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    The last few years suggest Sears has problems with way more than their photo studios. But yes, I suspect studios are a victim of everybody's a photographer syndrome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    It is a shame in one way. The "portrait mills" were a reasonably good place to develop a photographer's ability to work with people, and they did help reinforce the idea that paying for a photograph was a good thing.
    Yes they are/were of definite value on several levels. As a photographer with a shopfront studio I have always viewed all types of shopping mall studios, whether permanent or pop-up as being useful in terms of getting people to think about family photography. Most of these operators overcharge for what is often a very ordinary product and many also employ dubious sales tactics but a significant number of their customers, having been educated to get family photos regularly, graduate to "real studios" seeking a better product. I also have a custom framing business and have generated a lot of revenue over the years framing the output of mall photographers. OzJohn

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    Sears has been having difficulty in general lately. However, I think the posts about the mediocre quality hit it on the mark.

    I had a coworker that went with his family to a Sears studio a few years ago. He was quite annoyed that they used a "typical" (consumer grade) digital camera and Photoshop. I believe his comment was something along the lines of "I could do this myself."
    He wasn't against digital, but had expected something a bit more professional for the money he was paying.

    As a kid we had gone to Kmart a few times for family photographs, but these were special events - not permanent fixtures. Other than that, our church seemed to bring in a photographer yearly. Those pictures we always good.
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    Lots of people re content to snap pics with their phones. They then print on an office color laser printer and pin up their creations on their cubicle walls.

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    When we went to Sears with my second child,it was pretty much an assembly line operation. Plop the child down,try and get him/her to smile take maybe 5 shots and done. Waiting a couple hours with a hundred other kids(and parents) in their Sunday best running around with candy and open containers was nerve racking ( I knew it would be my kid catching it on the dress) I can't recall why we started going to Sears, probably because of the ads for "picture day" they sent out, and the "cheaper" prices . After the second time we gave that up ,too much stress . Went to a studio afterwards
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