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Family Photoshoot Experience with 7x5" print was £44.99 now £5 @ Play.com
Family Photoshoot Experience with 7x5" print was £44.99 now £5 @ Play.com

Family Photoshoot Experience with 7x5" print was £44.99 now £5 @ Play.com

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We did one of these about a year ago and, if you can resist temptation of more prints, it works out at £5 for a professional photo of your family. We've just bought another since my second daughter has been born.
RRP of £44.99 isn't worth it, but it's a steal at £5.

Details are:
* Over 100 studios nationwide
* On arrival at your booked time you will have a portrait session with a professional photographer. A viewing appointment will then take place after the portrait session for you to choose your complimentary 5"x7" portrait, and order any additional photos you might like.
* On purchasing this experience you will be issued with a voucher valid for 10 months. This experience is for one family portrait session and one complimentary print (minimum size 5"x7"). A £5 P&P charge will be payable to cover Recorded Delivery of your print(s) at some locations At least two generations or three people or more must attend the portrait session. A fully refundable booking deposit of £20 must be paid at time of booking, this is refunded at viewing or if cancelled with at least 48 hours prior notice to the session. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. A journey time of up to 45 minutes in some areas of the UK may be necessary to the nearest studio.

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£5 for ONE 5 inch x 7 inch photo?

For the studio to then try to con you into spending MORE money!!

Yeah. Right!
Edited by: "rizla01" 27th Nov 2010

It does include the actual photograph being taken... very cheap, clearly.

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rizla01

£5 for ONE 5 inch x 7 inch photo?For the studio to then try to con you … £5 for ONE 5 inch x 7 inch photo?For the studio to then try to con you into spending MORE money!!Yeah. Right!


You get to choose from the several hundred photographs they take on the day. Usually a framed 5x7" print and definitely worth it.
If it was one 5x7" print with no frame, taken by some bum on the street, then yes this would be expensive. But it's a lot more than that.

It's very much the same with Pixifoto or Venture. The latter is more of a scammer than the first IMO.

They're definitely hoping you buy more pictures than just the £5 one which will cost a whole lot more. You have to remember they're effectively selling you your family/kids, they're hoping you'll get all emotional and excited and splash the cash. The £5 picture will either be the first picture taken or one that THEY choose, any other picture will be of your own choice. (I know of someone in the profession and they constantly get people hassling them to get their own choice for the cheap picture, and will even go to lengths such as saying another studio let them have... and phoning the studio hoping someone else answers and saying "I was told I could have...")
Edited by: "anewman" 27th Nov 2010

I think its an ok deal but most photographers these days dont charge a sitting fee...and the 7x5 prints are only about a fiver to buy anyways. Be a good idea for a gift tho so hot from me ..well done to the op

So apart from getting one, single, lousy, *small* print you have to spend a lot of time getting the family (minimum THREE PEOPLE) prepared (taking time off work - that alone wastes any saving you've made from the "deal") , traveling to the studio, spend time (how long? an hour - two?) getting loads of snaps taken, more time looking at them afterwards, travel home again. All for one photo?
Provided you don't value your time (how many parents continually moan about how busy they are?) or the cost of traveling / parking, then in financial terms it might just be worth the saving. . Though if you're going to go to all that effort, personally I'd perfer to either do it properly and get a full portfolio - or just take some decent snaps at home and get photoshop them myself, then have them printed from an online service. At least that way you still have the digital images, rather than justa single piece of paper.

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I enjoyed it last time. Made the appointment for a convenient time on a Saturday, parked roadside for free, had the snaps over half an hour or so, went back and viewed them a few weekends later and chose the photo we wanted. We have it up at home and it's a great picture, much, much better than we could have done at home. Even if I could afford Photoshop and the time to tweak the photos, I'd rather do this. But it's obviously not something for everyone.
You're usually able to buy the full portfolio of images after the shoot. I don't know how much it is, but probably cheaper than a single copy of Photoshop. :-)

Photoshop can be had for £0

Why go to a mechanic to get your brakes fixed when you can get a spanner from poundland?

The problem with studio photography is that people no longer value a professionals time.

The average sitting/showing consumes at LEAST 4 hours of labour from a skilled photographer/retoucher (pre-shoot discussion, shooting, editing, retouching & showing). This is in addition to the fact that the studio is PAYING these intermediary companies around £50 for every family that attends a FREE sitting and will definitely NOT see any of the above £45.

This means that they are LOSING £150-200 per sitting. This is why you will see small framed prints priced at £50-70. The cost is not in the materials (a frame & print costs a few pounds), but in the labour - the creation of the images. A nightmare scenario for a studio is to have the above sitting and sell half a dozen 5x7s prints at £5 each - a gross loss of at least £200.

This is why Venture went bust and why the majority of studios are gone or going.

DIY & Photoshop is not the answer.

Thanks for posting, great deal for £5. Comparing "like for like" (photographic companies) its a bargain, makes a good credit crunch prezzy, and imo deserves to be hotter than this.

I'm skint, and tight I'm told, but even I cant believe people are moaning about spending a fiver on a decent family photo. 'kin unreal LOL!!!
Edited by: "heada" 27th Nov 2010

JimDiGritz

Why go to a mechanic to get your brakes fixed when you can get a spanner … Why go to a mechanic to get your brakes fixed when you can get a spanner from poundland?


Brakes are often quite easy to work on, you just need to be clean, methodical and take your time paying attention to detail. If a spotty clueless 17 year old in KwakFit can work on your brakes, you can do a better job than him. A proper brake spanner is £3.99 from Halfords

JimDiGritz

The problem with studio photography is that people no longer value a … The problem with studio photography is that people no longer value a professionals time.


Most of them are not professionals. Just look at the job advertisements for Pixifoto which say no photography experience necessary. They just keep the camera on the same settings and point and shoot. It's more of a sales job than a technical one, and a minimum wage job at that.

JimDiGritz

The average sitting/showing consumes at LEAST 4 hours of labour from a … The average sitting/showing consumes at LEAST 4 hours of labour from a skilled photographer/retoucher (pre-shoot discussion, shooting, editing, retouching & showing).



Venture who do more work than Pixifoto on these sort of things would not spend anywhere near 4 hours in total on shooting and retouching.

JimDiGritz

This means that they are LOSING £150-200 per sitting. This is why you … This means that they are LOSING £150-200 per sitting. This is why you will see small framed prints priced at £50-70. The cost is not in the materials (a frame & print costs a few pounds), but in the labour - the creation of the images. A nightmare scenario for a studio is to have the above sitting and sell half a dozen 5x7s prints at £5 each - a gross loss of at least £200.


Prints cost these companies a couple of pence. Bully for them if their business idea gets it so wrong that they end up operating at a loss just to bring customers in through the door - it shows they have got their business model entirely wrong and the pictures do not represent value for money. They never sell half a dozen 5x7's a fiver each to one customer, a number of customers maybe. Problem is people think they're paying £5 for a 5x7, then when they see if they want to buy more prices are like £50 (which to most people is a sizeable proportion of a week's wage) they just aren't interested and go for only the £5 one. It's not unknown for customers to try keep coming back for the £5 picture again and again.

I ran a portrait studio from 2005-2008. The business model is indeed screwed. However the perception that a guy with a camera and a copy of photoshop from PirateBay can replicate a good studio photographer is what has decimated the perceived value, it is also b*ll*cks.

Our average sitting spend was £800-£1200, but we were in an affluent part of the country. In 2008 it dropped off a cliff for obvious reasons.

We did indeed spend c.4 hours per session. Our camera cost £20k and the post production Macs cost £6k, the lighting was also £6k+. Our 18Gb RAID storage was £12k alone. The overheads were also high.

In terms of wages, Venture paid £13,000pa for a full-time studio photographer in Kensington.

I'm not disagreeing that the model is broken, however there is no 'middle class' of photographers any longer. There are the top 5% advertising photographers earning £10k per day, and weekend warrior amateurs with a DSLR and a pirated copy of lightroom.

I booked mine at the start of this year and I'm going next Saturday with my mum, dad and boyfriend. I'm really looking forward to it, we can go out for lunch afterwards and spend some time together. For those of you complaining I'm sure you could split the £5 between the participants. In short, stop whinging!
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