Pro Art Photo-Video, Inc.

Melrose Park, IL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Quality. I always strive for quality. That is one of the many things I do not compromise on. I always invest in state of the art equipment for peace of mind and I also go to a lot of seminars and workshops to keep up with the trends of my business and improve myself so I can offer my clients a great end product. My customer service and my work is always top notch. I put a lot of heart in everything that I do. Always!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Working with people. I have always been working with people and it's something that I will treasure forever.

Location

Melrose Park, IL 60160

Years in business

8

Number of employees

5

Times hired on Thumbtack

58

Reviews

39 Reviews
  • Chandni S. Jun 24, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing!!!!!!!
  • Kelley S. Jun 5, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    There is no one else I could trust like George to do my wedding pictures. I have only seen a few and they are beautiful!
  • Judy W. Apr 18, 2017
    Highly recommend Pro Art Photo-Video
    George, at Pro Art Photo-Video, was wonderful to work with before, during, and after my husband's 60th birthday party. He was professional, on time and prepared, returning our proofs within a week. His personality was so friendly the photo shoot itself is one of my favorite memories of our time together in Chicago. I particularly love the photos he took with Rush Street in the background. I highly recommend him for your special events.
  • Austin K. Mar 29, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Great Service
    Returned the photos same-day and was a pleasure to deal with!
  • Lauren A. Sep 7, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Beautiful Wedding Video and Wonderful Experience!!!
    Our wedding video came out beautifully!!! George was so easy to work with and so communicative, and he truly cared that our expectations were met through the entire process, from booking to final edits. He and his assistant (who was also awesome) captured absolutely every moment...things I hadn't even thought to request, he captured and moments I had forgotten were so lovely to re-live again through our video. My advice to anyone hiring George, do some homework, have some ideas for shots you want, introduce him to people you want in the video, and just have fun discussing ideas with him...he'll make sure your video is exactly what you want. And if you want to be less involved, you can feel free and be confident knowing that George is a total professional and will capture all the perfect moments to make a beautiful video of your day!
  • Farina C. May 18, 2016
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Great experience, on time prompt, friendly. Several guests commented on how nice the photo booth attendant was.
  • Joe B. Mar 31, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    George was great to work with! Always helpful and worked well with my clients. I look forward to working with him again!
  • Tamir A. Mar 18, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Photograph a townhome that was just renovated. George did an amazing job shooting the entire unit, indoor and outdoor. Truly breathtaking pictures, very talented individual. Look forward to working with him again on my other units. He was very flexible with his scheduling, and quick with communication. Truly top notch.
    George S. Mar 18, 2016

    Thank you Tamir for the opportunity and the wonderful review. I look forward to working with you again.

  • Kelly B. Mar 10, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Pro Art Photo-Video for a real estate photoshoot. George was excellent! The pictures were better than I could have imagined - absolutely perfect! He made our house look as if it was in a magazine! He was very professional, pictures were available extremely quick, and we are extremely pleased with our experience. I would absolutely recommend Pro Art Photo-Video - I can't say enough great things about this company!
    George S. Mar 10, 2016

    Thank you Kelly for trusting us to take the photos and for this wonderful review. Your house is very beautiful and was very well decorated for the shoot. Great job on that! It made my work so much easier.

  • Danielle B. Sep 27, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing! Thank you so much for the gorgeous shots! I would recommend you in a heartbeat!
  • Brianne A. Aug 30, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    They did a great job with everything! Guests had a great time, props were so fun and the big screen really allowed for big groups to take photos! Thank you for all your help and making the night even more fun!
  • Jim B. Apr 30, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    He was very pleasant and great to work with! It was the hit of the whole party and memories for a lifetime.
  • Debra V. Mar 13, 2015
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
  • Dulce R. Nov 23, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    George knows what he is doing. Not only is he professional but he is very down to earth. He has amazing work and shows he is very passionate about the effort he puts in every shot. I love the services he has to offer and I am thrilled he will be making my beautiful wedding into a beautiful memory we can replay for years and years to come. I am even more excited now to have my wedding just so he can take shots of it!!! His and his teams work is amazing!!!
  • Jaesun L. Oct 22, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    2 weeks before our wedding, we made the decision to have a Photo Booth. Pro Art Photo was totally accommodating even with the short notice. They were totally professional, set up really quickly without causing a scene, and was fully operational without a hiccup all night. They were AWESOME!! There was a line for the photo booth throughout the entire reception. The Photo Booth is HUGE, much bigger than the ones I've been in at other weddings. The props were fun, and all the guests were given 3 copies of the pictures taken, while one of them is added to the scrapbook that was included in our package. A couple of weeks after the wedding, George sent us the DVD of all the high res pictures with a custom cover and label. Overall, this was probably one of the best investments we made for our wedding and TOTALLY recommend!
  • Jean B. Oct 13, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    The staff was friendly. Quality if work excellent. Price very reasonable.
  • Basia J. Sep 16, 2014
    We chose Pro Art Photo-Video for our wedding because their work speaks for itself. They did a WONDERFUL job and we are very happy and pleased with our pictures and Video. George was very easy to get along with, prompt to respond calls/emails and very professional. They managed to capture all the memories from our day from beginning to the end and I have hundreds of pictures to choose from, although ,I am finding it near impossible to decide which ones are our favorites. Everyone loved our wedding video especially the few minutes highlights video that beautifully memorializes a day that will be treasured forever in our family's history. George was great to work with and I would recommend him to anybody who is looking for a photographer that is going to deliver exceptional photos and breathtaking videos to cherish for a lifetime.
  • Christina K. Sep 10, 2014
    George from ProArt was great! I was so confused on finding a good videographer for a good price. A good trailer was very important to my husband and I. The quality was great for the reasonable price. He met with us before our wedding and listened intently to all our details. Honestly, I do wish I got George instead of his colleagues to come to my hotel in the morning. George went to my husband's house to take video of him getting ready. However, I think everything happens for a reason because my husband's family has a hard time getting out of the house and my husband said George played an integral part of getting everyone out in time. He was very easy to work with on the wedding day and we barely noticed the video crew even though they got great shots. He was so quick with getting our trailer back to us, we got it back in about 2 weeks and I liked the fact that he let me edit whatever I wanted in the trailer and he made all the changes I wanted him to. Our family was so impressed that we got the full wedding video back in about a month and a half! He also let me watch the full wedding video and see if there was anything he was missing. I would recommend this company to others becuase I think George really cares about the weddings that he works for. Thank you George and team!
  • Melina A. Aug 13, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    George did an amazing job. He had a variety of props and all in great condition. The scrapbook was a great idea. My guests were very pleased and he was there to help with anything I needed. My wedding photo booth was a success!
  • Rachel B. Jul 30, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Awesome to work with! The crew was so attentive, and asked what time I wanted to start, even though dinner was taking a little more time than expected. They took the time to make sure that each person received a picture from the photo booth. I will definitely be recommending them to my friends! Everything was great! Even down to the last detail-- the image on the bottom was perfect as well as the scrapbook that we received of all of the pictures!! Thank you!
  • Myrna D. Jun 30, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Mr. George Salajean did my daughter's photos, photo booth, video, and lighting of her cotillion party.He was easy to work with, offered help with the planning and preparation of the event. He worked well with everyone in the party, Although I have not seen the finished photos yet I know it will be good because he likes to have an excellent end product.
  • Lisa M. Jun 29, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    It was a genuine pleasure to have George and Maria host the photo booth for our daughter's graduation party. Professional, on time, great looking photo booth, fun props and a memory book for Meghan that will last a lifetime! Thanks so much -- you added to the "fun" of our party! I will definitely recommend you to others as well as have you back for our next big event!
  • Maria V. Jun 27, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    My Golden Birthday was AWESOME, I couldn't have asked for more. The photo booth was the talk of night! George and Maria were super cool, a few of my friends even asked for their business cards. It was a great night, Thank you guys!
  • Betty V. Jun 17, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    great service!! on time, funny props and above all very reasonable pricing for the fun looking set up . B. Villarreal
  • Michelle G. Jun 17, 2014
    We used George for two events, a work event and then for our wedding and he did a phenomenal job! Everything from professionalism, pricing, promptness, etc. We are highly satisfied with both experiences. The best part is that a book was made for us with all of the pictures that our guests took plus written little messages next to their pictures from our guests. Furthermore we received a DVD with all pictures as well.. Great times and Great Memories!
  • Rebecca M. Jun 16, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Amazing night....the photo booth was a hit and we extended the contract by Two hours because of the constant flow of people! George was very professional and it was a great deal for the five hours he was there! I highly recommend!!
  • Raequel L. Jun 3, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    I absolutely loved working with George and his wife. They were an amazing pair! I hired them for a Junior/Senior prom and they were extremely professional, on time, warm, welcoming and an overall pleasure to be around. They both made sure that everyone felt at ease and had a good time while taking their photos. The photo-booth itself was amazing, clean nice, roomy...you name it! I will definitely be using them for other school events as well as for my own personal use! Great job George & Thanks again
    George S. Jun 6, 2014

    Thank you Raequel for the wonderful review! We had a great time and we can't thank you enough for making us feel welcomed! Hope that I will get to work with you again and again! Have a great summer!

  • Anna J. Apr 22, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    We hired George Salajean for our daughter's sweet sixteen party. It was originally set for two hours, but it was so much fun, we extended the time for another hour. So, the total amount of service was three hours. I liked the fact that he was social, friendly, and outgoing with our guests. He was very professional and personable. We enjoyed our first photo booth experience and look forward to using his services in the future. I am also going to recommend his services to friends and family.
    George S. Jun 6, 2014

    Anna, I would like to thank you for having us to your party. It was the best masquerade party I've been to so far. Everybody had a great time, we did also! I look forward to working with you in the future!

  • Lena A. Mar 20, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Very nice, efficient and fun. We had a blast. I would highly recommend George. He made all of us, adult and children, have a good time. Great props!
    George S. Mar 21, 2014

    Thank Lena for a wonderful party! I'm glad that you guys had a good time and that you liked my props!

  • Farrah S. Feb 7, 2014
    George was lovely to work with! I am a wedding planner and I had not known George before working with him in August 2013 but I will definitely keep in mind for further weddings. My client used him for his musical services. He really paid attention to what the clients wanted but also gave really good suggestions when asked. He worked wonderfully with me before and on the wedding day. His always returned my emails and on the wedding date we worked as partners running the reception. He's got an addictive personality and just makes the whole process fun. Its great to see a vendor so eager to work together!
    George S. Jun 6, 2014

    Farrah, what can I say? Thank you for this wonderful review! I will see you at your wedding, 6 months and counting... We will rock your wedding with the up lights and guest will have a lot of fun with the photo booth! That's a guarantee! :)

  • Raluca T. Jan 27, 2014
    George with Pro Art Photo-Video has been an amazing partner for ROCX (Romanian Cultural Exchange) for the past two consecutive years. He contributed to some of the most important events that our organization puts together every year: the Romanian Film Festival of Chicago and the Holiday Party and Fundraiser. From event photography, to DJ, and sound system and lighting, George's company offers a variety of services that will make any event a success. Since we are a non-profit organization, we appreciate all the help that we receive from our sponsors and partners. George is not only very professional and reliable, but he has also been very generous to us. Thank you Pro Art. We are looking forward to working with you in the future.
    George S. Jun 6, 2014

    Thank you Raluca for this wonderful review! I will see you at the next ROCX event. Have a great summer!

  • Kathleen D. Jan 23, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    I decided to look into getting a photo booth for my son's wedding reception. This was his second reception for his family and friends here in Illinois. He and his wife were married in Arizona where they now reside. They were not having a professional photographer and I thought the photo booth would be a fun idea for pictures. Well, I have to say I had no idea what a hit it would be! George was professional and courteous from start to finish and so much fun! He brought all kinds of silly props and people were seriously belly laughing the whole time. The booth was roomy and the quaIity of the pictures outstanding. We even took nice family photos that we were unable to have taken in Arizona. The best part was that while manning the booth, George was making a scrapbook of pictures that the guests could write in. My son and his wife absolutely love it. They are so thankful and happy as am I. I was completely delighted with George and Pro Art Photo Video, INC!! Thank you George for everything!
    George S. Jan 24, 2014

    Kathleen, first of all thank for having me over at the wedding. It was a great party. Secondly, I'm touched by this wonderful review. Thank you so much. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

  • Kate L. Jan 23, 2014
    George was great at our event! The children and families all had fun using the photo booth! The picture quality was great- I have been to wedding that did not have this type of quality! George also gave us a scrapbook of our event on the spot! THANK YOU for making our Open House a success!!
    George S. Jan 24, 2014

    Kate, you're a wonderful person and your open house was really fun. It was really entertaining working with kids. Great work, keep it up! We'll see each other at the next event. Thank you for this awesome review!

  • Diana U. Jan 21, 2014
    We had the pleasure to work with George twice for our daughters baptism. He is very professional, pays attention to detail, friendly, funny. I would really recommend his business to everybody.
    George S. Jan 24, 2014

    Diana, your daughters are adorable. Thank you for having me as a photographer for both events.

  • Susan K. Jan 20, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    Our company had a holiday party in which we had a photo booth. George had everything setup he even called to confirm attire since it was at a country club. We had our logo on the prints. His professionalism and knowledge of photography was fantastic. Everyone had a wonderful time and the pictures just gave the night an even extra boost of fun. The props were clean and a large assortment which made a lot of laughs from everyone...great smiles for pictures too! I would HIGHLY recommend Pro Art Photo Video, Inc. Thank you George you are awesome!
    George S. Jan 24, 2014

    Thank you Susan for a fabulous event! We were the perfect host. I can't wait to work with you again.

  • Andy H. Jan 17, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    George was great! We actually inquired THE DAY BEFORE our wedding and George came through AND gave us a very reasonable price. Everyone loved the photobooth
    George S. Jan 24, 2014

    Your wedding was fun, people were actually staying in line to take photos, it was amazing. For 3 full hours!!! Hope you loved the dvd and scrapbook because there are some very funny and interesting photos in there. Thank you for having me at your wedding. Congratulations on your marriage!

  • Mirelaclaudiu F. Jan 10, 2014
    George is professional, punctual, detail-oriented, and very funny. We loved to work with him. First time when I met him, he showed me various pictures from different events, and in that moment, I knew that he is the person I want for my wedding. He is very dedicated for what he does, and we noticed that from our pictures and album. Also, before and after wedding, he kept in touch with me and informed me about every step he did regarding our pictures and album. The wedding is one of the most important event from each person's life. This is the reason for what we hired a professional, George, to immortalize the best moments from our wedding. We are very satisfied for the services provided by George!
    George S. Jan 24, 2014

    What can I say about your wedding? It was funny, witty, entertaining, suits you! The Nacho Libre moments, the Elvis...Thank you for giving the opportunity to be your wedding photographer.

  • Adina G. Jan 9, 2014
    George has been an exceptionally flexible person to work with. He is dependable and detail-oriented, always satisfying my expectations. From my past experience with him, I have noticed that he is creative, cooperative, and outgoing. He has been a pleasure to work with and his outcomes are successful. Always my first choice.
    George S. Jan 10, 2014

    Thank you Adina for your review. I'll see you again at your next event.

  • Lauren V. Jan 6, 2014
    Photo Booth Rental
    Verified Review
    We has Pro Art Photo Video come out for our holiday party yesterday and everyone had such a great time! We would definitely use them again for other events.
    George S. Jan 8, 2014

    Thank you Lauren for your review. Your staff party was awesome and I'm glad that everybody enjoyed the photo booth.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing is very simple actually. I offer a free no obligation consultation, I assess the event and I will give a price on the spot based on the info provided and expectations from my clients. It can be per whole event or it can be per hour, it can include extras like second shooters, wedding albums, prints, website hosting, prints etc
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When a request comes in I will usually respond via email, text or phone call within 24 hours. I'll get some basic info and if we click then I will set up in person meeting at my client's convenience as in location and timing or I invite the couple to my studio and discuss details there in a relaxed environment. No time limit, I will answer all the questions, I will address all concern and I am willing to show all my work that is requested from me: photos, album, prints, videos, highlights etc.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attend workshops all the time they are offered locally by famous photographers or studios, Creative Live webinars, online webinars to stay updated with the latest trends and techniques in order to offer my clients the best all the time, then I am a member of NAPP(National Association of Photoshop Professionals) and I have subscribed to the Photoshop magazine that has always the latest editing updates for my photos. This are all paid, then there are all the free videos from internet that I usually check for updates.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was hired as a second shooter for a wedding very far away, I got there I shot the pictures, I'very got positive feedback and I fell in love instantly with wedding photography and events in general. From that moment I knew that this is what I want to do from now on.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Customers for wedding photography, wedding videography, photo booth rental, event up lighting, real estate photos, product photography.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I was hired as a wedding photographer by this wonderful couple that rented the penthouse suite at JW Marriott, downtown Chicago. The pictures that I got from that wedding were spectacular, I tried new things, new ways of lighting, the couple was beautiful, I wish I had more weddings like that. That was an awesome wedding.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire a professional, hire somebody that does events for a living, memories are important, they have to be captured right, saving money at the expense of lost moments at once in the lifetime events that cannot be repeated if not always the way to go!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It is a full time job, 24/7 if I want to be successful, I have to attend workshops all the time to keep with the trend, I have to invest all the time in marketing to stay ahead, equipment has to be updated to have peace of mind and the customer service has to be flawless, you only got one chance at getting everything right in my line of work. Events cannot be repeated! I have to be good, I have to be focused to catch the moments! That's a fact!