I passed one of their outlets recently and Pixifoto appear to have gone out of business (there were signs saying that and most the equipment and branding was gone).
Spend €200 on a secondhand entry level camera and you'll get fantastic photos.......
Sure while you're at it, buy some fabric in Hickeys, a needle and thread and you'll knock up a beautiful 3 piece suit.
It wasn't an entry level camera thanks very much! I'm a photographer. It was a Canon 40d which I got as i needed an extra spare but didn't have the cash to buy new. Not entry level! Might as well pay for a camera if you're going to fork out 300 plus on crap photos which you could take yourself!
I was only trying to help. No need to be a smart ar$e!
I think what was trying to be said is that a novice with a DSLR is not going to be able to produce quality images. We know the product that outfits like this produce are not bespoke but everthing has been set up for those taking the images and then the output would be put through a post production workflow.
Someone shooting in Auto and then editing on camera before getting cheap prints in Harvey Norman will look just like that. I know you were trying to help but the advice was probably quite naive.
I'm guessing everyone who enters these Pixiphoto competitions for a "free photo" ends up "winning" - it's their way of getting you in the door so they can do the up-sell. It invariably works too - what percentage of people just take the "free" photo and walk away. I know we didn't!
It's not nice business practice but it's not unusual .... it's why Sky give you the first few months at a discounted rate and Amazon Prime give you the first month for free!
It's a few years ago now and I can't remember whether the "free" photo was the poorest of the bunch for us or not - but as Cabansail says, although there was nothing special about the photos, the fact that they had reasonable lighting and props and a "studio" set up to take baby pictures they were reasonable. Far better than I could produce with my D90 and Speedlight anyway! .... But the cost of them did remind me to have my own DSLR to hand more often so that I would have a plentiful supply of half reasonable photos as time goes by.
BTW - the whole racket continues with school photos once they get a bit older! Be prepared!!