Jerry Chunn Photography

Tacoma, WA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I was company trained for 9 years with more than 20 years of experience, doing mostly weddings, portraits and sports pictures. I've been and am, presently, shooting the sports,(T&I and action), band, choir, cheer, etc., at Gig Harbor High School for 11 years. I'm good at communicating/answering emails/calls/text messages within a few hours, am prompt and deliver photos in a timely manner. I will walk with you every step of the way, we will develop a style that fits you and you will end up with awesome photos you will love for years to come. I aim for capturing moments outside the box, not just posed shots, always bringing smiles to children, families and brides alike. Every emotion passes my lens to create bold, accurate images, representing the captured moment, regardless of the time and effort that it takes. You will walk away refreshed, excited and with fantastic photos.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Meeting, interacting, getting to know strangers and making people laugh (it's about the relationships, not the money-----if a photographer is all about the money, he/she is in the wrong field), updating new camera and lighting equipment, photo shop enhancement, shooting with other photographers, being a teacher and a student( ie..years of learning from experience, other mentors and professionals in the industry, reading etc.) and learning new creative eye grabbers. I, also, love witnessing the love between people when I photograph families and couples.
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Location

Tacoma, WA 98406

Background check

Complete

Years in business

24

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

30

Reviews

23 Reviews
  • Oscar O. Jan 9, 2017
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Family pictures
    Great ideas of where to take pictures and very easy to work with.
    Jerry C. Feb 9, 2017

    Thank you, Oscar. I will be available anytime to help you properly frame that wall picture you mentioned. Best wishes on coaching junior varsity baseball this spring. Jerry

  • Jacqueline C. Oct 13, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Great photographer
    Jerry was great! He was very proactive in asking what the bride and grooms wishes were and when it came to the wedding day, he was prompt and very professional. So glad I was able to work with him and the pictures turned out fantastic!
    Jerry C. Nov 11, 2016

    Thank you, for your kind words, Jacqueline. I will always remember the beautiful flowery back setting. In spite of rain, we pulled it off.

  • Dorothy F. Oct 9, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Jerry Chunn saved the day.
    When the bride and groom live in Mexico, give you a one and a half month's notice to help plan their back yard wedding via weekly 3-way phone calls, you want things to run smoothly, and finding Jerry Chunn was easy after I found Thumbtack. Every time a photographer or baker asked, "When is the wedding?" I'd need to answer, "Yes, THIS September." Jerry Chunn offered to come the day before the wedding for some wonderful pictures of the bride and groom in the Mexican clothes they chose for the wedding. His Wedding Day photos of the ceremony and family and friends are priceless. (P.S. As an added bonus, he even spoke Spanish.) So lucky, there was a space in his calendar to make visual memories of this special day.
    Jerry C. Nov 11, 2016

    Dorothy-- You were such a gracious host. Your home was warm and artistic. That was a Mexican wedding, never to be duplicated. (Thank God, it stopped raining for one day!!) Also, I plan to pay Rick a visit when I go to Mexico, next spring. My Best- Jerry.

  • Jessica K. Sep 9, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    GREAT JOB!!!
    Keep up the GREAT Job!!
    Jerry C. Sep 10, 2016

    Thanks, Jessica. You have a wonderful family!!! Hope to see you again, sincerely- Jerry

  • Josey B. Jan 19, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Jerry did an amazing job. He is an exceptionally talented photogragher. He takes pride in his work, and it shows through in the finished product.
    Jerry C. Jan 19, 2016

    Josey- Thank you for the compliments. Everyone wanted something more creative, so, I tried my best as you would probably do the same. It was enjoyable working with each and everyone. Anytime you have another project, feel free to call me. Best Regards- Jerry

  • Angela G. Sep 9, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Jerry had such great ideas, thats what I was looking for. He had some great locations for beautiful back rounds. very patient, and made us have fun with it.
    Jerry C. Sep 10, 2015

    Angela- Your family was very easy to work with. Was that fun, or what??!! You are all great people. I hope you will enjoy the pictures and we can see each other again someday. Jerry

  • Ian S. Jul 19, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellant, professional, overall great experience
    Jerry C. Jul 19, 2015

    Thank you, Ian. I had a blast at your wedding. You and your bride were very kind to me. I hope you liked my pictures and will always keep in touch. I deeply enjoy hearing from those have crossed my path in life. Blessings for the future- Jerry

  • Daniel S. Jun 18, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    What a wonderful experience it was working with Jerry he is amazing!!! We threw a birthday for my nieces with a night club theme and he knew what we wanted. It was like a night at the Oscars. Thank you Jerry for everything you are amazing!!! Definitely use you again!!!
    Jerry C. Jun 30, 2015

    Daniel- That was sweet!!! Thank you, brother! I would do it again and again!!(with pleasure), so I'm here, if you need me. Jerry

  • Beau J. Mar 9, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Did not use, family friend gifted us a photgrapher
    Jerry C. Mar 13, 2015

    That's o.k., Beau. You didn't need to write a review that you found someone else, but I appreciate that you got back. Hope it worked out for you just the same. Jerry

  • Kristie Z. Feb 9, 2015
    I have had Jerry take photo's of two very special occasions within my family and his photography and communication skills are outstanding! He is a person that makes you feel at ease throughout the entire photography session. Highly Recommend Mr. Chunn! Kristie Z.
    Jerry C. Feb 12, 2015

    Thank you, Kristie- You have been very good to me the past few years. If everybody was like you, I would never take a break. Your honesty and appreciation for the simple things in life are good traits never to lose. When the time is right, I will gladly take your family pictures, this spring, as you mentioned to me. I finished your pictures that you ordered, today, so I'll call you in the morning. Jerry

  • David G. Dec 8, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Prompt, Pleasant, Patient and Professional! first time thumbtack users, we were amazed at the responses we got. Jerry came in almost half off the other quotes we received. working indoors and out with 4 misbehaving dogs and 3 grumpy/cold humans this guy has the patience of a Saint.
    Jerry C. Dec 9, 2014

    Thanks for compliment, David. Yes, your doggies were a bit naughty but sweet and you guys were ridiculous old and grumpy, just like me. lol!! Had a great time...GO, SEAHAWKS...AND ANOTHER 1ST DOWN!!

  • Jack L. Nov 30, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I had Jerry to take some professional headshots. He knew exactly what kind of photos I want, and took time to get the "perfect shot." He also helped me with some additional enhancements. Great experience, good results, highly recommended!
    Jerry C. Dec 1, 2014

    Thank you, Jack. You were super to work with (very cooperative) and a great person. I hope your headshot serves you well. Most definitely, you have a very bright future. Jerry

  • Phil S. Nov 18, 2014
    My wife and I had Jerry take outdoor portraits of us. Easygoing, great sense of humor, great shots, and good eye for poses/angles/background/lighting! Highly recommend!
    Jerry C. Nov 19, 2014

    Thanks , Phil. I owe both of you some sunset shots at Chambers. Don't forget!! God's in the kitchen and we're waiting for the feast. You and Sarah will make great parents. Jerry

  • Jacquelyn C. Nov 10, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    We were in need of headshots with a deadline of 'tomorrow'. We found Jerry on Thumbtack and chose him because we liked his website and his professionalism. He chose a great location in Tacoma, working with my 3 year old. Jerry was extremely patient, kind and artistic. It took about an hour and a half to get the best headshots of our little model and actress we have ever seen. What impressed me most is how our little one took to his kindness right away and took no time to warm up to him. Kids can always tell...the photos are AMAZING! Thank you Jerry. Very highly recommended.
    Jerry C. Nov 10, 2014

    Jacquelyn- You are the best of best. I am certain your daughter will make it in the little model-actress world. She is so darn smart for 3 year old. 'Hello' Hollywood!! Canada is going to miss you. Just be who you are, Jacquelyn. Your little model has a very bright future as it starts right here. I can't thank you enough for your sweet review. Let me know if you will need any more photos. Jerry

  • Andrea B. Oct 31, 2014
    Jerry is a remarkable action photographer and is absolutely committed to excellence in his work! He worked tirelessly to capture the entire experience of my daughter's wedding, including the wedding shower, ceremony and reception. Most everyone in our family received images more stunning than we'd ever owned of our family members together. His eye for framing the scenes that others would miss is fascinating. His vision seems to be primarily through a lens, the moments he captures are breathtaking. He is never so comfortable as when events are happening fast and unexpectedly. A master at capturing the most candid shots. I rave about him to everyone I know. I dont believe it is possible to get more "bang for your buck" anywhere or with anyone else. He does this because he loves it and his passion, enthusiasm, giftedness and high level of skill are over the moon. It doesn't get any more jaw dropping than the images he captures - they will be treasures to us for generations! Thanks Jerry!
    Jerry C. Nov 1, 2014

    You are such an inspiration and so gifted with insight, Andrea. Thank you so much for your thoughts that will stay with me forever. Be the visionary person that you are, always believing and growing each day. Romans 8:1 There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.

  • Tina S. Oct 29, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    He was very understanding and listened to everything I had to say/requested. I did not feel rushed at all what so ever. He is extremely professional.
    Jerry C. Nov 1, 2014

    Thank you, Tina. I'm always there for you , if you need a photographer. Jerry

  • Vera P. Oct 24, 2014
    Jerry took pictures of our wedding last November and he was wonderful to work with. He captured the essence of our day and we couldn't be happier with the pictures form our special day. Jerry loves what he does and is great at it which can be seen from the quality of his work. We appreciate the way he accommodated our budget and would recommend him for any event!
    Jerry C. Oct 26, 2014

    Vera- Thank you for your honest assessment of me. I understand that you have been very busy with school finals. Nevertheless, I always knew you were going to come through for me. I still need to round up a few more clients, in order to give future customers more assurance when hiring me, Eventually, 'Thumbtack' will be a good on-line medium for me to pick up more opportunity to do what I love. Thank you, again, Vera, for your support. Jerry

  • Steve C. Oct 21, 2014
    Travel photography with Jerry is fun and creative. Sports and wedding photography was interesting and educational with him. Jerry has a great amount of experience in real life situations. His heart is in his art!
    Jerry C. Oct 26, 2014

    Thank you, Steve, for your wonderful words of wisdom. If anyone knows my history and photography skills the most, it would be you by a long shot. You assisted me at sooo many sports tournaments, weddings, portrait shoots, family and pet shoots etc.(the time I took your family pictures). Oh, I won't leave out all the hikes, the mountain climbs, and the nature shoots we went on throughout the years. I have to say that you are dead eye perfect at picking out the best shot. Also, if you could invest more time at photo shop skills, you would qualify as a modern day pro in the field. Take care, Steve, and I look forward to seeing you again. Your life long friend and partner- Jerry

  • Jeff M. Oct 17, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Jerry Chunn Photography is the choice! Will meet at any location you desire, or he can choose for you. Very knowledgable about photography and will not leave you with mediocre shots. I would highly recommend and hire again in the future.
    Jerry C. Oct 26, 2014

    Thank you, Jeff, for the quick response. You were my 1st client with 'Thumbtack'. I think you said it right. We had a great time and you received a humungous amount of top photos that look like you. I hope they help you in your new Real Estate career. You have exactly what it takes to be the 'people person' that it takes to progress in that field. I will, surely, look you up on the day I start my new house search!! Stay safe- Jerry ps. Would you believe that my 2nd 'Thumbtack' client moved and left no forward address? lol!!

  • Pat K. Oct 10, 2014
    My boyfriend and I had our senior pictures done by Jerry and we could not have asked for a better photographer. He knew how to use his equipment to give special effects, he made all the pictures look so wonderful. My family loved the photos! He even took us to a spectacular beach area where we got some great sunset shots. The turn around time to receive the pictures was quick. And he put all the images on a cd for the rest of the family to choose. I would recommend Jerry for any type of photography. He is a great all around photographer.
    Jerry C. Oct 26, 2014

    Thank you, Pat. I really appreciate what you said about me. Wasn't that a great day!! We checked out so many locations, the weather was perfect...not windy or rainy and CLOUDY (which is perfect for digital cameras as they are so sensitive to the sun for shadows etc,. The clouds bring out perfect skin colors. If you add a Canon D5 Mark 3 and a good lens, photos appear like looking through a window...perfectly colorful and clear). Take care- Jerry

  • Bonnie M. Oct 5, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Jerry took gorgeous pictures of our family. The photo session was at Golden Gate park in Seattle and took two hours. His prices were quite reasonable too. He showed up an hour early to pick out areas to do the shoot. I was impressed by his professionalism, i.e., his ability to make us laugh, his patience, his camera equipment and use of lighting. I would refer him to anyone for any kind of photography work. Oh and guess what...my sister has hired him for Sr. pictures of my nephew!
    Jerry C. Oct 26, 2014

    Thanks, Bonnie. You're a diamond in the rough. You know how to compliment a guy!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Your friend forever- Jerry ps. Let me know if any more family or friends need photo assistance.

  • Shanti B. Oct 5, 2014
    Jerry did an AMAZING job at our wedding in Cabo San Lucas. We have pictures of a lifetime. His passion for photography is evident by the quality of his work. He went above and beyond what we expected and was so easy to work with. We really appreciate his punctuality, professionalism and the quality of his work!
    Jerry C. Oct 26, 2014

    Dear Shanti and Brendon- That had to be numero uno most memorable 'out of the country' wedding experience I will always remember. I enjoyed all 7 days with your family and friends... and will always wonder what it would have been like 1 week ahead. We came so close to being in that level 4 hurricane....wow! I heard through a local friend that the hotel below ours was waist deep in water, after the storm.. we would've been stuck in sewage for weeks, fighting the flies and moscas, the heat and humidity, the lack of water and no electricity. I heard that some of the tourists were stuck there for up to 3 weeks. We surely dodged a bullet!!! Anyway, thank you for hiring me as your wedding photographer. I enjoyed every little minute in Mexico. I wish you both a blessed future and a marriage made in heaven. Sincerely Yours- Jerry

  • Pennie S. Oct 3, 2014
    I hired Jerry for my August Wedding. I was on a strick budget and Jerry met that with no issues. He was so good at getting those candid shots as well as the ones that you can't wait to show everyone. The day was perfect, the sunset was awsome and Jerry caught all of it on film. He's the best.... I highly recommend him for any event you need.
    Jerry C. Oct 26, 2014

    Pennie- In all sincerity, your wedding came off perfectly. Especially, the wonderful food and dance. People seemed generally overjoyed. The weather was perfect and everyone connected as the pictures flowed. You seemed to appreciate my presence.. . and thats exactly what I love about this job. I've always enjoyed this kind of work since day one because of the respect folks give me. That motivates me to try my best to get the shot. Again, thank you for the review. Your husband is a cool guy. He told me some great stories of his Mexico days (We have alot in common. My kinda guy! I truly hope to see you soon some day in the near future. Be safe- Jerry

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
A fresh new customer is typically expecting only the best. I like to spend as much time as possible to get to know them/him/her, what they are after and an artistic expression and/or vision of what they are trying to discover in still photography. The more I get inside their heart and minds, the more I can add new ideas to an experience never to forget. Once we have established trust and a sense of relaxation, then, we can begin the 2 sided process of expression and enjoyment (the photo session). I always take more pictures than expected and shoot from all angles, using lighting techniques (bouncing light to create the right shadows in the light). I can see through the lens what works and how they look their best. Years of mingled experience are the only words I can use, at this point in time. Yes, the photo sessions have, for the most part, worked out to their expectation, like beautiful memories of a lifetime, to display like art. I think I have found a wonderful way to meet people on their level and to feel humbly satisfied after every photo session.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
U tubing is amazing!! Anything and everything under the sun about photography is explained in detail. I'm constantly reading blogs, updating equipment and communicating with the industry professionals. My more intense learning days were with the company, traveling 3 states, working 7 days a week, 24/7, always communicating/learning with the other photographers per phone(company paid for our phone, meals, lodging, gas mileage etc.)marketing, shooting and sleeping in between. Now, it's about doing what I'm best at and enjoy the most. I have a viable bachelors degree, but that's another story. Photography caught me off guard..and, no, I don't regret it. Here's some picture tips: Be a master at composition and light manipulation, take the flash off the camera, use a slave flash, experiment, use angles and create shadows, practice practice practice, master aperture and depth of field, shoot bugs w a 100 meter macro lens, textures, fence posts with fungus, eye balls, pictures people aren't taking, focus on froth of a beer bottle, old people, etc.. How do you find a needle in a haystack?... burn it! No pot potpourri or pretty photos, less is more, homeless people,,,sad and gritty photos. the world is a Greek tragedy.,,draw the viewer into the photo, do black and whites, pics worth framing. Use a wide angle lens, lay on your back and shoot up with a fish eye lens, always shoot early and late...daylight is anti Christ...it's all about the light.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
One wedding package includes: A DVD of images 8x8 wedding album and/or standard prints, x number of 11by14's, 8x10's, 4x6's, 3x5's, depending upon size of package time spent, travel included and/or an on-line photo gallery x number of perfectly edited images in variety, all copyrights color, custom, sepia, B/W etc. all negotiable and/or adjustable, at a free consultation. Price doesn't need to reflect professionalism. I can provide high quality images for a reasonable price so that everyone has access to beautiful photos of their special day.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I fell into it. My best friend was a photographer and asked me to assist him at a big week end baseball team and individual sports shoot. That led to working for his company out of Beaverton for 9 years. Before that, I had the fortune of working under an exclusive (even eccentric) photographer that was the best of the best, but a poor businessman. For the most part, business and art don't mix. 'You are only as good as your team'. A good photographer is like a good musician...must have a good eye, patience, willingness to work hard and stick to a format, develop confidence and be a people person.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Family portraits, model composites, team and individual pictures, action pictures, all sports, marching bands, choirs, special requests and events, corporate events, real estate, weddings, birthday parties, head shots, senior pictures, on location, travel and scenic, ambiance, brochures, items to sale, children and baby pictures, pet shots etc...you name it.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A 'spur of the moment' wedding, but I charged too little...oh well!! I've got a great one coming up... executive head shots of 35 doctors to print 11" X 14" framed wall pictures in a prominent hospital. That will be interesting to see, if all these doctors show up on time wearing suit and tie!! I think my brother (who is a retired doctor) wore a suit once in his life. I've done sports (of all sports) tournaments that last over 2 weeks. Weekend baseball tourneys were my favorite. I would shoot each boy(even if they were in the dug out), 3 interesting action photos per player, from 10 to 20 teams, mostly action shots, then, sell prints, the last day... pure cash cows!!!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't be afraid to negotiate. Be honest. We can always come to an agreement. Make a list of photos you have from Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest for me to look at. Sample photos are your best tools for my photography. Also, if a photographer's work takes your breath away, that's how you know that they're right for you. I did my job, if you can say, 'how did you think of that', instead of saying, 'I can do that, too'. You need to look for elements of real passion, years of experience and genuine character in a photographer.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
We can have fun, if we work together. You are only as good as your team. This is not rocket science. Pictures speak a thousand words. Look at my website. On the home page, there are links to 10 years of archived, calendar dated shoots. It's an open book to see what I have done and what I am doing. You will see photography, captured frozen moments in time and photojournalism about human existence. Pictures always speak more than words. Traveling and learning through experience can give a photographer the opportunity to express himself with his photos. A good photographer should know what works and bring out the best in people. The photos will be captivating and look like who you are, natural, yet eye catching, ie., 'head shots' are the 1st step to a successful career and essential for actors, professionals, models, performers, on-line dating and social media. I will spend time with you in creating impact, and, on the same day, there will be image viewing and retouching to your complete satisfaction.