Where Do You Go For Professional Photos?

Personally, I go to the company that sends me coupons for the biggest discounts and other upgrades and freebies.

How’s that for loyalty?

This month it was Sears Portrait Studio.

Let me preface this blog by saying that the only reason Sears sends me coupons and other freebies is because my aunt gifted my daughter with a membership to the company’s Smile Saver program shortly after she was born. The membership has long since expired, but being the persistent portrait studio that it is, Sears still dutifully sends us coupons at least once a month.

By the way, you can get the same deals by visiting Sears’ website and printing out online coupons.

Let me also add that despite the money-saving coupons, there’s no way I can afford to get professional shots taken of my daughter on a monthly basis. In fact, it’s been more than a year since our last pro photo session. However, given that September 12th is Grandparents Day, I decided to put the coupons to good use and spend the money I saved on sitting fees and what not to bribe my petulant daughter to get her picture taken.

The shoot went okay. I wasn’t thrilled with the lack of creativity on the part of the photographer, but with technology the way it is, I figured there was a good chance that the wonders of computer editing could make even the most mundane photos look good.

In the end I was pleasantly surprised with the results, though I found it difficult to narrow down my options. Sears offers the following products:

Portrait Sheets: They resemble school pictures. The photos come in various sizes from small wallet shots to 10 x 13s.

Wall Portraits: Wall portraits are large scale compositions that can be printed to 20 X 24 inches.

Fine Art: These photo montages allow you to mix and match your favorite poses. However, they also cost a pretty penny, though most come framed.

Sears also offers:

Photo enhancements: Sepia tones, soft focus, vignettes, and more can be tweaked to make the photos more unique.

Copy and Restoration: Archival work is also offered at Sears Portrait Studio, including repairing and restoring old photos.

Passport and Business Photos: These pictures specifically designed for advertising, publicity, press releases, brochures, websites, or annual reports.

Where do you go to get professional photos taken?

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.