Ciceri Photo

Kirkland, WA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My images are crisp, clean, and professional. Portraits that I produce showcase genuine expression and feeling. Portrait sessions with me are well conceived and are anything but rushed. I offer comprehensive product photography packages to be tailored to meet the individual needs of my clients. Fast and Easy Online Scheduling. Easy communication.Turnaround time is very competitive. All images are lightly retouched. Please visit my website for more details. ~Prompt, Reliable, Skilled, Considerate, and Prepared~ Learn more about me @ ciceri.photo/about-ciceri-photo

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Portraits: I love meeting and photographing new people! Portrait photography is very personally rewarding! I enjoy hearing clients' stories, getting to know them, and letting their multifaceted personalities shine through the images we create together. Getting photographed can be weird and uncomfortable. Don’t worry. My job is to direct you in a way that makes you look awesome! You’re going to rock the shot! Photographing someone is always a memorable experience! Each and every session matters to me. I see beauty in everyone. Here is a little secret; I just can’t help but smile even as I edit images of those brilliantly smiling faces. Really. It is safe to say that I love what I do. Having partnered with high volume, local mobile photo studios, I am confident photographing individuals and groups of all ages and abilities in high-pressure environments. Also to add, I have a giant weak spot for pet photography. I spent a large portion of my working life in the veterinary medical and behavioral fields. Commercial: I thoroughly enjoy styling a product or scene! I am often obsessing over minor details that I feel can really make or break a successful commercial image; dust, fingerprints, pet hair, wrinkles, positioning, etc. Also, I can appreciate networking with fellow entrepreneurs within my community! It is my goal to spark interest in your product or service through quality photography! You only get one first impression. Let's make it count!
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Location

Kirkland, WA 98034

Background check

Complete

Years in business

4

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

5

Reviews

12 Reviews
  • Victor L. May 29, 2017
    very professional experience . great to work with with punctual delivery
    Alaina C. Jun 13, 2017

    Victor, your products are truly unique and a pleasure to photograph. And you have been absolutely great to work with. Your experience means a great deal to me. I'm happy to continue building such a positive professional relationship.

  • William L. Apr 2, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Just and amazing experience!
    I'm almost at a loss for words. Such a wonderful experience working with Alaina and her photos were so beautiful. I never thought I could look that good. Just amazing. I cannot recommend Alaina highly enough!
    Alaina C. Jun 13, 2017

    Oh doll, you were so much fun to work with! <3 Not only was it fun playing dress up but you have one stellar personality, as well. We've got to do this again! :)

  • Joy M. Jan 11, 2017
    LOVE my family photos!!
    Alaina did my family photos on December 28th, 2016. I had a specific request for her to have our photo shoot done outdoors. We are a family of 6 with a request for multiple combinations and Alaina delivered an excellent gallery, just beautiful! I was pleased with her willingness to take my suggestions, and to deliver with much enthusiasm (on a cold but perfect day). You will not be disappointed with her level of service and her passion for what she does.
    Alaina C. Jan 11, 2017

    Oh Joy! This means a lot to me! You and your family are such great and vibrant people that it was a pleasure to get to know and work with you. I'm glad that you love the shots we made! I'm glad that I was able document such a beautiful and loving family! Thank you, Joy.

  • Amanda D. Nov 20, 2016
    Comfortable with amazing photos
    I loved working with Alaina. She was kind and patient. She is great at directing you and making you feel comfortable. She has taken our photos twice now and I loved the photos both times.
    Alaina C. Nov 21, 2016

    I have loved working with you and your family! You guys are the best! And you are all so much fun to be around. :)

  • Debra M. Nov 17, 2016
    I'd work with her again in a heart beat!
    Working with Alaina was fantastic. She turned some of my mediocre ideas into clever masterpieces and used the natural light to add a sense of whimsy to the photographs she took. She was able to use the same lighting to create some slightly more seductive pictures, too. I was thoroughly impressed with her professionalism and her ability to just go with the flow. I was pretty awkward and uncomfortable at first, but we ended up having a great time laughing and being creative together. The pictures she took made me feel like a bombshell and even caught the attention of the man who is now my husband. The fact that she let me use wine as a prop was definitely an added bonus.
    Alaina C. Nov 19, 2016

    That was such a fun shoot! And let it be known that you really are a bombshell!

  • Sara D. Nov 17, 2016
    Thumbs up!
    Alaina is fantastic to work with. She is helpful, prompt, and goes beyond the call of duty. From staging the scene to final edits, she is capable and talented throughout the entire process.
    Alaina C. Nov 19, 2016

    From someone as dedicated and hard working as you, this means a great deal to me! I really enjoyed working with you and the team. Together, we made some outstanding product images!

  • Jack B. Nov 17, 2016
    Top notch photo shoot
    Alaina was instrumental in helping me and my boys have a great photo shoot. She helped with suggestions on what to wear (colors/pattern wise) and she effortlessly brought out their smiles and silly faces alike.
    Alaina C. Nov 17, 2016

    You and your boys were a lot of fun to work with! They brought the energy and I was fortunate enough to be able to capture the magic as it unfolded. Fun times! And I'm thrilled to see this image on your wall!

  • Barbara S. Nov 17, 2016
    Ciceri Photo - An Example of Excellence
    My husband and I recently had a photo shoot with the spectacular Alaina of Ciceri Photo. I was a little concerned about how my husband would do, as he never "modeled" before. (I had, but it's been many years.) My fears were immediately put to rest by Alaina's professionalism and easygoing demeanor. We began by being silly, and then progressed to many different poses with a few wardrobe changes. The photos came out PHENOMENAL and I could not be more pleased! Everything about them, from the lighting to the composition, is perfect. These photos will be cherished for many years to come. I can not say enough good things about Alaina, her ability or her creativity! I feel honored to have been able to participate in a photo shoot with her and hope to get an opportunity to do it again sometime!
    Alaina C. Nov 17, 2016

    Barbra, you are such a sweetheart! Working with you two was an honor! The love shared between you two just lit up the room! I am glad that I could help facilitate that love to shine on through your images. It was a great shoot; one that I will remember fondly for a long, long while.

  • Olivia C. Nov 17, 2016
    Excellent Photographer
    professional, patient, and easy to work with to get the imagery and retouching you are looking for and need for a great photo.
    Alaina C. Nov 17, 2016

    I absolutely LOVED working with you! Can we make this happen again?!

  • Jenny R. Nov 7, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Senior photos
    Alaina took senior photos for my son - and was able to accommodate us on a short notice. She inspired confidence that we would end up with quality shots and we were very pleased with the results.
    Alaina C. Nov 17, 2016

    It was a pleasure working with you and your son. I am very glad that you were both pleased with your images, too! You've raised such a charming young man!

  • Andrew S. May 29, 2015
    A consummate professional, Alaina is dependable in every sense of the word. With a sharp eye and infinite patience, she gets “the shots” that will stand out and out shine the rest. Easy to work with and needs little direction she will always be the top choice.
    Alaina C. May 29, 2015

    That really means a lot. Thank you.

  • Ian N. May 29, 2015
    Alaina covered my son's newborn pictures a week after he was born, and she was extraordinary. She approaches photography as if she’s telling a story, so expect to get many natural, candid shots, but she will certainly give you any posed shots you would like as well. In fact when she did mine, I found her to be VERY attentive to detail, and it really showed in the end result. Additionally, Alaina was the consummate professional at all times, plus her wonderful personality really makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. I can honestly say that I do not have any friends with newborn photographs as beautiful as mine. And finally, I’d like to mention that Alaina is both trustworthy and reliable, because this is VERY important. I've heard so many horror stories about photographers from my friends. She did everything (and more) and I never worried once with her. That, in itself, was worth every cent! I’d hire her again in a heartbeat. That says it all.
    Alaina C. May 29, 2015

    Ian, it was an honor and a pleasure! I'm glad that our session went so smoothly for everybody involved. Your boy is a dream. He is going to be a heartbreaker, too. lol

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I do. Please visit Ciceri(dot)Photo for more information.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Communication is key! I want to know all about your motivation for seeking a photographer! Tell me about your project! Ask questions if something confuses you. After determining your individual needs, from there we move on to planning and scheduling. Free consultations are available.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Once upon a time in a land far, far away... I haunted my high school's darkroom. I eagerly participated in any photography course offered by my school. I obtained a potato quality digital camera that was cutting edge at the time... and It only snowballed from there. Still hungry for knowledge. I regularly immerse myself in various online e-learning forums.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Obsession and passion.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have photographed people of all ages and abilities. I have worked with local mobile portrait studios providing a high volume of sports, elementary, middle, and high school student and staff portrait photography. Independently, I have produced quality headshots, staff, event and commercial photography. I have contracted with local businesses to provide clean imagery to successfully support their service or product. With a professional attitude, I always deliver great images in a timely fashion.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I don't produce work that I am not personally proud of but I must admit a certain fondness for working with loving families and couples. I also find my tabletop photography to be somewhat of a zen-like activity for me. One can usually expect a turnaround period of no more than 2 weeks. This is dependent upon the individual project, of course. We'll talk about your needs and expectations before we begin.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Portrait sessions: Please take your time and find someone that you are comfortable with. Have a clear idea of how you intend to use your images and discuss your options with your photographer. (Wall art, social media, photo album, acting headshots, etc.) Before you book your session, ensure that you thoroughly communicate any general theme or mood that wish you achieve. Commercial: Have a clear idea of how you intend to use your images and discuss your options with your photographer. Outline all features of the product that you feel require detailed attention. Will each feature require a dedicated detail shot? Make note of deadlines that you may need to meet. Contact your photographer well ahead of time. A photographer's schedule may not consistently allow for rushed deadlines.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Silly questions are easier to manage than silly mistakes. I highly suggest that you visit my website to learn more about me and my offered services. I am always available to answer any questions via phone or email. There is a contact form on my website.