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Old 11-24-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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Randy Chapman for a family shoot - experiences?

I don't know if this is the right board to post this on, so mods please feel free to move it if necessary.

Has anyone here used Randy for a family shoot? We will be visiting WDW in March with my (then) 8 month old DD and my parents, and I was thinking about booking a family session with him to get some wonderful shots of everyone on DD's first trip! I e-mailed him yesterday and he has quoted me $200 for the one-hour session, and he suggested the Boardwalk as a location.

Does anyone know what that $200 session fee includes? Is it just his time, and then any prints/digital files are separate? How long did it take you to get your photos after the session? (I ask because I'm *still* dealing with my wedding photograher 6 years later..it takes them FOREVER to get back to me, and I'd like to avoid that in this situation!)

I have e-mailed him asking for a price list, but if anyone here has any experience and wouldn't mind sharing, I would appreciate it! Any reviews on Randy/the session/the ordering phase afterwards would be great!
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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You may want to ask this on the wedding board also. I know a lot of Disbrides use Randy Chapman and seem to very happy with his services. I have seen some of his work on wedding journals and his stuff is wonderful.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:53 AM   #3
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Ah, OK! Could a mod move this to the Wedding board, then? Or is there a way I can do that myself?
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:44 PM   #4
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OP, if you do decide to book with Randy I'd love to hear about the experience. I am interested in doing this next August. Good luck.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:02 PM   #5
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I am a member of a UK forum (the Dibb) and a lot of people on there have used Randy and rate him highly.

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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Paradise - so far my interaction with him has been great! I contacted him on Black Friday, and his site says to expect to wait 2 business days. With the holiday, I wasn't expecting to hear from him until Tuesday. He e-mailed me back yesterday!

His family session fee is $200 for a one hour photo shoot at a resort location (he's recommended Boardwalk or Grand Floridian) and it will include a master DVD in color and a master DVD in black and white as well as the copyright release to print photos myself.

I am very excited about this! I haven't filled out the paperwork yet, as I need to discuss this with the rest of the people coming on our trip, but hopefully I'll have it booked by the end of the week!
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:34 AM   #7
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I am actually thinking about doing this on my trip in a few weeks. I used Randy for my DFTW and he was fantastic! He will do the shoot at any resort you want. I'm not 100% sure on family shoots, but our wedding package came with digital copies, and 1 print of each photo (with minimal edits per our request). His pricing is really good, so it wouldn't surprise me to at least get proofs and digital copies in that $200. Hope this helps!
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:06 PM   #8
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Could you please provide the email address or phone number for Randy?
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:00 PM   #9
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I've heard mixed reviews of Randy, but seen some good photos from him.

Just wanted to throw in my two cents on David and Vicki Arndt. They have done a family shoot for us, and our wedding. In fact we're going to WDW next month and they're doing another family shoot for our growing family. LOVED all of our photos. They both used to work for Disney so they have a really good eye for spots in at the resorts.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:17 AM   #10
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Randy was my wedding photographer and he was excellent! I wouldn't hesitate to use him again to do a family shoot. He is very familiar with disney resorts and knows the best places to take pictures.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:48 AM   #11
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Many girls use and love Randy for their weddings. He is affordable but I am not always a huge fan of his editing.

That said, he is a very nice man (met him 2x now!). I also suggest looking into Regina Hyman and The Ardnts.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:52 AM   #12
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www. chapmanphotography .com is Randy's website. You can also call 407 841 2300 and talk to his wife Linda who will set everything up. If you want to see some of his work, you can click my wedding link in my signature.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:23 PM   #13
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Used Randy for our wedding in 2007 and for my daughter's Senior pictures this May. Absolutely FABULOUS and very affordable !
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:31 PM   #14
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I'm not a huge fan of his editing personally.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:39 AM   #15
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We just had him as our wedding photographer this Halloween, our wedding package included CDs of all the images in colour and black and white, copyright release and as we are from the uk he personally delivered the CDs to us a week later so that we could have them before we flew back home. A lovely guy, super prices and beautiful pictures, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. He has a page on Facebook - chapman photography
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