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Old 04-06-2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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Disney Photo Session PART II

Disney Photo Session PART II.........

WOW!!! In the last 3 years this has changed a lot!!!!! and the cost is not justified IMO.


So I just called and here is some updated information

Disney Fine Art Photography is the photographers that take you for a personal session. They are the same as the Disney Photo Pass that you see in the park. But at the resort for personal photo sessions they are called “Disney Fine Art Photography”

Still Disney photo sessions are only at:
Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and the Beach Club.

You have to book in advance, and there is a $25.00 non refundable deposit regardless when you cancel.
Times: early session 7:30am-11:30am then again from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm


There are only 2 packages

Package “A”
Cost $99.95
20 min session
How many pictures: depends how corporative your party is.

What you get for $99.95 Images on a disk that will be ready for you at the end of the day at the resort your photo session was taken,. NO they won’t deliver to the hotel you are at. I asked ….nothing other then the photos on a disk. NO PRINTS are included at all. Very

Package “B”
Cost: $350.00 for and additional $50.00 you get a disk with all the pictures taken during your photo session.
1 hour session
How many pictures: again it depends how corporative your party is.

What you get for $350.00 6x6 photo proof book soft cover with your family name embossed on the cover. Image retouching such as: making a picture black and white, softening of the pictures, removing red eye ETC... For an addition $50.00 you receive the disk with all the pictures you have taken during your session. The disk is not included in the $350.00 that you are already spending.

I called twice to confirm the above information, I called the main tel# 1-407-934-4004, and then I called one of the hotels (Disney Animal Kingdom) just confirm the information.




I hope anyone that does the private sessions would share there photo's
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:50 PM   #2
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That $350 does NOT seem like a deal at all. Who would pay that and then not want the pics on CD as well?
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:38 AM   #3
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I agree!!!! I think they got greedy.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:26 PM   #4
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Is it possible to hire a photographer from "the outside" to do a photo shoot at a resort?
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:21 PM   #5
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you absolutely can hire an outside photographer for a RESORT. they can not go into a park for a shoot though. most local photographers know the rules and stick with them. some can be pricy but are quite good. ones that i can think of include misty miotto, david and vicki ardnt, randy chapman, and jason angelini. these are most popular among disney brides.

the $350 sounds very high, i understand... but it does say they are retouched and edited--which is beyond amazing. those other shoots were just point and click, you get whatever happens pictures. you could get some really great pictures from these!! being that they are from Disney's Fine Are Photographers, the quality of photography will be better as well. Photopass photographers may have little to zero training in photography or how to use their camera. As a future Disney bride, I have done a LOT of research and have come across lots of information on the boards.

i would rather pay for the better quality than to get an hour worth of "not so great" pictures for $99.
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:49 PM   #6
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We just had the resort session at the BC in March. We did a session last year and based on what we got, I think we had the new version (ie just the disk and no extra pictures).

I was able to get a DVC discount - I think they total was $85.00. I had to give a credit card # at time of booking and they charged the card on the day of the shoot. Last year I paid when we arrived at our session.

I didn't find the quality any better than last year - in fact I would say that the photographer was more skilled last year although the one we had this year took a lot more shots and used more locations which was nice.

Overall, I'm still happy with the price and the results and will definitely do it again on our next trip.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:27 PM   #7
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Thanks for updating the Photo Session info. It boggles the mind that the $350 session doesn't include the CD. It seems they're trying to capture the wedding photography crowd rather than the family photo shoots.

So glad we did this under the "old system" in 2009. We had a group of 10 people and had some FABULOUS shots. I wouldn't do it again for what they're charging now.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:47 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the support. I agree with your opinions and the 2nd manager I spoke with did
follow up again. He did offer us another 30 minute session. He is going to mail me a voucher and I am to call him personally. He has been with Dianey 21 years and plans to be there for a while. He did reassure me that the merger of the two Resort Photo Session and Fine Art Photography will involve training and more permanent positions for the photographers. He again apologized and I can not wait to book another session. We travel yearly but as of now we have no idea of when that can happen. Our son is in college now and none of us have the same breaks, I hate to not be planning.

I hope others please post so we can all stay up to date as these sessions evolve, hopefully with our help. I really think I just got a bad photographer not a bad new program.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:52 PM   #9
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Who was your photographer and who was the manager?

We had Tom at the Poly a couple years ago for our session (see avatar pic <== ). He was great. I would recommend him any time. He told us he had been with WDW more than I think 20 years and had done a lot of wedding photography there.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:15 PM   #10
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I dont know if we can recommend a photographer or not..but I will! My daughter and her friend recently had senior portraits taken (her friend in May, ours in June) by a wonderful guy named Ty. Her friend's were at EPCOT and my daughters were at the Beach Club. He was super nice and also has been doing this a while with WDW and before. I would highly recommend him. We each had the hour session and he went 15 minutes over on hers and 1/2 over on ours.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:30 PM   #11
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Who was your photographer and who was the manager?

We had Tom at the Poly a couple years ago for our session (see avatar pic <== ). He was great. I would recommend him any time. He told us he had been with WDW more than I think 20 years and had done a lot of wedding photography there.
Oh my I think we had Tom also a couple of years ago at the Poly. I am not good at names but he was so nice, had been with Disney forever and his wife worked in MK.

The manager I spoke with worked with Disney Fine Art Photography and had not done resort photos but weddings and such. He was so nice can't remember his name don't have an email from him.

I kind of wish we could ask for certain people, I would be willing to plan my trip based on their schedule. That said this was the only photo session I have every had anything to complain about. We have had nothing but great things for all our photopass photos for many years.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:00 AM   #12
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Oh my I think we had Tom also a couple of years ago at the Poly. I am not good at names but he was so nice, had been with Disney forever and his wife worked in MK.

The manager I spoke with worked with Disney Fine Art Photography and had not done resort photos but weddings and such. He was so nice can't remember his name don't have an email from him.

I kind of wish we could ask for certain people, I would be willing to plan my trip based on their schedule. That said this was the only photo session I have every had anything to complain about. We have had nothing but great things for all our photopass photos for many years.
Well, it sounds like the manager you spoke with is doing what he can to be proactive and helpful. I suppose with any change there's a certain amount of adjusting that has to take place. It's just a bummer the adjusting has to be with someone's pictures which, IMO, are something you can't really put a price on or replace. The most important part is that you are satisfied with the outcome. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

I wish certain photogs could be requested, too. I was told that the only way they allow you to do that is if you're a DFW bride. **sigh** Never hurts to wish, tho.

I'll definitely stay in touch and report back on our experience with the extended session. We all need to keep the info flowing for the better of everyone.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:42 PM   #13
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I'm interested in keeping tabs on this. I am interested in doing my kids portraits while we're there in December at the BC with the Christmas decor. Think they will use that as backdrops? We do Christmas portraits of the kids every year and I thought this would be great.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:04 PM   #14
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I'm totally interested in an outside photographer. I've been researching and have found exactly 2 that I like--one shoots at $750 an hour and the other is only a little cheaper...
I'm super picky though and I recognize that. I am a photographer myself and I work at an amazing studio. I completely understand why photogs charge what they do for different things, but I'm still a mom out for the best deal I can find for the best family picture I can get! I will NOT hire a photographer EVER without seeing a sample of their work first! So that rules the Disney photogs out. Plus the ones I see in their website aren't that great.
The thing about photography is it preserves memories in a way that nothing else can. For me, this is one area I will not skimp on. Ever. Luckily I usually do my own pics but its not the same when I have to be in the picture. I need someone who cares as much as I do pushing the shutter.
With that said, I'm trying to make a list of area photogs to research--which is something it sounds like a lot of us could use! Part of what I'm finding is that a lot of the area photogs don't want to sell their digital files--which I totally get! But dang it's hard being on this end of things for a change! So any suggestions for an outside photog I would totally welcome! I've already looked at the few that have been named on here but I'm certain there must be more!!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:47 PM   #15
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I've just booked a session with Vicki and David Arndt for our holiday at the Beach Club next year. I love their work and I'm really looking forward to meeting them for 2 hours of fun and laughter infront of the camera.
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