George Street Photography

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1951 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Lbward6:  so I’ve heard both pros and cons about George Street. 

A pro is that they do have a lot of photographers, so if something were to happen to yours, you at least have other options. This happened to one of my BM’s – her primary photog got hit by a car on her bike and was limping, so they brought in another one to take over at the reception. 

However, the cons that I have heard are enough to convince me they are not worth going for. Brides can book one photog, but other ones might be swapped out. They are just contractors under GSP (at least that is my understanding.) 

And, to be honest, while I love the photos my BM’s primary photog took, the 2nd shooter and replacement shooter were just plain awful. It looks like they used a point & shoot. I would not use them. 

Post # 4
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3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

they get pretty bad reviews online

Post # 5
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260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m a wedding photographer, but I was a bride once. I don’t like their approach to business. It’s much better if you go with an independent photographer who will take pride in his work, and since their name is their business, they will go above and beyond to make you happy. That’s not the case with a company that hires photographers and pays them a ridiculous amount for the work they do. I was offered a job there, and I turned it down. I want to get to know my clients, and you can’t do that when you have someone else do the consultations. 

Post # 6
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11712 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I considered them for about 30 seconds until I read the reviews online.  You could luck out and get someone amazing, but more often than not, you’re going to get someone lackluster.  Go with an independent photographer who cares about their name, reputation, and brand.

Post # 8
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764 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Lbward6:  I am using them as my photographer. I am in the Dallas area. I agree that you do take a chance when you book with GS because there are so many photographers. Some could be bad some could be good. However the guy that we chose is actually a pulitzer prize winner. So far I like how everything is set up, but I have not taken any photos with them yet. We will see! But honestly the price is what drew me in. In my area an independent photographer was $2500 and my FI and I wanted photo and video so GS was the way for us to go. 

Post # 9
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2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

they’re really overpriced.

Post # 10
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1193 posts
Bumble bee

I would not recommend them. Both my sister and my best friend booked them, and both were very disappointed. The photos were boring and not of good quality. George Street hires these photographers as contractors, so the photographers have no stake in the quality of their work, because their individual name is not behind it. 

Their website shows some beautiful photos (and even had photos at the venue where my sister got married!). However, the photographers they “matched” with just weren’t that great. 

Post # 13
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395 posts
Helper bee

Read their reviews starting with the zero stars ones. 

Post # 14
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Skype or facetime with a photographer! even look upstate in NY a bit or in PA for more affordable price points. Cost of living is not the same as NYC. You dont need GS as a go between! 🙂

Post # 16
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650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Lbward6:  We have booked them for our May 2014 wedding in NYC. Truly the biggest selling point is their prices. I understand that their prices may not be competitive in other places, but here in New York, I haven’t found anything more affordable, that I was comfortable with. 

For $1600, we are getting 9 hours with a photographer whose work I really like. I found her independent website, and I can’t afford her, unless I go through George Street. Our top pics of independent photographers were all around 4k, and it’s just not a possibilty for us. I want pictures. I need affordability.

I referred George Street to my friend who got married in September, and she had mixed feelings. Her photographer got sick, so they sent a replacement. She didn’t love the replacement, but she wasn’t SOL either…

My cousin used them two weeks ago in DC, and the pictures are a mixed lot. She got enough good ones though, in my opinion, for the price. There were some duds though. My biggest peeve with them was that they bitched about the lighting to the guests at the wedding. I will specifically ask my photographer not to complain to my guests. Lesson learned.

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