Marge Maghoney Photography
Areas of service:San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Stockton, Modesto, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Salinas, Hayward, Vallejo, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, Concord, Daly City, Berkeley, Redwood City, Santa Clara, San Leandro, Vacaville, Santa Cruz, Antioch, Napa, Palo Alto, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Walnut Creek, Richmond, Roseville, Watsonville, Pittsburg, Fairfield, Livermore, Mountain View, Alameda, Tracy, San Rafael, Davis, Lodi, Petaluma, Union City, Turlock, Pleasanton, Milpitas, South San Francisco, Carmichael, Manteca, San Pablo, Castro Valley, Novato, Cupertino, Woodland, Danville, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Hollister, Martinez, Campbell, San Ramon, Rohnert Park, Newark, Morgan Hill, Fair Oaks, Burlingame, Los Altos, San Bruno, Suisun City, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Seaside, Rocklin, Antelope, Sonoma, Ceres, Monterey, Pleasant Hill, North Highlands, Orangevale, West Sacramento, Sebastopol, Saratoga, Dublin, Los Banos, Mill Valley, San Carlos, Atwater, Oakley, Brentwood, San Lorenzo, Benicia, Belmont, El Sobrante, Oakdale, Shingle Springs, Emeryville, Aptos, Galt, Lafayette, Windsor, El Cerrito, Hercules, El Dorado Hills, Marina, Granite Bay and Millbrae.
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About Marge Maghoney Photography
Marge Maghoney Photography is a company that provides high quality photography services.
We offer the following services:
> Wedding Packages
> Fun Booths
> Just Photos
> Photo Memory Books
Our company offers affordable packages for different occasions.
If you are looking for a professional photographer then we are the one that you should call.
Questions and answers
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
It is not as simple as clicking a camera. You're basically hiring us for our creative eye, our ability to connect with you, take care of you and make you feel as comfortable as possible so you would look your most fabulous on your special day. Years from now, you can look back to how happy that day was and how radiant you looked. Another thing, our per hour or per project rates may seem expensive but our work doesn't end when we leave your event. It actually just kind of started. Think of it this way, when we're taking photos at your wedding or your party or your cousin's bar mitzvah, we're like collecting our raw material and we go home and do the tedious work. Some people think being a photographer is a glamorous job and all fun. Getting paid hundreds or thousands of dollars taking pictures here and there. Ummm, not exactly. Stretch those $$$ into hours, days, even weeks of post processing, poring over every detail on every photo to come up with a tight set to present to you.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
1. You can ask for freebies like a few minutes of extended coverage without charge.
2. Make sure you are clear about the refund/cancellation policy before making the deposit.
3. Make sure you are clear about the lead times and that it doesn't take too long before you get the finished product.
4. We welcome any and all input the client can give us. You can be very specific and even give us sample photos so we have a clear grasp of your preferred style and basically what you want and what you're going for. Tell us about angles you're not too comfortable with. This is true for any photographer who genuinely cares about producing excellent documentation of an event.
- How did you get started?
It started with taking photos for leisure and sanity. Documenting moments of my life with friends and family. Enthusiasm turned to passion and passion led to a discovery of what makes me truly happy. When you love something, it doesn't take a lot of effort to be good at it. I enjoy taking images and making them better with some basic post processing. When you do good work, people will notice. Not yet pro, friends and family would comment on how my images were better than those of the photographer they hired. In 2009, I mustered enough guts to post an ad as a wedding photographer. I was paid $600 for a 6 hour wedding if I remember correctly and the rest as they say is history.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
1. What are included in your packages and what cost extra? Will all of these be detailed in the contract?
2. What are your lead times and is this included in the contract? Is there an extra fee to have it rushed, if at all possible?
3. Can you refer other vendors (videographers, DJs, coordinators, florists, venues)?
4. What happens in the event that you can't make it? Do you have backup personnel? Are they as competent as you and would this be defined in detail in the contract?
5. What is your refund policy? How early can I cancel to get the full refund?
6. Would you be performing the service yourself? Can you handle it all by yourself?
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
I still get giddy with excitement with every new event I'm working on. I get pumped up brainstorming with couples on how we can make their day extra special. I treat you not as a business connection but as a friend. I am always thankful for you allowing me, someone you have never met before, to be a part of your special day.
It all boils down to this. I love what I do! From meeting my clients, brainstorming for new ideas, preparing my gear the night before, posing my subjects, finding the 'in-between' moments, the interesting conversations I have with you, your friends and family, the atmosphere of happy celebration, updating my website and portfolio with new ideas and photos, making props, editing photos, creating photo books, receiving heart warming testimonials from you to writing thank you cards.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
Our company specializes in wedding photography.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
We average around 60 projects per year.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
First and foremost, make sure you have the time, date and venue all squared away before you book a photographer. You cannot move in this direction with a tentative time, date and venue. Make sure you have a clear idea of how much you are willing to spend. Have a draft of your program and make sure you don't have the photographer start too early or stay too late. You can only have so much time spent on covering bridal preparations and people dancing towards the end of the night. Make sure though that they have ample time to cover all the important parts of the event. A great photo coverage looks much like a storybook from beginning to end.
- What brands or products do you work with?
I use all Canon equipment.