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What I did today... - Elizabeth Unexplained
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What I did today...
Professional photos for the grandparents: check.


I think the photographer must have been fibbing when he claimed Margaret was easier than any of his previous clients today, because if he wasn't the man needs danger pay. Toddlers do not stop and pose.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: December 11th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice! Where did you have the portrait taken?
Love the dress!

We are getting pics done tomorrow. I hope it is better than last year, when we couldn't get Juliette to be in the picture after the first shot of her solo was snapped. (my hands are in the picture too) I may get dressed up just in case, but I don't want to be in the picture. Our problem is you take pics of three kids and you can NEVER get a shot where everyone looks ok. (and I have skirts for the girls, which I have also discovered can be problematic. - the longer dress you picked out is better)
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greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 11th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got my at Sears in the Burlington mall. Warren has never been happy with their pictures, but I like them. I was tempted to try the Picture People, but then I looked at their website and they don't give you the CD of the session for free unless you buy the $900+ package. Also, I was unconvinced that they would be enough better than Sears to justify them being 3 to 4 times as expensive.
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jaedian From: jaedian Date: December 11th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, we did Picture People last year. We ended up spending about $300 I think, and no CD. (go 3 framed pics as gifts, but still!) We ended up in the area they use right by the front door, and it was too distracting for Juliette, and they were too impatient and barely spent enough time. (after we waited 2 hours cause they were running so late.) But I think I did that last year cause I wanted pics right away for Xmas cards, but this year I don't care.

Trying Target Portrait studio today, cause then I don't have to go into the mall at all. We did them once when Sara was small, her 1st or 2nd Christmas and it was good. (they have a big screen so you could see the pics as they were being taken) Looks to be much cheaper.

Well there is an awesome place here Warren might like, Carriage House Portraits. They look like paintings when he is done. Very pricey though. He retouches them etc. They get printed on canvas and look like paintings. Alas their website isn't functional yet.

I know a few great photographers around here. Probably cost more, but the pics would be awesome. I should check in with one again, she had offered to do Juliette for free if I let her use them for her portfolio! But then she was taking time off before I got to take her up on it!

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greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 11th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the recommendations. I may have to check them out. It would be really cool if I could get someone to do Margaret for free in exchange for using the photos in a portfolio. I like to think it would be a good deal for the photographer too, on account of how exceptionally beautiful Margaret is, but it is possible that I am ever so slightly biased in my assessment of Margaret's looks. :-)

The CD thing really bugs me, hence my decision to go with Sears again. A CD costs maybe $3 to burn. I'd rather a place be honest and charge me a sitting fee than vastly inflate the cost of the CD. Having the pictures in electronic form is a big deal to me and I know it costs them next to nothing to supply that.
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jaedian From: jaedian Date: December 12th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
We did Target. I think I was pretty happy with the pictures. I think I spent a smidge more than last year, but I got more this time. (more pictures I liked so I got prints made and a few collages) I think I got way more for my money.

I ended up paying $30 for the CD, so it wasn't too bad, since I didn't pay sitting fees. I am OK with that, since if I hated the pictures I am not out the sitting fee. I think the reason they charge you so much for the CD is because once you have it, you won't have reason to order prints from them again. As Target says, you get the copyrights with the CD, so that is worth a lot more. But I think this is why Picture People charges so much (unless you spend $900, in which case they figure you are probably not likely to order any more prints from them anyway ;-}

Did Sears charge a sitting fee? How much was it? Did you get the CD for free?

I think Margaret is pretty photogenic too, as well as being cute. I think you are more likely to find a photographer to do that if you find one early in their career. (there other option to get a portfolio is to pay models so it is a win for them too)

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psychohist From: psychohist Date: December 13th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Margaret has received so many compliments on that dress. You can see more pictures of the dress, before it was delivered, on the steamstress's site here:


It was very reasonably priced for a dress made to order. It was of course more expensive than something off the rack, but then we were able to specify measurements that allow for a couple years of use, versus usually about six months for the off the rack stuff at her age.
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sorceror From: sorceror Date: December 11th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
AAAAhhhaaahhh! so INCREDIBLY CUTE!!!!

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From: readsalot Date: December 11th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a great picture--Margaret looks happy and alert.

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enugent From: enugent Date: December 11th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is an adorable picture!
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