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About

I am a photographer, but I am also a teacher and a guide. I have taught philosophy at university for nearly a decade, I have written books about our minds and our bodies: the philosophy I taught and wrote about is the same that makes my photography special.

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Reviews (31)

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S
6 March 2020

Working with Tom is fantastic! We call him for all of our photo shoots and product shoots

W
26 February 2020

Tom is definitely a fantastic and talented photographer. He took some extremely beautiful pictures for our engagement portrait. He is passionate, creative, and responsible during the entire shooting. My wife and I are over satisfied for the photos. Tom also worked super quick. I can’t believe he finished editing in 2 days. I recommend Tom to whoever looking for a talented and responsible photographer. More...

R
23 February 2020

Was my great experience with Tom he's really talented can't wait to have the next photoshoot with him

V
18 February 2020

Loved his work. He was very good with both of my kids. My husband was happy with the results. Will be calling Tom for my next event pictures

A
4 February 2020

Very talented and skilled. Very recommended!

P
23 January 2020

Tom was wonderful to work with. Very professional and talented. He captured some very good shots of my son during a recent photo shoot. I look forward to calling on Tom in the future. More...

K
22 January 2020

Me and my husband love our wedding photos taken by Tom. He is very passionate with his work and he also makes sure that he satisfy his client like us. We are amazed. 🤩 Definitely worth it and highly recommended. Good job! More...

N
8 January 2020

First of all I must start by saying that Tom went above and beyond anything that I could have imagined, that a photographer would offer to their clients. It's the little things (attention to detail, his proffesional advise and the willingness to assist) that puts him above any other photographer I've ever worked with.

He captured our secret engagement and produced some truly stunning images! His attention to detail was superb and he helped me pull of a very special occasion that my fiance and I will never forget!

The end product was stunning, Tom captured the emotions of the moment as well as the beautiful background and turned around the photos within 24 hours! Couldn't not recommend him highly enough!
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G
13 November 2019

I'm glad I chose Portrait Philosophy for our company head shot photos. Tom was really responsive, professional and on time! He made us feel comfortable and did all needed to get all the shots for us to be happy with our photos. It was a pleasure working with him. I will be using him for my future photo shots needed. Highly recommend him! More...

G
11 November 2019

Was so satisfied with Tom Bertolotti Photographer!! A great experience for the whole family! Highly recommend!

M
6 November 2019

Hands down. The best shoot I ever had.
He really brought so much out of me.
I felt really comfortable working with him and was able to be myself.
And the pictures were just beyond amazing, magazine level! I have been looking for a regular photographer for my Instagram . I can finally say I found him!
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C
29 October 2019

Tom helped me take some headshots and it was real pleasure working with him. He's very talented and will go above and beyond to get you what you're looking for.

A
14 September 2019

Tom was so much fun to work with and our engagement photos are absolutely stunning. I would definitely work with him again and we will. We took our photos at the beach and he had many different ideas for poses and lighting and captured breath taking pictures that we will treasure forever. You will not be disappointed. More...

N
4 September 2019

Absolutely incredible photography, super easy going to work with and very professional. I’m definitely looking forward to working together again!

H
30 August 2019

Tom with Portrait Philosophy was great to work with. He actually came to my home for the photo shoot which made it very easy and comfortable for me. The photo shoot experience was very comfortable and friendly. Tom is very creative and came up with great suggestions in terms of poses, what was appropriate for me to wear and the locations for the photographs. He took his time to make sure I was relaxed and simply myself. He captured about 200 photos which we both went through all photos and selected the ones I liked the most. It took less than 24 hours for me to receive the photos to my email address. I must also say that Portrait Philosophy's service is not only very professional but it is also very affordable.
I highly recommend Portrait Philosophy to anyone in need of a photo shoot for any occasion.
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A
26 August 2019

The best portrait photographer, he understood exactly what I was going for and followed through with a result that exceeded my expectations. Wonderful!

P
19 August 2019

Tommaso is the best photographer anyone would ask for especially for someone like us who are in Hollywood to capture iconic places with our family. Tom is knowledgeable if the area with great suggestions where to go and is patient with us. He's a great guy to work with and reasonable fee. We highly recommend Portrait Philosophy 👍 More...

S
12 August 2019

Tom is awesome to work with! He is incredibly understanding and helpful. He guides you through the process and makes the photoshoot a fun and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend using him for your next photoshoot! You won’t regret it. More...

Y
7 August 2019

Absolutely loved working with Tom!
He was so welcoming and open to my ideas throughout the shoot. Has an amazing vision coming into the shoot. Very friendly personality and look forward to working with him again! More...

S
6 August 2019

We would highly recommend Tom for portraits as well as event photography! 5-Star rating! Tom captured so many wonderful moments at our family reunion at the beach and great portraits--individual and group! He was professional as well as super nice to work with and listened to our suggestions/requests. He clearly has a passion for photography! We will definitely use Tom for future events! Thank you Tom!! More...

M
6 August 2019

Working with Tom was very easy. He understood right away what I wanted and also offered ideas that turned out great. He communicates well and promptly. I recommend!!

S
5 August 2019

Thank you Tom! Your talent and professionalism was beyond appreciated at our family reunion on the beach! It's not easy capturing grandparents, adults, teens, toddlers and babies, you made it look easy. We were able to enjoy and carry on with our reunion without any interruption. You were discreet and professional. You were calm and patient throughout the whole day! THANK YOU, our family will have these precious and priceless photos that you shot. We love every single one of them! You are hired for our next reunion!! More...

J
5 August 2019

From the call to discuss the possibility of him shooting our family reunion at the beach, to the delivery of the photos, the whole experience was professional, detail-oriented, and high-quality.
Cell phone pics are great and all (and he'll take some for you if want yet really unnecessary) but having a pro like Tom execute his craft will give you results you'd thought were only reserved for professional models.
I highly recommend.
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L
1 August 2019

Wonderful and creative as well as professional!!!

Z
7 July 2019

Tom is wonderful to work with!! I highly recommend him. He went above and beyond during the photoshoot and had great suggestions for the photos. They look very professional and i love how he sat down with me afterwards to look through the pictures and pick out my favorites. thumbs up!!!! Will be contacting for any future projects. More...

Thank you Zoe! It was a pleasure working with you. I'm so touched that you appreciated the whole experience!

J
3 July 2019

Tommaso Bertolotti will take the time to make you look the very best. Let him guide you through your shoot and you will be happy with the outcome. If you are unsure where to find a good location to shoot at, Tom knows great places. He is professional and fast on delivering the touched up images. I can only recommend Tom to anyone looking for great pictures at a decent price. He is passionate about his craft and really cares about his clients. More...

Thank you Jerome, I really appreciate your words. Jerome is one of my first LA clients and he did not find me through Bark. Here you can see the pictures from that shooting: https://tomwayne.myportfolio.com/jerome

A
2 July 2019

Extremely professional, great communication.
Tom delivered everything ahead of time and was very patient in fine-tuning the pictures so that they were exactly what I wanted.

D
2 July 2019

Tom made me feel like a real-live model! Such a fun shoot, and he edited them so fast. So grateful for this joyful experience and safe space to explore in front of the camera. Y'all better schedule your shoot with this guy ASAP! Tom is a living gem! More...

Thank you so much! It was a pleasure working with you! Danielle was a customer who did not find me through Bark, and her photoshoot can be found in my portfolio: https://mahatmatom.myportfolio.com/danielle

M
1 July 2019

He is very talented and empathetic, working with him was so easy that I felt like playing with a friend instead of being a photo subject.

It was a pleasure! Mariachiara is a customer who did not find me through Bark, and her shooting is featured here: https://mahatmatom.myportfolio.com/mariachiara-laura

A
10 April 2019

Toms absolutely wonderful. He is talented, passionate, creative, and so nice! I’d highly recommend him for any type of shoot/event/occasion.

M
9 April 2019

Very perceptive and creative, the photographer is able to help you reveal something of yourself and the outcome is great!

Q&A

The first secret to a great picture is to build a good vibe. The subject and the photographer are in together. Some people are camera shy, some are camera comfortable. Maybe we're born that way, but there is a lot of room for change – we just have to give it time.

It's important to have a clear idea of the output since the beginning. In digital photography, a good third of the output is achieved through editing: this is not to say that the equipment and the shooting skills don't matter, simply that the time you would spend on pre-production and in developing has not disappeared, but simply it turned into editing.

To me, photography is all about the beautiful interaction you have with the people you shoot. As a pun, I say it's "deeply superficial", or "superficially deep": that is, you would say that nothing is as shallow as photography, as it seizes an exterior instant, and yet it can be the most meaningful and rich means of expressing a story.
The best part of my job is seeing the happiness of people when I hand them the results. Sure, it's a job, money gives you a living and it's a form of recognition, but when a client emails me "Thank you again so much for bringing my dreams to life! ", that is priceless.

I was originally an academic with a passion for photography. Then I felt the need to transition, as taking pictures became my favorite way of engaging in a never-ending research about humanity.

I have a PhD in philosophy and I think that my particular vision shows through my portraits and the stories they tell.
I was born in Italy, my mom is French-American, and I travelled all over the world: I have a multi-cultural sense of esthetics from which I can pick the best expression for every job I am entrusted with.

Services

• On white or black backdrop • Editing included • Discounts for groups of 2+ people • $30 extra to deploy portable studio at client’s location

• 1hr, up to 4 looks • On white or black backdrop • Editing included (2 final pictures per look, selected with the client) • Images delivered digitally within 3 business days • $30 extra to deploy portable studio at client’s location

• Personal and family portraits, engagements and secret proposals, lifestyle shoots, etc. • Up to 1hr30, unlimited looks • Editing included • Typical output 30 to 40 pictures • Images delivered digitally within 3 business days • Boutique-printed photographs start at $1 per square inch

• Rate includes 10 hours of photography service • One photographer • Photobooth with Fuji Instax Camera, Polaroid Style, 60 images. • Editing included • Optional videography starting at $500 • Pictures delivered digitally within 10 business days • Album and art wall guidance • Boutique-printed photographs, starting at $1 per square inch

$175 for the first hour plus $125 to $175 per subsequent hour, depending on the amount of editing and number of final pictures required.

• Commercial and studio shoots start at $175 per hour for photography service, excluding equipment, studio use, travel and other applicable fees.

• LA south of the 101, 134, 210 $30 • LA north of the 101, Orange County $50 • Local (Hermosa Beach to Palos Verdes) FREE *Travel fees are to be taken as reference and can be affected by time of day, holidays, particular parking conditions etc.