HELP!!! Warned about photographer but already booked! Anyone know George Street?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

 

They’re a large group that opperate in many cities. Since there are so many people it’s hard to really get an accurate review of them, because sure there probably are some horrible photographers working with them but also great ones. Unless the bad stories you heard are specifically about YOUR photographer then I wouldn’t give it much thought.

 

 

 

Post # 5
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1951 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MichelleMS4:  as PPs have said, George Street is a huge company with many different photographers. You can get a really great one, or totally strike out. One of my friends had GS people at her wedding, and the primary photographer was great, but she had been in a car accident the day before, so she could only stay for half the day. The second shooter and the “replacement” were… Yeah. I’ve also heard that they will suddenly sub out your original person with no notice.

I’d proceed with caution. If you’re happy with your e-pics, stick with your GS photog. If not, consider looking elsewhere.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s going to be hit or miss with any photography “company” out there. I’ve never seen any of their work that has impressed me. I personally would never hire them, but at this point if you’ve already done it you might just have to go with it (unless you’re comfortable losing a deposit and going elsewhere). I hear you can request who you want, but I’m pretty sure GS reserves the right to subsitute photographers if needed. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MichelleMS4:  Totally hit or miss, but mostly miss with companies like George Street, Bella, David’s Bridal Photography, etc. They are big companies who contract photographers (Craigslist is a main way they find their photographers) and pay them a really low hourly wage to just show up, shoot, and turn the photos over to the company to process and edit. There is literally zero incentive for a GS photographer to do a great job because they get paid whether they do a good job or not, and it’s not their name/business/livelihood on the line. You’ll find many, many horror stories if you sort reviews on WeddingWire and TheKnot by “lowest rating first”. 

Post # 8
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395 posts
Helper bee

The biggest issue is that no matter who you choose they can switch the photographer on you. Lots of people that shoot for them will drop the assignment if they can book a full price wedding for themselves. Could work out for you, could be bad. Think of it  this way, if the photographers they hire could book their own weddings making 5 or 10 x as much as George Street pays, why wouldn’t they? I hope you get lucky! 

Post # 10
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1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@MichelleMS4 bees talked me about of using GS for my own wedding but, I do have a friend who used them (in NJ) and she was very pleased with everything.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

@MichelleMS4:  I really do hope it turns out well for you. I will say, what did you expect them to say? Those answers are given to you by salespeople. The fact that they don’t even cull their images and just load you up with clunkers would be a deal breaker for me. Are they going to edit every single image for you or do you just get one huge bunch of straight out of camera shots? Best of luck! 🙂 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s a large group that contracts with a bunch of different photographers.  I’ve heard it’s really, really hit or miss.  I hope yours works out for you!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Lbward6:  I live in NJ and we have a contract with them. The engagement photos came out great. Do you know if your friend also used them for videography?

Post # 13
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390 posts
Helper bee

George Street (as well as the Pros) are like the grab bag of photography. They are nationwide umbrella companies that hire newer photographers to photograph under their company name. You will deal mostly with a customer service rep as opposed to the actual photographer, particularly after the wedding. The pay photographers roughly $300-400 to shoot the wedding and had over the files, then handle the remainder of the process themselves. <br /><br />And they strait lied to you, they DO hire photographers off of craigslist:<br />http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/med/4462703092.html<br /><br />They also recruit inexperienced students to pass off as professionals. This is how I know their rates and details, they came to the college I attended and tried to recruit photography majors. 

 

Post # 14
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Wannabee

I totally agree with Atomic! They came to my college to recruit students as well!  Now, I know that there are some INCREDIBLY talented people out there, but I just wouldn’t be willing to invest in a photographer’s talent unless they had a profile or portfolio that I absolutely loved. Their work should speak for itself, and since the ones with GS can’t control their end product, I would be leery. I worked with a local Autumn Gallagher Photography here in Madison for our e-pics, before she had ever done a wedding because I loved her style that much. Our photos turned out so amazing that I know when my fiance gets out of med school in a couple years, we’ll use her for our wedding- its all based on your one-on-one experience. If you had a great result from the epics, I’m sure you’ll be fine with that same photographer. Best of luck!

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2016

George Street is basically a sales company. They farm out work to photo and video people in your particualr region….None of the photgs or video guy/gals actually work for george street. Its all sub contract….. Bet they dont tell you that on your sales call though. they dont do much editing… bottom line they are inexpensive and you get what you pay for 

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