Chris Spicks Photography

Chris Spicks Photography

5.0 (5)
3 hires on Fash
2 employees
23 years in business

About this pro

High impact, visually creative studio that handles wild studio shoots with colors and lights or very simple corporate event tasks.  I know how to use light to express a story, I have traveled the world with clients on adventures, shot underwater campaigns, and still photo christmas cards and weddings.  I have had a camera in my hand for 27 years, and have been paid for my vision for 20.

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Houston, TX 77007
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5 Reviews


  • Christien Neighbors

  • Denise Madrid of Search Services

  • Denise Madrid of Search Services

    Chris Spicks of 396 Studios was an excellent choice for taking photos of our team! He was patient, directed us to capturing what we needed for our website and other marketing material. He was patient, professional and prepared for all we needed to accomplish while applying his artistic creativity. I highly recommend 396 Studios!

  • Steven Schmidt

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

In a perfect world, i would love to meet with a client and go look at a location together, and discuss samples of photos they like, make a pinterest board and share samples and ideas.  However, often we only get to talk on a phone, and share a few emails discussing styles or things that they like and then shoot.

I like being creative, telling a story, recreating a scene from your favorite tv show, and pushing the boundaries of what people expect.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have had a camera inmy hand for 27 years.  I have worked in marketing/advertising/design/editing for 22 years, so concepting a photoshoot that actually works for various types of advertising is our talent.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

There are different levels of photography.
1: I show up with a camera and shoot
2: I show up with camera and flash and shoot
3: I show up with camera and studio lighting and shoot.
4: I show up with camera, studio lighting,and an assistant to help make the process smoother and help pose you and your entourage.
5: You come to my studio and either natural shoot or studio light shoot.

We also have levels of creative direction:
Do we need to concept your photoshoot?
Do you already have ideas, and just want us to shoot it?
Do you know a location or do we have to scout it, go do test shoots before hand etc.
Do you know your poses or would you like me to bring my model/posing coach/assistant to help you pose.

Wedding photography:
Do we need to bring a second shooter?
Do we need to bring a videographer?
Do we need to bring an Aerial Photographer/Videographer?
How far do we need to travel? (we have been around the globe photographing clients)
Will Accomodations be provided?
Customs/Cultures - We have photographed Muslim weddings, Christian Weddings, African Weddings, Indian Weddings, but every wedding is different, and we know that your traditions are important. We will want to know everything we can about what to expect.

I have an hourly rate to shoot to includes basic edits.  Basic edits means adjusting the photos so they are the best exposure, boosting colors, straightening a photo.  From there, we have more editing, such as removing blemishes, whitening teeth.  Then there is glamor editing, this is very intense pore smoothing, making the eyes pop, removing all stray hairs, slimming (if requested), adjusting for a more dramatic lighting scenario.  Then we have extreme editing, such as swapping backgrounds, changing faces in photos, removing people, adding people etc.

What types of customers have you worked with?

Product photos (Such as RTIC who makes the stainless steel cold mugs)
Realestate Photos for multi million dollar houses that require someone who is not going to just point and click.
Portraits, Proms, Weddings, Engagements, Travel Photography for Families/Couples,  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We did a 11 hour underwater shoot for a sports team.  It was extremely tedious and exhausting, but the results were amazing.

Flying to Berliin or Peru to photo families on vacation.

Taking splash product photography photos for a tequila brand.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

My advice: Look for someone who is multi faceted.  I see photographers who do beautiful work photoing people in a  field, but that is all they can do.  If you need someone who knows lighting, or is creative, or can excel at challlenges, then look for someone who can use their vast experiences to better your shoot.

We have shot product, people, buildings, weddings, boudoir, sports, food and restaurants. and there are times that we get to use some of our skills in each one to make a better shoot,  or push the boundaries.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Mainly just to understand what level of work you want, and convey it. Don't be afraid to say 'i have no idea' or to say 'i have this exact thing i want to do'. Show us samples of things you like.  Create a pinterest board of things you like. We wont copy them, but we can use them to talor your shoot and know the style you like.  ALso realize half of a shoot is the environment.  Maybe we need to rent a hotel or an airbnb to get the best scene. Find a perfect outfit etc.  Also to understand that photos require space.  Your 10x10 bedrroom will not be big enough to properly photo in.