3711 W 95TH St, Evergreen Park, IL | Directions 6080541.720245 -87.714589
Mon 10am-8pm ; Tue 10am-5pm ; Wed 10am-5pm ; Thu 10am-8pm ; Fri 10am-5pm ; Sat 10am-3pm ; Sun Closed
Neighborhoods: Evergreen Park
Artlynn was recommended to us by my now mother in law. We went there for our first apt, and were completely blown away with the place. They were so kind, respectful, and informative. We met with Tony on our first apt, and found out he was also one of the photographers. So, after having such an amazing experience, we asked if he was available on the day of our wedding. Luckily he was, and it was the best choice we made. Tony was such an amazing photographer, and in general, and awesome guy. He was so upbeat, kept all of our bridal party excited and involved in the pictures. He made it fun especially when wedding pictures can take a long time. I highly recommend him as a photographer and Artlynn in general. We got our proofs about a month ago, and every person including us have commented on how beautiful these pictures came out and impressed by Tony. Thank you so much for making our day even that more special and stress free!!
Tony and Caryn
While planning my wedding I looked spoke to my sister about who photographed her wedding and she said Artlynn but told me she wasn't 100% happy with her services from them. Her wedding was 8 years ago so I chose to go in and speak to them anyways. When I first arrived there was a gentleman who told me he was from another location but he could help me. I explained some of the details of my wedding (as I was having a unique theme) and he got as excited as I was. I was very impressed with his very personable attitude and great attitude. I asked him if he would photograph my wedding himself and he said he would but told me that Tim would do a better job. He explained to me that Tim was an amazing photographer and that my wedding was right up his alley. He was very right. I could not walk away from a company with such an honest and passionate person and we signed the contract a day or two later. On the day of my wedding Tim was very prompt, polite, kind, and funny. He worked well with all of my challenges including my young ring bearers who did not want to cooperate and my German Shepherd flower girl. He helped me achieve a good variety of poses and took A LOT of pictures for me to choose from later. I could not have asked for a better photographer. The office also got my proof book to me very promptly which helped wrap up our experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Not so good – Well we didn't have issues with the office staff, but the photographer we chose was not the one who showed up at our wedding nor were we notified of the change as they said they would. We had very few photos to choose from considering the price, and my biggest issue was having to create the wedding album by hand, on a piece of paper, so you don't have any idea how the pages will actually turn out when it is complete. I know a few people recently married who paid the same price as us and were much happier with the results.
LOVE LOVE LOVE – I am a researcher and spent A LOT of time reading reviews, going to bridal shows, comparing packages and prices (I narrowed it down to 4 out of 32), and went to three office visits. Artlynn was our last consult and we signed the contract right there. I met Tony at a bridal show and when I told him about how we were going to have White Castle as a post-ceremony snack (it was an inside joke with my father and I am still mortified I let it happen), he laughed and was really interested. We actually had two photographers, Tony and Voicheck and they were amazing! Tony was more traditional and a pro at getting our group shots done quickly and efficiently. Voicheck was such a character! Our wedding was at my parent's house and he used all the crazy statues she has, embraced my family's wildness, and made us laugh so our pictures looked less rehearsed. We had our proofs two weeks after the wedding and have not been able to stop looking at them.
I was the epidemy of a detailed bride and there were so many things going on that I wanted to capture that I typed out a five page outline of the day and what would happen at each moment that I wanted one of them for (side note: get two photographers! The cost is tiny and it is worth it to have two guys in different places getting everything you want). One of the moment's was the cake my godmother made. All my life she made me my birthday cake and our tradition was that I got to lick the icing off of her fingers. They were there to get that special shot for us. I also requested a "football" picture where our bridal party squared off and played one down of football. They were there and got all the action shots, including the interception by the maid of honor! The girls at the office were amazing, especially that last two weeks before the day. I had so many things going on and they made time to do phone consultions on my lunch break since I was so far away from thier offices. If I had a question at 8PM, I would call and leave a message and they would call me back the next day with the answer. I have not seen the package yet because I have not turned my proofs back in (my fault as its 4 months since our wedding), but I am sure they will turn out amazing. Thank you Artlynn for always taking my calls, being very prompt, taking pictures of craziness like stripper poles in the limo, and for listening to what I wanted. It all turned out amazing and I have NO regrets!
ArtLynn Photography is Clueless – Art Lynn Photography is the kind of local business that is clueless when it comes to customer service. I'm surprised they've stayed in business so long.
Their hours are inconvenient. They open and close at different times on different days of the week. And not just weekends, but weekdays too. And even though they are open on Fridays, their photo lab is closed. There's no rhyme or reason to it, and they don't seem to care how inconvenient their hours are for those of us who have day jobs.
I thought I had found a good place to develop film and make high quality (better than the machine at the grocery or pharmacy) prints. I was wrong.
The sign on the front of their building claims they develop film in 30 minutes. They don't. It takes at least 24 hours, and that's if you come on the right day (remember, the lab is closed on Fridays, as well as Saturdays and Sundays). They have a "loyalty card" that promises one free roll of film after you develop 12 rolls. But there are so many restrictions (in very fine print on the back of the card) that it's almost completely useless.
They must make most of their money on wedding photography, because they don't seem to care at all about non-wedding customers who just want to develop film or make prints. They treat some of their customers like they don't matter because they're not spending as much money as other customers.
Avoid this place.
Warning to Future Brides – I wanted to warn future brides out there about ArtLynn Photography. They are a studio out of Lansing and Evergreen Par, Illinois.
They seemed good in the beginning however after the wedding everything went downhill. First of all we paid for our entire package in full per their contract 2 wks prior to the wedding. It was a $2,100.00 package, however, after we handed over the check we were then told that we also needed to give our photographer an extra $250.00 on the day of the wedding for travel and expenses. This was $250.00 above and beyond our package price they never mentioned this in all the months prior to paying off the package. We said fine and paid it.
After the wedding when we went to pick up proofs we were then told we now owed a $80.00 fee because our ceremony started a 1/2 hr late. Even though everyone was at the church except for me and our photographer was working the entire time, doing the BM shots, GM shots, guest shots etc. They just said sorry, but that is our policy, period. We could not have our proofs until we paid it. I was also told that if I wanted to purchase my proofs that it would be $200.00, and they keep them for up to 2 years so I could purchase them anytime within that time frame. When we brought the proofs back, however the price suddenly jumped to $420.00 for the proofs, $420.00 that we had to pay right then and there otherwise the proofs would be destroyed the next day. We were also charged late fees of $125.00 for bring the proof book back late (which admittedly was our fault so we paid).
We picked out our ablum prints and when they came in a month ago, they then said we could pick them up and pay off our balance of $250.00. Uhhh? We paid them in full for our extra prints when we brought back the proof book, so I called them to ask what the $250.00 was for, they would not explain it on the phone and were very evasive. They are insisting that we come up to their studio which is an hour away instead. Bottom-line is though unless we pay the $250.00 we are not going to get our album or our prints. Now they are calling to tell me that they are charging $2.00 storage fee per day until we pick up the album.
My husband and I live paycheck to paycheck like any young couple and frankly don't have an extra $250.00 lying around, we do want out photos but these were suppose to have be paid up in full 2 wks before the wedding. Suddenly there are all these extra fees, upon fees which has turned our $2,000 package into more of an $3,000 package. Frankly, if I had known this in the beginning I would have gone with the photographer I had really wanted in the first place.
In addition to this our photos turned out average, I wanted something a bit artistic but instead got very average with a beginning photographer. The albums and prints we looked at from the studio were the owners work, but was not the work of the photographer we actually ended up with. I feel that it was really a bait and switch and now we are being fee'ed to no end. I was married Sept 29, 2007 and I'm still sitting here almost a year later with no wedding photos.
I would definitely not go with ArtLynn Photography again. You've been warned.
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