Testimonials from Past Clients
Testimonial from Pet Portrait Client Judy Lach
"Attended a very busy Calgary DogFest with the intention of having updated family photos with the dogs. The group involved a senior, 2 adults, 1 mini dog and 2 giant dogs. Sean gave us some direction on placement and cues and it was so much fun. In the short session time we had many incredible poses done. In a couple of days we had the finished images ............ incredible, I'm so happy with them. Sean is a great talent to capture 6 moving targets and produce such candid images to treasure those moments in life. Catching a dog winking, OMG Ahhhhh. Thank you so much, I will highly recommend and use your service again."
Testimonial from Family Portrait Client Kelley Smith
"We are repeat customers of Riverwood Photography for professional business shots. We were so impressed with the quality of the shots, that we asked Sean to take family photos at our home. Sean was attentive and patient with our family including three children and pets, scoping out the best locations for the shoot. Sean took many shots for viewing, and helped us select some amazing photos with the appropriate finishes/frames for our family. We would highly recommend Riverwood Photography for your photography needs."
Testimonial from Business Portrait Client Joanne Todesco
"I would highly recommend Sean and his home studio. I tend to take terrible pictures, so I went in a bit nervous and pessimistic. However, Sean is so personable and skilled that he got several great shots, and the only hard part was choosing among them. He's efficient and has lots of good advice, along with a variety of backdrops and a collaborative attitude."
Testimonial from Corporate Portrait Client Dominique F.
"The process to get a corporate headshot was seamless. Sean was able to accommodate my request on short notice and was very easy to work with. The final photograph and the whole process exceeded my expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend Riverwood Photography to family, friends, and colleagues. Thank you!"
Testimonial from Business Portrait Client Joy Cohen
"Sean created my photo for LinkedIn and provided the photography for a special event welcoming government dignitaries from Ireland. He did an excellent job and made the sessions fun, in addition to presenting me in the best possible way. I highly recommend Riverwood Photography for special events, marketing materials, and social media."
Testimonial from Business Portrait Client April Brost
"Professional and skilled photographer. Friendly, personable and easy to work with. I appreciated that Sean accommodated the short notice rush on my head-shots. I believe his photographs captured my personality and authenticity. This was especially important to me as a speaker and writer. I would wholeheartedly recommend Riverwood Photography! Streamlined, efficient and exactly what I wanted. Thank you!"
Testimonial from LinkedIn Headshot Client Grace McKay
"I met Sean through a special needs school that I volunteer with. Sean has been donating his time & photographs to BTLC, an early childhood school for children with autism and other developmental needs, for years. He captures the kids so beautifully. His time and dedication to the school is inspiring. Naturally, I asked Sean to take headshots for my own business when I needed them and I am just thrilled how they turned out. He's awesome to work with."
Testimonial from Executive Portrait Client Leanne Brinton
"I wanted a professional headshot for my LinkedIn profile and I really don't like having my picture taken but what a great experience! Sean made it a breeze and I love my new photo. It was actually hard to choose between the selection that I got in the end. Highly recommend!"
Testimonial from LinkedIn Headshot Client Sallie Huang
"Sean is very friendly and professional. He is a great photographer, that takes his time to adjust lighting to fit each individual. He made me feel very comfortable at the photo shoot by guiding me how to pose and how to smile. I appreciate the fact that I got the pre-edited photo on the same day and the retouched photo within a day after I made my selection. I recommend Sean to all for those looking for a professional photo."
Testimonial from Mortgage Broker Jason Ferguson
"Sean was great to deal with and made me feel comfortable having my first professional head shot taken. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to have a professional head shot done and look forward to having more photos done in the future :-)"
Testimonial from Corporate Headshot Client Lindsey Snell
"Sean was easy to work with when it came to scheduling, background preferences and styles, and he provided fast professional service and guidance.
Our images turned out great, and we'd definitely use Sean again!
Testimonial from Business Portrait Client Dan Frederick
"Sean was great to deal with and was able to produce a quality product without any fuss! I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for corporate profile pictures."
Claritech Solutions Corp
Testimonial from Executive Portrait Client Lenni Werner-Schmidt
"Sean was very professional, friendly and patient. He offered valuable suggestions for poses and backdrops suitable for business and social media. The promptness and ease of the whole process made the experience pleasant from the booking through to the photo selection. I would definitely recommend Sean to my colleagues."
Testimonial from Product Photography Client Peggy Porisky
"Thank you Sean. I didn't know what I needed and your expertise and support produced incredible product shots for me. I really appreciated how quickly and easily my project became a team effort. I will definitely be returning when I need more photographs."
Kashay - Jewelry Outside the Box
Testimonial from Headshot Client Vicky Moorman
"Sean makes it quick, easy, and affordable to get a professional head shot for business! He has a super convenient system for online booking, reviewing proofs, and selecting favourites and final shots. Don't put it off like I did - book him now for great results!"
Testimonial from Calgary Portrait Client Missy Edwards
"This was such a wonderful experience! Not only did Sean listen to what I wanted, but was also able to give tips along the way to make sure I got exactly what I had imagined in my head, even if I didn't have the words for it initially. The ease of working with Sean is also incredible. He makes it fun and comfortable, all while getting amazing results. He is up to date with technology usage, so it is a breeze getting your pictures back. He blew me away, and I am happy to recommend him to anyone."
Testimonial from Business Coach Rich Scott
"Riverwood came to our corporate function and did a wonderful job of providing all of us a chance to get top quality headshots and photos that we all use for our websites and marketing materials. The set up, process and follow up were TOP NOTCH. I'd recommend them without hesitation."
Clarity Business Strategies Inc
Testimonial from Website Photography Client Adele Fedorak
"I really really enjoyed the family and business photoshoot we did with Sean. We got some great shots. Right from the beginning, I felt like I was working with an old friend."
Testimonial from Business Portrait Client Brenda Josephs
"Sean did our wedding photos and did an amazing job, so he was a natural choice for doing my professional shots for social media and my website. I would absolutely recommend Riverwood photography for any occasion! Sean is a pleasure to work with."
Testimonial from Executive Portrait Client Wanda Dennis
"Sean is good at his work. His unique style puts people at ease permitting him to get the pictures he, and his clients, are looking for."
Potential Place - Board of Directors
Testimonial from Calgary Executive Portrait Client Richard Nott
"Sean at Riverwood really knows how to get a great shot. His friendly, fun approach puts you at ease and ensures that you look your very best. He pays attention to the little details that make all the difference. Sean has given me my best professional photo yet. Riverwood has my unqualified recommendation."
Green River Consulting
Testimonial from Calgary Portrait Client Maria S
"We used Sean for a LinkedIn profile picture and a family picture. As soon as we reached his studio, he made us feel welcome and at ease, and gave us a whole bunch of really good suggestions. We actually had a great time doing the photo shoot, and to top it of, the results were fantastic. There were so many good shots to select from that the selection process became extremely difficult (which is a good thing:)) We needed these pictures processed fairly quickly, and Sean was extremely cooperative about it. All in all, it was a great experience. Thanks so much Sean!!!"
Testimonial from Montilla Wealth Management
"Sean met us off-site to do head shots and several group shots of our Financial Planning Team. He was able to direct us, keep it fun and navigate the foot traffic to get the best photos that really show us off in our best light. His service was superb and we are more than impressed with the photo-taking experience and the end product that he provided."
Montilla Wealth Management, Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
Testimonial from Musician Sam McNally
"The whole deal was low-stress and quite honestly a lot of fun! Sean was very insightful in helping me achieve the exact picture I wanted to represent me. An excellent experience all around!"
Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
Testimonial from Business Portrait Client Kathleen Atkinson
"I spent many hours researching headshot photographers in and outside of Calgary. I chose Sean because his website stood out as the most professional and the most helpful.
My personal experience with Sean, both the photo shoot and the end result, was equally positive. Sean is professional and well organized in the way he conducts his business. And as a photographer he was responsive to my specific needs and requests. And he was a real pro in helping me, a camera shy person, relax and enjoy the photo shoot.
When I received my proofs, I had the happy task of having to choose between a number of excellent photographs."
Testimonial from Commercial Photography Client Colin Crump
"Sean took some amazing pics of our shop and with our staff. He was able to work around our customers as we were busy at the time. Very proficient and professional. He also did something impossible and was able to get a good head shot of me;)"
Testimonial from Portrait Client Dan Brozic
"I used Sean for a head shot and he has since become our family photographer... Head shots for most of the family, special events etc. Always a pleasure to deal with and an easy recommendation. Also, his work with local charities is commendable. Nice to see people like him give back to the Calgary community."
Testimonial from Business Portrait Client Brad Celmainis
"As long as I can remember, I have loved photography but have never enjoyed having my own photo taken, whether it be by a professional or otherwise. It usually shows in the finished product as my expression caught on camera is often forced, and unnatural in my view.
I really enjoyed my shoot with Sean. We knew each other before the shoot which helped put me at ease. I sense his approach would work on those who he has not met before as well.
My shoot with Sean was fun. I had a lot of great shots to choose from. It was difficult to choose the final product.
I network a lot in the Calgary marketplace and the comment I get often is, "you look just like your photo". I use my headshot on my website social media platforms. "Instant recognition" is important to me.
I am a small business owner who relies heavily on organic networking and marketing methods. Face to face contact is key. Having people recognize me has started many a great conversation. This has led to increased business and referral opportunities.
I am a strong believer that a great headshot is an important part of a personal brand. I recommend Sean Phillips and Riverwood Photography wholeheartedly to provide great service at a great price."
Brad Celmainis Consulting
Testimonial from Corporate Event Planner Karri Ward
"We recently engaged Sean to do a corporate event shoot for us which can be extremely difficult due to the varying light factors and all the fast moving parts of an event that require a quick and exact eye.
Sean was extremely professional and was able to catch each moment and scene to my expectation creating a story board that was a true reflection of the event.
The mark of a great photographer is being able to recognize and capture the shots that will bring the viewer into the moment, as well as experience the moment even if they had not attended the event. Sean was able to do this effortlessly. I would not hesitate to recommend him for future projects."
Testimonial from Corporate Headshot Client Lucas Martin
"Sean was excellent to work with. I needed a quick turnaround on my headshots, I gave Sean a call and an hour later we had taken photos and selected a few for editing. He got the finished digital products to me very quickly. I highly recommend Riverwood Photography."
Testimonial - Commercial Photography for Stampede Plumbing
Riverwood Photography makes the whole process of corporate photographing very easy , pleasant and flexible. The photos are always fantastic and exactly what we require. Sean is personable and professional, and I would recommend him to anyone requiring high quality photography.
Stampede Plumbing & Heating
Testimonial from Jinger Forde
My family and friends know I REALLY don't like having my picture taken. I'm aware of my flaws, so I am my own critic. Without question, Sean was/is professional, warm and personable. Combined with a sharp turnaround time, great eye for detail, my experience was exceptional and the results outstanding!
Testimonial from Vanessa Erickson
Sean is a true professional. When he arrived in our office he was efficient, flexible to work in a non-ideal space, and made everyone feel at ease. All of his processes - booking, file sharing, payment, etc - were seamless and simple for anyone to use. The finished photos arrived in only a few days, were of exceptional quality, and despite many qualms before the sessions about "being unphotogenic" everybody on my team was very happy with the outcome. I will absolutely use Sean in the future and will recommend to others to do the same!
Testimonial - Commercial Photography at BTLC
For the 2nd year now, Sean has generously donated his time in support of our program, Behaviour Therapy and Learning Centre (BTLC). It can be difficult to truly capture our children (with Autism and other developmental disabilities) on camera as sometimes their behaviours can interfere; however, Sean’s patient, kind and compassionate manner is so incredibly effective. The result is beautiful candid shots of our children that see beyond their disabilities and show off their amazing qualities. Sean, thank you for spending the entire day with us so we could include all our children. And thank you for the quick turn around with proofs and touch ups. I am grateful for our relationship with you.
Testimonial from Bill Egbert
I would highly recommend Sean of Riverwood Photography. He does excellent work with very quick turn-around. Sean knows how to get the best shot in a very short period of time and was great to work with. He also has a great system for booking appointments, viewing images and paying for his services.
Fuels Learning Centre
Testimonial from Realtor Kim Star
My experience with Riverwood Photography was FANTASTIC! I felt so comfortable and relaxed and I love my photos!!!!
Business Portrait Client Testimonial
Working with Sean and Riverwood was great. At the session Sean was very professional and knew how to get the shot and look that I was after. The turnaround time to get the pictures was quick and I am very happy with them. I would recommend Riverwood to anyone that is looking for a great business portrait.
Testimonial from David Parker Appreciation Night Committee
On behalf of the David Parker Appreciation Night committee, I want to thank you for the outstanding job you did at the event September 17th 2014. Your pictures captured the experience and will have memories locked into the hearts of all who attended. I will highly recommend you for other events photography services I am part of.
Workplace Speaker Network
Testimonial from Ana Hoepfner - Blue Spark Energy
Sean came to us highly recommended as a commercial and portrait professional photographer, and it was great fun to work with him. We have held various photo sessions with Sean for commercial photography at our operations location, as well as headshots and business portraits at our corporate office in downtown Calgary. Thanks to his technical oil and gas background, Sean was quick to grasp and showcase the technical aspects of our technology's capabilities. He also quickly developed a rapport with our corporate team, masterfully capturing both their approachable and friendly nature and our office’s modern interiors. We look forward to continuing to work with Sean and would not hesitate to recommend him as an outstanding photography professional.
Blue Spark Energy
Testimonial from Joelle Sheppard - MJP Dance Academy
Riverwood Photography has been our studio photographer for our Irish dance school for the past two years and we couldn't be happier.
Sean has a great eye for setting up beautiful shots of our dancers. He is able to capture action shots of our older dancers at the perfect moment and has a knack for bringing out the smiles in our younger dancers in their posed shots.
Sean is able to shoot many dancers in a short time without sacrificing quality. He is easy to work with and is able to put all the dancers at ease; even the camera shy ones. He is always willing to put in extra time to get the shot that I am interested in, even if he has the sun shining in his eyes and the wind bowling him over.
The parents in our studio are always happy with the finished result from Riverwood photography. They love the variety of options there are available to order and how professional the finished photo packages are.
I would highly recommend Riverwood photography to anyone that is looking for a professional, efficient experience from start to finish.
MJP Academy of Irish Dance
Testimonial from Jo-Anne Teed - Pet Portrait Client
My first experience with Riverwood Photography was at their Dog Day photo shoot organized as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society along with a great opportunity to get a photo or more of your favourite Pooch! Sean and his team were well organized amid the chaos of a stream of pet owners and pets of all sizes. With two dogs in tow - an old one and a young one - and both moving targets -Sean managed to get some great shots of both our dogs individually and together. I look forward to having him do a family portrait for us and new head shots for the office. We will at least sit still!
Universal Flooring Systems Ltd.
Testimonial from Helen Gilbertson
I can't thank Sean enough for getting my headshot done for me quickly, professionally and comfortably. He made the whole process very easy and was so accommodating. I started the session with "by the way I hate getting my picture taken" and ended the shoot laughing and extremely relaxed. And, the pictures look great. Thank you Sean.
Integritas Solutions Inc.
Testimonial from Marcelle Abel
You made me feel comfortable getting my picture done, as I am not photogenic! Thanks again. It was a pleasure meeting with.
Testimonial from Susan Jenkins - Pet Portrait Client
I picked up my pictures today (3 picture wall panel and basic print package) and just wanted to let you know how THRILLED I am with the finished product. You really captured Charlie in the photos and they're a wonderful keepsake. I had specified a few changes to the wall panel and it turned out beautifully. Thanks so much for the great service!
Testimonial from a Business Headshot Client
Very professional and easy to work with. Took the time to properly set up the equipment and lighting to get the best result. Quick turnaround of finished image.
Testimonial from Shannon Harden at Right Management
Sean has come to our office many times to complete headshots. Sean creates great pictures with the right lighting and backgrounds for everyone. Sean is professional and puts everyone at ease right away while creating an atmosphere that allows to create someone's natural smile and beauty to shine through his wonderful pictures.
Everyone who has used Sean's services has received wonderful compliments about their photo. I would recommend Sean's services to anyone!
Testimonial from Karen Rodrigue - Mother of the Bride
Time Frames Custom Picture Framing
Testimonial from Headshot Client Carla Young
Sean is an amazingly creative photographer who meets his subject where they are at instead of trying to shoehorn them into a pose!
Testimonial from Gerry Doerksen - Business Portrait for Client Insight Website