(Closed) Has anyone ever worked with Kevin Le Studios?

posted 9 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
Member
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I have never heard him but have you searched Project Wedding or even Yelp for any reviews? That may be your best bet. Good luck!

Post # 4
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I have to admit I was pleased with my engagement session photos but my wedding day photos was another story.  What I regret most is not having ONE SINGLE picture of my husband and I alone in my wedding dress infront of the church. No good wedding party shots either. The only one single photo of the group had the background of a parking lot with some old cars visble in the photo.  We were standing under a tree which casted shadows on each of our faces.  Bridesmaids group photo??  We were standing on a handicap ramp so half of the bridesmaids were taller than the other half.  Seriously??  I was so disappointed. Too top it off, I paid well over $6,000 for my photos. This does not include developing and retouching photos or the instant thank you photos that guest recieve on their way out. I should have known better walking into his “studio” which was basically a room where the make shift wall divides his photography business with his family’s sewing shop business.  Is that even legal?  He had the nerve to make me pay in cash (his only form of payment) and charged me tax….un-freakin-believable!!

Everytime I look at other people’s beautiful wedding photos, I get teary eyed bc that is the one thing I regret the most about my wedding photographer.  And just thinking about the amount of money I forked over to him makes me sick to my stomach… I just want to vomit.  I would avoid working with this guy if possible… or if anything, don’t let him sucker you into the most expensive package.  BIG mistake on my part and an expensive lesson learned.  Kevin is not very experienced with photoshop and doesn’t even do the album layouts/graphic design himself either.  You’ll end up with cheesy squares and rectangles and backdrops you’ll find on powerpoint.  To get something changed will take forever since Kevin is just the middle man.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he sent his work back to vietnam to have some guy do it for 5 cents and hour!  He probably gets his albums there too for 50 cents.  I think he is very unprofessional too.  When you first meet him he’ll treat you like a queen, show you his best work and will be prompt to answer questions…very accomodating.  My my experience, once he was paid in full, it was another story.  On 2 occassions, I made an appt with him to go over picking photos for my albums.  Not once, but both times, he spent a good 20 minutes with me and then when a new client walks in, he quickly brushes me off and tells me to reschedule and finish it up later.  He knew I was unhappy.  I had a long stretch where he probably avoided me bc after numerous emails, calls and voice messages, he never picked up his cell and never returned any of my calls/emails.  I was so fed up, I just gave up (my fault for not being persistant).  Still to this day, I do not have my wedding albums.  Just a copy of a CD which are so low quality that I can’t even blow up and frame.  Grrrrr, he makes me so angry! 

BEWARE OF KEVIN LE.

Post # 5
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51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Jenn220 – I am so sorry that you had to deal with that. Have thought about taking him to court? His actions were completely unacceptable. You paid for something and you should receive your final product. If there’s any consolation, perhaps you and your husband can take pictures with a different photographer in your wedding attire. I know it’s not the same but at least will be something that you can look back on and get that picture in front the church you really wanted. Good luck!

Post # 6
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Today I met with Kevin Le at his new studio in Huntington Beach.  I explained to him how my contract was not fulfilled and it has been 2 years. I simply just wanted reimbursement for the items I did not receive yet (three albums, one 11×14, three 8×10, 300 4×6, dvd slide show, etc.).  To my surprise he apologized for the delay and he agreed to give me a partial refund.  He then told me how his family’s business (where his old studio was located) was not doing well so he had to take a year long break from his photography business and it was just a really tough time for him and his business (2008). During this time he told me he had issues to resolve with other clients as well. It seems like now he’s trying to work his way back into his business by opening up the new studio (2 months now) and trying to get his name out there.  I am relieved that I was able to resolve my issues with Kevin today. Before leaving I could tell he wanted us to leave on good terms.  As long as he is fair and meets all his clients needs and expectations and delivers what’s promised in a contract, I honestly do wish him well.

Post # 7
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Don’t be fooled!  I can actually say that he is really good, with a great artistic eye.  His business management is however is sh!t.  

Here is our experience:

A friend recommends him cause she used to work with him and we could get a discount. (I think she go the better discount).  Our first impression was that he was really nice and looking through his work we were impressed.  His price is up there but for the Asian wedding photographer (All day from morning to night) comparable.  So we got with it.

We do an engagement shoot at a really nice beach and he was professional and very helpful.  Pictures turn out great.  We do a fantastic thankyou card for our guest with the photos.

Day of the wedding he shoots the tea ceremony.  He’s there early helps us through the proceedings, very helpful to have him there.   Same positive stuff when we go to the church, the park pre reception shoot, and at the reception.  At this point I really like the guy and we even give him a nice tip after spending close to 4 grand.

So after the wedding that when it all falls apart.  We get word after WE call him that he accidentally lost our tea ceremony photos.  The only part that our parents really care about.  Usually I go crazy and start yelling.  But I knew it was important for my wife. So I tell him maybe he can get photos from the video.  He offers us a free shoot later.

Weeks follow and we want to have everything done before the holiday so we start calling him.  Call after call nothing.  No return no email nothing.  Later we find out from his website that he moved locations.  He never told us this.  So we meet.  He tells us that he will contact the videographer to get the footage.  He never does, this is after 6months of originally asking him.  We get him the footage.  We ask to get the photo albums & the storybook before Christmas  so we can give them to the parents.  He sets a tight schedule  for the work to get done.  However he become conveniently unavailable to meet the deadlines.  We make it through that with only the photo albums not the story book.  He also has promised my wife in secret a photo frame as a gift for me for  Christmas.  I didn’t get until Late January.  Finally the storybook comes and he did nothing to add the footage from the tea ceremony and there is a blemish on the photo.  So we send it back.  He promises 2 weeks and that he will try to get the tea ceremony worked into the book.  More than a month goes by and about 15 phone calls and nothing.  It took me leaving a demanding message and the promise that I will go to his studio in person that we find out he rushed to drop it off at my mother in laws that next night.  Still no tea ceremony.  

My poor wife has shed countless tears over this, save yourself from the same. Stay away!

People just don’t do it.  Kevin Le is full of empty promises and will disappear after you pay.

Post # 8
Member
2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2009

My wife’s review on Kevin Le in Huntington Beach.

 

I usually think it’s bad karma to speak ill of people, but after all the torment this was a well deserved review.  So if any of you read the other review, that’s my husband.  This is my p.o.v.  

Basically things were smooth until after the wedding.  I felt like he wanted our money and then forgot us.  He didn’t even tell us he moved locations.  I did mention to him this is poor business etiquette.    I found out from his website when I couldn’t reach him.  I was pretty understanding about him being busy with the move, but peeved that I wasn’t informed.  The sad thing is, I think he’s a nice guy.  He just needs to stay a photographer and have someone else manage him.  

So… we meet up and you know we just kept meeting up.  At first he had stuff to show us then it shrunk and finally it was reduced to phone calls and then finally no response.  There are no words to describe the level of patience my husband and I exerted, but what the H-E- double hockey sticks!  We got married end of April and I finally received my wedding album lacking extra stuff that was promised, end of January.  My husband called with an angry call.  That’s a nice way of putting it.  We were thinking of picketing his studio, but didn’t want to waste more time on him.  I was told seek legal services regarding our situation, but I just wanted our stuff and be done with it all.

I was going to let things go, but when my mother asked me about the tea ceremony pictures from the house, I lost it.  I told her what happened.  He LOST our Tea Ceremony pictures!  All you Asians know how important that part is to the parents.  

Like I said, I was going to just forgive and forget, but when you wait until your wedding anniversary to get your wedding pictures, that’s pushing it.

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