Thursday, July 16, 2009

Igloo Self Photos

We finally made it over to Dapsimni to take Grace's photos at Igloo Photo Studio. We were going to get 100-day photos and we just kept putting it off and putting it off. That turned out to be a good thing because she's super cute at six months and better able to hold her head up for photos.
There are three rooms at Igloo. We booked room C, which is for infants. There are things like baskets, bumbos, lots of pillows and toys for support. It is also the cheapest room. They have a full wardrobe that you can use, but we used mostly our own stuff. We took a walk through the other rooms, and they are pretty cute for toddlers. We might take Grace back for her 1 year photos, or try another "self" studio closer to our new place.

We also rented their camera. I was afraid of using it, but it turns out they have it all set up so you don't have to adjust anything on it. There is one of those huge photographer light/flash things on wheels that you can move to adjust the lighting for each background. I regret not fooling around with the lighting more. Next time.

We rented the room for one hour, which was enough for Grace, but for an older baby, I would book for 2 hours. But even after one hour, we were just exhausted from all the wardrobe changes and trying to get Grace to smile. She was kind of dazzled by the new environment and didn't want to smile much. That was kind of disappointing, but we managed to get a few good ones.

The quality is not quite professional quality, but for what you pay, I think it's pretty good. We paid 50,000 won for the room rental, camera rental, and the CD with all 800 photos that we took. Sejin was the photographer, as he got frustrated with my slow picture-taking. This was good because he managed to take A LOT of photos, but I kind of wish we had traded off because I think he missed some good angles (sorry Sejin).

I'm sure there are lots more of these self photo studios, but I just didn't know about them before. I think it's a great idea to save some money and get some good photos out of it. It was a lot of fun, too. So much better than the Sears portrait studio at home!

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9 comments:

Muslimama said...

These pics are so cute! You guys did a great job.

Becky said...

I've never heard of that. What a great idea. Sejin did a great job!! Did Grace get fussy at all? She is adorable!

San said...

Grace looks awesome in the snaps! Sure she has learnt to pose well! Shez super cute!

Sarah said...

Haha thanks, but these are just a few of the good ones... most are terrible. She didn't smile that much, so I guess Sejin deserves credit for capturing those smiles. Yes, she did get fussy, especially during wardrobe changes. The last few series of photos she was just stone faced, no smiles, looking tired. Glad we didn't book for 2 hours!

Anonymous said...

how come she doesn't have much hair?

Sarah said...

Because she's a baby ^^ Many babies don't.

Mama Seoul said...

Super cute! 50,000 won vs. 1,000,000 won, there's no comparison. Self-studio is definitely the way to go for most people. I also like having the images on cd because you can print them much cheaper and only print a few. Still, it is nice to have all of the images, even if you don't print them all.

WaZi-moto said...

Wonderful, we're definitely booking to go^^ Thanks for this post.

WaZi-moto said...

We finally went and had such a good experience. Some of the props and scenes were looking run down but the photos are still gorgeous.(Yeah, I did some photoshopping) PS. Sarah, we are the couple that bought the cot from you - small world!!