Friday, October 15, 2010

Open Discussion: Professional Photography

Every mother loves getting professional photos taken of their little darlings, but no one loves paying the steep prices. Do you feel that the quality of your photos depends on the price? Would you be just as happy taking your child to the Wal-Mart portrait studios as you would taking them to the Picture People?  Or do you prefer a photographer who works out of the studio and on location?  With Christmas cards coming, it's time to find the perfect photo!


Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!



6 comments:

blueviolet said...

Oh man...I can't believe it's that time of year already!

jennjennmom said...

I actually do amateur/professional photography. I think that some of the prices are crazy. I try to take my kids in once a year to get the big package, but I make sure I have TONS of coupons and I usually use Target. The backdrops are the selling point for me, and they have a closed room with lots of props. Walmart is out in the open kids don't behave as well and they usually don't get down on the ground. I want a studio that has a camera that can move with my kid and get the candids as well as the well done poses.
I shoot pics of them all the time, but printing the sizes and quantity i need for family is easier once a year with a studio. BUT I'm not spending over $125 to get what I want. Out on location is great but with kids it's hit or miss, you've got to have patience in yourself and the parents.

Amy said...

We just take a picture ourselves. I want to get one done someday. Thanks for sharing your story with me. You will be in my thought today. Hugs to you. Have a great weekend.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love those professional photos that do them like journaling photos...if that makes sense, not the ones in a studio as much as the ones where they will take the photos out on location...like the beach or around town, etc. Our daughter and son-in-law's engagement photos really were wonderfully done and the photographer was pretty reasonable. You can see an example of one of them on her blog header.

But as far as our annual Christmas photo cards, I do try to get a shot of all of us with one of our cameras. It doesn't look like we will be able to all be together this Thanksgiving to do that...

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Mommying On The Fly said...

I've actually gone BOTH ways... and with twin toddlers.. I keep taking them BACK to picture people.. bwahahaha... I find it's NOT worth dishing out the BIG bucks.. (been there, done THAT and regret it..) I am well aware that it'a achallenge to geta good photo of a toddler, let alone 2, but COME ON.. lol.. so..I'll go the cheapo route.. lol..

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EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

Interesting discussion! I think it depends on price basically. I think that photographers who are willing to do shots out in the community tend to provide pictures that are twice as 'real' and nice as wal mart or whatever. However, they can get so insane! I think wal mart does better with family photos and real big kids than they do little kids. I've seen their photographers say to kids as young as 1 or 2 to "smile!" or "say cheese" when kids don't know how to do a "good" fake smile until probably 10-12. I don't want to pay for professional photos to get a 4 year olds ' say cheese!' face. lol.