A while back, I purchased a $16 Groupon for a package at that photo place that was very popular about a decade ago and was in every mall, but now there's only one in our whole metropolitan area. I'll call them Foto Folks. It had been a long time since we had a family picture taken, so I figured this would force me to get it done, without costing an arm and a leg. Our appointment was last night.
I went to a lot of trouble to figure out what we were going to wear. I looked at photographer websites that had What to Wear ideas. There's obviously some place that supplies these images to photographers, because a lot of them had the same Gap/Old Navy/Piper Lime montages (hmm, maybe the Gap parent company supplies them).
The images were fresh, modern, cool, coordinating without being matchy-matchy. I wouldn't characterize my family as being any of those, but that's what I wanted our photo to look like. We've done the khaki and white, and the black and jeans. I decided on blues for the guys and pinks for us girls.
We had most of the necessary pieces, but for the rest I went to a lot of stores: thrift stores, Target, Kohls, shoe stores, etc. I actually didn't spend too much money, as I found two shirts at the thrift store, and one on clearance at Kohls, and Pinkerbelle's cute sandals were cheap at Kmart.
Our photo session was about what I expected...fairly unimaginative, which is kind of funny because the reason this place was so popular when it came out was that it was so fun and different. My package was for one pose only; of course, I could have purchased more but none were so great that I even wanted to.
In the end, we chose the photo in which everyone's facial expression was good. The pose itself could have been better, and you can't even get the full effect of all my careful clothing coordination.
It's not too bad, though. I definitely got my $16's worth.
When's the last time you had a family photo taken? How did it turn out?