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