Post # 1
This is my first post – I am trying to decide on a photographer / videographer for my October 2014 wedding in the NYC area. My sister (MOH) & I met with a representative at George Street at the Bryant Park office. They showed us portfolios for two photogrpahers, and we loved the photos for both! The price is less than half of what we were planning to pay for photos / video, which is really tempting. My only concern is that we don’t get to meet the photog in advance of booking (although we will meet her at the engagement shoot). Also, I’ve read really mixed reviews, which worries me! I did get to speak to one bride who used the same photog that we’d be using (she had great things to say), but I’m still hesitant. I’ve scoured the WeddingBee boards for comments from people who have actually USED George Street in NYC, but I can’t find anything worthwhile.
Have any NYC metro area bees used George Street photog and/or video for their wedding??? If so, please share your experience!!
Post # 3
I called to inqure and they keep calling like telemarketers. They have a bunch of photogs and you will not meet your photog until the day of your wedding. They are VERY hit or miss. I wouldn’t do it.
Scope out the arts schools and see if you can get a recent graduate.
Post # 4
@hopscotch: I’ve only heard negative stories about George Street. They are just like The Pros and Bella and David’s Bridal – hire out photographers for very low pay, often bait and switch so couples don’t end up with the photographer/photos they expected. My general advice is that if you have the budget try to hire someone professional who runs their own business (I.e. their reputation is at stake if they do a poor job). Photographers contracted by companies like Heorge Street and The Pros have nothing to lose if they don’t give 100% because it will be George Street’s problem to deal with. when it comes to photos of a once in a lifetime event, that isn’t a risk I would be willing to take. You haven’t saved any money at all if you don’t like your photos, you know?
Post # 5
@mariematt: I’ve heard the same. It actually seems like EVERY bride I’ve seen on these boards who have used ANY of the companies you listed (George st. The pros, Bella etc.) have had the company switch their photographer last minute and ended up horror stories. I’m sure part of it is that the turn around for photographers there is out if this world. They can’t stop the good ones from quitting and starting or returning to their own businesses.
Post # 6
Don’t give them your phone number! They will NEVER stop calling you. Also, they aren’t a local photographer, but a national chain.
Post # 7
@hopscotch: One of my friends used them… and I was NOT impressed. The main photog who did their engagement shoot was pretty talented, but was only there 1/2 the day. The ones that filled in were… below average. The pictures unfortunately turned out much like anyone with a point and shoots would.
I’d look elsewhere.
Post # 8
It’s always telling when you sort a company’s reviews by worst to best. A company like George Street can fill their coffers with 5 star reviews very easily to push the negative reviews down the page but there are way too many negative experiences with George Street for me to ever consider hiring or recommending them.
Post # 9
I would never hire a national chain for something like this. The most important thing about a photog is your personal connection.
Post # 10
If weddings are a gourmet burger, George Street is White Castle.
Post # 11
@continuumphotography: white castle with a bug in it. Run. Run like the wind
Post # 12
Even though, I do not have experience with George Street Photography, but I can give you a piece of advice…the photography piece of your wedding is the most important one, because is the only one you can treasure, show off and most importantly it might be only thru pictures that you will ended up enjoying your wedding. So, try to spend a little bit more money on it (i am DIY some stuff in order to cut costs). Also, as a personal suggestion hire a photographer that will do the work himself/herself and will take the time to bond with you guys. The experience will be worthed (especially when they are following you around).
Happy wedding planning!
Post # 13
@hopscotch: can i ask what your budget is?
I ask because NYC photographers and videographers are REALLY $$$ and Darling Husband and I didn’t have a huge budget. We called quite a few vendors and get getting ridiculous quotes of $5K-$10K and let me add, that was the bare minimum.
We found a company called Le Image Inc. they are located in Dumbo Brooklyn and I was beyond happy.
We got 9 hour coverage, 2 photographers and 1 videographer, all the rights to keep all of our raw material, (both photos and video), all photos are edited and photoshopped, we aslo had an engagement shoot in our package, and we got a montage video, which I used to make the video for my father who passed away, all for under $5K.
Not sure if you booked someone yet, but if you are looking for quality work in the NYC area, I highly suggest looking into Le Image Inc.