Photography section at Babies R Us

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by kass617, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. kass617
    Offline

    kass617 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Boston
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I saw a little photography room set up at a babies r us, set up to take family portraits, baby pictures etc. Most of the pictures I saw didn't really look that great. Do they just set up equipment (lighting backdrops, etc) and just have the camera on a preset or something, or is it an actual "photographer" running the booth? Some of the baby pictures, family portraits, newborn stuff etc on the Beginners forum on this site look 100x better.
  2. Rosshole
    Offline

    Rosshole New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Messages:
    536
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    WI
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +14 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I think that the answer is that you get what you pay for (or who they pay for) in photography (and hired photographers)
  3. vtf
    Offline

    vtf New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Messages:
    2,122
    Likes Received:
    239
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    kansas city
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +239 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    On some portrait studios such as those in Kmarts and Walmarts there is usually 1 full time employee and one part time. Those same studio companies have traveling people who do home shots, pet portraits at pet stores and kid shots at various locations including hospitals. Babies are Us could be same deal. These employees are usually not the highest paid. I know some are good at what they do because I've had a few of them as friends but then again you do have new ones rotate through as the rehire rate I believe is pretty high. As far as presets are concerned I would believe most have a certain range they use for simplicity of shooting simple portraits.
  4. Robin Usagani
    Offline

    Robin Usagani Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    10,302
    Likes Received:
    2,100
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +2,102 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Joe usually bags groceries and run the cash register. When they have a customer at the studio, he'll be the photographer LOL.. JK
  5. Aayria
    Offline

    Aayria New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2010
    Messages:
    787
    Likes Received:
    40
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    U.S.
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +40 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    "26 portraits for 7.99. NO session fee!"


    ??!??? WHAT?

    I came across a board with ladies raving about the babies r us studio. One mom said " I can't see paying a lot for pictures..And the photos I had them do all turned out SO cute!"

    *GAH* :banghead:
  6. Robin Usagani
    Offline

    Robin Usagani Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    10,302
    Likes Received:
    2,100
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +2,102 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Hmm.. im selling all of my gears.... good to know all of you.. Ciao!
  7. Gaerek
    Offline

    Gaerek New Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,341
    Likes Received:
    98
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sitka, AK
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +98 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Should have linked them to a site that showed what paying more could do. Even non-photographers could probably see the difference. You always have to remember that a mother (especially non-photographer) will always think a photo of her child is "SO cute!"
  8. vtf
    Offline

    vtf New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Messages:
    2,122
    Likes Received:
    239
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    kansas city
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +239 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Not quite, most are outside companies that would never allow a store employee to touch their equipment. usually if the studio manager is absent either the part time employee covers or the studio remains closed.
    They make their money from the prints and add ons, not the shoot. Its a sales job.
  9. kass617
    Offline

    kass617 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Boston
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    In my limited time with a DSLR, and taking pictures of other people's kids (when they come over my house not on any official "shoot") and then email it to them...I have NEVER gotten a criticism. I've heard things like "you should do this professionally!!!". Now, I'm not naive enough to believe that I'm on any level even close to a pro...or even an advanced beginner for that matter, and wouldn't imagine charging anyone for pictures BUT I think people just think pictures of their kids/family ALWAYS look good unless there's something terribly wrong with them...and I've tested my theory out. I emailed a friend of a friend who came over for a BBQ some pictures of their kid. a couple were pretty out of focus. and again "Oh my God, these look so great!"

    I would post them but I'm not comfortable with posting pictures of other peoples kids without their prmission.
  10. Josh66
    Offline

    Josh66 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Messages:
    14,545
    Likes Received:
    1,213
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +1,213 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    Most of those "extra services" you see at stores (portrait studio, salon, fast food chain, eye doctor, etc...) are just there to get you into the store so you can spend money on other stuff.

    From what I understand, many of them actually operate at a loss because due to the extra traffic they bring to the store - there is still a net gain.


    edit
    Knowing that the 'real goal' of the studio is just to get you in the door, hoping you'll buy other stuff while you wait - I wouldn't expect much.

    It would probably be very hard to beat the price, but very easy to beat the quality. Which is more important to you?
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2010
  11. dak1b
    Offline

    dak1b New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,554
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Northern California
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    go to a real photographer.
  12. vtf
    Offline

    vtf New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Messages:
    2,122
    Likes Received:
    239
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    kansas city
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +239 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I would disagree, they do get you in the store but as they are separate companies they themselves have to be profitable otherwise they go out of existance. For example Picture Me runs the studios in most Walmarts but are not owned or operated by Walmart. Their costs can be low because those are intoductory shots usually wallet sizes. When you go in to pick them up or at time of shoot they will offer you special packages of bigger and more prints that are developed in their labs.
    Look up Picture Me's website or Olan Mills.
    They do a service for those who need that low end product.
  13. kass617
    Offline

    kass617 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Boston
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I wouldn't even think of using a service like that. My wedding photographer, although pricey, did an extraordinary job. I plan on using his for all my family photography...and have given him countless referrals.
  14. dak1b
    Offline

    dak1b New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,554
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Northern California
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    good to hear! leave it to the pros!:thumbup:
  15. Josh66
    Offline

    Josh66 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Messages:
    14,545
    Likes Received:
    1,213
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +1,213 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    OK - I can see your point. Still, the store would not lease the space to these 3rd party vendors if they didn't think it would bring more business to them.

    For example - the local Walmart here used to have a McDonalds in it, lol. Used to. The sale of alcohol was recently (maybe a year ago) legalized in my town, so they booted McD's out and now use that space for beer & wine. They're probably making much more money on that space than they were previously.

    Even if they don't operate at a loss, I'm sure their profit margin is on the small side.

    But yeah - where there is a market, there is a product.
  16. Derrel
    Offline

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    28,659
    Likes Received:
    9,899
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    USA
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +10,015 / 1
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Most of the quality of the results on infant and baby portraiture comes from knowing how to pose the child in a safe, age-appropriate way, and the photographer having decent timing. The lighting at places like that is pretty standard industry stuff, typically two large 60 inch umbrellas and a softbox or two as separation/hair lights, and a background lighting setup. In today's economy, the lower-end volume places are doing a lot of business,and can sell print packages at prices people want to pay. if you photograph babies, infants, toddlers,and children all day long, no matter where you shoot, you tend to get pretty good at it. One of the advantages the volume studios have is baby posing tables and wedges, safe and varied props that are age-appropriate, lots of background colors and fabrics/posing rugs, arm posers, etc,etc. Expression counts a whiole lot, and moms are often not super-critical about things like perfect lighting ratios and precise catchlight placement--but if the kids look cute, they purchase!
  17. Artrina
    Offline

    Artrina New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    upstate NY
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    My daughter and her family get a portrait done at a place like WalMart or JC Penney every year. She says she knows they aren't the highest quality pix, but, they get themselves and the kids in clean, decent clothes and get the pix taken in an air conditioned store by people who know how to work with the kids in a half way decent way. The pix may not be the quality they want for wedding pix, but, they look nice on our wall. Our walls - and the kids walls - are a nice mix of these pix and ones taken at events.
  18. vtf
    Offline

    vtf New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Messages:
    2,122
    Likes Received:
    239
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    kansas city
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +239 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    When I worked in Kmart a few years ago I made a friends with some of the portrait workers/ managers and learned alittle how they did their jobs. I gave them quite a bit of respect for the way they handled customers and especially children. Now that Im older and hopefully wiser that respect hasnt changed but Im more savy about how they can make it a profitable business and give their clients what they want.
    I would also say its a very good entry/learning experience for someone young wanting to get into photgraphy.
  19. usayit
    Offline

    usayit Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,497
    Likes Received:
    341
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +341 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Correct.... IIRC, one of the people at Baby's R Us said that the studio is actually from Kiddie Kandids. A lot of the studios around here (in the mall especially) are run by LifeTouch Inc which is probably the largest of the "groups" as they specialize in school portraits sending photographers to schools directly. I discovered this when I was "suffering" from a long term stint without a job.... I applied and was almost on my way to manning one of these studios but fortunately I found "real" job opportunity.

    One person posted "go to a real photographer". Oh sure... I definitely can understand their place but these "mini-studios" provide a certain convenience at a certain price point. Kinda like the difference between going to a clothing boutique versus Target/Kohls.



    My wife approached me (very carefully because I am an avid photographer) and asked if it would be ok to take my Son to a "Flash!" studio in the mall. I'm not at all insecure with that sort of thing and I certainly don't have access to a studio. I said, sure! I went along but I wanted it to be a sort of experience for Mommy and Son. I was actually quite surprised how prepared and how coordinated they were specifically to the needs of children. Our son is extremely active and rambunctious, so they even allowed up to do two very short sessions since he would only cooperate for a very short period of time. The young lady who took the pictures worked pretty darn hard for those pictures... I wouldn't say she is a professional level photographer but everything was setup and scripted to allow her to produce good work. Even the software the studio uses is designed for these "scripted" studios rather than the true "Photographer". They allowed me to play around a little with it and I thought it was pretty impressive.

    The end result was a good two visits to the mall, some shopping, and some decent photos at the same time. Our walls are still lined with my photos and a couple of the Flash! studio pictures too. not too bad...


    btw... Flash! studios is another "LifeTouch Inc" owned store front. The software is Express Digital (fairly expensive and not really geared towards photographers). Express Digital - The Platform on which Photography Performs
  20. misstwinklytoes
    Offline

    misstwinklytoes New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,112
    Likes Received:
    39
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Texas
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +39 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I hope none of the members of the forum work at Babies R Us. :lol:

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
babies r us fotostudio
,
babies r us photo
,
babies r us photo sessions
,
babies r us photo shoot
,

babies r us photo studio

,

babies r us photography

,
babies r us photography prices
,
babies r us photography studio
,
babies r us photos
,
babies r us picture packages
,
babies r us pictures
,
babies r us portrait studio
,
baby r us photo studio
,
babyrus photo studio
,
does babies r us take pictures
,
photos in babies r us
,
toy r us portrait studio
,
toys r us photo shoot
,
toys r us pictures studio
,
which babiesrus they take pictures for baby