- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
There’s good reviews and bad reviews. I think it depends on your photographer, but I would be leary of any photography cooperation over an individual photographer, you usually get better service with an individual photographer.
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.
@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.
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.
@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”.
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!
Thanks everyone so much for your input and support!
In case anyone in the future is looking to book GS, I asked them about some of the things I read/ppl commented about and here is what they said:
Q. Do you book photographers off of craigslist?
A. No, absolutely not. They have to shoot at least 30 weddings and apply to us before they are reviewed for hire.
Q. Some photos I’ve seen on the web aren’t that great, what’s the deal with those?
A. We release ALL photos taken so if your photographer shoots over 1000 photos not all of them are going to be perfect photos.
Q. I’ve heard a lot of photographers are just switched out really close to the wedding day. Does that happen a lot? Is there any guarantee that we will have the photographer we chose?
A. After you choose them, the photographer’s sign a contract to be at your wedding on your date. If a family or medical emergency arises, there may be a substitute.
For us, we are ok with these responses. Some people may not be, but we’re reasonable people and we think those are reasonable answers. While we were chatting, I didn’t leave out any other questions I had and prodded if I needed more info. The wedding coordinator at GS was really forthcoming and gave me the info I needed to put my mind at ease.
Even better yet … our E Pics came out GREAT!
I’m a “photographer” myself (mostly of raptors and other birds) so I tend to be more critical about pictures but I’m very happy with our pics! Some of the colors were a little washed out after they edited but that’s nothing that can’t be altered. There were small things like, my fiance’s scarf ends were hanging out of his jacket so I wish the photographer would have caught that and told him to tuck them in, but overall the shots were really good! We’re staying with our original choice and hoping the wedding pics are just as good if not better!
@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! 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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