my husband and myself.
  • Jeffery R. Sep 23, 2012
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    My wife and I were married on the 25 of August in Tacoma. Mr. Westmorland professionalism, skill with a camera and carring made our day that much more special. The photographs he took of our wedding were amazing. We could not ask for any better photos. He listened to what we wanted and gave excellent advice on what would make the photos better. If I ever need a professional photographer ever again it will be Mr. Westmorland
  • Sue R. Sep 19, 2012
    Stuart photographed my daughter's wedding and did an amazing job! He was at the venue bright & early when the girls were getting ready and stayed until 11 that evening when they left and still had a smile on his face! He was very open to any ideas my daughter had and worked very well with everyone he photographed. I would HIGHLY recommend Stuart to anyone looking for a photographer! He's awesome!!!
  • Jessica R. Sep 18, 2012
    Stuart was an absolute pleasure to work with. He is a very talented photographer and our wedding pictures turned out better than we could have ever imagined. He was very open to our ideas and was willing to work with us in whatever ways we needed. Not only were our pictures gorgeous, but he got them back to us SO quickly! We would highly recommend Stuart for any occasion. If you are looking for someone who is extremely talented, accommodating and a pleasure to be around then Stuart is the perfect choice.
  • Derrick O. Apr 27, 2012
    Stuart was friendly, helpful and highly professional. His work was great, the pictures turned out beautifully, and he had the images to us quickly. He was the perfect photographer for our event and I'm exceptionally happy we used him.
  • Nicole J. Dec 19, 2011
    Stuart was our photographer for our wedding in June, 2011. Stuart was above us, below us, all around, laying on the ground, etc. - there was no where that he wouldn’t go to get a good shot, and he sure got a lot!!! I was so impressed with how professional the pictures looked. The angles he took just looked amazing. The high quality of the pictures were so clear and bright, it looked like something I would see in a magazine. Stuart is a great photographer, he knows how to get a great shot. I couldn’t have been happier with how my pictures turned out!!
  • Sunny I. Dec 16, 2011
    If you are looking for a photographer that is going to capture the moment and the feel of your most special day...then look no further. We still regularly look through our albums and cherish the memories captured during our wedding. Not only is Stuart an amazing photographer, he is also a great and wonderful person that will go above and beyond every time.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Every job is different and I work with the client to make sure that the job completely meets all their expectations.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Decades of working as a full-time professional photographer. I am constantly upgrading my equipment and processing software. Training classes in Digital Workflow are attended about every 3 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Photography jobs require a flexible pricing system. My usual fee for the actual photography is $200/hour. This price includes the driving time getting to the job, post-production work, and delivery of images to the client. I give you perfectly sized, color corrected images with retouching for whatever size you need. I also never charge if you need any of the images in a different size in the future!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I photographed a rare lightning storm over the Seattle skyline. After requests for prints, posters, and postcards of the image I got my business license and started freelancing as a photographer.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with giant corporations, magazine editors (more than 200 magazine covers including Time Magazine), photographed the Commerce Secretary, and my neighbors weddings, senior photos, and parties. In other words I am open to all kinds of jobs and customers!!!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I photographed the US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a rare visit to Seattle. The job entailed me photographing her meeting groups of business leaders and speaking to the group afterward. It was fascinating finding the best photo angles with secret service and dogs watching my every move! It was also gratifying to receive a high review of my work.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Compare references and look for quality, creative photos with no extra fees for unlimited access to images
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
After checking reviews, and seeing if the photography style is a match, I would ask the following questions: -are you a full-time professional photographer? -what type of equipment and post production software are you using? -how will the photos be delivered and do you have any kind of guarantee that I will be happy with them? -if I need a different size or use of the images months later can I come back to you? -will there be a fee for this service?