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Dorothy Hatchel Photography

San Francisco , CA
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San Francisco, CA 94123 US (map)

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Here at Dorothy Hatchel Photography we have a dedication to detail, in not only the imagery we create but in the care of our clients. We are a husband and wife team with a zest for life,... Read more
Here at Dorothy Hatchel Photography we have a dedication to detail, in not only the imagery we create but in the care of our clients. We are a husband and wife team with a zest for life, love and photography.

Our signature is photography refined; photos in their purest form, using natural light and a distinct perspective. We preserve your memories of how things were, capturing the essence of the moment.

Dorothy's background is grounded in special effects for film and she worked at the Oscar winning Industrial Light & Magic studio. Inspired by her own wedding, she decided to leave the world of special effects and pursue her passion for photography.

Jeff is a lighting technical director with over 10 years at Industrial Light & Magic. Some of his recent work can be seen in the latest Star Trek and Terminator 4 movies.

Let us impress you. Reserve your date with us today. Packages begin at $3000. 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, Matted Prints, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Tina
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
When I was looking for a photographer for our wedding, I wanted one who could capture the real emotions and beauty of our special day. When we first met her we could immediately tell that she was incredibly attentive - listening to what we wanted out of our wedding and quietly observing how we interact as a couple. When we shared with her our wedding theme, Eat Play Love, she got really excited. She went above and beyond to bring in our wedding theme and creativity into our engagement photos - so much so that we spent almost three hours just shooting away and having fun together (at no extra charge). We absolutely loved how these photos turned out since she captured our fun, playful spirit as a couple. As for our wedding photos, they turned out amazing! I had come down with pink eye the week of my wedding and she was able to photoshop all the photos so no one could tell! She also took great photos of our family and guests - capturing those special, magical moments as they occurred. We truly could not have imagined anyone else being our photographer for our special day!
When I was looking for a photographer for our wedding, I wanted one who could capture the real emotions and beauty of our Read more...
When I was looking for a photographer for our wedding, I wanted one who could capture the real emotions and beauty of our special day. When we first met her we could immediately tell that she was incredibly attentive - listening to what we wanted out of our wedding and quietly observing how we interact as a couple. When we shared with her our wedding theme, Eat Play Love, she got really excited. She went above and beyond to bring in our wedding theme and creativity into our engagement photos - so much so that we spent almost three hours just shooting away and having fun together (at no extra charge). We absolutely loved how these photos turned out since she captured our fun, playful spirit as a couple. As for our wedding photos, they turned out amazing! I had come down with pink eye the week of my wedding and she was able to photoshop all the photos so no one could tell! She also took great photos of our family and guests - capturing those special, magical moments as they occurred. We truly could not have imagined anyone else being our photographer for our special day! Read less
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maggie
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Luckily my husband and I found Dorothy for our wedding ceremony in SF city hall. She is AMAZING!!!! She not only listens what we need, but gives us her thoughts as well. She is a well prepared photographer. We just received our finished photos last night and I love every picture she took. Dorothy also made a 2 minute highlight video, very impressed.
Luckily my husband and I found Dorothy for our wedding ceremony in SF city hall. She is AMAZING!!!! She not only listens Read more...
Luckily my husband and I found Dorothy for our wedding ceremony in SF city hall. She is AMAZING!!!! She not only listens what we need, but gives us her thoughts as well. She is a well prepared photographer. We just received our finished photos last night and I love every picture she took. Dorothy also made a 2 minute highlight video, very impressed. Read less
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Sandra
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Dorothy was the best photographer we could have asked for. First of all, she was kind and excited about our special day. It surprised me so much that she took the time to memorize an 11 page questionnaire that she asked me to fill out about family members and everything including the who, what, when, where, how, etc. of the wedding. This proved to me that my wedding was not just another wedding and that she understood m taste and the way I do things is different from other brides. This was a HUGE selling point for me. In regards to her work, she is EXTREMELY gifted. Pretty much any photographer can do a good job photographing your family and friends and the feel of an event. However, there are not very many photographers that can take engagement pictures or wedding portraits the way that Dorothy can. If you are looking for BEAUTIFUL lifetime memories to be put on your walls and shown to your kids in your married future, hire her. She is worth it!
Dorothy was the best photographer we could have asked for. First of all, she was kind and excited about our special day. Read more...
Dorothy was the best photographer we could have asked for. First of all, she was kind and excited about our special day. It surprised me so much that she took the time to memorize an 11 page questionnaire that she asked me to fill out about family members and everything including the who, what, when, where, how, etc. of the wedding. This proved to me that my wedding was not just another wedding and that she understood m taste and the way I do things is different from other brides. This was a HUGE selling point for me. In regards to her work, she is EXTREMELY gifted. Pretty much any photographer can do a good job photographing your family and friends and the feel of an event. However, there are not very many photographers that can take engagement pictures or wedding portraits the way that Dorothy can. If you are looking for BEAUTIFUL lifetime memories to be put on your walls and shown to your kids in your married future, hire her. She is worth it! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
4/30/2011
4.8/5.0
So, I was late to both my first meeting with Dorothy and the engagement shoot. She was on time and wonderful. If I had to do it over again, I would absolutely still hire Dorothy. Except I would do it earlier (I got burned last minute by a family friend who was supposed to take engagement photos).

I cannot say enough good things about Dorothy. I haven't received my wedding photos yet, but I saw a sneak preview of one on her blog and my engagement pictures turned out so well, I am thoroughly excited to see them. The only reason why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for value/cost was because this is the bay area and everything is stupid expensive, particularly when it's wedding related.

My ceremony location was not a common location, so I expected Dorothy to check it out before the wedding (and she did). What I wasn't expecting, but was thoroughly impressed by, was her request to come to the rehearsal the night before to see the order of service, talk with the officiant about where she could/could not be, and go through any last minute questions. I barely noticed her on my wedding day except when we were actually taking posed pictures but my bridesmaids told me she was all over the place getting pictures.
So, I was late to both my first meeting with Dorothy and the engagement shoot. She was on time and wonderful. If I had to Read more...
So, I was late to both my first meeting with Dorothy and the engagement shoot. She was on time and wonderful. If I had to do it over again, I would absolutely still hire Dorothy. Except I would do it earlier (I got burned last minute by a family friend who was supposed to take engagement photos).

I cannot say enough good things about Dorothy. I haven't received my wedding photos yet, but I saw a sneak preview of one on her blog and my engagement pictures turned out so well, I am thoroughly excited to see them. The only reason why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for value/cost was because this is the bay area and everything is stupid expensive, particularly when it's wedding related.

My ceremony location was not a common location, so I expected Dorothy to check it out before the wedding (and she did). What I wasn't expecting, but was thoroughly impressed by, was her request to come to the rehearsal the night before to see the order of service, talk with the officiant about where she could/could not be, and go through any last minute questions. I barely noticed her on my wedding day except when we were actually taking posed pictures but my bridesmaids told me she was all over the place getting pictures. Read less
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MichelleA
Wedding:
10/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Dorothy and her husband Jeff are excellent photographers. She was very quick to respond, polite and direct. She shot our engagements photos and our wedding, both fantastic job. She got all the shots I asked for and more!
Dorothy and her husband Jeff are excellent photographers. She was very quick to respond, polite and direct. She shot our Read more...
Dorothy and her husband Jeff are excellent photographers. She was very quick to respond, polite and direct. She shot our engagements photos and our wedding, both fantastic job. She got all the shots I asked for and more! Read less
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HBCwedding2010
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Dorothy was amazing! She showed genuine excitement about both our engagement photos and our beautiful wedding photos. She has a great eye for the light and settings that made us look great. Her husband also joined her for the day of our wedding, and they made a great team. We received all of the photos on a DVD in a very reasonable time. Dorothy even rushed our engagement photos so that we would have time to put them in a guestbook prior to our wedding. Throughout all of this, she had a great attitude and was a pleasure to work with.
Dorothy was amazing! She showed genuine excitement about both our engagement photos and our beautiful wedding photos. She Read more...
Dorothy was amazing! She showed genuine excitement about both our engagement photos and our beautiful wedding photos. She has a great eye for the light and settings that made us look great. Her husband also joined her for the day of our wedding, and they made a great team. We received all of the photos on a DVD in a very reasonable time. Dorothy even rushed our engagement photos so that we would have time to put them in a guestbook prior to our wedding. Throughout all of this, she had a great attitude and was a pleasure to work with. Read less
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doctorbride
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Dorothy was very pleasant to work with, professional, and listened to what we said we liked. She even stayed late to get our departure photos. She sent us our pictures only one month after the wedding, which is much faster than a lot of my friends have received their pictures. And they looked amazing! I couldn't be more happier with how the pictures turned out. I can't wait to see the album!
Dorothy was very pleasant to work with, professional, and listened to what we said we liked. She even stayed late to get Read more...
Dorothy was very pleasant to work with, professional, and listened to what we said we liked. She even stayed late to get our departure photos. She sent us our pictures only one month after the wedding, which is much faster than a lot of my friends have received their pictures. And they looked amazing! I couldn't be more happier with how the pictures turned out. I can't wait to see the album! Read less
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FloYee
Wedding:
7/3/2010
4.8/5.0
Dorothy worked responsively to meet the needs of the entire wedding party to parents and extended family members. She met with us (the groom and the bride) countless times to go over wedding day details, to preview the wedding site, and get a feel of who we were on a personal level. She was flexible in creating breaks in her shoot time to accommodate the "dead time" in our schedule and went over the contractual time to capture each precious moment. I remember when I first met Dorothy, she offered luxury services with reasonable prices. This is exactly how it turned out to be.
Dorothy worked responsively to meet the needs of the entire wedding party to parents and extended family members. She met Read more...
Dorothy worked responsively to meet the needs of the entire wedding party to parents and extended family members. She met with us (the groom and the bride) countless times to go over wedding day details, to preview the wedding site, and get a feel of who we were on a personal level. She was flexible in creating breaks in her shoot time to accommodate the "dead time" in our schedule and went over the contractual time to capture each precious moment. I remember when I first met Dorothy, she offered luxury services with reasonable prices. This is exactly how it turned out to be. Read less
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ArmyOfEchoes
Wedding:
7/1/2010
5.0/5.0
I could not ask for anything better, They were amazing and will last a lifetime!
I could not ask for anything better, They were amazing and will last a lifetime!
I could not ask for anything better, They were amazing and will last a lifetime! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
It was so easy and wonderful working with Dorothy. She's very professional, and prompt in her correspondence. I felt completely confident in her work and didn't have to worry if the photos would come out bad. She takes absolutely gorgeous photos and we're very happy with the outcome. I did wish that we got a photo of the DIY popcorn bar before it was ransacked - but I guess people just ran to it before she was able to take a photo of it.
It was so easy and wonderful working with Dorothy. She's very professional, and prompt in her correspondence. I felt Read more...
It was so easy and wonderful working with Dorothy. She's very professional, and prompt in her correspondence. I felt completely confident in her work and didn't have to worry if the photos would come out bad. She takes absolutely gorgeous photos and we're very happy with the outcome. I did wish that we got a photo of the DIY popcorn bar before it was ransacked - but I guess people just ran to it before she was able to take a photo of it. Read less
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