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Gary Kaplan Photography

Tampa , FL
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LOCATION

5450 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Studio 115
Tampa, FL 33544 US (map)

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813-391-3221

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ABOUT US

Kaplan's Studio specializes in photojournalistic wedding photography, combining fashion and art in a free flowing unobtrusive style. For clients with a refined taste of elegance and... Read more
Kaplan's Studio specializes in photojournalistic wedding photography, combining fashion and art in a free flowing unobtrusive style. For clients with a refined taste of elegance and sophistication. The studio's creative styles are sought after by clients all over the world as well as royalty and celebrities. Kaplan is a friend and has partnered with Collin Cowie. The studio been published worldwide and has won many international photography awards. Feel free to view their website at: www.garykaplanphotography.com" or contact us at 813-391-3221 or gary@garykaplanphotography.com. Read less
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REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.0/5.0
I completely agree with the other comment on here.

DO NOT HIRE HIM. It will ruin your day.

He is doing the same thing to us. Took out money and has gone dark. He has a new woman assisting him- Shannon Luker, she will turn on a dime on you. She told me today "I would hesitate to promise he is going to be ANYWHERE, considering." Yet expects me to stop asking for a guarantee he will be at the wedding. Shelby has not returned my calls in over 2 weeks now and I'm being told that I am out of line for wondering.

I think the way Gary's company is handling his sickness is not up to par. It is tragic he is sick with a brain tumor, and per my conversation on the phone with Shannon she admitted he does not remember peoples names or who people are. That to me is a clear sign he will not be well to shoot my wedding. Instead of standing up to that fact and assuring me some other contracted photographer will be shooting my wedding they are still are telling me he will- yet he wont be able to remember my name or who I am. He is clearly not well. But don't worry he will be there and please pay me the rest of your money?? NO
They have $1400 so far and refuse to give it back. I will be taking legal action.
I completely agree with the other comment on here.

DO NOT HIRE HIM. It will ruin your day.

He is doing Read more...
I completely agree with the other comment on here.

DO NOT HIRE HIM. It will ruin your day.

He is doing the same thing to us. Took out money and has gone dark. He has a new woman assisting him- Shannon Luker, she will turn on a dime on you. She told me today "I would hesitate to promise he is going to be ANYWHERE, considering." Yet expects me to stop asking for a guarantee he will be at the wedding. Shelby has not returned my calls in over 2 weeks now and I'm being told that I am out of line for wondering.

I think the way Gary's company is handling his sickness is not up to par. It is tragic he is sick with a brain tumor, and per my conversation on the phone with Shannon she admitted he does not remember peoples names or who people are. That to me is a clear sign he will not be well to shoot my wedding. Instead of standing up to that fact and assuring me some other contracted photographer will be shooting my wedding they are still are telling me he will- yet he wont be able to remember my name or who I am. He is clearly not well. But don't worry he will be there and please pay me the rest of your money?? NO
They have $1400 so far and refuse to give it back. I will be taking legal action. Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Met with Gary today. He is doing better and even showed me the wedding photos he has recently been working on and may I add, they look AMAZING, as does the rest of his work! Cancer is horrible disease and everything else he went through while being sick really does suck. But he is back and with a great management team. I have no doubt that whatever pictures Shelby and Gary end up taking of our wedding will be beautiful! It is completely unfair to judge someone on what happened for a very short time of his life without looking at all the work he has done and all the beautiful art he has created. Sometimes shitty things happen to good people and that is NOT his fault!
Met with Gary today. He is doing better and even showed me the wedding photos he has recently been working on and may I Read more...
Met with Gary today. He is doing better and even showed me the wedding photos he has recently been working on and may I add, they look AMAZING, as does the rest of his work! Cancer is horrible disease and everything else he went through while being sick really does suck. But he is back and with a great management team. I have no doubt that whatever pictures Shelby and Gary end up taking of our wedding will be beautiful! It is completely unfair to judge someone on what happened for a very short time of his life without looking at all the work he has done and all the beautiful art he has created. Sometimes shitty things happen to good people and that is NOT his fault! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Mr. Kaplan has been unable to perform his duties due to his illness. He is trying to get everyone's pictures to them and will continue to work diligently until people have their pictures.
My husband and I paid a lot of money for his expertise and I am sure we will not be disappointed in what he delivers. It's just taking longer than planned. I will write a full review of his completed work once I receive our pictures.
Mr. Kaplan has been unable to perform his duties due to his illness. He is trying to get everyone's pictures to them and Read more...
Mr. Kaplan has been unable to perform his duties due to his illness. He is trying to get everyone's pictures to them and will continue to work diligently until people have their pictures.
My husband and I paid a lot of money for his expertise and I am sure we will not be disappointed in what he delivers. It's just taking longer than planned. I will write a full review of his completed work once I receive our pictures. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
11/22/2014
0.5/5.0
Gary was paid a $2090. deposit to photograph my daughter's wedding. My daughter booked an engagement session as part of the wedding package. Gary Kaplan was a NO SHOW for the engagment session and has since not returned any of the many emails nor returned the many many phone messages I have left for him. I have also tried to contact Shelby Kaplan who supposedly works with Gary in the photography business.
Gary was also a NO SHOW for the wedding on November 22, 2014, of course we rather expected that since he would not answer a phone call or email message. Do not book this person for photographs unless you want to throw your money completely away!
Gary was paid a $2090. deposit to photograph my daughter's wedding. My daughter booked an engagement session as part of Read more...
Gary was paid a $2090. deposit to photograph my daughter's wedding. My daughter booked an engagement session as part of the wedding package. Gary Kaplan was a NO SHOW for the engagment session and has since not returned any of the many emails nor returned the many many phone messages I have left for him. I have also tried to contact Shelby Kaplan who supposedly works with Gary in the photography business.
Gary was also a NO SHOW for the wedding on November 22, 2014, of course we rather expected that since he would not answer a phone call or email message. Do not book this person for photographs unless you want to throw your money completely away! Read less
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Gary Kaplan Photography responded with the following comments:

Great storyteller... You should write a book of lies.
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Tina
Wedding:
10/25/2014
0.5/5.0
I hired Gary Kaplan Photography to shoot my daughter’s wedding which was in October of 2014. Two days before the wedding, I called to confirm that Gary would be there (I paid the extra amount for Gary to be there). He told me that he was in the hospital and had just been diagnosed with cancer (I found out later that his diagnosis was 6 months earlier). He sent his daughter Shelby Kaplan and an assistant to photograph the wedding. I waited 2 months after the wedding to call regarding seeing the proofs. I was trying to be very considerate of Gary's condition. Gary told me that he was better and that he would get to work on things. I tried following up with him and he refused to return calls or emails. I contacted Shelby Kaplan. She told me she did not have time to work on edits and photos. In December of 2014, Shelby dropped the proofs in a Drop Box Acct and has also refused to return my calls and emails. I paid $5,400 and have nothing but Jpeg proofs. The amount I paid included edited work and 3 albums. While I have empathy for Gary's illness, I have lost respect for him after seeing on Channel 8 News (NBC - Tampa), that he continues to take money from unsuspecting brides and that he is shopping a new company logo. If he is well enough to start a new company, he is well enough to edit photos and give me the items that I paid for. I am writing this review so that no other bride will go through what we have gone through. A photographer knows the value of a picture. Gary Kaplan and Shelby Kaplan have taken the images of my only daughter's wedding and left them on a hard drive somewhere. My daughter will never have that wedding album to look at on her fifth or tenth wedding anniversary. All photo frames that she received as wedding gifts sit empty. One word of advice to brides, purchase wedding insurance. I wish I had.
I hired Gary Kaplan Photography to shoot my daughter’s wedding which was in October of 2014. Two days before the wedding, Read more...
I hired Gary Kaplan Photography to shoot my daughter’s wedding which was in October of 2014. Two days before the wedding, I called to confirm that Gary would be there (I paid the extra amount for Gary to be there). He told me that he was in the hospital and had just been diagnosed with cancer (I found out later that his diagnosis was 6 months earlier). He sent his daughter Shelby Kaplan and an assistant to photograph the wedding. I waited 2 months after the wedding to call regarding seeing the proofs. I was trying to be very considerate of Gary's condition. Gary told me that he was better and that he would get to work on things. I tried following up with him and he refused to return calls or emails. I contacted Shelby Kaplan. She told me she did not have time to work on edits and photos. In December of 2014, Shelby dropped the proofs in a Drop Box Acct and has also refused to return my calls and emails. I paid $5,400 and have nothing but Jpeg proofs. The amount I paid included edited work and 3 albums. While I have empathy for Gary's illness, I have lost respect for him after seeing on Channel 8 News (NBC - Tampa), that he continues to take money from unsuspecting brides and that he is shopping a new company logo. If he is well enough to start a new company, he is well enough to edit photos and give me the items that I paid for. I am writing this review so that no other bride will go through what we have gone through. A photographer knows the value of a picture. Gary Kaplan and Shelby Kaplan have taken the images of my only daughter's wedding and left them on a hard drive somewhere. My daughter will never have that wedding album to look at on her fifth or tenth wedding anniversary. All photo frames that she received as wedding gifts sit empty. One word of advice to brides, purchase wedding insurance. I wish I had. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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We had a bad experience with Gary as well. He took some engagement photos for us, and those turned out great. However, to this day, he has still not provided us with any of our wedding pictures, much less the prints or album. While we do feel sorry that he's ill, his daughter (or even a subcontractor) should be helping him take care of his business. We paid well over $2,000 to someone who didn't take, edit, or even give us our wedding photos. To anyone possibly considering this photographer, I strongly advise against it until he's proven himself to be reliable again.
We had a bad experience with Gary as well. He took some engagement photos for us, and those turned out great. However, to Read more...
We had a bad experience with Gary as well. He took some engagement photos for us, and those turned out great. However, to this day, he has still not provided us with any of our wedding pictures, much less the prints or album. While we do feel sorry that he's ill, his daughter (or even a subcontractor) should be helping him take care of his business. We paid well over $2,000 to someone who didn't take, edit, or even give us our wedding photos. To anyone possibly considering this photographer, I strongly advise against it until he's proven himself to be reliable again. Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
9/20/2014
0.0/5.0
I agree with all the negative comments below. It is unfortunate that Mr. Kaplan got cancer, but from what Ms. Luker has conveyed to me, he is better now. I paid Mr. Kaplan $5,300 for which I received nothing. I have been sending him an email a day for the last 18 days straight to both gary@garykaplanphotography.com and garykaplanphoto@mac.com. Gary - You know who I am. Please contact me. I paid you a lot of money and you won't answer my emails or phone calls.
I agree with all the negative comments below. It is unfortunate that Mr. Kaplan got cancer, but from what Ms. Luker has Read more...
I agree with all the negative comments below. It is unfortunate that Mr. Kaplan got cancer, but from what Ms. Luker has conveyed to me, he is better now. I paid Mr. Kaplan $5,300 for which I received nothing. I have been sending him an email a day for the last 18 days straight to both gary@garykaplanphotography.com and garykaplanphoto@mac.com. Gary - You know who I am. Please contact me. I paid you a lot of money and you won't answer my emails or phone calls. Read less
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John
Wedding:
2/1/2014
1.2/5.0
I didn't have a problem with Gary until after my event. He was very hard to get into touch with and rarely ever returned my calls or emails. He still owes me 4 albums and prints to this day (9 months after event). I have turned to legal means to hopefully get them that way but I would not recommend this photographer to anyone as I paid a very high fee and for horrible service after the event.
I didn't have a problem with Gary until after my event. He was very hard to get into touch with and rarely ever returned Read more...
I didn't have a problem with Gary until after my event. He was very hard to get into touch with and rarely ever returned my calls or emails. He still owes me 4 albums and prints to this day (9 months after event). I have turned to legal means to hopefully get them that way but I would not recommend this photographer to anyone as I paid a very high fee and for horrible service after the event. Read less
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Gary Kaplan Photography responded with the following comments:

It seems this is the kind of heartless comments I have seen for the last three months. People are heartless and have no compassion for others. Brain Cancer is hard to understand. Kemo and Full Brain Radiation is even more difficult to understand when you wake up two weeks later in the hospital after being in a coma and nobody or family to help but your daughter. Losing 40 lbs in 3 weeks and loss of memory just adds to the suffering,but i am so glad the have people around me that care so much to support me as I try to reach the person I was before this illness takes my life. Thank you John for your support and kind words may some day you understand what you just did.
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john
Wedding:
2/1/2014
0.8/5.0
Gary,
All I am asking for is a call or email, I don't think that is difficult. I would like the product I paid for. What happens in your personal life is not my concern. I am sorry you got cancer; however, this was the most memorable day of my life and all I want is the items that we agreed to in my contract. You need to always have a back-up plan in the case that you aren't able to uphold your end of a Business contract. I would say your photography was great but its only as good if I'm able to get the printed albums and prints that you and I agreed to. I didn't want to have to result to writing on Wedding Wire but its seems that is the only way you will respond to me. Do what you feel is necessary as will I.

Thank you
John
Gary,
All I am asking for is a call or email, I don't think that is difficult. I would like the product I paid for. Read more...
Gary,
All I am asking for is a call or email, I don't think that is difficult. I would like the product I paid for. What happens in your personal life is not my concern. I am sorry you got cancer; however, this was the most memorable day of my life and all I want is the items that we agreed to in my contract. You need to always have a back-up plan in the case that you aren't able to uphold your end of a Business contract. I would say your photography was great but its only as good if I'm able to get the printed albums and prints that you and I agreed to. I didn't want to have to result to writing on Wedding Wire but its seems that is the only way you will respond to me. Do what you feel is necessary as will I.

Thank you
John Read less
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john
Wedding:
2/1/2014
0.0/5.0
Whoever just wrote the review above please contact me at jaheaner@aol.com if you'd like to speak with me about your situation and seeking remedy.

Thanks
John Heaner
Whoever just wrote the review above please contact me at jaheaner@aol.com if you'd like to speak with me about your Read more...
Whoever just wrote the review above please contact me at jaheaner@aol.com if you'd like to speak with me about your situation and seeking remedy.

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John Heaner Read less
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