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am off for a venture shot tomorrow!

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coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 12:37:32

any tips from those who have had it done?

mummysurfer Fri 14-May-04 12:44:05

we had a very enjoyable session with them. was on another thread some time ago.
they prefer barefeet so make sure you do your nails. however we said we - me & DH- wanted to wear socks and they were fine.
it was a very relaxed session, he was brilliant with the children then came the shock ..the prices.
have you any idea how much they're going to be?

coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 12:48:09

loads isnt it, hundreds

we get one free one on the internet offer but hey are strssing that its only valid if we are all photographed. wonder why it makes a differnce to them

katierocket Fri 14-May-04 12:48:57

wear plain dark clothes (it's shot against white backgrounds)
take a couple of outfits so you can change if you want to - it's shot digitally so they will show you snaps as they go along. Get the boys to take along one particular toy that they like, can work nicely as a prop.

It is expensive but they are good. Don't fall for any of the sales spiel at the end, just buy what you want.

katierocket Fri 14-May-04 12:50:25

coddy, they're just doing the sales stuff, don't worry about it. We spent £450 on 3 pics but that's in no way unusual, average spend is £700 per customer.

<whispers> I used to work with them...

coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 12:51:37

whats the spiel tell me?

they said not dark and not white.
are doing pale blue and the other outfits ar reds/ grreen

coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 12:52:01

but why dot hey need the parents in ?

coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 12:53:25

oh and do you buy the photos then or after?

mummysurfer Fri 14-May-04 12:54:42

yes we got one free - that's the only one we got. it's a 6X4 photo in a 10X8 frame. it would have cost us £95 to buy that size! The most expensive was £950 and that was for 9 4X3 photos in a large frame. these big things that you see are about a grand.
we went in december 2002.
the prices were disappointing really as the session was good, the photos good and we believe you get what you pay for but we will not be ripped off. we felt that this was a rip off. they even offer expensive credit.

hope this hasn't put you off. go, enjoy it, return to view your pics (thatw as good too).

however, there was no pressure at all to buy, we just said we were going to choose our free one and they were fine.

katierocket Fri 14-May-04 12:55:14

re: what to wear, well shows how much I know doesn't it!
I think the main thing is just not very *fussy* patterns.
Not sure why they are saying the parents have to be in it, I've not heard that one before, which studio is it?

By sales spiel I just mean when you go back to your preview and they show all the images and you get sucked into spending lots of money! But I'm sure you'll like them.

mummysurfer Fri 14-May-04 12:56:16

we had to go back a week later for a viewing, ours weren't done digitally

katierocket Fri 14-May-04 12:56:30

you have the session then go back in about 2 weeks to view the shots and choose the ones you want. I know of one couple that spend £6000 on shots of them and their 2 dogs..

katierocket Fri 14-May-04 12:57:08

it's a franchise so they differ slightly (although are all of certain standard). I thought they were all digital by now but obviously not yet.

tammybear Fri 14-May-04 12:57:46

my dd had one done, it was so cute. they try to be abstract with some of the photos, like the one i brought has out dd in the corner of the photo and most of it is white lol. we were lucky and only had to pay £40 for the session and the photo (we got a 10x8 so we had to pay a little extra)

but on the whole, it was a whole lot of fun! you can be in some of the photos if you want, but i spent most of the time trying to get dd to look into the camera lol. she was only 9 months and wasnt even sitting so you can probably imagine the nightmare. she had to be propped up in the corner of the room, bless her!

if you want i can email you the picture of my dd that got done, so you have some sort of idea coddycodcod (love your name!)

mummysurfer Fri 14-May-04 12:58:24

ours was 2002 so he maybe digital now

coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 13:00:18

thanks tammy.

Its on bournemouth so if they do evenng viewings I feel a meal out on the coast is in order in 2 weeks!

hmm we will see,the boys are all very busy and baby has astarted walking...

katierocket Fri 14-May-04 13:01:21

coddy, you will get some nice shots, particularly of the 3 boys.

here is the previous thread
venture photos

coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 13:01:26

sahll I take my handsome black and white cat?

he has just been on a diet and is magnificent.

Fio2 Fri 14-May-04 13:02:59

yes and you can borrow my dogs...that should be interesting

coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 13:04:20


Fio2 Fri 14-May-04 13:05:28

I am serious, you can HAVE them

tammybear Fri 14-May-04 13:07:10

Depending on how many photos you want and sizes, it can turn out really expensive. I got carried away when we were looking at the slide show or what ever you call it. I picked four and wanted all of them, but then I found out it would cost me £500 or something silly like that. Just keeping looking at the price list before you go mad! lol

mouli Fri 14-May-04 13:08:39

do they have a website?

coddycodcod Fri 14-May-04 13:11:04

mummysurfer Fri 14-May-04 13:11:33

yes here

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