GCPhotographers

Oceanside, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Because all my clients are relaxed in an environment where they can trust. I fully prepare all clients to what will take place so everything can be done according to plan and only great results are produced.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The happiness of the client.

Location

Oceanside, CA 92054

Background check

Complete

Years in business

15

Number of employees

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

59

Reviews

37 Reviews
  • Marisol P. Aug 24, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    It was wonderful working with Chris! I booked him totally last minute to record my wedding ceremony and I'm so glad I did! He was so kind and arrived with someone else to get better coverage. I booked most of my vendors without meeting them because I'm from out of town and I was a little nervous about it all. Despite not meeting him, communication was fantastic, we received the video promptly, and we couldn't be more pleased. We highly recommend him!
  • Triona P. Aug 16, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing work ! Christopher and his lovely wife dealt with myself and my goofy husband and it resulted in amazing photos for is to cherish ! Thanks so much !
  • Alayzha N. Jul 26, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Niki L. Jul 22, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Chris to help me compile my portfolio. He was very professional, but still laid back and fun. He made sure I was okay with all the pictures before we stopped shooting. Shooting with him was a pleasant and comfortable experience and I 100% recommend him. Great price for excellent quality.
  • Margo B. Jul 7, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    GCPhotographers are AWESOME!! They are very professional! The quality of work is A+. I couldn't have had a better videographer to capture my special day!! Def will be using them again!!
  • Crystal B. Jul 2, 2016
    Created the best photos I've ever been able to produce and I've been doing this for years. He had an amazing way to motivate the model within and the photos ended up resulting in a modeling contract offer. My experience could not have been better.
  • Starr C. Jul 2, 2016
    I've worked with quite a few photographers and I've never dealt with someone like Chris. Chris amazed me the first time I shot with him because I couldn't believe the amount of respect he had for me as a woman and how he worked with my body as if it were art. He will help you, ask you questions to assure you're comfortable, and to make sure you get the best of what you're asking from him. I couldn't recommend someone more. He is truly my favorite!
  • Cristiana Alexis A. Jul 2, 2016
    Excellent job capturing every moment! Chris knows how to capture your personal style and event style in the photographs. I highly recommend him! He's very professional and and very creative. He can take your photos to tell any story you like. I'm looking forward to working with him more. :)
  • Ciara F. Jul 2, 2016
    Chris has never disappointed me in within the past year that I've known him. He's always helped me think outside the box whenever we shoot.
  • Crystal Y. Jul 1, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Horrible experience!! Beware. I would NEVER in my life hire him again nor recommend him to anyone. I had to contact him over and over again for my photos once the shoot was over. after everything was all said and done I never received ALL of the photos I selected. I received 3 photos that I had to print myself and I paid him $100. He comes off as this nice guy in the beginning and he tell you how amazing things will be and how you will love the results. Once you pay him he will screw you over. When you reach out to Thumbtack for assistance he will lie and say this and that wasn't agreed upon, but will fail to produce any proof/documentation i.e. Emails, or texts of him telling you that for $100 you will only receive 3 photos. Also, he will refer to his place of business as a "studio" you will not find out until you get there that the so called "studio" is just the living room of his on base housing. This review is my experience with Chris. I can't say if yours would be the same, but I wouldn't take the risk. I would hire someone else.
  • Kelly H. Jul 1, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Chris did the videography for our wedding. He did full coverage for a good price, from arriving early before the ceremony started to the exit at the reception. Chris and his second photographer/videographer were so sweet, patient, flexible, and nice to work with and be around. Our wedding video was just what we asked for and it was beautiful to look back on and see our full ceremony plus clips from the whole day!
  • Lexie H. Jun 26, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Chris L. May 3, 2016
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    They were amazing!
  • Lakesha J. Feb 26, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Chris is amazing! I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer and videographer! He is very flexible and will do anything to make his customer happy! He made the entire bridal party feel comfortable and he is very friendly! I highly recommend him for any of your photography needs.
  • Brittany H. Dec 26, 2015
    Wedding Videography
    Verified Review
    Amazing! Our videographer canceled on us 3 days before our wedding and Chris and his partner came to our rescue. He was so friendly, and so helpful and worked with us with our budget! EVEN LAST MINUTE! our wedding video is perfect, BEAUTIFUL! And the 50 images he captured were amazing too! Thank you so much again. HIGHLY recommend!
  • Deborah S. Dec 2, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Chris was very quick to respond to questions and easy to work with. He was very patient and kind in dealing with a large group that included several small children who weren't too interested in taking pictures at the time!
  • Melissa W. Nov 29, 2015
    Amazing to work with, such a creative outlook and does beautiful work,he's very easy to work with,even when your stressed he calms you down and helps you to enjoy the shoot to the fullest :) thank you
  • Tricia M. Nov 12, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Christopher arrived early to get a good layout of the location. He was prepared and interacted well with everyone in the wedding party and guests. His prices were fair and we felt very comfortable with him. He did a fantastic job and would highly recommend him.
  • Jessica B. Nov 11, 2015
    Great photographer. And great person to work with I felt very comfortable he made sure I was comfortable with what I was doing and he is just a very cool person to work with
  • Leanor N. Nov 11, 2015
    Chris is a gifted photographer who truely has an eye for perfecting and creating the ultimate professional look for his models. Look no further because he will go above and beyond, from the creative process before the shoot, to the final edits. He empowered me to shine as I never had behind the camera. He is thorough and a true perfectionist.
  • Betty P. Nov 4, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Chris did a wonderful job I would recommend him to anyone he need more than 5 stars and he was very professional and everyone love his personality
  • Katie F. Oct 13, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Chris was awesome, and really worked with me to make my wedding great and to capture all the moments I wanted and even some I did not think of.
  • Ryan B. Sep 22, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Rachel H. Aug 19, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    He was very east to work with and was very professional. I will definitely recommend this to anyone seeking out a photographer for any occasion!
  • Asia J. Aug 9, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Christopher did an amazing job! After our photographer cancaled on mus five days before our wedding, Christopher stepped write in and got the job done. He and his assistant catered to all our request, were very professional, and everyone loved them. We can't wait to get all the pictures back and look forward to using GCPhotographers in the future!!
  • Aurora C. Jul 24, 2015
    I have worked with Chris twice now. Once was for a very provocative photo session for my now husband and the second was for my wedding day. He is extremely versatile and makes you feel very comfortable. He is amazing at what he does and I couldn't be happier with how my pictures came out. His communication is top notch, his availability worked wonders for me, and he executed all of what I was looking for beautifully. He was hired as a photographer and became a good friend. I would recommend him to anyone! Thank you Chris Jacob and I adore your work!
  • Selina F. Jul 6, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    We could not be more impressed by Chris. From the day that we contracted CGPhotographers services for our beach wedding (Cape Lookout), he made us confident that we made the right decision. When we saw the photos, we were stunned. Customer service gets 100 stars. Responsiveness gets 100 stars. Creativity gets 100 stars. Early for all meetings and day of event. I would recommend GCPhotographers to anyone looking for a quality photographer.
  • Mary-Ann B. Jun 2, 2015
    Christopher and his crew were responsible for video and photograph at my friends wedding. They were very professional, on-time, knowledgeable in their field and made the evening fun fun fun....Thank you Chris and crew for a phenomenal eventing!!
  • Jerika W. Apr 15, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Actually, I don't think that 5 stars is enough! We hired him for our wedding ceremony and reception in Plymouth, NC and we really had a super fantastic time working with this photographer & videographer! He made everyone feel comfortable and was super fun! He brought great ideas to the photos and was very professional! He and his assistant worked great together and really exemplified a true team! They arrived early and didn't even fuss at the fact that I (the bride) arrived late! (but that's a-whole-nother story! lol) Our families and friends are still raving about them, and now that I have the photos to show them, they are really impressed! We really love all of the shots and the photos are so beautiful and the clarity is awesome! We would absolutely recommend Christopher O'Connor for any of your photography needs!!!!!
  • Jessica S. Feb 22, 2015
    We had a family photoshoot session with Christopher and it was fun. He did everything possible to make our 4 month old daughter feel comfortable and enjoy herself. Our daughter was fussy at times and he was very patient with her. The photos came out beautiful quality came out flawless! The overall experience was excellent. I would definitely recommend Christopher to friends and family.
  • Tamikra G. Dec 20, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    He was great. Easy to deal with and very professional
  • Chelsea W. Dec 16, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I started working with GC Photographers in September to develop my modeling portfolio and this has been a fun and rewarding experience that I recommend to anyone that needs quality images!! Chris is very punctual, I always receive images shortly after shooting. GC ensures that concepts are clear prior to shooting and works to create vivid images!! Book now you won't regret it! -Chelsea W.
  • Anna H. Dec 7, 2014
    Boudoir Photography
    Verified Review
    absolutely a wonder to work with! fun and laid back but still cery professional and caring. we even had to take my friends two year old because baby sitter fell through and he loved having her there
  • Dakota S. Nov 22, 2014
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Did a great job! Was very fun. Would recommend !
  • Jennifer C. Nov 9, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Chris was attentive, invisible, skillful, pleasant - overall wonderful. Everyone enjoyed his lovely personality and ablility to make everyone feel at ease. I am now anxiously awaiting to see the pictures he took.
  • Chelsea G. May 26, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Very comfortable. Had an amazing time. Very professional. For being my first shoot, he was very patient with me & helped me with every doubt I had. Will definitely recommend!!! You'll have an amazing shoot and extremely amazing results!!!! Worth every Pennie :)
  • Levantay M. Feb 27, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    It's always a pleasure working with GC. Chris takes the time to make sure that your shoot is a success. He goes the extra mile and you can feel that he does his work with passion, he is professional and courteous and I always look forward to the work and the amazing results.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Nothing is complicated. I am straight forward with my rates and I explain to you why if you ask.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Outline their needs while making sure they are confident in knowing that they will receive the best service.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I went to school a few years ago for photography to make sure that I was on the right track with what I was enjoying. I mainly went to learn about photography terminology. Besides that, I have lots of magazines subscriptions.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Family and friends encouraged me while just having fun with a simple point and shoot. Who would of known that one of those photos would have been published.
What types of customers have you worked with?
weddings, engagements, maternity, nude, boudoir, couples portraits, modeling work, and editorials.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Summary, I enjoyed how the model was prepared to execute what we planned. The results were epic.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Quality over quantity. The biggest camera does not mean a thing but it does mean I don't have one. The longest lens does not mean a thing but it does mean I don't own one. You have to have fun at all times. For me, I love what I do. It's not always about the money, I enjoy results and the happiness of my clients. Another reason I have been doing this for over 10 years.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I don't lie. I tell you everything as is. Real business for any budget.