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Meet Thomas Teng of Thomas Teng Photography in Arcadia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thomas Teng.

Thomas, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started photography as an assistant for a wedding photographer, and lucky enough my work was seen on social media which lead to my first solo wedding photography case at the time which was about 6 years ago, and eventually I got referred and more cases after that, but I have always been interested in art, architecture and design. I am always amazed by how a space is created and how it relates to its surrounding, which brought me to Real estate/interior/Architectural photography, which I am most focusing on right now.

I actually start real estate photography by accident, my friend who was a realtor at the time, needed someone to take photo for one of his listing, which I did, and the pictures got a lot of good feedback from buyers, and brought a lot of traffic for his open house. Which he was shocked by comparing to his previous open house. The house was sold shortly after, and my friend keep on using me until this day. After that, I was contacted by a few other agents that saw the pictures and wanted try out. And eventually more and more referrals came in. Thomas Teng Real Estate photography company was established 2 years ago, I have the pleasure to work with some of the top agents around the area, whom I have learned a lot from. My objective is to present any space as the best it can, and how a space is connected to others. To help client reach more traffic.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It is hard to start any business, but I am lucky that I have a lot support from my family, friends. When I start out my client base was so low that it can’t be my only source of income, at the time I was also a bartender to earn some extra income. One thing I learned for doing business and from bartending is that when you treat your clients sincerely like your friends, they will do the same thing to you. I am very glad I have gained a lot of clients whom I have the pleasure to become friends with doing business this way.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Thomas Teng Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
We specialize in photographing real estate listing, residential and commercial. Our work has been seen in interior design competitions and also online publications. We are known to capture the interior/exterior of a house/building, present its best appearance, bring more traffic, attracts more potential buyer, and receiving more offers. Some owners are shocked to see the photo of their home, that it can be this beautiful. And that make us happy.


  • Residential Real Estate Photo starts $250
  • Commercial Real Estate Photo starts $300

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