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Brett Matthews Photography / Buyer beware!

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Brett Matthews Photography, 86 Mineola Avenue, Roslyn Heights NY 11577, [protected]

Brett Matthews was the photographer who shot my daughters wedding. After the wedding the actual photographer himself said he "dropped the ball".

I know there are always 3 sides to every story, but what a photographer shoots or misses, speaks for itself. Yes we got some nice pictures-well we didn't get them yet, were still trying to get the paid in full album and it's now May 07 the wedding was in Oct 05. Some shots were nice, even good, some were lousy-could have been taken by a bum with a throw away camera, not a studio.

What "fine photography studio" misses standard shots like groom and his parents? Who were by the way, there and together the whole time, or is that something that needed to be discussed in advance? Funny, I NEVER EVER would think that getting a photo of the groom and his parents would be considered outdated thinking, or something that needs to be discussed prior to a wedding.

What studio do you know that doesn't get a good picture of a gorgeous Chuppah-hard to miss considering they got married under it & sat under it for the length of the wedding. The picture of the wedding cake was just OK. A photo a friend took with a regular $200 camera got a better shot then the photographer got, and that's the one going in their album. Should have hired her, we would have gotten a better job & saved a TON of money & heartache.

I think that there are just to many mistakes they made, to list them all, but the photographer himself saying he dropped the ball (in front of the owner, my daughter, my brother & a friend) pretty much speaks VOLUMES in itself. Buyer beware- If a company has as many complaints as they have, and want all their money pretty much up front-ask more questions-don't be another in a line of unhappy brides, grooms and parents.

Mother of the bride

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  • Mi
      18th of Jul, 2008
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    We hired Brett Matthews in '07 for our wedding in July '07 in Manhattan having been impressed with their sales pitch which included promises of a nearly invisible photographer, professional attitude and guaranteed perfect pictures. What we got couldn't have been further removed from the promise. Firstly we paid and additional $500 to have "pre wedding" photographs taken in Tribeca as a way of introducing us to our photographer. The pictures may as well have been taken in a sea container. There is essentially no evidence as to where in the world they were shot. In the lead up to the wedding we are asked to provide our photographer with a list of "must have" pictures which we duely did...sadly they have become "must not have" pictures as not one of them were taken. We had asked our photographer 2 weeks before the wedding to visit the wedding venue with us to agree on places to take certain pictures. He kept putting off the meeting and eventually went there the afternoon before our wedding without us (we were in the middle of another ceremony) and spent less than 5 minutes in the facility. The day of the wedding itself was a disaster. Not only did each picture take WAY too long to take but he proved incapable of handling stressful situations (in actual fact he created his own stress), taking utterly ridiculous pictures in poses totally unnatural unless you are double jointed (creativity?) and hitting on the brides cousin on numerous occasions. He disrupted the cake cutting (IN A BIG WAY) and became wildly aggitated with the facility manager on several occasions. We have since received the pictures from the day and are utterly disgusted with the product. Key photos have been missed (no picture of bride and groom with both sets of parents being the biggest one), heads on subjects (the groome!!!) are half missing and in general the quality is poor. Almost all the guests commented on how visible the photographer was on the day (he eve made it into a number of the pix!!!). After Sales Service...so we get the pictures, and they are best described as amateur for the most part. It took us 10 months to summon the will to go back to the studio to start the album design process. One positive is that our album designer, Nicole, was excellent. She had to deal with 2 very upset clients and did so in a very professional manner. She took a list of our complaints and relayed them back to BM management. There the after sales service has ended. We have basically been told that our wedding was a difficult wedding to shoot and that despite the lack of quality in pictures we can get a $50 credit in posting our pictures online for people to view (normal cost $1 per picture...go figure). Brett Matthews DO hold you hostage by not allowing you to own your own pictures. BM DO NOT deliver on their promises of quality photographs taken by professional photographers (one exception being Rachel...if it wasn't for her we would have NO pictures to make an album). BM DO NOT believe in the credo "the customer is always right" as I am finding out in my subsequent call w/ Chris...have the courage to stand up and admit your product is lousy when it is for once their in black and white (or colour). BM ARE EXTREMELY condescending in conversations with their clients post event. BM ARE NOT worth the money and ARE TOTALLY OVERRATED. Some of you couples out there will no doubt be lucky enough to have a wonderful experience, and more power to you. But just know this...it's hit-or-miss with this outfit as you can see fom the mixed bag of reviews. Do yourself a favour and think twice before you hand over your money to Brett Matthews. Don't have them cast a cloud over your wedding day as they did ours. It's your day...not Thomas the "photographer"'s day.

  • Le
      14th of Oct, 2009
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    Thomas was also our photographer and he seemed totally out of control that day. Was not making our day pleasant. I am yet to recieve my pictures, I guesss I will know more when I get them at the end of the month!

  • Vt
      21st of Aug, 2010
    0 Votes

    I read the reviews on this site after I was dazzled by the sales pitch over at Brett Matthews and found myself confused. The photos samples shown in the studio and on their website are gorgeous, tasteful, and memorable. I shopped around and found myself looking for the special something I saw from Brett Mathews. I called the studio and confronted them about the hit-or-miss postings on the net and after a good talk with Richie, I booked Brett Matthews anyway.
    Chris & Stephen were the photographers at my wedding last August 2. They were professional and at ease and they were fun. The time we took for our photos was worth every minute! The result was ~500 outstanding edited proofs.. some of them are truly works of art. We worked with Lisa to create our album and she was accommodating, light-hearted, professional, and she was lots of help sorting through those amazing photos. We are very happy with the decision to use Brett Matthews. Still have doubts? Check out our photos on their website under Aug-2-2009.

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