Rick Bern Photography
For several years now, Rick Bern Photography has been rated #1 on both Google and Yelp in MA.
In the end, I suspect every portrait photographer loves working with people and is motivated to help create/preserve memories. I'm a former social worker and the same rings true with me. I love seeing clients years who become tearful talking about portraits on their walls we shot years ago when their kids were young. It's a passion, a responsibility, a craft - and always an opportunity to create something new.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Discuss their needs, arrange services such as hair/makeup if needed, schedule a session, collaborate and create!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Largely self-taught with a decade of personal guidance from some of the best photographers shooting in the US today. I opened a Needham studio about 6 years ago where the majority of executive headshots and family portraits are taken.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
It's an a la carte system, happy to share a pdf with complete information upon request.
How did you get started in this business?
I've had a camera with me since I was a little kid. It wasn't until my wife challenged me that Rick Bern Photography was officially born.
What types of customers have you worked with?
As a generalist I've been lucky to have a client base that keeps me doing something different every day. I've captured everyone from actors to athletes, executives to entreprenuers, small start-ups to massive Fortune 500 companies. We also have a team that provides photography for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs all over New England. For a more complete scope, please visit our website galleries.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Shot a wedding last month of a couple who met during jury duty. The judge presided over the wedding. That was a fun night.
What advice would you give a customers looking to hire a vendor in your area of expertise?
Read as many online review sites as you can to be sure a vendor can provide you with what you need. Do your homework before calling a potential vendor to be sure you're not wasting your time.
What questions should customers think through before talking to vendors about their needs?
Most people don't really know what they want, but they may know what they like/dislike if they saw it. That's why looking at a website is probably the best first step to hiring a photographer. It's not the only step, but it's a beginning. I have clients who let me "do my thing" while I have others who email me screenshots of poses and setups they love. I'm good either way. To me, it's all a chance to create and collaborate on a project - something I love to do!