Lakeside Camera Photoworks

★★★☆☆
  • 3508 21st St 1

    Metairie, LA 70002

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  • 504-885-8660

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Lakeside Camera Photoworks has been my ONLY choice for photograpy equipment, processing, and printing since 2004. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable, and willing and able to answer my technical questions.

Lakeside Camera's prices are competitive with other local camera stores. While you might pay a little more to shop locally, as opposed to buying over the internet, when you purchase equipment from Lakeside Camera, you get added value because the staff will spend as much time with you as necessary to show you how to operate your camera and to answer your questions.

Lakeside Camera offers much more than just excellent equipment and service. The quality and quantity of Lakeside Camera's photo finishing products are incredible. Just visit the store or the website to see the plethora of creative choices for your prints and enlargements!

Lakeside Camera Photoworks is THE destination for anyone serious about quality equipment and photo processing!

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★★★★★

Lakeside Camera Photoworks has been my ONLY choice for photograpy equipment, processing, and printing since 2004. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable, and willing and able to answer my technical questions.

Lakeside Camera's prices are competitive with other local camera stores. While you might pay a little more to shop locally, as opposed to buying over the internet, when you purchase equipment from Lakeside Camera, you get added value because the staff will spend as much time with you as necessary to show you how to operate your camera and to answer your questions.

Lakeside Camera offers much more than just excellent equipment and service. The quality and quantity of Lakeside Camera's photo finishing products are incredible. Just visit the store or the website to see the plethora of creative choices for your prints and enlargements!

Lakeside Camera Photoworks is THE destination for anyone serious about quality equipment and photo processing!

Pros: Excellent Customer Service and Products

Cons: None

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I have been involved with photography on an ameatur basis for the better part of 20 years, in Louisiana (New Orleans and Baton Rouge) and Houston and Dallas, Texas. Lakesside Camera (pre-Katrina and certainly post-Katrina) is the best place to purchase equipment and have your film developed (not to mention the current digital imaging and framing and other products that they now sell and offer). You can go to Wolf and you can have you film developed at Walgreens. If you do not know the difference, you are not competent to make a negative comment. Hang around their store for even a short period of time and you will see professional photographer after professional photographer coming in and out of Lakeside Camera. The salespeople are knowledgeable and do not sell you a bunch of garbage just to get you to make a purchase (LC does not sell garbage). There may be times on a weekend where the store is busy and, perhaps, hectic. That tells me they are sucessful and have happy customers. Ever eat in an empty restaurant only to regret your gut instict that you should not have stepped foot in the place. Those complaining about price: you get what you pay for. If you do not want excellence, shop somewhere else. Vote with your money. After your poor experiences elsewhere, be adult enough to return to Lakeside Camera for quality both in experience and the end product.

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★★★★★

I have been involved with photography on an ameatur basis for the better part of 20 years, in Louisiana (New Orleans and Baton Rouge) and Houston and Dallas, Texas. Lakesside Camera (pre-Katrina and certainly post-Katrina) is the best place to purchase equipment and have your film developed (not to mention the current digital imaging and framing and other products that they now sell and offer). You can go to Wolf and you can have you film developed at Walgreens. If you do not know the difference, you are not competent to make a negative comment. Hang around their store for even a short period of time and you will see professional photographer after professional photographer coming in and out of Lakeside Camera. The salespeople are knowledgeable and do not sell you a bunch of garbage just to get you to make a purchase (LC does not sell garbage). There may be times on a weekend where the store is busy and, perhaps, hectic. That tells me they are sucessful and have happy customers. Ever eat in an empty restaurant only to regret your gut instict that you should not have stepped foot in the place. Those complaining about price: you get what you pay for. If you do not want excellence, shop somewhere else. Vote with your money. After your poor experiences elsewhere, be adult enough to return to Lakeside Camera for quality both in experience and the end product.

Pros: knowledgeable and local

Cons: too good at times

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I worked at Lakeside Camera for almost two years and even though I no longer reside in Louisiana, I still patronize the services of that business because they are the best photo lab in the state, in my opinion. Not only is the staff more knowledgeable than most of my photo professors in school, but they are extremely friendly and efficient. Not to mention that it's a beautiful store that does so much more than just "print pictures". They do everything! Anything you could possibly want done with a photograph, they can do. They will bend over backwards to make your project work! Trust me....as an ex employee, I would certainly know :)

Another testament to their superior products and service is the fact that even though I no longer work there and I now work for another lab in another state, I made sure that when my lab was looking for another business to outsource some new products, Lakeside Camera was that business. Bottom Line......I highly recommend Lakeside Camera for all your photo needs!

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★★★★★

I worked at Lakeside Camera for almost two years and even though I no longer reside in Louisiana, I still patronize the services of that business because they are the best photo lab in the state, in my opinion. Not only is the staff more knowledgeable than most of my photo professors in school, but they are extremely friendly and efficient. Not to mention that it's a beautiful store that does so much more than just "print pictures". They do everything! Anything you could possibly want done with a photograph, they can do. They will bend over backwards to make your project work! Trust me....as an ex employee, I would certainly know :)

Another testament to their superior products and service is the fact that even though I no longer work there and I now work for another lab in another state, I made sure that when my lab was looking for another business to outsource some new products, Lakeside Camera was that business. Bottom Line......I highly recommend Lakeside Camera for all your photo needs!

Pros: Photo superstore. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff

Cons: They only have TWO stores!

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I have been a lakeside Camera customer for many years...the reason being they are the best in town...good products, knowledgeable staff, great service and always a smile to go along with all that they have to offer, which is the best in town in the camera, video, prints, and any imaging needs you may have!

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★★★★★

I have been a lakeside Camera customer for many years...the reason being they are the best in town...good products, knowledgeable staff, great service and always a smile to go along with all that they have to offer, which is the best in town in the camera, video, prints, and any imaging needs you may have!

Pros: they know what they are talking about...

Cons: can't thin of any!

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I have been considering a camera for a ling time. The staff at Lakeside Camera took the time to help me compare and handle four different cameras. This helped me choose the camera that I am truly pleased with. I didn't feel rushed and they even showed me how to use my camera. I will would recommend their services to anyone.

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★★★★★

I have been considering a camera for a ling time. The staff at Lakeside Camera took the time to help me compare and handle four different cameras. This helped me choose the camera that I am truly pleased with. I didn't feel rushed and they even showed me how to use my camera. I will would recommend their services to anyone.

Pros: knowledgable staff, take time with you

Cons: none

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Lakeside Camera is absolutely terrible. First of all, they charge an arm and a leg for practically everything and then when you get your order it is never right. Lakeside is all glitz and no substance. I was in there today and I had to wait 15 minutes just to get some attention. Then when a salesperson finally helped me she seemed very grumpy and unhappy to be there. Honestly you might as well go to Walgreens, and least then you won't expect more just to be disappointed. I shop at both Lakeside and Bennett's down the street, but from now on I will only go to Bennett's. I will be sure to tell all my friends and family to do the same. If you want to save time, money and frustration I would avoid this place like the plague.

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★☆☆☆☆

Lakeside Camera is absolutely terrible. First of all, they charge an arm and a leg for practically everything and then when you get your order it is never right. Lakeside is all glitz and no substance. I was in there today and I had to wait 15 minutes just to get some attention. Then when a salesperson finally helped me she seemed very grumpy and unhappy to be there. Honestly you might as well go to Walgreens, and least then you won't expect more just to be disappointed. I shop at both Lakeside and Bennett's down the street, but from now on I will only go to Bennett's. I will be sure to tell all my friends and family to do the same. If you want to save time, money and frustration I would avoid this place like the plague.

Pros: none really

Cons: expensive, rude, lack of parking, orders are done wrong

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Lakeside Camera is absolutely terrible. First of all, they charge an arm and a leg for practically everything and then when you get your order it is never right. Lakeside is all glitz and no substance. I was in there today and I had to wait 15 minutes just to get some attention. Then when a salesperson finally helped me she seemed very grumpy and unhappy to be there. Honestly you might as well go to Walgreens, and least then you won't expect more just to be disappointed. I shop at both Lakeside and Bennett's down the street, but from now on I will only go to Bennett's. I will be sure to tell all my friends and family to do the same. If you want to save time, money and frustration I would avoid this place like the plague.

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★☆☆☆☆

Lakeside Camera is absolutely terrible. First of all, they charge an arm and a leg for practically everything and then when you get your order it is never right. Lakeside is all glitz and no substance. I was in there today and I had to wait 15 minutes just to get some attention. Then when a salesperson finally helped me she seemed very grumpy and unhappy to be there. Honestly you might as well go to Walgreens, and least then you won't expect more just to be disappointed. I shop at both Lakeside and Bennett's down the street, but from now on I will only go to Bennett's. I will be sure to tell all my friends and family to do the same. If you want to save time, money and frustration I would avoid this place like the plague.

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After using Lakeside for years for simple photographic prints and miscellaneous services over the years, I only recently visited their flagship store near Lakeside Mall in Metairie. Wow. This place is a candy store for creative people. They can take your film or digital images and produce almost anything you can imagine - cards, wall art, merchandise, multimedia - they are an unbelievable resource for small businesses and anyone who wants to get their photos and images out of their computer and into something memorable. I very highly recommend them.

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★★★★★

After using Lakeside for years for simple photographic prints and miscellaneous services over the years, I only recently visited their flagship store near Lakeside Mall in Metairie. Wow. This place is a candy store for creative people. They can take your film or digital images and produce almost anything you can imagine - cards, wall art, merchandise, multimedia - they are an unbelievable resource for small businesses and anyone who wants to get their photos and images out of their computer and into something memorable. I very highly recommend them.

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This store is amazing. I get tons of personalized collateral and art pieces produced there, and have always had incredible service. Their online card design tool is pretty good too, with hundreds of nice templates. You can have all your custom cards mailed out direct from the store. I'm really glad this place is in town.

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★★★★★

This store is amazing. I get tons of personalized collateral and art pieces produced there, and have always had incredible service. Their online card design tool is pretty good too, with hundreds of nice templates. You can have all your custom cards mailed out direct from the store. I'm really glad this place is in town.

Pros: selection, gift ideas, quality service

Cons: wish there was one Uptown

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I have printed TWICE at this place. The first time my print went missing and I had to wait in the store while they reprinted it for me. I figured I'd give them a second chance as I needed some prints in a hurry. I paid the more expensive price to have them done the same day and when I went back to get them, they were printed as cropped images after I specifically asked for them to not be cropped. So after they reprinted them while I waited in the store, they bring the prints out to me and they are printed WRONG again! I couldn't believe it, I was in the store the whole time. This time they printed them to the wrong size! At this point the store was closed and there was nothing I could do as the girl who runs the machine had left for the night. Not only did I have to disappoint my client by not having her pictures printed in time, I still had to waste another lunch hour to drive from mid city to Lakeside to pick up the prints that should have been done the day before.This is obviously not the place to take your prints if you need them done by a certain time or you are a professional. Needless to say, I will NOT be taking my prints to them again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have printed TWICE at this place. The first time my print went missing and I had to wait in the store while they reprinted it for me. I figured I'd give them a second chance as I needed some prints in a hurry. I paid the more expensive price to have them done the same day and when I went back to get them, they were printed as cropped images after I specifically asked for them to not be cropped. So after they reprinted them while I waited in the store, they bring the prints out to me and they are printed WRONG again! I couldn't believe it, I was in the store the whole time. This time they printed them to the wrong size! At this point the store was closed and there was nothing I could do as the girl who runs the machine had left for the night. Not only did I have to disappoint my client by not having her pictures printed in time, I still had to waste another lunch hour to drive from mid city to Lakeside to pick up the prints that should have been done the day before.This is obviously not the place to take your prints if you need them done by a certain time or you are a professional. Needless to say, I will NOT be taking my prints to them again.

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First of all I would like to respond to one of the other "reviewers". Lakeside is still in business. Perhaps you dialed the number incorrectly. When you dropped off that film at the other place two blocks down, you probably drove by and saw that the place is still up and running. Why would you give a place one star when you didn't even use their service? Absurd.

I've had photos developed there several times and I always get a much better product than if you bring it to WalMart. They also run specials from time to time which means at times you can get the higher grade product at a cheaper price. They have a bay of kiosks that you use to select which photos you want developed and you can crop them. They were so helpful the first time I tried to use the kiosk. Now I know how to use it without assistance.

I've also purchased lens filters, caps, and other accessories from them. Their prices are reasonable and I found the staff super nice. I didn't get the impression that I was bothering them since I was only getting a $15 or $30.00 item and not a $2,000.00 camera.

I went by to see if my point and shoot needed to be repaired and what the costs would be. One of the sales guys looked at it and said that the issue I saw wouldn't effect the picture quality and to send it in would mean a few weeks without the camera and about $150.00 or so in repairs -- which I really didn't need. His honesty saved me time and money and I wound up not buying anything that day, but I didn't forget that he helped me out and went back to buy stuff from him since.

I suggested this place to a friend that got a dlsr as a gift. They also have classes there for various levels of users which I told my friend about and she has taken a couple of them.

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★★★★★

First of all I would like to respond to one of the other "reviewers". Lakeside is still in business. Perhaps you dialed the number incorrectly. When you dropped off that film at the other place two blocks down, you probably drove by and saw that the place is still up and running. Why would you give a place one star when you didn't even use their service? Absurd.

I've had photos developed there several times and I always get a much better product than if you bring it to WalMart. They also run specials from time to time which means at times you can get the higher grade product at a cheaper price. They have a bay of kiosks that you use to select which photos you want developed and you can crop them. They were so helpful the first time I tried to use the kiosk. Now I know how to use it without assistance.

I've also purchased lens filters, caps, and other accessories from them. Their prices are reasonable and I found the staff super nice. I didn't get the impression that I was bothering them since I was only getting a $15 or $30.00 item and not a $2,000.00 camera.

I went by to see if my point and shoot needed to be repaired and what the costs would be. One of the sales guys looked at it and said that the issue I saw wouldn't effect the picture quality and to send it in would mean a few weeks without the camera and about $150.00 or so in repairs -- which I really didn't need. His honesty saved me time and money and I wound up not buying anything that day, but I didn't forget that he helped me out and went back to buy stuff from him since.

I suggested this place to a friend that got a dlsr as a gift. They also have classes there for various levels of users which I told my friend about and she has taken a couple of them.

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My order is never done on time. It's true that they turn out good looking prints, but they are always SO late. Also, more than once my order has been "misplaced" in the store...add another 30 minuets of standing around while they try to find it, but don't get irritated, they'll give you a free cup of coffee while you wait -Which is great because after they find your order and ring you up, you won't have any $ left to buy one.

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★☆☆☆☆

My order is never done on time. It's true that they turn out good looking prints, but they are always SO late. Also, more than once my order has been "misplaced" in the store...add another 30 minuets of standing around while they try to find it, but don't get irritated, they'll give you a free cup of coffee while you wait -Which is great because after they find your order and ring you up, you won't have any $ left to buy one.

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They've been around forever and do consistently good work. Their Photobooks printed on art paper are better than anything I've found online.

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★★★★★

They've been around forever and do consistently good work. Their Photobooks printed on art paper are better than anything I've found online.

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It seems like a nice place at first, good equipment, well designed, (some)relatively knowledgeable staff, but it goes down hill from there. They have a lot of departments for different things, i.e. processing, graphics, sales, and it seems like instead of just solving a problem, all they want to do is pass the buck to a different staff member. A pretty big buck too because It's also expensive.
I wouldn't go back, I have send my work out of state to get it done these days.

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★☆☆☆☆

It seems like a nice place at first, good equipment, well designed, (some)relatively knowledgeable staff, but it goes down hill from there. They have a lot of departments for different things, i.e. processing, graphics, sales, and it seems like instead of just solving a problem, all they want to do is pass the buck to a different staff member. A pretty big buck too because It's also expensive.
I wouldn't go back, I have send my work out of state to get it done these days.

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Had a whole batch of film to develop and called them one afternoon to inquire about pricing etc. No one answered. I reached someone at their nearest competitor, but no one at Lakeside. Figured I'd try around 2 p.m. on a Saturday. Again, after several repeated attempts to call no answer. Hint: Their phone disconnects itself after about 8 rings.

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★☆☆☆☆

Had a whole batch of film to develop and called them one afternoon to inquire about pricing etc. No one answered. I reached someone at their nearest competitor, but no one at Lakeside. Figured I'd try around 2 p.m. on a Saturday. Again, after several repeated attempts to call no answer. Hint: Their phone disconnects itself after about 8 rings.

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Selection is above average, and customer service is pretty good. They have some items actually out on the shelves that other stores tend to keep behind the camera. I like this because I prefer to browse without having to ask for help. They get pretty busy, and when they do they aren't as helpful, but if you can catch them during a slow time, they really do their best to find what you need. They also have a nice are inside in their photo printing area. Even has a play area so you can bring your kids while you get your photos printed. They're much more family friendly than their competetion down the street, Bennett's (avoid them!!!)

PROS: Good selection, average pricing
CONS: parking can be tough

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★★★★☆

Selection is above average, and customer service is pretty good. They have some items actually out on the shelves that other stores tend to keep behind the camera. I like this because I prefer to browse without having to ask for help. They get pretty busy, and when they do they aren't as helpful, but if you can catch them during a slow time, they really do their best to find what you need. They also have a nice are inside in their photo printing area. Even has a play area so you can bring your kids while you get your photos printed. They're much more family friendly than their competetion down the street, Bennett's (avoid them!!!)

PROS: Good selection, average pricing
CONS: parking can be tough

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Message from Lakeside Camera Photoworks

Hi, David Guidry here. I am the second generation owner and operator of Lakeside Camera Photoworks. We are a small business, we suit up and show up every day. Our goal is to thrill everyone who patronizes our two stores. On balance, we succeed. We've been serving the greater New Orleans area since 1972. Like any business with a substantial volume in unique transactions, for some people, we are only as good as our worst performance on a given day. I wish we were perfect - believe me! If we fall short, I'd like to know about it and I promise we'll make it right.



More about me. I grew up in River Ridge, Louisiana (just outside New Orleans). Attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Attended LSU and South Oregon State College, graduated with a History degree from LSU in 1991.



Married with three children.



Lakeside Camera Photoworks is the best playground I know. Innovation and implementation of new photo products and services is great fun.

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Lakeside Camera Photoworks serves four related but similar markets: 1. We help people preserve memories as they are happening today. This includes photo printing, invitations and announcements. Also, video transfer and editing. We have a portrait studio

 

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