I don’t like Pixie Photos.
I know I’m not alone, but I also know that a lot of people get them done. I too was duped, sucked in by the FREE photo coupon in my Bounty Bag. It was luring me with it’s free-ness. It would be a waste not to use it, I told myself, the family would like them. So a girlfriend and I bundled up our boys and took them to have their photos taken… because you know, everyone got one in their Bounty Bags at the hospital.
I decided I was going to stay strong and ONLY get the free 25×33 print. No matter how hard they sucked me in with my baby’s cute smiles and poses captured for ransom. I let Aidan’s little friend go first as we had a dribble situation and he had to change his shirt. I watched how they operated, making loud noises and shoving a fluffy feather duster in his face, I wanted to smack them but his mother was fine with it and they did managed to get a smile or two out of him.
The studio set up was quite simple, I’m convinced I could do a better job in my spare room. The props were classic Pixie style and the girl (not woman, girl) was just clicking away randomly and did a horrible job composing the shots. I guess it wouldn’t take long before you lost the love of photography when you work in a “machine” like Pixie Photos.
The kicker with the free photo is that it’s from the very first set (so basically practice photos when your child is nervous and stiff) and you don’t get to pick which one, they do. Thankfully my son is a rock star in front of the lens. I told them I didn’t want any sets/toys, just a white background and him sitting up. I’d decided the in-laws would love one like that. They took 4 photos like this and then started putting him on little chairs and trying to pose him. I stopped the shoot.
They showed me the photos and thankfully the first one was perfect (as good as it got), no reason for temptation into buying others. They opened up the appointment calendar for viewing the photos and asked when I’d like to place an order. I said I’d just like the free photo please and when could I pick it up.
That’s when I was looked at like a second class citizen.
ohhh you’re one of those cheapskates
If you have a million dollars and like the style, go right ahead and buy their photos but if you don’t they have a great laybuy system… eek! Please people, for the love of good photography, please search out your local area for budding photographers. Universities are full of them, so are TAFE colleges and most towns have a camera club. You don’t have to spend a lot of money (could even get them for free!) as people just want to practise and build their portfolios.
If you live in Sydney and want photos done cheaply email me, I have a few slots open myself.