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Custom Creative Photography

Blythewood , SC
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31 Blackhawk Ct.
Blythewood, SC 29016 US (map)

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803-543-1860

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ABOUT US

-Capturing your special moments in photos

I offer wedding photography, engagement, trash the dress, formal portrait, and boudoir sessions. In addition, I am available to cover... Read more
-Capturing your special moments in photos

I offer wedding photography, engagement, trash the dress, formal portrait, and boudoir sessions. In addition, I am available to cover rehearsal dinners and any other events you would like photographic coverage for.

I pride myself in being able to work closely with my clients to provide them with the service they deserve. I have fun with the wedding party and keep everyone relaxed while working quickly to get fantastic photos and keep with the schedule.

In addition, I like to step "outside the box" on occasion to create one of a kind photos to preserve your memories in the most creative way possible...hence the company name - Custom Creative Photo!

Member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Yes, plus many other techniques. I pride myself in being able to provide multiple styles both in camera and in post processing to give my customers exactly what they are looking for.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes, I have special equipment particularly suited for low-light venues such as churches and receptions. In addition, my lens selection is designed to flatter my subjects.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
I usually work alone, but can provide a second shooter.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes. I have yet to miss a wedding, but should something unforseen occur that would prevent me from capturing your event, I have a network of other photographers that I can call upon - this is only in the event of an emergency.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I never book two events in one day, and I rarely book more than 1 in a weekend. I try to keep my weddings to 2 per month. This allows me to provide excellent customer service.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes, I have a network of photographers that I can call upon in the unlikely event that I cannot fulfill my duties. I have yet to actually miss a wedding though. <knocking on wood>
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I have the camera equipment listed below, and I also carry a laptop to the reception that allows me to back up photos and show a slide show presentation during the reception when space is available. In addition, I carry an assortment of reflectors and off-camera lighting that I can use for post ceremony portraits.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
I have 3 complete sets of gear - cameras, lenses, flashes. All of my equipment is high-end Canon gear.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I do not charge hourly rates and I do not limit my time with you. I will take photos of your wedding day as long as it takes to capture all of your special memories. In some special circumstances, I will book for shorter periods of time if a couple does not need full day coverage. Call for details.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
I will shoot extra hours, and do not charge for this - within reason...
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I do require the client to provide a meal. For a break, I take just enough time to eat.
Do you charge for travel?
Mostly no. I do not charge a fee for the greater Columbia, SC area. There may be a small fee for travel in excess of this.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Proofs are generally posted in 1-2 weeks online. You will have your own password protected web site that you can share with others. I generally keep your site active until I have delivered your final product, but can keep it active longer by request. This site also allows for ordering prints.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
I use online proofing, but proof albums are available by request and can take many forms. You have the option of a photo book, 4x6's in a proof album, or 4x6's in a custom box including photos from the day.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
The client is free to keep the proofs as they are paid for separately. There is no additional charge for online proofing.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
I give the couple the rights to use the photos however they like (printing, posting online, etc).
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
I retain the ability to use the photos for display or advertisement purposes unless other arrangements are requested by the client.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, on DVD(s) and CD(s). This includes a photographer's release allowing the clients to use the photos however they like.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes as mentioned above.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer a variety of albums to fit any budget that include everything from photo books to high-end leather albums. There are many options available for the covers, guilding, and photo mattes on the cover.
When will the client get the final album?
This generally depends on the bride and the arrangements that are agreed upon for choosing photos for the album. This can be completely hands off by the bride, or the bride can be very involved in the creative process. Albums are generally delivered within 3 months of the wedding date. Once photo selections are submitted by the couple, it typically takes less than month.

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Peggy
Wedding:
10/25/2014
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If you are looking for the prefect photographer you search is over! Lou is amazing, he listens to what you want and he delivers. It's not a task for him it's a passion. Lou has a way with capturing every special moment. Hire him today, you will not be disappointed! Bonus with hiring Lou....he's willing to travel. We live in the Pittsburgh, PA area...Lou was more than willing to travel from SC to PA to be my daughter's photographer. I would hire Lou again in a heart beat!!
If you are looking for the prefect photographer you search is over! Lou is amazing, he listens to what you want and he Read more...
If you are looking for the prefect photographer you search is over! Lou is amazing, he listens to what you want and he delivers. It's not a task for him it's a passion. Lou has a way with capturing every special moment. Hire him today, you will not be disappointed! Bonus with hiring Lou....he's willing to travel. We live in the Pittsburgh, PA area...Lou was more than willing to travel from SC to PA to be my daughter's photographer. I would hire Lou again in a heart beat!! Read less
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megan
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Lou was wonderful to work with. He took beautiful wedding and engagement photos that we will cherish forever. We love the video he put together and he will upload your pictures to social media sites.
Lou was wonderful to work with. He took beautiful wedding and engagement photos that we will cherish forever. We love the Read more...
Lou was wonderful to work with. He took beautiful wedding and engagement photos that we will cherish forever. We love the video he put together and he will upload your pictures to social media sites. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
6/22/2013
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The experience we had on our wedding day was fabulous. Lou is not only an amazing photographer but he is also the easiest person to talk to. He went out of his way with any ideas we had and he was up for absolutely anything. We were more than pleased with how everything turned out. I've already recommended Lou to several people that have weddings coming up within the next year.
The experience we had on our wedding day was fabulous. Lou is not only an amazing photographer but he is also the easiest Read more...
The experience we had on our wedding day was fabulous. Lou is not only an amazing photographer but he is also the easiest person to talk to. He went out of his way with any ideas we had and he was up for absolutely anything. We were more than pleased with how everything turned out. I've already recommended Lou to several people that have weddings coming up within the next year. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/21/2012
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We had a great time taking pictures and are very pleased with the quality of work!
We had a great time taking pictures and are very pleased with the quality of work!
We had a great time taking pictures and are very pleased with the quality of work! Read less
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Kristen
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7/7/2012
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Lou was amazing! My brother and sister-in-law had him do their photos for their wedding and they were so incredible, I had to have him do mine. Even though he had moved out of the area by the time my wedding came around, he came back! His prices were competitive and his service was great. He handled all the chaos of a destination wedding in massive July heat like a pro. Our pictures are beautiful and captured the emotions of the day perfectly. I would absolutely recommend Custom Creative Photography!
Lou was amazing! My brother and sister-in-law had him do their photos for their wedding and they were so incredible, I had Read more...
Lou was amazing! My brother and sister-in-law had him do their photos for their wedding and they were so incredible, I had to have him do mine. Even though he had moved out of the area by the time my wedding came around, he came back! His prices were competitive and his service was great. He handled all the chaos of a destination wedding in massive July heat like a pro. Our pictures are beautiful and captured the emotions of the day perfectly. I would absolutely recommend Custom Creative Photography! Read less
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Anonymous
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2+ years ago
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Lou at Custom Creative Photo is an amazing photographer. He truly went above and beyond to get the most amazing shots at our beach wedding. Not to mention travelling to MD from SC. Lou really knows what he's doing and was great to work with. Everything turned out beautiful and I would definately recommend his services! Thanks Lou! Our big day wouldn't have been the same without you.

Heather and Derek
Lou at Custom Creative Photo is an amazing photographer. He truly went above and beyond to get the most amazing shots at Read more...
Lou at Custom Creative Photo is an amazing photographer. He truly went above and beyond to get the most amazing shots at our beach wedding. Not to mention travelling to MD from SC. Lou really knows what he's doing and was great to work with. Everything turned out beautiful and I would definately recommend his services! Thanks Lou! Our big day wouldn't have been the same without you.

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Hannah
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4/14/2012
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Lou was such a wonderful photographer for our wedding. We were really concerned going into the wedding about the photography, mainly because taking pictures can be awkward for my husband and myself. Lou made us free incredibly comfortable. During the service and reception, we hardly noticed he was there but we have AMAZING pictures from both events. I also had my bridal portraits done by Lou. He was really awesome about traveling for them, and they turned out beautifully! I can't imagine being happier. I would definitely recommend him!
Lou was such a wonderful photographer for our wedding. We were really concerned going into the wedding about the Read more...
Lou was such a wonderful photographer for our wedding. We were really concerned going into the wedding about the photography, mainly because taking pictures can be awkward for my husband and myself. Lou made us free incredibly comfortable. During the service and reception, we hardly noticed he was there but we have AMAZING pictures from both events. I also had my bridal portraits done by Lou. He was really awesome about traveling for them, and they turned out beautifully! I can't imagine being happier. I would definitely recommend him! Read less
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k
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4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were renewing our vows for our 10th Anniversary. This was actually our first big wedding. We had eloped. We new we wanted the best photography for our special day. Lou was perfect for ours. He did an awesome job in getting all of our perfect moments.
My husband and I were renewing our vows for our 10th Anniversary. This was actually our first big wedding. We had eloped. Read more...
My husband and I were renewing our vows for our 10th Anniversary. This was actually our first big wedding. We had eloped. We new we wanted the best photography for our special day. Lou was perfect for ours. He did an awesome job in getting all of our perfect moments. Read less
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Tyler
Wedding:
9/4/2011
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Seriously, if you have the option of using Lou for your wedding, do so. He was incredibly professional and helpful, and he was great to work with. Our wedding was scheduled with Lou before he moved to the Carolinas, and instead of cancelling on us or sending us another photographer, he flew up to Pittsburgh to honor his contract, and I'm SO glad he did! He did an AMAZING job! Thanks so much Lou!!!
Seriously, if you have the option of using Lou for your wedding, do so. He was incredibly professional and helpful, and he Read more...
Seriously, if you have the option of using Lou for your wedding, do so. He was incredibly professional and helpful, and he was great to work with. Our wedding was scheduled with Lou before he moved to the Carolinas, and instead of cancelling on us or sending us another photographer, he flew up to Pittsburgh to honor his contract, and I'm SO glad he did! He did an AMAZING job! Thanks so much Lou!!! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Working with Lou was a wonderful experience. He is kind, professional, responsible and has a great eye for capturing all the natural events that happen on your special day. He listened to us and followed through with all of our requests, no matter how big or small. Lou's prices are amazing too. You will find in your search, that photography is probably one of the most expensive services you will have to pay for, but Lou at Custom Creative Photography has the best prices around...unbeatable. And the quality is amazing:) For anyone looking for a professional photographer who has work to show his talent, who is affordable, and who is looking for a photographer that will listen to you and guide you, you need to hire Lou and Custom Creative Photography. It will be one of the best decisions that you will make in your wedding planning process!
Working with Lou was a wonderful experience. He is kind, professional, responsible and has a great eye for capturing all Read more...
Working with Lou was a wonderful experience. He is kind, professional, responsible and has a great eye for capturing all the natural events that happen on your special day. He listened to us and followed through with all of our requests, no matter how big or small. Lou's prices are amazing too. You will find in your search, that photography is probably one of the most expensive services you will have to pay for, but Lou at Custom Creative Photography has the best prices around...unbeatable. And the quality is amazing:) For anyone looking for a professional photographer who has work to show his talent, who is affordable, and who is looking for a photographer that will listen to you and guide you, you need to hire Lou and Custom Creative Photography. It will be one of the best decisions that you will make in your wedding planning process! Read less
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