Unlike so many photographers, it seems, I have no compelling story about having wanted to be a photographer since I was able to walk. I recall always wanting to take pictures with my parents' Kodak Instamatic, but I wouldn't say that it's what led me to where I am today.
I made it through high school in the Toledo, Ohio area, worked in a factory (you might be familiar with Calphalon Cookware ~ it wasn't called that then), then decided to go to Bowling Green State University. At first, I thought I would major in art (I liked it well enough and thought I was reasonably good at drawing), but chose journalism as I also liked to write. One of the core courses was Intro to Visual Communications Technology, which happened also to be my roommate's and girlfriend's major. It seemed to fit like the proverbial glove.
From there, the story takes several turns, involving marriage, children, divorce, folk music, Flickr, and Paris, but ultimately, it winds up here, in San Francisco, a city that could fall down at any minute.
But isn't that just like life?
I shoot portraits and headshots, events, products, panoramas (decor), performance, architecture and editorial assignments.
Online galleries are available for sharing photos from your event(s) with others, as is the ability to purchase prints and digital files.
I will travel virtually anywhere; travel costs are extra and will be quoted per job. Regular local day rates (Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm): $800/4 hours; $1500/8 hours. Early morning, night and weekend rates quoted upon request. Solo wedding coverage start at $2000. Whatever your budget, however, please contact me with the details.
My sister is a photographer who introduced me to Patrick's work on Flickr. When he moved to San Francisco she connected us. On a whim I asked him to photograph my 70th birthday party, a large affair at local club, never having met him. He showed up, and spent the night capturing indelible images like a ghost. He never intruded on a moment or a person and yet gave me hundreds of photos that perfectly capture the night. This guy is an ace! Honest, prompt, and with an eye that you can't pay for. I'd use him again in a heart-beat, and wish that I had more time to hang out with him. —Peter Coyote
I hired Patrick to shoot some family portraits for my mother's 60th birthday. From start to finish, Patrick did a fantastic job. He arrived early so he could check out locations for the shots, used the 2 hours we had together very efficiently, worked great with the little kids in the group, and most importantly got us fantastic pictures! They were so good in fact that someone in the group exclaimed, "I wish he'd shot my wedding! I can't recommend Patrick enough! —Marco Zappacosta, Thumbtack, Inc.
I couldn't be more pleased with Patrick's photography service and the final delivered images. He visited our office a week prior in order to check out the space, and arrived early on photoshoot day to allow ample time for setup. He was pleasant and professional with each staff member, putting them at ease in front of the camera, and was even able to accommodate some last minute schedule changes. I appreciated how communicative and thorough he was with his process. We're already trying to book him for our next round of headshots for new team members. Thanks for all your work, Patrick! —Ching Hsieh, Bay Labs, Inc.
Patrick delivered exactly what we were looking for: professional pictures of our business conference. He is a pleasure to work with. He arrived on time, and with some guidance from us, went to work. He knows what needs to be done. He provided the images a few days later. We are thrilled with the work and have many good shots we can use. We would like to use him again. —Steven Russman, IBSMA
Patrick was outstanding—he was very timely, intuitive and professional. He really captured all of our event. Even better he turned around our pictures very quickly so we could use them for promotional materials. I'd highly recommend him! —Matt Kidd, Reaching Out MBA
I engaged with and hired Patrick to assist with twelve corporate headshots. Patrick was punctual, professional and put each subject at ease — allowing for the best end product. He was also extremely accessible and flexible during the photo editing process. I would highly recommend Patrick and will definitely look to use him again. —Liz Reynolds, Advantis Global
As a nonprofit, we usually search for a photographer for each individual event. We never have consistency because our timing and budget can be hard to work with. We hired Patrick to redo our staff page and he has turned into a photographer we use for everything! He has worked our Annual Bay Area Holiday Party and is now our photographer for our Martin Luther King Day event. We will keep using him in the future! He provides great pictures and his personality, is easy to work with and does a lot for you in the process. We highly recommend him! —Kayla Eichamer, Northern California Grantmakers
We engaged Patrick for a 1-day corporate photo project involving shooting a lab facility and executive headshots. Patrick was very professional and exceeded our expectations. He took the extra time before the shoot date to scope out the location, which saved set-up time on the day of the shoot. He was professional, friendly and easy to work with. I would highly recommend his services! —Anna Schram, CohBar, Inc.
I highly recommend Patrick. He was great to work with, incredibly responsive and delivered an outstanding product which is now displayed on our website. The experience and product was so good that we immediately commissioned him for another shoot, and if we ever need anything in the Bay area again he will be the only call we make. —Colin Keenan, Brightwood Capital Investors
Patrick was very easy to contact, responded almost immediately to any questions. He took great photos of our 15-person roundtable discussion, and they were available for download no later than two days after the event. —Sam Kaspick, T4A.org
Patrick did an all-employee photo shoot for our company. He interacted well with the staff, took great photos, delivered them quickly, and did the job for a great price. I highly recommend him. —Cliston Brown, Surplus Line Association
Patrick did an excellent job on our company headshots and team photos, and provided the final photos extremely quickly. I would be happy to work with him again. —Kathie Greene, Tapsense
Highly recommended! Patrick was very helpful, easy going and nice to everyone. He did a great job and now we have wonderful photos to remember our beautiful event. —Keti Strurua, TBS Construction, Inc.
Hire Patrick, we would again for sure! He was quick with communication and made sure we discussed all details so he was prepared for the shoot. At our event, he worked with the light of the space to capture fabulous shots of a meeting. He managed to to capture the event perfectly with out being intrusive at all and did a fabulous job (we liked him so much we asked him back for the next event in our office!). If there was an option for six stars we would give it to him. —Jen Barnett, Thumbtack, Inc.
We hired Patrick to do corporate pictures for our website. Patrick was thorough prior to the shoot making sure he understood our needs. He was also very punctual and very personal. Overall a very good experience. —Amy Linscott, Busch Law Firm, PLLC
I highly recommend Patrick Power! I needed a professional portrait for a legal job application, and I hadn't had one taken in over 20 years. I wanted it to be professional, but also unique. I wasn't sure how to find a photographer, so I just put out a bid on thumbtack. Patrick responded very quickly and with a very reasonable price. I had resigned myself to just getting a studio portrait with a neutral background, but Patrick had the idea of meeting at City Hall to take the photo. I was very nervous and self-conscious about the process. I don't like having my picture taken and I am not very photogenic. It helped that City Hall was full of other photographers taking pictures of brides, grooms, and other people like me, so I didn't really stand out. I had a problem and ended up being pretty late to our meeting, but Patrick was very nice about it. I was sweating like crazy in my suit, but he did a good job of putting me at ease and letting me rest and cool down for a little bit white while he staked out spots to take the photo. He talked with me casually about what I was looking for in the photo, but we also made small talk about our lives and work, so that soon I felt very comfortable with him. As a result, I looked very natural in the photo. Patrick took a lot of shots, and several of them were quite good. I needed the work done on very short notice, including a print. I made the bid on a Sunday, we did the photo shoot on Monday, and I had the print by Tuesday morning. I love the photo, and my family and friends do too. Everyone agreed that not just my appearance, but also my personality comes through in the photo. I will definitely call Patrick again if I need another photo taken in the future! —Shelley Sandusky
Patrick was professional, fast and easy to work with. He delivered exactly the type of professional head shot I was hoping for. He made me feel at ease and had great insight for catching the perfect picture.—Tom Bruett
Patrick was really easy to work with and made the whole process very simple. He responded to emails in a timely manner leading up to the event and his pictures turned out great! I would definitely use him again! —Darah Patton, Edelman
Patrick was very communicative up to the point and during our event. He asked the right questions around the goal/tone of the shoot and then he just ran with it. His photos are amazing and he certainly captured what we wanted to achieve. I will definitely call him for future events. —Michael Lovaglia, NICE Systems Inc.
I was a little nervous about hiring a photographer [via Thumbtack] for my wine club event in mid-February; however received numerous recommendations after signing on to Thumbtack. Patrick stood out initially because he asked intelligent questions and showed interest in obtaining my business. Once we coordinated the event, he followed up regularly and confirmed the day before. He showed up on time, had all his equipment, and was set up and ready to go 15 minutes earlier than needed. His follow-up was amazing and I received proofs immediately. His photographs were high quality and guests at the event were thrilled that we had a photographer to capture the moment. I highly recommend him. —Nancy Santiago, Pine Ridge Vineyards
Enjoyed working with Patrick. Communication was good, arrived on time and liked the pictures he took. We would refer him to others. —Teri Fry, Numenta
Patrick did a great job all the way from his first communication to his prints of our event! It was definitely refreshing to see that he captured our event especially our food. —Brittany Luna, Rebecca Jean Catering
Patrick has an amazing attention to detail and provided us with beautiful photos in the style we requested. —Aaron Wilson, Persado
Patrick took photos at our annual conference. He was great to work with, professional, and very flexible even when some unexpected glitches occurred. The photos turned out great and we would work with him again anytime. —Dawn Van Dyke, California Council of Land Trusts
Patrick is a great event photographer. He came ready with questions to make sure he achieved what we were looking for. I felt like I saw him every which way I turned during the event. The photos were just what we were looking for and he send the digitals to me within 2 business days. Definitely recommend! —Lizzy Lear, AdRoll
Patrick was outstanding. Our event was with kindergarteners learning financial literacy, so not an easy shoot by any means! Patrick did a great job, capturing some really powerful photos. I highly recommend working with him! —Michael Chasnow, 1 to 1 Fund
Patrick was great to work with! We hired him to take photos of our conference and every photo came out great. He was professional, on time, dedicated and took amazing photos. I would definitely recommend Patrick! —Lisa Roby, MP Associates, Inc.
Did some great portrait photography shots for our tech startup. Makes our company and website look a lot more professional. —Lee Munroe, Runnable, Inc.
Patrick was great to work with. He was flexible, easy going, and made me less self conscious about having my photo taken. The headshots turned out great! —Jennifer Redington
We hired Patrick for a corporate party on a yacht. We were a large, pretty dynamic group, but Patrick managed to capture incredible moments. He was great to work with! —Korina Pazitka, Expensify
Patrick was great to work with and very responsive. He helped us out at the last minute when another photographer fell through. He made us feel relaxed and we had fun on the photo shoot. He got us proofs to review the next day, and we had final photographs in less than a week. Everyone loves the photographs. We will definitely use him again in the future and highly recommend him. —Maureen Kick
Patrick shot a VIP couple who were to be featured in my company's annual report. I really appreciated that Patrick not only showed up on time, but early; and when the shoot lasted longer than expected, he was very accommodating and mellow about it. He was very good with the subjects, delivered our photos quickly, and made my job less stressful! —Karen Cristello, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Patrick is a great photographer. The whole experience of working with him has been very pleasant. He was punctual and worked very quickly, yet at no time did it feel like he was in a hurry. He was great at putting me at ease for the photo shoot. He was very interested in knowing what kind of feel/style I was looking for for my photos and he proved to have clear in mind how to obtain the effect I was looking for. A few hours after the photo shoot the work was ready for easy download from the web. The results were really great! —Ghigo DiTommaso, UC Berkeley
Patrick covered a half corporate event for us. Punctual, professional, good communications throughout. We would hire Patrick again if the opportunity comes about! —Sue Utley, KFS
Second time using Patrick and we could not be happier! He took our company headshots and group photos. The photos came out amazing and he was great to work with from start to finish! We look forward to working with him again! —Tori Lehr, Lehr Real Estate
Working with Patrick was FANTASTIC. From the initial call to onsite work, Patrick was very responsive. He is also very professional and really engaging when immersed in his work. This event in particular included delegates from various countries and Patrick surely had their attention during the photo shooting--they were all smiles with his light jokes that further showed how personable he is. Patrick was able to handle any last changes and meet other demands without hesitation. His product is top notch and we were pleased to have him provide his photography services for our event. —Doriane Sewell, GEARS Inc.
Patrick did a wonderful job! We hired him for our post-wedding reception. Patrick took great pictures and I received many compliments from my guests. Thanks Patrick! —Joy Chananukul
Patrick was very accommodating and pleasant in carrying out his job. He was quite reasonable and transparent about what he would deliver and when. We are very pleased with the pictures from our wedding reception. —Rakesh Singh
Very pleasant and professional! —Zoya Grishashvili, Noosphere Ventures
I really enjoyed working with him. He was patient, creative, responsive and very reasonable. I would definitely use him again. —Jeffrey Cusack, CIMA
Patrick was great! He was professional, on time, and very reasonably priced. He took some amazing shots and we'd use him again! —Ericka Tate, Simply Hired, Inc.
It was very pleasant and fun to work with Patrick. He knows his stuff and knows how to vary atmospheres and shooting angles. He is fast and put you in confidence. At the end of the day, it was very easy to choose your best pictures. Thank you Patrick. —Bruno Thuillier, BoydSense, Inc.
Patrick was professional and focused, a real pleasure to work with. I will most certainly consider him the next time I need on-site photography. —Lisa Sanford, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Patrick was very knowledgable and skilled at what he does. I was more than impressed by not only the amount of professional equipment he brought along to the shoot, but by his natural ability to scout out the best locations in the area. Patrick delivered many more finished images than we initially agreed upon and truly did a great job of under-promising and over-delivering. I would recommend him to anyone seeking professional photos and would absolutely work with him again. —Ryan Robinson, Creative Live/Entrepreneur
Patrick was great! He shot our family reunion and captured all the precious moments perfectly. Having Patrick there took the stress off of us and we actually got to be in the photos! We definitely would recommend Patrick and will definitely be using him for reunions/events to come! —Tori Lehr
Patrick was great to work with. I hired him to take pictures of my best friend, me, and our two kids. We met in Golden Gate park and had beautiful backdrops to take the pictures. Patrick was easy going, thorough, and adjusted his strategy based on our kids (mine would not sit still!). He was also responsive over email, over the phone, and over text, which I really appreciated. Finally, Patrick took wonderful pictures! He took many photos of us looking at the camera (which we asked for), but also did a great job of following us around and capturing interactions between us. I am happy with our entire experience and would gladly hire him again. —Bianca Santos
Patrick was our wedding photographer, and he went above and beyond for us in too many ways to list. He was professional, hardworking and thoughtful in every way, disappearing into the background yet catching so many amazing moments throughout the evening. Patrick is not your traditional wedding photographer, but that was not what we were looking for. His work speaks for itself, and we recommend him highly. —Lincoln Lighthill
In looking for a photographer for our wedding, our main goal was to find someone who could portray the events of the day as they were happening. We were less interested in formal photos and more interested in emotions and ambiance. Before the wedding, Patrick took the time to get to know us as a couple to better depict our relationship. He made a concerted effort to learn the names of our families, the bridal party, and even by the end of the night several of the guests. Patrick did a wonderful job capturing the special moments a smile here, a look there which allows us to look back on our pictures and relive the experience. As circumstances changed during the day, he improvised and provided us with a great final product. Overall, Patrick was very flexible and added an artistic touch to our wedding. We are thrilled with our pictures and would enthusiastically recommend him to couples interested in an experienced and inventive photographer who takes great pride in his work. —Heidi and Jason Ball
Very professional and amazing results. —Jeff Pratt, California College of the Arts
Great to work with. Showed up early, very friendly and professional. Took great pictures capturing everything. Would hire again! —Vanessa Garcia, Intel Corp.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Bay Labs, Inc.
Berschler Associates, PC
Boomer Business Summit
Brightwood Capital Investors
Busch Law Firm, PLLC
California Council of Land Trusts
Cooper, White & Cooper LLC
East Bay Community Foundation
FirstLine Medical, Inc.
Hamilton Zanze Real Estate Investments
Imperial College (London, England, UK)
International Business Software Managers Association (IBSMA)
Javelin Venture Partners
Jeffrey A. Feldman Law Offices
Kamala Harris for Senate
Lansing Community College
Lehr Real Estate
Life Science Connect
Michigan State University
New York University Photo Bureau
Northern California Grantmakers
Pine Ridge Vineyards
Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA)
Robert Walters San Francisco
University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota)
San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Surplus Line Association of California
TBS Construction, Inc.
University of Illinois, Chicago
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts