Scott Martin Photography LLC

Spokane, WA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I don't try to shoot everything. I do portraits and head shots, including dogs and cats, and I shoot events. Because I limit what I do, I can concentrate on making my work in those areas as good as it can be. I'm not distracted by having multiple specialties. I shoot every photo session with your particular needs in mind. I want you to enjoy and appreciate the images we create together, because they're part of the record of your life. If you're not happy with the images, I didn't do my job. I travel to you, and I bring my "studio" with me. I love to shoot in natural light, but Mother Nature doesn't always give us the light we need; so I come prepared with flashes and light modifiers. Every photo session is a collaborative effort between my customer and me. It's not just me directing you in one pose or another, though there is some of that. We work together. During our time together we're a team, and our goal is to get you the images you need and want.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy the challenge of meeting new customers, finding out what photography they need, and then working to deliver the images to meet their needs and desires. It's very satisfying to hear a person say they love the images we created together. Every photo session is a custom session, and that means I'm not tied down to any particular lighting or compositional set-up. I can respond to the situation and location, and I'm free to explore what's possible within the customer's needs and desires. I'm always trying to improve what I do, and I take away something new from every photo session that helps me improve my skills and service.
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Location

Spokane, WA 99208

Years in business

3

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Mickey S. Apr 12, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Scott is a real pro. I hate taking pics but his professionalism and laid back style put me at complete ease. Thanks Scott!
    Scott M. Apr 14, 2016

    Thank you Mickey! I enjoyed photographing you and talking with you. You were an excellent photo subject.

  • Dycelia W. Dec 4, 2015
    It was a delight to work with Scott. I needed a professional head shot. At the end of my session, I several shots I loved. I highly recommend Scott if you need someone who is patience and caring.
  • Tamara W. Oct 30, 2015
    Working with Scott was a pleasure. He was professional and listened to the type of pictures I wanted. I'm the Puveyor of Shotgun Biscuit. He did a fabulous job of capturing the texture of the biscuits. He also had great suggestions for different types of pictures to takes. I loved that he took the time to review pictures with, during our session. I would highly recommend using Scott for any picture needs. I know I will be calling on him again. Thanks again Scott. Sincerely Tamara White, Purveyor of Shotgun Biscuit
  • Tara W. Oct 28, 2015
    Scott provided me with a beautiful, solid picture and I'm grateful for his services!
  • April T. Oct 27, 2015
    Scott took headshots for my new business. He made me feel comfortable and was there to get the shot I wanted. He has the technical expertise to light and frame you in the best way. I love my pictures.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My standard portrait session fee is $50 plus tax with a la carte pricing for prints. My price list is on my web site. All photo sessions come with digital files suitable for posting on social-media sites. All sessions also come with 4" x 6" proof prints of usable images from the photo session. Digital files will be available on CD, DVD or online download. I do business and actor head shots for a flat fee of $125 plus tax. For that fee you get 4" x 6" proof prints of up to 10 usable images you select plus a full-resolution digital file of one image you select. You also receive a low-resolution digital file of each image you select (up to 10), fully edited and ready to share online. If you belong to an organization and want head shots for more than one person during one session, the session fee is $125 for the first person and $30 per person after that. The session is limited to one location. All prices shown here and on my web site are before sales tax.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We like to chat with our customers over the phone or in person before we meet for a photo shoot. We want to understand what our customers want and need, and that allows us to properly plan for a photo shoot. Photo shoots normally last 1 to 2 hours, including time we spend reviewing photos on our tablet. Before we complete a photo shoot, we schedule another visit with the customer at their home, office or other location to review the proofs and take their print order. We provide online jpeg copies of the original images for customers to review before we meet to review their print order. These unedited jpegs are proofs only (watermarked) and are not suitable for printing. After the print order is complete and we have the prints in hand, we deliver the prints to the customer.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been a photographer for 30 years. I was a news photographer in the Air Force and a professional studio photographer after that. I've worked in the photographic retail industry and have taught basic photography. I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America and the American Society of Media Photographers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started out as an hobbyist photographer in the early 1980s and eventually shot news photographs as part of my job as an Air Force public affairs specialist. After I completed my Air Force career, I became a professional studio photographer but left the industry about a year later. After about 11 years away from the photo industry, I returned to the vocation by starting Scott Martin Photography LLC in 2014.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My experience in photographing people includes individuals, families, toddlers, business people, pets and various groups.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently photographed a local Spokane musician, Daniel Hall, in four locations over three days, including two public musical performances. Daniel uses some of these images to help promote his musical career by posting them on Facebook and using them in promotional posters.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Identify the specific type of photography you need, and look for photographers who specialize in that type. Most photographers who are good at what they do will limit their specialties to a few things. A photographer who says they're willing to shoot all types of subjects is probably not a specialist at any thing, which means you may not get the quality you want in the final images. Also, be sure to visit photographer web sites to see examples of their work. If a photographer doesn't have a web site to showcase what they do, they're not serious about being seen as a professional.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
First: Know what you want. If you don't know what type of photography you need/want, you won't be able to properly express your desires to your photographer. Do you want head shots? Family shots? Traditional portraits vs. something else? Images for your business cards or web site? Second: Know where you want to be photographed, whether it's in a studio, your home or office, or on location somewhere. If you want to be photographed in a studio, make sure you choose a photographer who uses a studio, or who has access to one. Some photographers do all their work on location, and that doesn't suit everyone. Third: Look for a photographer who focuses on just a few types of photography that are related to one another and fit into what you're looking for. For example, if you find a photographer who says they specialize in architectural, sports and newborn photography, they may not be right for you if you need a portrait photographer.