I had heard good things about this particular studio because my cousin takes her daughter there and the pictures always turn out lovely. In all fairness, this studio was far cleaner & larger than the previous "S" Studios that I went to, but the photographer was sloppy & we felt rushed...again.
When I called to make the appointment, I informed them that there were 2 subjects & that they were 9 months old. Nobody ever told me that we are only allotted 15 minutes of picture time. I would have booked two separate slots just to have a full half hour to try and get some good shots!
We arrived at the studio, happy babies in tow, then were led to our room. It took about 5 minutes for the photographer to set up the background (which ate up a nice chunk of our studio time!!), then we were ready for pictures.
You try keeping two 9 month old boys sitting together in a new room. They wanted nothing to do with sitting still; there was too much to explore! This is when the photographer told me, "you know, we can't keep taking shots of just the two of them because you're only allowed 15 minutes & I have 4 other poses to do." Um, okay.
We tried the single poses and it was a little better because we were able to keep just the one baby seated for long enough to snap a picture. By this point, I was fed up and knew that I'd be going home and taking my OWN pictures of the boys because all of the shots they were showing me were not that great.
When we arrived home, I was happy to see that my seamless paper had arrived in the mail, so I set it up, plopped the boys on it and snapped away. They didn't turn out as nice as I would have hoped, but I need practice, plus it was a strange time in the day and the natural light wasn't that great in my house. Plus I still don't know how to shoot in manual.
Below are the "professional" pictures. They're nice enough, but not that great. Up top are the shots I took of the boys that are put it together in a collage. The white balance isn't that great, but like I said, I'm still learning the basics of shooting with a DSLR.
I planned on going back for their one year portraits, but I think I may try another studio. That is, unless I learn how to use my camera properly!
I'm smiling at mommy who is singing the ice cream song to me. The photographer keeps making a high-pitched buzzing noise at me, which I find strange.