Posted April 16th, 2006, 09:49 PM
Skyrules, what sort of backdrops do you mean? I was assuming formal portraits were taken on the deck or on the staircase or something like that. Wouldn't they be public areas open to everyone? Is there any kind of shot they can do that someone with a good digital camera (other than official P&O logo border) that we can't do ourselves? Are the photographers really intrusive and will they take no for an answer if you don't want them to photograph you?
Sorry, I probably confused issues a bit there, between the formal shots and the candid shots (at the quayside, at the enterance to the restuarants, etc). The candid shots, yes anyone can do with a digitial camera - although there are some special ones, like a photo from the dinner table set into a map showing a map of the cruise track.
The formal shots, done on the two formal nights, are done like professional photography sessions. On Pacific Star they are done outside both the Show Lounge and the Starlight lounge, so yes, in public areas. However they use special backdrops (they have lots of different ones to put up) - and they don't like you taking ordinary photo's in front of them. These formal photos don't come with borders - they are plain 20 x 24 cm prints - price at $24.95 each. They'll take as many photo's and combinations as you like - and they'll always work hard to get a good photo.
As Suey says, it's well worth getting them done - as there is no sitting fees, etc, and of course there's no obligation to buy the photos if you don't like them. We had a complete set done of our group on the first night (about 6 differet combinations in the end) - but when we saw the finished product we decided we didn't really like any of them - so we went back on the second formal night, tried a differnt photographer and a different background and got a competely different set of photos - which we brough most of!
The photographers were pretty good on this cruise - if you didn't want your photo taken, they didn't hassle you - on previous cruises I have found them a bit pushy.
And despite going away saying we wouldn't spend too much money on photo's this trip - we did..... Because the photo's really are good. Particularly the portraits.
Christmas & New Year South Pacific (12 nights)
Pacific Sky, Pacific Star (2), Pacific Sun (5), Pacific Dawn (4), Pacific Jewel, Pacific Pearl (2), Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Solstice, Rhapsody of the Seas, Aurora (2)