Portrait Studio Review & Fabulous Family Portrait Package Giveaway

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My husband and I rarely make appearances in family photos. That’s because I’m the photographer and, well, I’m too busy snapping pics of the kids to think about including us adults. I’ve thought about booking a professional photographer, but that seemed daunting. Professional photos can be very expensive and I didn’t even know where to find a good studio. Thankfully, I’ve discovered the affordable and convenient Portrait Studio, located within select Walmart stores. Check out these six reasons to book a Portrait Studio session for family photos and photo cards. Then enter our giveaway for a chance to win a big prize pack of portraits!

6 Reasons You'll Love Portrait Studio! These affordable and convenient photo studios are located in select Walmart stores.

This review and giveaway is brought to you in partnership with Portrait Studio.

1. Celebrate holidays and special events with photo cards.

Portrait Studio offers different photo packages throughout the year to celebrate a variety of special life events. Book an appointment to take incredible photos for engagement/wedding photos, birth announcements, thank you cards, and more. No matter the occasion, you can choose from standard backgrounds or seasonal backgrounds.

Choose seasonal backgrounds during your portrait session with Portrait Studio

Choose seasonal backgrounds during your portrait session (Photo credit: Portrait Studio)

In winter, choose from an array of Christmas, Hannukkah and New Year’s options. Family portraits always make fabulous Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts as well. If the winter holidays are too hectic for your family, instead consider sending cards for Fall/Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Spring/Easter, or Summer.

I can't wait to send out our Portrait Studio Halloween cards!

I can’t wait to send out our Halloween cards! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

I had never thought of getting professional photos taken of my kids at Halloween before, but I’m so glad I discovered Portrait Studio’s Halloween photo packages. After getting some standard family photos taken, our friendly photographer at the Tempe, Arizona Walmart Supercenter was happy to wait while the kids changed into their Halloween costumes for some seasonal shots. Framed photos from each Halloween would make a festive way to decorate each autumn.

Our family portrait by Portrait Studio

Our family portrait (Photo credit: Portrait Studio)

2. Everyone looks better with good photography and great lighting.

It’s hard to get a photo of my family of four without asking some well-meaning stranger or friend to take it. You know how that goes. Those pics tend to be blurry, or someone’s eyes are closed, or the top of my husband’s head is missing. Portrait Studio photographers, on the other hand, are trained to know which poses work best and how to capture the best shots. Plus, they utilize professional lighting and equipment to make sure your family looks its best.

Your kids just may hug each other without complaint during your Portrait Studio photo session

Your kids just may hug each other without complaint during your photo session (Photo credit: Portrait Studio)

3. Bring the family together to create lasting keepsakes.

Our photographer was happy to accommodate our requests for different combinations of family members. We did solo shots of each kid, photos of our two kiddos together, pictures of all four of us, and a shot of mom with kids. The photographer even encouraged my husband and I to get a few “couple” shots taken of just the two of us…and I’m glad he did! The whole process was easy, lighthearted and fun.

I'm glad we got a photo of just my husband and me together at Portrait Studio

Choose from color, black & white, or sepia-toned photos (Photo credit: Portrait Studio)

4. Portrait Studio is fast and convenient.

Usually when you get professional photos taken, it seems like you need to wait forever to see the results of all your preening and posing. Not so with Portrait Studio! Right after our photo session concluded, we sat down with our photographer at a computer to review our photos. He showed us a few photos at a time while we chose our favorites. It was hard to narrow down which photos to buy because everyone looked good in every shot. (If I do say so!) Then we went over different package options to determine what worked best for us.

While our photos and photo cards printed, my family decided to treat ourselves to some frozen yogurt. We returned about a half hour later to pick up our portraits. Yes, we had professional photos taken, printed, and in our hands within a couple hours!

As The Travel Mama, I just had to get a shot with the suitcase props at Portrait Studio

As The Travel Mama, I just had to get a shot with the suitcase props! (Photo credit: Portrait Studio)

5. Portrait Studio’s packages are surprisingly affordable.

Amazingly, Portrait Studio never charges a sitting fee. In fact, I was shocked by the affordability of their photo packages. Plus, they often run specials that make their photos even more cost-effective.

This fall, take advantage of the BOO-tiful Halloween Portraits Special. For just $9.99, get the 36-Portrait Package. It includes two 8x10s, four 5x7s, four 3x5s, sixteen 2x3s, plus, ten 3×5 Halloween Cards to share.

I love how you can see my daughter's personality in this portrait

I love how you can see my daughter’s personality in this portrait (Photo credit: Portrait Studio)

6. Buy special photo gifts.

Grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles love photo gifts. A personalized item like a photo book, coffee mug, key chain or portrait calendar seems so thoughtful, too. The truth is, these items are super easy to design and purchase during your Portrait Studio session! I couldn’t resist buying some of these items to give to family this holiday season. Specialty items like these will be mailed to an address you provide. Shipping costs are extra.

I couldn't resist buying some Portrait Studio photo gifts like calendars and coffee mugs

I couldn’t resist buying some photo gifts like calendars and coffee mugs (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Enter to win a Portrait Studio photo package

Portrait Studio is giving away one 6-pose portrait package to a lucky Travel Mamas reader. The package includes two sheets of any size per pose, two 8×10 special effects decorator portraits, and one high resolution CD of all portrait images. See our 6-pose portrait package below. Yes, you could win ALL of this!

Win a six-pose Portrait Studio portrait package including: two sheets of any size per pose, two 8x10 special effects decorator portraits, and one high resolution CD of all portrait images

Win a six-pose Portrait Studio portrait package (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Currently, Portrait Studio has locations in Tempe, AZ; Apopka, FL; and Rochester, NY. Additional studios will open in 2017 and 2018. Giveaway prize package will be good for use one year from issue date at any Portrait Studio location. To enter, you must be aged 18+ and a U.S. resident. See additional terms and conditions.
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Halloween Event at Walmart Supercenter in Tempe, Arizona

For my fellow Arizona residents, Walmart Supercenter in Tempe is offering parents with children dressed in costumes free portraits during its Halloween event on October 30, 2017. Photo opportunities run from 3 to 7 pm, and parents will receive two free 5×7 portraits and the digital images of each child.

Following the free event, parents can also submit their children’s portrait as part of a fun photo contest for a chance to win $1,000. To enter, participants should submit their Portrait Studio Halloween portrait, and then encourage friends and family to vote for it. The 10 portraits with the most votes will be judged for costume originality and one winner will be chosen.

Celebrate fall with Halloween photos from Portrait Studio

Celebrate fall with Halloween photos from Portrait Studio (Photo credit: Portrait Studio)

Book your Portrait Studio session

Visit the Portrait Studio website to book your portrait session now. For alerts about special pricing and more, follow them via Facebook and Instagram.

A Note from The Travel Mama: I received one complimentary 6-pose portrait package from Portrait Studio for this review. I didn’t feel pressured to buy more than what’s included in this package, but the photos looked so great that I did! I will also receive monetary compensation related to this post. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. My sons would be featured. My littlest at 14 months has never gotten his professional image done (mommy hangs head low.. although, it is second child syndrome).

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    You have such a beautiful family! These portraits came out great. I love them because they ‘re so much more interesting than the standard portraits most of us get.

  3. Christina Sparks says

    My husband and me, and if they will let us I like to have my two dogs.

  4. Jeni Hawkins says

    These are amazing pictures! I really like the one of you guys holding up the luggage – so clever! And their products look pretty amazing – I’ll have to check them out!

  5. I love getting pictures like this. The more candid the better for me. Like one of my favorite is the one with the kids and Halloween costume or the ones where you’re holding the suitcases!

  6. Sadie Roach says

    Your photos turned out so good! The Halloween ones with your kids are adorable.

  7. We love getting photos done at Portrait Studios. We’ve gone to them twice now and each time was unique and fun. The photos turn out so great and we get them so quickly.

  8. Lisa Bristol says

    Portrait Studio would be a great place to get our Christmas card photos done. They have so many great packages to choose from.

  9. Claudia Krusch says

    We have been thinking of getting our family portraits done this year. These are all great pictures. I will have to look for a Portrait Studio near me.

  10. Amy Desrosiers says

    If I won my kids woul be the stars of our shoot. I have not been to a portrait studio in years!

  11. These professional photos turned out so well! Getting some Fall and Halloween family photos taken was a great idea!

  12. These photos turned out really well! I would love to have a package like this especially if I didn’t have to pay to have them done.

  13. Marissa Zurfluh says

    You look like such a fun family! The pictures turned so well.

  14. Your family photos turned out great and what a terrific deal. I’m usually the one behind the camera as well. We need a new family photo.

  15. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    This is a great idea for holiday photos! I love your gorgeous photos!

  16. Janis @MommyBlogExpert says

    You have a very good looking family and all the photos turned out great. I love the way they can do the same poses in color and black-and-white.

  17. Loving your photos, they came out great! My family really does need to look into getting some new family photos.

  18. That makes it easy to capture your memories for an affordable price too. Loving those backdrops!

  19. This is great, what a simple way to capture your family. We actually really need to go get family pictures done!

  20. Shannon Gurnee says

    I wonder if we have a Portrait Studio near us? Your pictures turned out super duper cute! Love all the different poses!

  21. elizabeth miller says

    I would love to have a portrait of all 4 of our kids together. It would be great for us as well as the grandparents. We have neverr been able to get a professional one of them all.

  22. jeremy mclaughlin says

    This would be great for my mother in law, would have all her grandkids in the photo.

  23. stephanie baker says

    I really need to get some current professional pictures made of my two girls (2 & 3 1/2). Love the way yours turned out!

  24. my husband and our children

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