Target portrait studio is a very good studio
Target portrait studio is a very good studio. But We don't like Target portrait studio. We are the professional handmade portrait painting studio. We only do 100% handmade oil paintings, Pencil sketches, Pastel drawing, watercolors. We offer high quality, hand crafted art, We help customers turn their photograph into beautiful art, such as oil paintings, watercolors, pencil sketches, pastel drawings and so on.
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Experiences at target portrait studio
to be fair, i found target portrait studio after a few mediocre to awful experiences at other portrait studios, so i may be a bit over-elated in this review. we're definitely going back in 2 months, so perhaps i'll update my review after a second go.
in the mean time....
the target portrait studio is everything you want in a "take some pictures of my baby" place. the staff is friendly. everything is bright and clean. the photographer we had listened to what i wanted and even more importantly, what my 7 month old was capable of doing. she didn't go overboard with trying to make the baby smile, because that doesn't work with her. very quickly (but never rushing us) we went through several different settings with one costume change. we could have had more though, free of charge.
all in all, she took about 100 shots of us. filtering through them to determine what we wanted to get pictures of was no easy task, but the software they use and the skill of the photographer helped make it nearly painless. unlike what i've experienced at both sears and kiddie kandids. things got a bit hairy with the sales tactics, but not more than i'd expect in a place like this. that is, after all, where they make all the money. about 15 minutes later, i was walking out with a stack of beautiful baby pictures.
the best part? there's no sitting fee and a cd with all 100 pictures was included in the price of the one-pose package ($16). of course, we spent more than that, but you really don't have to.
I used to work at target portrait studio and I just have to warn you that the company does not care about you or it's employees at all. It's all about the money. They want to get the most people in and out as possible, as fast as they can - thinking that will make them more money. (Johnny Grosso, the owner's son, runs the company. He is in his middle twenties - if that tells you anything.) Over Christmas we worked our butts off going 12 hours days with only a 15 minute break to run in the back and try to take a couple bites of pizza that was ordered because we couldn't have breaks. Its not really the manager's fault though, the regional manager was forcing him to double book appointments. None of us had ever worked a Christmas season before so we were in over our heads. By lunchtime my eyes would be bloodshot and I would get migranes every weekend. One girl went to the doctor and had several stomach problems from the stress. It might not have been so stressful if we didn't have to keep unattainably high sales averages. Because of the $9.95 special, we all got letters for Christmas stating if we could not get our averages up withn a month (none of us did though they wew all within $10 of what they should have been at the time), they were "letting us go." And they did. Look at the economy... people do not have money to spend on a ton of pictures right now. And to be honest... the $9.95 gives most people enough as it is. Speaking of honesty, they want us to rush the customers through the selling process so you don't know whats going on and trick you into spending more money than you want. Several managers from other stores tried to "train" me to do this, but I didn't think it was right. There was one that would even add extra sheets into the customers cart if they weren't paying attention. All that said, they do take good pictures and I think it is an awesome value, and if the pics aren't the greatest... you might have had someone that is new - they go through employees like crazy! They fired one guy because he updated his resume on monster.com and they took it as he was seeking other employment, or someone was getting married and told to keep quiet about moving after the wedding because they would immediatly get rid of her too. Before they got rid of us, they would have the manager come in on his days off to do interviews for our positions. Many of them were high schoolers, not even 18 yet - we all were college students and graduates who had something related to photography as a career goal. They also made us sign an agreement that we could not work at a photography place for 2 years after leaving, and who knows what else it said - keep in mind there were a lot of photography majors working there... hmm, how is that going to work? Oh well. There is so much more I could say, but with this information you all can make your own decisions as to wether or not you want to do business with a company like that. I would not. Feel free to pass this on, I am from target portrait studio #76 in Indiana.