We did our good deed. We made our appointment and showed up on time with a 2 year old and a 7 week old for our church directory family picture.
We’ve done it before, pre-kiddos. We knew the drill. And, crazy enough, we still did it.
When we were called in, we loaded the family into the room, and smiled happily. All the while #1 didn’t want to pose, and #2 wanted to cry unless sucking on her bright yellow paci with ducks on the front.
They took the pictures and we did the goofy poses and smiled when they said to say “cheese.”
There was some crying involved from both kids, but we got the pictures done.
Then, we had to go back into our church hallway to wait to be called into another room to see the pictures…call this room the “sales pitch” room.
When we are called in, #1 decides she needs to go potty for the millionth time, and #2 is once again crying. Mr. Serious takes #1 to the bathroom to leave me with the sales lady….it’s okay, I’m good at being the bad guy.
Once I’m in the room, she closes the door. I felt like this was some secret society. Only the cool people come in, right?
She starts her script by thanking us for coming in and because we come in we get a complimentary church directory and a free 8×10. Additionally, they come in at no cost to the church and hope that we will help support that with our purchase. She then mentions that the pictures will make great presents to our families. Thanks, but no thanks, lady representing the large photo company that rhymes with Smolan Fills.
So, she shows me these side-by-side pictures of an older woman. The one on the left is supposedly the picture of her “as the camera sees her.” Umm…unless she is Skeletor, I think not. The one on the right is “retouched.” More like normal to me. Mr. Serious later said that he thinks they retouched the one on the left…I agreed. Can you imagine being the lady in that picture that they use that looks like crap? Really, the lady looked like she had crevaces on her face. Not just wrinkles, but creases.
So, blah, blah, blah, we can retouch your pictures. Great.
Then, she shows us the pictures and tells us to pick the one for the directory. We have to choose between one where #1 looks cute and #2 is crying, or one where #1 looks like she got smacked in the face, but #2 is calm. Mr. Serious decided that the second was a better choice. So, we picked that one.
Then, we were supposed to pick one of #2 that the photographer took. They were really cute, but again, she had that bright yellow paci. So, I said no to all of those.
Are you noticing a trend? I’m trying to be polite while declining the pictures. Maybe I should have taken a different approach. Maybe I should have just said up front that we didn’t want the pictures.
As she shows us more, and we have #2 screaming and #1 tearing the room up, I finally say, “I’m sorry ma’am, but we are in no position to buy pictures at this time. We just purchased pictures of our kids for our families.” (And, this was completely true).
She got ticked off. She wouldn’t look at me anymore (see…I’m the bad guy…it suits me)!
She’s still trying, though. She wanted to go through the pictures one more time. I had to tell her again we weren’t interested. We are here for our directory picture.
She finally gets it…or at least I think she does.
Then she says, “well, do you at least want to retouch your free picture.” No thank you.
And, I walked out the door. Mr. Serious waited for some receipt that said $0. Then, we were headed home.
On the way, we started talking about the lady again because she seriously wouldn’t look at me.
And, it dawned on us…she implied that our family picture needed retouching. I’m sorry…my family is beautiful and there is no retouching or photoshoping required. Besides, I don’t want to end up looking like Skeletor.
And, if there is any retouching to be done, I will be the one doing it.
BTW I know she was doing her job, but she was just a little TOO pushy. And, she didn’t say anything like “take a minute and get your daughter calmed down” or anything like that…she just kept on trucking through her sales pitch. This is another reason I will never go to a “fancy” studio. I like my Portrait Innovations and I’ll take that experience over this one any day.