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Green Street Photo Lab – 10 Years & Going Strong

In October of 1998, three photography connoisseurs, Michael Ruscetta, Fifi Sulaiman, and Frank Noack, decided to open a boutique professional photo lab that would focus on quality printing and intimate customer service. They discovered a classic storefront with a rear studio space on picturesque Green Street and opened up shop – business boomed. Ten years later, the wonderful Green Street Photo Lab is still going strong.

Believe it or not, Green Street Photo Lab is actually the last standing professional independent photo lab in Pasadena, and it’s no secret why they’ve survived the photo industry’s swift transition from mostly film to mostly digital. In the last several years, roughly 12 photo labs in Pasadena have had to shut their doors. Yet owners Michael, Fifi, and Frank believe they’ve survived because they cater to both pro shooters who still cherish the luminosity and aesthetic quality of film and whom want premium enlargements made in-house by master printer Sulaiman, as well as to amateur shooters who value the one-on-one customer service available at Green Street for getting their digital prints made. After all, the best photographers know that hard-drives don’t last forever – you have to get those images printed!

So whether you’ve decided to experiment once again with film (film is not dead!), or you’ve got cds full of last year’s travel and family photos, pop by Buy Local Pasadena member Green Street Photo Lab and you will not be disappointed. Their prices are competitive, they’ve never ever lost a roll of film, and they actually color correct each and every print made – film and digital. Most drugstore and online printers do not offer such quality. When you’re there chances are not one, but all 3 of Green Street’s owners will be on hand to help you, along with their resident dog Lui!

Green Street Photo Lab
1030 E. Green Street (between Catalina & Wilson)
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 796-7936
M-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10-3pm. Closed Sundays
Weddings, Scanning, Retouching, Restoration, Photography Services, Passport, Film & Digital Prints, Family & Pet Portraits, Events, E6, Digital Lab & Photo Studio, For The Amateur And The Professional
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I’ve been going to Green Street Photo for ten years. They are my absolute favorite – from the shop’s smell to customer service to their quality of work. Congratulations on the first ten years!

Comment by Tamara

Congrats Nice going You are there because like us you are passionate in what you do We are in the same business and in the so called down turn in everything we are busy One must be one stop(jump)ahead of the next lab and that makes them wonder how Keep it up regards We also have a lab dog Dash

Comment by colin sunkel

This lab ruined our family vacation photos and were rude when we tried to resolve the issue. Go to Samys in Pasadena or any CVS photo center. Be very careful with Green Street Photo Lab.

Comment by Leanord Freed

There is always one, bottomline, it is not true. This issue was sent to Better Business Bureau, we won!

Comment by Michael Ruscetta

Love your shop and the great attention to detail.

Comment by Frank Noack

I am part owner of Green Street Photolab, obviously I didn’t write this. However, we do have a great shop, and always pay great attention to detail!

Comment by Michael Ruscetta

Great Shop!

Comment by YudiSratchinegs

I love Green Street Photolab! Been coming here since I moved to Pasadena a year ago and have always received good quality prints, process, and service. I wouldn’t go to CVS unless you don’t mind your negatives being scratched and ruined, and Samys doesn’t develop in store, they send it out, making it a little more expensive to develop! I’ve been to other labs and Green Street is my favorite. Give em a try, I say.

Comment by leila




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