I can't begin say enough good about this guy. Very attentive and friendly / personable. I came in with my broken Canon lens and even though I had interrupted his lunch he was unrushed and engaging in his response to find out what the particular problem was.The parts had to be ordered but in only 4 days he called to say it was ready. Same friendly guy when I went to pick it up -- he even took the time to give me some tips and shoot the breeze a little..."The lens?" you ask? Yes -- it was fixed - perfect ;)UPDATE: Went back again this time to have a used camera checked out I was thinking about buying.... with only about an hour's notice he took time from his schedule to inspect the camera and give me a thorough assessment.When it comes to pleasant, knowledgeable, (like almost "walking encyclopedia" knowledgeable) and friendly --Marvin is the poster guy for phenomenal customer service. He's patient and he's completely 'present' when he talks (not rushing or distracted) taking the time to talk to even us newbies without talking down or sounding patronizing.Photo Center is the only place I will ever go now for any camera or lens issue.
Here is my cell number if you think this may be a fake review: 323-459-7798. He is so good and so experienced- how many photographers have been in the same location for over 20 years? Find his website and look at his work/ shots for yourself. He cares about actors and everyone who works or wants to work in this art form / business. I just finished another shoot with him and once again he is so patient and takes way, way more shots than I expected. He is so down to earth - no hyper, phony sales pitch - he is a very, very talented photographer constantly looking at my face and expressions and how the light is looking through his camera, and he even agreed to work with me on the price since my finances are a little tight right now. If you are going to talk with a couple of photographers who truly specialize with actors and models, then do yourself a big favor and make sure that David is one of them. Period.
I have worked with photographers for some time now. In my experience I would show up, take a few photos and leave. I never felt a connection to what I was doing or the photos themselves. With Matchstick Creative, however, I felt entirely different.Not only were they accommodating to my schedule, they provided brilliant insight and advice on what I was looking for. Matchstick made me feel like the photos were not just photos, but more of an extension of who I am. I would recommend Matchstick to anyone who is serious about their photos whether it be for a head shot, wedding, engagement photos, or any time in your life you want to capture and have a beautiful finished product.
Tameka Rules the School!!! I've had the great pleasure of shooting with her several times, and each experience has been an absolute dream! Not only is she fun and easy to work with, but she has experience being on both sides of the camera so she is great with guidance and direction as well. She'll help you feel comfortable in front of the lens, and she has the magic eye which helps to acheive exactly what your looking for, whether it be high fashion, editorial, basic headshots, or simply lifestyle photos. Her artistic influence along with her passion for photography equate a most wonderful product!!
Tameka is truly nothing less than an artist in her work. She knows what to bring out of her clients as much as she brings out in herself. Working with her was quite a joy and very comforting. we both had mutual respect and understanding. Just let her takeover she will bring life to every shot she takes. There aren't many professionals especially with a long career in the arts and entertainment industry who are as down to earth as she is. Not to be a suck up, but I believe she deserves more than five stars.
Work with Tameka!!!!Having a professional photographer who is also a model truly helps while shooting. I felt so comfortable and I really believe she got the best out of me for my shoot. Not only did I have a great time, but I ended up with great shots that I use constantly for my business. Tameka worked with me ahead of time to be sure we planned for exactly what I wanted to walk away with. I highly recommend her and Matchstick Creative!
Tameka is such a professional! She always makes me feel great but even more important Tameka made my WIFE felt great with her! All my family loved the pictures she provided for us. If you're looking for a TRUE PRO, use Tameka... She has the experience from both sides of the camera! She can capture ever moment... Call Matchstick Creative today! Tell Tameke Joe Grande sent you... :-)
I went to a local mail office supply and they messed up my Canadian Citizenship photos which made my application get returned.Consequently I came to The Photo Center because Marvin was rated perfect on Yelp for Canadian citizenship/passport photos. They we perfect. He knew all the rules and regulations, eg. like it having the photos be stamped. Get it done right. Very quick.
My favorite photographer! Love Tameka! She's amazing at making anyone look amazing. All the years she lived in front of the camera and now her behind it, she really knows how to capture the best YOU. I just shot with her last week and my pics are fab! She has such a great eye and is fun to shoot with. In house editing too! You can't beat that!
A perfect experience. The British are very fussy about their passport photos, which have different requirements than the U.S. This photographer knows all the countries' rules. His photo sure worked in the U.K. My passport application was accepted in one day. Very quick, professional, friendly, and nicely priced. Highly recommended.