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Grabari Studios Inc

Roselle , IL

LOCATION

1248 W. Lake St.
Roselle, IL US 60172 (map)

PHONE

630-307-1533

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Grabari
Wedding:
11/30/2012
5.0/5.0
It is sad that there are brides who ruin it for other brides! The bride complaining on not getting her photos is all untrue. We take a deposit of $400.00 and then you pay the rest after the wedding. Usually 2 weeks after and you receive your link for your photos so you can choose the images for your album. Also, at that time if you have video you receive that too. This bride will NOT PAY her BILL! She doesn't want to pay the $12.98 tax and it is a STATE LAW!! So, in reality she is slandering our studio for NO REASON!! PAY YOUR BILL and STOP saying you will and never come up with the money. We have been in business for 22 years and never made a bride and groom pay the balance before the wedding. We try to make it easier since usually you have to pay everything up front!!!!!!! So, Again Stop slandering us for no reason because either you don't have the money or you won't pay and are just scammers! Beware of this Bride and Groom for any business transaction you have with them!
It is sad that there are brides who ruin it for other brides! The bride complaining on not getting her photos is all Read more...
It is sad that there are brides who ruin it for other brides! The bride complaining on not getting her photos is all untrue. We take a deposit of $400.00 and then you pay the rest after the wedding. Usually 2 weeks after and you receive your link for your photos so you can choose the images for your album. Also, at that time if you have video you receive that too. This bride will NOT PAY her BILL! She doesn't want to pay the $12.98 tax and it is a STATE LAW!! So, in reality she is slandering our studio for NO REASON!! PAY YOUR BILL and STOP saying you will and never come up with the money. We have been in business for 22 years and never made a bride and groom pay the balance before the wedding. We try to make it easier since usually you have to pay everything up front!!!!!!! So, Again Stop slandering us for no reason because either you don't have the money or you won't pay and are just scammers! Beware of this Bride and Groom for any business transaction you have with them! Read less
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Angelia
Wedding:
9/22/2012
0.5/5.0
DO NOT UTILIZE GRABARI STUDIOS!!! The Studio is Closed & The owner is very UNPROFESSIONAL, MEAN, IGNORANT, & HAVE NO RESPECT FOR CONSUMERS!!!

They did our wedding & the studio was closed on 9/30/12 for some unknown reason and the owner never called or mailed us nothing in writing stating how business would be conducted going forward & all the owner has done is harrass us about our final payment which she wants us to send to a PO Box and she has yet to even let us view our pictures! After we expressed to her how uncomfortable we were with sending money to a PO Box and the studio being closed without anyone telling us she begin to get angry and yell and even hung the phone up!
There are several BAD ratings about this company but unfortunately we didn't check until after we paid the deposit! We don't know whats going on with the company but after talking to the owner I can see now why the have no business & are closed & its so unfortunate that the owner would be so concerned about money & not accomodating her customers!!

Bottom line here is Grabari Studios is CLOSED & the owner lied to us & told us to hurry up & send in our money cause the studio would be closing at THE END OF THE YEAR but the studio is CLOSED NOW. And that has made us very uncomfortable sending money to a P O Box & not even knowing if the pictures exist since we cant be provided a link to view them! So we asked if we could meet her somewhere or could she come to us to show us something & we would be glad to pay her the balance but she REFUSES to even cooperate with us and I feel very ton because these are our wedding pictures & the owner has been nothing but RUDE & IGNORANT toward us! Kari sounded very desparate for money & unwilling to answer any questions or concerns of ours & we are now in the process of persuing legal action! I only rated because you have to but I give them a 0!
DO NOT UTILIZE GRABARI STUDIOS!!! The Studio is Closed & The owner is very UNPROFESSIONAL, MEAN, IGNORANT, & HAVE NO Read more...
DO NOT UTILIZE GRABARI STUDIOS!!! The Studio is Closed & The owner is very UNPROFESSIONAL, MEAN, IGNORANT, & HAVE NO RESPECT FOR CONSUMERS!!!

They did our wedding & the studio was closed on 9/30/12 for some unknown reason and the owner never called or mailed us nothing in writing stating how business would be conducted going forward & all the owner has done is harrass us about our final payment which she wants us to send to a PO Box and she has yet to even let us view our pictures! After we expressed to her how uncomfortable we were with sending money to a PO Box and the studio being closed without anyone telling us she begin to get angry and yell and even hung the phone up!
There are several BAD ratings about this company but unfortunately we didn't check until after we paid the deposit! We don't know whats going on with the company but after talking to the owner I can see now why the have no business & are closed & its so unfortunate that the owner would be so concerned about money & not accomodating her customers!!

Bottom line here is Grabari Studios is CLOSED & the owner lied to us & told us to hurry up & send in our money cause the studio would be closing at THE END OF THE YEAR but the studio is CLOSED NOW. And that has made us very uncomfortable sending money to a P O Box & not even knowing if the pictures exist since we cant be provided a link to view them! So we asked if we could meet her somewhere or could she come to us to show us something & we would be glad to pay her the balance but she REFUSES to even cooperate with us and I feel very ton because these are our wedding pictures & the owner has been nothing but RUDE & IGNORANT toward us! Kari sounded very desparate for money & unwilling to answer any questions or concerns of ours & we are now in the process of persuing legal action! I only rated because you have to but I give them a 0! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.3/5.0
I won a discounted package from Grabari Studios at a wedding show. I received photography and videography together for the price of just the photography. It was a great deal, however I would have preferred a more modern and up-to-date company. They are nice, but dated, in my opinion. I had Zara as my photographer and she brought 'Thank You' and 'Just Married' signs to our wedding, which was great to use in our pictures, however she has a european accent and can be hard to understand. We had Marv as our videographer and he was great! I am looking forward to my wedding video :)
I won a discounted package from Grabari Studios at a wedding show. I received photography and videography together for the Read more...
I won a discounted package from Grabari Studios at a wedding show. I received photography and videography together for the price of just the photography. It was a great deal, however I would have preferred a more modern and up-to-date company. They are nice, but dated, in my opinion. I had Zara as my photographer and she brought 'Thank You' and 'Just Married' signs to our wedding, which was great to use in our pictures, however she has a european accent and can be hard to understand. We had Marv as our videographer and he was great! I am looking forward to my wedding video :) Read less
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Calvin
Wedding:
5/19/2012
3.6/5.0
Overall, we were happy with our photographer, and with the quality of the service and product we got. And value was great. However, we were not happy with their responsiveness. It was hard to get hold of them by phone; they barely ever answered and whether by leaving a voicemail or sending them an email, sometimes took days to get a response.
Overall, we were happy with our photographer, and with the quality of the service and product we got. And value was great. Read more...
Overall, we were happy with our photographer, and with the quality of the service and product we got. And value was great. However, we were not happy with their responsiveness. It was hard to get hold of them by phone; they barely ever answered and whether by leaving a voicemail or sending them an email, sometimes took days to get a response. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
Grabari provided good service for the price that we paid. They were the cheapest vendors we found who provided a cd with the copyright release, video, and an album. They took many, many pictures and captured all of our special moments. My family and I were pleased with the work they provided for the price that we paid. The album was really nice and the pictures were also great. They also did a nice job with the video. Everything went very smooth with them.
Grabari provided good service for the price that we paid. They were the cheapest vendors we found who provided a cd with Read more...
Grabari provided good service for the price that we paid. They were the cheapest vendors we found who provided a cd with the copyright release, video, and an album. They took many, many pictures and captured all of our special moments. My family and I were pleased with the work they provided for the price that we paid. The album was really nice and the pictures were also great. They also did a nice job with the video. Everything went very smooth with them. Read less
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b4peace2
Wedding:
9/3/2011
0.0/5.0
I was a guest at a wedding/reception at the Fountain Blue on Saturday, September 3, 2011. I did not hire the photographer but I was witness to some very unprofessional behavior by the photographer.

I am a career broadcast professional and I was sitting at the table nearest to one of the video camera stations that the videographer had set up for the reception. At one point during the reception, the videographer calmly asked the photographer if the photographer would be careful about walking into the video shots. The photographer angrily cursed the videographer using the "f" word several times. The videographer did not respond to the photographer.

After witnessing the photographer's behavior, I paid more attention to the interaction between the photographer and the video crew. Later, there were several instances where, in my opinion, the photographer intentionally placed his body in front of the video camera or walked through the shots of the videographers. I heard one of the videographers ask the photographer, "Who put you in charge? - We have to work together." The photographer responded, "I don't have to work with you - you guys don't work with me."

Considering that the video crew was also there to record the events, I thought that it was extremely unprofessional of the photographer to behave the way that he did. I got the name of the his company so that I could write this review.

I would not hire this company if they send out the same photographer to shoot your event.
I was a guest at a wedding/reception at the Fountain Blue on Saturday, September 3, 2011. I did not hire the photographer Read more...
I was a guest at a wedding/reception at the Fountain Blue on Saturday, September 3, 2011. I did not hire the photographer but I was witness to some very unprofessional behavior by the photographer.

I am a career broadcast professional and I was sitting at the table nearest to one of the video camera stations that the videographer had set up for the reception. At one point during the reception, the videographer calmly asked the photographer if the photographer would be careful about walking into the video shots. The photographer angrily cursed the videographer using the "f" word several times. The videographer did not respond to the photographer.

After witnessing the photographer's behavior, I paid more attention to the interaction between the photographer and the video crew. Later, there were several instances where, in my opinion, the photographer intentionally placed his body in front of the video camera or walked through the shots of the videographers. I heard one of the videographers ask the photographer, "Who put you in charge? - We have to work together." The photographer responded, "I don't have to work with you - you guys don't work with me."

Considering that the video crew was also there to record the events, I thought that it was extremely unprofessional of the photographer to behave the way that he did. I got the name of the his company so that I could write this review.

I would not hire this company if they send out the same photographer to shoot your event. Read less
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angela and mark
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding September 3, 2011 and they were fantastic!! My album was beautiful and they give ALL of the photos from the wedding on a cd with copyright release. There is too many to choose! Love them!! Use them their prices and quality is amazing!
I had my wedding September 3, 2011 and they were fantastic!! My album was beautiful and they give ALL of the photos from Read more...
I had my wedding September 3, 2011 and they were fantastic!! My album was beautiful and they give ALL of the photos from the wedding on a cd with copyright release. There is too many to choose! Love them!! Use them their prices and quality is amazing! Read less
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MuPu
Wedding:
1/8/2011
1.0/5.0
Please, Please DO NOT book you wedding event with them. I am only writting this to help another couple & have you not waste your time with this company. My husband and I book with them for Video and can not say how UN-HAPPY we are. Yes, their prices seem like a good deal but we were VERY embaressed to say that we paid that much for the peice of crap "Video" they sent us. In the video you can hear the camera guy make unprofessional remarks to my guests...and didnt even bother to cut that out of it....OR do any editing what so ever. You can barley see me walk down the aisle becouse he couldnt move his 90's video camera off the the stand....bc the guests were standing up as I walked in. When the guests spoke to the camera...all you can hear is STATIC! Like if the wind was blowing into the mic....when we were INSIDEEEE...it drove me nuts....I can go on and on. Spare yourself the time and dont waste your money....HONESTLY your better off calling a friend and having them record on a video camera....It will be more MODERN & I PROMISE you it will look 100 TIMES BETTER.
Please, Please DO NOT book you wedding event with them. I am only writting this to help another couple & have you not Read more...
Please, Please DO NOT book you wedding event with them. I am only writting this to help another couple & have you not waste your time with this company. My husband and I book with them for Video and can not say how UN-HAPPY we are. Yes, their prices seem like a good deal but we were VERY embaressed to say that we paid that much for the peice of crap "Video" they sent us. In the video you can hear the camera guy make unprofessional remarks to my guests...and didnt even bother to cut that out of it....OR do any editing what so ever. You can barley see me walk down the aisle becouse he couldnt move his 90's video camera off the the stand....bc the guests were standing up as I walked in. When the guests spoke to the camera...all you can hear is STATIC! Like if the wind was blowing into the mic....when we were INSIDEEEE...it drove me nuts....I can go on and on. Spare yourself the time and dont waste your money....HONESTLY your better off calling a friend and having them record on a video camera....It will be more MODERN & I PROMISE you it will look 100 TIMES BETTER. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Tabbykat
Wedding:
12/18/2010
4.4/5.0
The photographer they sent was wonderful. She got all the poses you would want for a wedding, set up a mini studio at the reception to take more pictures at, and even came bowling with us! I got way more than I expected for their low prices.
The photographer they sent was wonderful. She got all the poses you would want for a wedding, set up a mini studio at the Read more...
The photographer they sent was wonderful. She got all the poses you would want for a wedding, set up a mini studio at the reception to take more pictures at, and even came bowling with us! I got way more than I expected for their low prices. Read less
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marcie
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Our photographer and video was excellent!!! Everything and more than expected!! The special was great with photo and video. Our album is unbelievable!!!! Great Job Grabari!!!
Our photographer and video was excellent!!! Everything and more than expected!! The special was great with photo and Read more...
Our photographer and video was excellent!!! Everything and more than expected!! The special was great with photo and video. Our album is unbelievable!!!! Great Job Grabari!!! Read less
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wedding bride
Wedding:
10/9/2010
1.2/5.0
I do not like them at all. They were very unprofessional. They would take 2 shots of every pictures (which seems 'nice' until you realize that in BOTH sets of pictures, he doesnt wait to make sure everyones looking. I was also upset that he inturupted "special moments" as well. I was also in tears because he didnt take the pictures that I wanted. I called in a list with SPECIFIC shots that I wanted, NONE OF THEM WERE TAKEN. I also payed for 12 hours of footage and pictures, they only did 8. We were suppose to take pictures AFTER the reception at a fountian, and I was told "no, its not on my paper work" even thought I called the week before and told them the address of the fountain. Overall, I would not reccomend them. I have recieved my pictures and DVD, they were both only ok. My bridal party also said that both the videographer and photographer were pushy and rude. We picked them because of the price. Like most newly weds, we dont have alot of extra money. Out of the 400 pictures taken, I can only say that about 10 were "beautiful"... Hope this helps other with thier big day.
I do not like them at all. They were very unprofessional. They would take 2 shots of every pictures (which seems 'nice' Read more...
I do not like them at all. They were very unprofessional. They would take 2 shots of every pictures (which seems 'nice' until you realize that in BOTH sets of pictures, he doesnt wait to make sure everyones looking. I was also upset that he inturupted "special moments" as well. I was also in tears because he didnt take the pictures that I wanted. I called in a list with SPECIFIC shots that I wanted, NONE OF THEM WERE TAKEN. I also payed for 12 hours of footage and pictures, they only did 8. We were suppose to take pictures AFTER the reception at a fountian, and I was told "no, its not on my paper work" even thought I called the week before and told them the address of the fountain. Overall, I would not reccomend them. I have recieved my pictures and DVD, they were both only ok. My bridal party also said that both the videographer and photographer were pushy and rude. We picked them because of the price. Like most newly weds, we dont have alot of extra money. Out of the 400 pictures taken, I can only say that about 10 were "beautiful"... Hope this helps other with thier big day. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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gigic
Wedding:
6/1/2010
1.2/5.0
DO NOT choose this company for your wedding photography. You are better off hiring a relative or friend that's into photography. Photos are horrible to begin with and they don't seem to do post processing of photos, ie cropping, brightness adjustment. Don't waste your money.
DO NOT choose this company for your wedding photography. You are better off hiring a relative or friend that's into Read more...
DO NOT choose this company for your wedding photography. You are better off hiring a relative or friend that's into photography. Photos are horrible to begin with and they don't seem to do post processing of photos, ie cropping, brightness adjustment. Don't waste your money. Read less
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georgeandangel2
Wedding:
5/10/2010
1.1/5.0
Very disapointed and disgusted with this company. They are very old and outdated. They are cheap and do not accept anything but cash. This was the one area of our wedding that we were disgusted with. Please do not chose them they have no professionalism.
Very disapointed and disgusted with this company. They are very old and outdated. They are cheap and do not accept Read more...
Very disapointed and disgusted with this company. They are very old and outdated. They are cheap and do not accept anything but cash. This was the one area of our wedding that we were disgusted with. Please do not chose them they have no professionalism. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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annakur
Wedding:
7/24/2009
3.8/5.0
We used Grabari Studios for our videography services and initially we were quite shocked at their little "mom and pop" store. However, we got a bridal show discount (as mentioned in another review) and the price was excellent so we couldn't pass it up! I have not seen the video yet, but our videographer was a very nice guy (Marve). I was worried that he would be intrusive but from what I could see he did his job very professionally. Even when he went around to ask each table to say something I could see that our guests were having a great time and singing and cheering to the camera. I am looking forward to seeing the video shortly!
We used Grabari Studios for our videography services and initially we were quite shocked at their little "mom and pop" Read more...
We used Grabari Studios for our videography services and initially we were quite shocked at their little "mom and pop" store. However, we got a bridal show discount (as mentioned in another review) and the price was excellent so we couldn't pass it up! I have not seen the video yet, but our videographer was a very nice guy (Marve). I was worried that he would be intrusive but from what I could see he did his job very professionally. Even when he went around to ask each table to say something I could see that our guests were having a great time and singing and cheering to the camera. I am looking forward to seeing the video shortly! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Snocyndi
Wedding:
10/25/2008
3.9/5.0
It was not the most professional studio and the videographer was very intrusive however our video turned out great. We received a bridal show discount and the value was outstanding.
It was not the most professional studio and the videographer was very intrusive however our video turned out great. We Read more...
It was not the most professional studio and the videographer was very intrusive however our video turned out great. We received a bridal show discount and the value was outstanding. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Kimberly
Wedding:
10/18/2008
2.5/5.0
You only pay a 200 deposit before the wedding and then choose your package later which is still pretty affordable. Our photographer was the farthest thing from professional and said very lude things to the women guests at our wedding. Anything from lay on the ground and 'ooze sex' to climbing on the back of a chair with a mini dress on for a photo.

I have not seen these pictures yet - but I can only pray that dealing with this photographer was worth it.
You only pay a 200 deposit before the wedding and then choose your package later which is still pretty affordable. Our Read more...
You only pay a 200 deposit before the wedding and then choose your package later which is still pretty affordable. Our photographer was the farthest thing from professional and said very lude things to the women guests at our wedding. Anything from lay on the ground and 'ooze sex' to climbing on the back of a chair with a mini dress on for a photo.

I have not seen these pictures yet - but I can only pray that dealing with this photographer was worth it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.8/5.0
Great place, prices, and the pictures were very nice. Our photog was very high maintenance, though, and was the only part of our wedding that was stressful. He also took many of the pictures in the wrong setting on his camera, so we lost them. He did not take ANY candid shots and frequently interrupted private moments and important events to take posed pictures. He was running on his own schedule, not mine. I would recommend the studio, but not the photog Steve.
Great place, prices, and the pictures were very nice. Our photog was very high maintenance, though, and was the only part Read more...
Great place, prices, and the pictures were very nice. Our photog was very high maintenance, though, and was the only part of our wedding that was stressful. He also took many of the pictures in the wrong setting on his camera, so we lost them. He did not take ANY candid shots and frequently interrupted private moments and important events to take posed pictures. He was running on his own schedule, not mine. I would recommend the studio, but not the photog Steve. Read less
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applejackx78
Wedding:
10/12/2007
2.6/5.0
The photographer that we chose was nothing that we expected. The pictures were ok. They did not explain things very well to us. They took great pictures for family members, but took nothing that we wanted.
The photographer that we chose was nothing that we expected. The pictures were ok. They did not explain things very well Read more...
The photographer that we chose was nothing that we expected. The pictures were ok. They did not explain things very well to us. They took great pictures for family members, but took nothing that we wanted. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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