Ah, we’ve never seen so many photographers since having kids! We captured Ryan’s major milestones by hiring a photographer at birth, 6 months, one year, and two years. Some people do it even more often than that! And now that Rebecca is here, of course we have to do the same for her. It adds up really fast.
What we’ve learned: spending an arm and a leg for photos isn’t necessary. Example: we spent $700+ on Ryan’s newborn photos and we don’t have much to show for it. We got 4 different photos I think. Granted, one of those four is a 12“x24” collage, but still… four photos? For $700??!!! For that price we should have at least gotten a CD of the images copyright free so we could print our own… right?! After that, we’ve hired a number of different local photographers… some okay, some pretty bad, none amazing. Honestly, not worth the money.
For Rebecca’s newborn photos, we hired our old wedding photographer – because we trusted him. We knew his photos were amazing and we knew he’d give us a CD of the images (although still very expensive). And? Rebecca did not coöperate AT ALL during the session. We got a handful of usable images…
So what have I FINALLY really learned?!
Use a photo studio like jcpportraits. You can schedule your session online (EASY! I hate the telephone), view and share photos online, choose from lots of backgrounds, bring props.… you’re in and you’re out! Best of all, you’ll be saving lots of money. They have some awesome deals.
Right now they have a promo for the month of April: $20 for 6 traditional portrait sheets (mix and match size and images) as well as one free $9 sitting fee!
There’s a handy location finder on their website so you can find one near you. Capturing my children’s milestones and having pictures of all of us as a family is really important to us. We recently started our “photo wall” in our new house… we can’t wait to fill it as our children grow! We got newborn photos of Rebecca, but next up: we need family photos of all FOUR of us! Soon!
~I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of jcpenney Portrait Studio. I was asked to create a Pinterest Board and pin at least five (5) pins. I give jcpenney the right to repin any or all images/original content from this board. I received a promotional item as a thanks for my participation.