Searching for the Perfect Tampa Photographer

I knew I needed a new LinkedIn photo. My old photo was dated, unflattering lighting, and looked like a yearbook picture.  While my search began in 2013, I had major issues finding a suitable photographer. Many photographers attempt to serve a general base, and their portfolio reflects that generalist quality. I interviewed photographers for two years, without finding a firm that suited my needs. In 2016, I was referred to Steve at The Gallery Studios. Steve’s portfolio displayed professional quality photography, displaying executive headshots and business photography, with the subjects all presented in attractive, compelling images.

Steve was prompt and courteous in discussing my photography needs and scheduling my photo shoot. Immediately after our initial discussion, he provided an itemized written proposal. Upon arrival at the Gallery Studios’ posh South Tampa location, the professional experience continued – the client will see a comfortable yet well-appointed office, with professional grade tents, lighting, staging, and cameras. The office walls are covered with dozens of attractive headshots, corporate team photos, and other quality artistic shoots.   It’s obvious that The Gallery Studios caters to a sophisticated, professional audience, and the studio’s showcase demonstrates this.

Like many, I am not an eager photography subject. As soon as I get in front of a camera, my brain switches off and my pictures convey that unease (think “deer in headlights”). Steve immediately put me at ease and was able to bring out my most natural, friendly expression.   Steve’s technical skills were first rate as well – Steve constantly adjusted shutters and lighting, creating the perfect backdrop for a corporate/professional photo. My expectations were far exceeded when, within 15 minutes, I had a series of fantastic headshots which needed no retouching – this was a first!   Steve sat with me and reviewed the series of final shots and made helpful suggestions about which were best suited for the physical hardcopy, as well as my LinkedIn copy. I walked out with images of me looking the best as I have in any photo, ever.

I highly recommend the Gallery Studios to anyone looking for a gorgeous professional head-shot, and a fun and easy photography experience, for a reasonable price.

Thea Janeway  – Senior Counsel and Vice-President  – Citi Financial Service

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