Lightinspiration Photography - Charles W. Rollins

Winfield, WV

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am not a total available light photographer. I use flash and strobes when needed. I make it a point to be easy to work with and not be pushy. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I put my "all" into pleasing the client.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The interaction with the people. I love capturing that special day for a couple. It is not just a job to me but an experience and an honor to be asked to be there to capture the day.

Location

Winfield, WV 25213

Years in business

41

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

13

Reviews

12 Reviews
  • Tammy M. May 31, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Charles was friendly, prompt, professional... all that you'd expect from a wedding photographer. My daughter's wedding was just a few days ago, so we haven't gotten photos back yet. However, Charles posted a photo online for us to view and if the rest are as nice as that photo, they'll be gorgeous! The various packages and pricing offered are very reasonable. I'd recommend Mr. Rollins to anyone in need of a photographer.
  • Debbie B. Aug 23, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Todd S. Jul 17, 2016
    This was a very short notice, Memorial Day weekend wedding. Charles agreed immediately, was at the rehearsal, the wedding and the reception. He was extremely accomodating. So professional in every respect! You can tell when someone truly enjoys his work and that is readily apparent with this gentleman. He met with our pastor at the rehearsal and we were all on the same sheet of music at the wedding. One could not put a price on his advice and instructions. Best yet, during the service he was invisible. I have seen so many "Photographers" at sports events, friends' weddings, etc. who appeared to think they were the most important person in the room, rather than their subject. Charles was just the opposite. He seemed invisible, shooting candids of our preparations, etc. The results of his labor were so nice, so personal, so beautiful. My wife and I could not be happier. We have enjoyed looking through our photos and reliving our very special day countless times thanks to Mr. Rollins.
  • Melanie R. Jun 21, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Charles was absolutely wonderful. He took so many pictures and we got everything we could have asked for. My family was giving complements all over the place. So many of them didn't even notice him taking pictures. I was able to let him know what we generally were looking for and Charles just filled in the blanks for us. Since we did the bulk of the planning and facilitating for our wedding having such a competent and professional photographer took so much weight off our shoulders. All of our formal shots came out beautifully but I was very impressed with his candid shots. Some of the picture he got were such perfect little moments of the people my husband and I love that I was brought to tears of joy that even though I missed them in the hubbub of the wedding I was able to enjoy them afterward. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer for a special event, you absolutely won't regret it! He is the best!
  • Jamie M. Dec 5, 2015
    Charles Rollins beautifully captured one of the most special days of my life, my wedding. He is so very professional, cooperative, and punctual, and he produces terrific, high quality work at an affordable price. I couldn't be happier with my wedding photos, and I will treasure them for years and years to come!
  • Sara E. Nov 11, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Lauren B. Oct 15, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Great pics! Hired him last minute and everything was perfect.
  • Courtney C. Sep 1, 2015
    Charles did headshot portraits of me. The shoot went very well. He is so friendly and easy to work with. The outdoor and indoor photos turned out amazing. The shoot was quick but that was my fault. Time was an issue for me. Overall an excellent job!
  • Misty L. Aug 28, 2015
  • Andrea K. Apr 1, 2014
    Charles did my engagement and wedding photos. He did an amazing job!! Every time I look back at my photos, I have a perfect reminder of how amazing my special day was! He was professional and reasonably priced!
  • Venece S. Mar 30, 2014
    Awesome pictures.. Great person to work with!! It was a Pleasure to do business with him!!
  • Allie G. Mar 30, 2014
    Very good photographer!! Would recommend!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Simple pricing. One price - albums can be ordered later. The basic price is $600 and that largely depends on location - travel, etc. Contact me with your wedding needs and we will discuss them and the price it will be. I am easy to work with. But my starting price for any wedding is $630.00 and goes up to a little over $1300.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I contact them (or they contact me) and we discuss their wants and needs and I show them my work in a book that depicts what they will get if they order one. We go over the contract and what they need to expect and be prepared for on the wedding day. They give me the deposit, I give them a receipt. I keep in touch every few weeks or months and the last week before the wedding we go over the order of the events and I tell them what I would like done if it is ok with them. Then the big day arrives.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Constantly attending seminars and classes to stay informed of changing trends and techniques.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I grew up with a camera in my hand. When I was 5 years old I was taking pictures with a Kodak 126 camera - my first camera. I have been photographing weddings since I was a junior in high school.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All aspects of wedding photography which covers the bridals, getting ready pictures, ceremony and reception. Plus the engagement session if needed/wanted.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
An outdoor wedding in Ripley, WV. The bride provided time for me to be creative and did not rush things and that made for a very successful and artistic wedding and bridal shoot.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do hot hire a family member or a friend. Do not hire someone who does not have much experience in photographing weddings, that is a disaster waiting to happen and your images will show it. Do not pay attention to the "times hired" here on Thumbtack - that can be very misleading as I am not the cheapest but certainly not the most expensive - the value and pride I place on my work and my work itself correctly informs of my photographic ability for someone not that concerned with price to the point of price means more than quality. Hiring a friend/relative is a recipe for disaster.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How hard I work to please my clients no matter what I am shooting and after the shoot. I stay in touch to see if there is anything else I can do for them in the years to come.