BTDTs I need help!
You're going to be so happy going professional!
For our first professional photo, we went to Sears. We were glad that we had Lucy in a comfy, non-photo outfit to start because the place was a zoo. We, too, had brought multiple outfits to change into. We changed her up just prior to the shoot. They expect that and are fine with it.
As for not sitting up, Lucy was just 3 months when we went. What they did was to prop her up on a pillow. The shot we got was adorable.
Our arms weren't in the photo because they knew what they were doing; they propped Lucy up; they had ways of getting her to smile. We stood to the side for the solo shots and were with her for the group shots.
Lucy didn't last for as many poses as they would have allowed us, so we used the additional slots for pics of us.
We were suckers that first time and spent over $100 on prints. We did not need so many. Try not to be like us!
~WitzzMom to Lucy, 3
Hey Cathy! You are right in all your idea - I would also suggest NOT scheduling on a weekend - especially now that it is Easter and lots of people will be scheduled and they will get behind. Be sure to bring a bottle for him in case they do get behind - can't hurt to top him off a bit right before the pictures too. They usually will do one or two outfits and about 15 poses - they are able to crop things out so if you are holding him up or something then they are able to crop you out. They will have plenty of things to prop him up and lean him on - it would be good to have some ideas of your own too. They will show you all the pictures and then the packages - in my opinion it is best to get just a sheet each of your favorite shots and then scan them - OR with Sears, anyway, you can buy a CD which gives you ALL the pictures and a release to reproduce them with any company. It was about $20 for the CD and then you can print $100 worth of pics for nothing. PP charges $15 a sheet and that would be 2 5x7 per sheet but the same pose for both pictures on the sheet. Good Luck and post some when you get them!
Glad you posted this.
We had Caden's done first at 1 month and I had coupons for Target, Pennys and Sears.
we used to take my oldest every 3 months or so and it can get expensive. The PP ended out going out of business near us because they were too overpriced. Min package started at $80 and each mall they were in had at least a sears and 1 a JCP and well you can get coupon deals there for $9.99 and then once sears started offering same day pictures for the same low price they no longer had the upper hand. My only complaint with sears is staffing. It had been a while from when we took my oldest to when we took the baby for his 6 week ones and we got some high school kid who freaked if he cried and she was totally clueless about packages and so on, so next time we tried JCP and they were no better. Once they find out you ONLY want the deal package and none of their enhancments they pretty much treat you like ____. I do like that with sears you can get a CD or view on line with JCP you can't. We've done kiddie kandid's before but they are even more then PP.
with my oldest we never had to worry he was a ham, with the baby we have to feed
I hope I'm not too late with my $.02
I LOVE Picture People. We've done Sears and they were HORRIBLE Some people like them, but we had a bad experience, so we've stuck with PP since then.
Since he's not sitting unsupported yet, they'll prop him up. The one we liked that closed had a huge beanbag so they could adjust it and arrange the baby however they wanted. The one we go to now uses Boppys. They'll probably put him on his belly for a few shots. Definitely try to avoid feeding time or nap time and make sure you're able to feed him while you're waiting for your pictures and be sure to allow plenty of time. It's likely to be pretty busy this week because of Easter.
I seriously doubt you'll get out of there with only one sheet of 5x7s because you'll most likely fall in love with more than one pose. We almost always get at least one 8x10 because we like to keep a current one hanging on the wall. PP almost always has coupons on their website. IMO, if you expect to go there often, their portrait club is worth it. It costs $39.99 for a year and you get 3 free sheets (one per session) and $10 off 3 times (one per session). You can use the free sheet and $10 off at the same time. IME, they don't really push the packages, although they'll be happy to sell you one, but I don't like the way they sit at the computer with you and stay there the whole time while you decide which ones you want. I think that happens everywhere, though. You could scan the prints to make wallets for grandparents, but technically, that's illegal. I also don't think they look quite as good. PP does offer a CD now, but they charge a fortune for it. It does include a copyright release, though. We ended up doing that because Ben's 1st birthday pictures were so good we couldn't decide (the pictures in my siggy are from that session). The backgrounds are solid colors and they'll suggest what will look best with what he's wearing. You can use props or not and if he has a special toy you'd like to have in the picture with him, bring it.