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beyond awful hospital picture :(

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
http://www.our365.com/NewbornPortrai...0-fc563532c1a9

I'm crying inside How could they even send these? I called and their response was the film was damaged there is nothing we can do ...
I know I can just get her new pictures, but it"s just not the same. Would they have charged me for these if I had preordered a package?
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post #3 of 23
I don't understand... they are making you pay for these?????
post #4 of 23
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No I was just speculating sorry for the confusion. I don't even know if it's my baby. I asked them to take her hat off for the picture ...
post #5 of 23
Wow, that really stinks! I'm sorry they ruined the hospital picture. My last baby's hospital pic wasn't very good, there was no way I would order it, so I took my own "hospital"-like picture when he was about 2wks old so I could have one hanging with my other boys that looked similar, but it's not quite the same, you can tell he doesn't have that barely-born look.
post #6 of 23
I've never heard of a hospital pic before. Sorry you're disappointed.
post #7 of 23
You'd've gotten a refund I'm sure. I'm sorry that they didn't turn out the way you hoped. And you're right, t's not the same having newborn pics taken later isn't the same.

After my first, I refused the hosptial photos. It's just a money making scam and I can usually take better pics with my little camera than the hospital's wannabe photographers. (Nearly 8 years later I feel the same way about school picture day. I have yet to have a half decent school photo come home.)

(film??? since when do these places use film anymore?)
post #8 of 23
Don't worry hospital pics are expensive and overrated.. But Hugs.. It really sucks when you expect one thing and get another...
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by 2mama View Post
Don't worry hospital pics are expensive and overrated.. But Hugs.. It really sucks when you expect one thing and get another...
Totally. And someday this is going to be one of those funny family stories. I'm sorry that things didn't turn out as planned, though.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by mamatolevi View Post

After my first, I refused the hosptial photos. It's just a money making scam and I can usually take better pics with my little camera than the hospital's wannabe photographers. (Nearly 8 years later I feel the same way about school picture day. I have yet to have a half decent school photo come home.)

(film??? since when do these places use film anymore?)
Yep, the people at the hospital have no idea what they're doing-my stepmom works for our365 and has no formal photography training at all. They are however trained in up selling parents.

The hospital I birthed my youngest in still used film because they had so few births per month, they didn't have all the nifty digital equipment, or even a person to take the photos. The nurse did it. I didn't buy them, I wasn't even about to buy what I couldn't see.

To the OP, I'm confused-that is or isn't a photo of your baby? There's definitely a hat on, so maybe they mixed up the photos?
post #11 of 23
It's very 'artsy' and reminds me of a Luc Tuymans painting. I am sort of shocked that anybody is still using FILM when digital is so much easier and instantaneously viewable.
post #12 of 23
You mean they didn't show you the pic right away? They actually sent you those pics in the mail as the package you bought? I wonder why someone didn't catch that before they were mailed out?

Even at my birth in 2000, they printed out a color sheet (on paper, not an actual pic) with the three pics they took and showed it to me right away. At my birth in 2006, we could see it on the screen immediately. The pics in 2000 were done by Growing Family and the pics 2006 were done by "That's my Baby" (both are now part of Our 365).
post #13 of 23
I'd be shocked if they actually took that image on film. That looks much, much more like a digital image. I think it's not a problem of the "film getting messed up", it's a problem of the photographer not having a clue what they're doing. That is just an incredibly over-exposed image. They apparently didn't meter, or even bother to check the LCD on the back of their camera. I'm so sorry! Newborn portraits are best done within the first week, but if you have the budget (and desire) for a professional newborn portrait of your babe, you can still get those curled-up, newborn photos until your babe is about 2.5-3 weeks. I tell my clients that I want to see them and their newborns as soon as possible after the babe is born, but you realistically have a couple of weeks after birth, depending on the baby's birth size.

If you want something that is roughly equivalent of what you'd get from the hospital photogs, our365, etc. (who are usually earning minimum wage and have no photography training whatsoever...), I can give you a few tips on how to achieve results as good or better as what you'd get from them, on your own at home if you'd like.
post #14 of 23
Anne I would love any tips you can give on getting beautiful newborn pics. Well beautiful pics in general. I look at the wonderful pics some women have from NILMDTS and they're just amazing. Sometimes I'm jealous we never knew what was coming so we never got to savour those last moments of life and get some good photos.
post #15 of 23
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Thanks for the sympathy s. Tips would be great, I'm worried about taking her out to a studio this soon!

BTW the CNA just before she took the picture mentioned how awful the pictures are 'just a point and click photoshop thing' and how I should just take her to walmart. With my son you didn't get to preview the pics, but a rep came to the house with his laptop to show the different digital enhancements so I think the film reference was baloney!
post #16 of 23
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Anne I would love any tips you can give on getting beautiful newborn pics. Well beautiful pics in general. I look at the wonderful pics some women have from NILMDTS and they're just amazing. Sometimes I'm jealous we never knew what was coming so we never got to savour those last moments of life and get some good photos.
fazer, I'm so sorry about your loss. I volunteer with NILMDTS and hate it for you that you weren't able to have those precious memories of your little one!

I'd love to start a photo tips thread. I will do that and post a link, since I'm guessing the mods wouldn't like your thread hijacked that way. Also, for those of you who want professional newborn portraits, I will say that (especially with h1n1 and all of that going around right now) I don't blame you for being reluctant to take your newborn to a studio so soon. Most photographers who specialize in babies are meticulous about keeping everything clean and germ-free, but still - it's scary. Most of my newborn sessions (and many other professional photographers I know work the same way) are done at the baby's home for exactly that reason. It's really so much easier on everyone that way. I have a stash of newborn-appropriate backgrounds, lights, baskets, etc. that I can bring and set up in even a tiny apartment if necessary, and I get the same results I would in my studio. So if you're nervous about bringing your newborn out into the world so young, but want pro newborn images, look for a professional who is able to bring the studio to you. They are out there, in just about every region.
post #17 of 23
wow....
post #18 of 23
Okay, I got the okay from the MDC mods and have started a thread over in Fine Arts:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...9#post14611589

I hope it's helpful!
post #19 of 23
Wow!

I didn't get the for my hospital born baby because I refused to let them take him away from me. Where my brother was born, they had the baby pic thing (it was digital, it looked like a small version of a warmer or a scale with a top to it) and it was in the waiting room, whoever wanted to couldd do it.
That is really crappy!
post #20 of 23
Wow, that stinks. Sorry your pictures didn't turn out good

We had Hunter's picture taken in the birth center, they gave us a sheet of about 8 or so pictures on it. I didn't order them though, I just keep that sheet in his baby book.
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