Last week, I took my son to PictureMe! Portrait Studios (in Walmart) to get his three-year photos taken.
When you have a three-year-old, your mission is to get through the photos as easily and as inexpensively as possible. Unfortunately, my kid is just too cute, and I always end up spending more than I plan!
Prior to scheduling the session, I did sign up for the PictureMe! e-mail list. And I was glad I did, because about a week before picture day, I got a printable coupon for 20 percent off my entire order and a free 10×13 print!
I was also pleased to discover that my local PictureMe! is now digital and offers you the option of purchasing a CD of all the photographs taken during the session. I love this option because I can use the photos for digital scrapbooking or make reprints as much as I like. I know I’ll be using some of those credits I have for free 5x7s from ArtsCow.
In total, I spent about $120 for all of the photos and the CD. When I had photos of the kids taken by a professional photographer in January, we paid more than $300 (and we did get some family shots too!) just to get the CD, and then we still had to print them!!! (I know, I know, not frugal at all, but I loved her work!) We couldn’t afford to spend that much this time and I couldn’t risk the temptation! I definitely didn’t get as many photos with PictureMe!(only about 20 compared to 200+ from the professional)… and the whole thing took 1/2 hour (instead of the hour we spent with the professional). But for what I wanted – which was just a couple good shots – I thought the photographer at PictureMe! did a great job of puting my son at ease and got some great shots. I still think that for our next big family photo session, I would rather spend the money go back to the professional.
I also learned that I could get photos of the twins at PictureMe! for the same price – no additional charges for more than one child, which is a plus.
When you sign up for the newsletter this month, you’ll get a coupon for 15 percent off portraits and a photo collage for $4.99 during June.
How do you save on professional portraits? Any tips for taking your own?