Don't these photos look interesting? Intrigued? Well, there is more than just food waiting for you in Chiang mai. Actually, I'd taken photos like these once before I left for Taiwan during high school. We had always imagined it being really expensive. Until that one time when we decided to ask for the price, then we realised that it was actually pretty cheap! After all these years, I had come back again! This time, with my fiance (at the time), so I wanted to take the opportunity to take these photos again.
This studio is located in the midst of the night bazaar. It was one of our anticipated itineraries. Except, my friend told me over dinner the night before, that no one comes here any more, other than a few tourists. Everyone else would go to this other place for shopping! But since we had a mission to accomplish, we still had to come.
There is no need to worry about getting ripped off here. You can see the price labelled on placards outside the studios. Also, there are a number of shops located right by each other. If you still feel unsafe, you could try asking all the studios before deciding. From what I remembered, this first studio was where we had ours taken years ago. That's why we didn't bother asking other studios.
Once you decide on which studio to work with, they'll let you look through photos to choose which style of hair and dress you'd like. Then, the make over will begin!
Before I move on, I must remind you ladies with sensitive skins, that since the price for these photos aren't that expensive, you can't expect them to use high quality cosmetic products. Therefore, if you worry about your skin, then tell them you'd like to skip the facial make up and let them just do the hair and the dress. Otherwise, I can't be sure what those products might do to your sensitive skin!
It takes longer for ladies (for the make up). After that, the man can go ahead and choose his attire and go change into that. This is the only way to make sure that both of you are ready at the same time.
They have their own standards for posing in these photos. Just do what they say. Don't worry too much about being the same with everyone else. Because once you take these photos back to your own country, they'll still be special!
After the photo shoot, you'll get to change back to your own clothes. Then, they'll sit you down to choose the photos you want developed and enlarged. These ones will be slightly photoshopped. But you'll get all the photos on a CD.
Once you've done that, pay for your photos, and then wait two to three nights to get the CD and the photos.
So if you're planning to do this, make sure you go on your first night in Chiang mai, to make sure there would be enough time for you to retrieve the photos!
And now, let's take a look at our photos: