Celebration Anaheim: Photo-Ops

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Have you ever gotten a photo taken with a celebrity and then had them sign it? This seems to be a growing trend at conventions. If you had to choose between the two, would you rather get an autograph or a photo with the guest?
 
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I prefer a photo. I always try to get an auto too, but when you see the pic of yourself with the star, it brings back good memories.

With that said, no Froggy's please.

I understand the reason for it, but I would prefer a company that has better organization. You've seen the caos at the Irving events Chris. They could do much better.
 
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I like to have photos since I'm a scrapbooker and a photographer but I won't turn down autographs. :)
 
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I go to get photos with the stars... this time CEII was my first ever con so I wanted to get autographs for myself this one time... but future cons I'll get photos...
 
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A photo with the actors means more to me than their autograph but I'm always up for an autograph also.
 
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I prefer a photo. I always try to get an auto too, but when you see the pic of yourself with the star, it brings back good memories.

With that said, no Froggy's please.

I understand the reason for it, but I would prefer a company that has better organization. You've seen the caos at the Irving events Chris. They could do much better.
Yeah No Froggy's please!
 
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Well, Froggy's isn't going anywhere, sad to say. That being said, I guess we can throw out suggestions on how they can improve and maybe they can be passed on to them.

One thing they need is better line management, especially when you have the group shots at the same time as the single shots.

Also, they need a megaphone instead of just screaming.
 
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Love that....so true, so true.....just chaos trying to get the pic done as fast as they can, get your cash and you are outta' there! It's almost like you never really did meet the celebrity :(
I'm still waiting for my JPEGs for CEII :(

I emailed and they said they did it but due to their hotel internet a whole bunch got returned (???)...

Asked them for an ETA and no response yet...
 
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Well, Froggy's isn't going anywhere, sad to say. That being said, I guess we can throw out suggestions on how they can improve and maybe they can be passed on to them.

One thing they need is better line management, especially when you have the group shots at the same time as the single shots.

Also, they need a megaphone instead of just screaming.

O God.....the screaming........sheesh...
 
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I try to get one photo with a different Star Wars celebrity each time I attend a celebration. I love autographs (and talking with everyone while they sign), but its really cool to have a photo with myself and that special person in my collection.
 
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To me both are just as important... autograph and the photo... I have not started doing the auto on the photo of me with the celeb... YET!
 
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Have you ever gotten a photo taken with a celebrity and then had them sign it? This seems to be a growing trend at conventions. If you had to choose between the two, would you rather get an autograph or a photo with the guest?
The only celeb I've ever had sign a photo I had taken with them was Stan Lee and that was back in the mid to late '90s when Stan wasn't appearing at every other convention on the calendar. The only other instances I'd consider are a picture I have of myself with Kevin Smith, and one I have of myself with Joss Whedon, and that's assuming I could ever find a time for either of them to sign the pictures.

As to the other question - I would personally rather have an autograph than a photo with a celeb if I had to choose one or the other. If I were to get a photo with a celeb, I'd prefer it be semi-candid, on the convention floor, or at a meet and greet, rather than a posed photo in front of a back drop. As a result, I don't ever see myself paying for a photo op from Froggy's or whoever.
 
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I am new to autographs, but I like having them sign the picture with me in it. I did that with Ian McDiarmid, the Emperor. Hangs on my wall,with the rest of my 501st pictures
 
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I am new to autographs, but I like having them sign the picture with me in it. I did that with Ian McDiarmid, the Emperor. Hangs on my wall,with the rest of my 501st pictures
Kinda funny, I'm just the opposite.
I, too, have photos with me and celeb's but none are signed.
I do have a poster with quite a few sigs but David Prowse and Harrison Ford are missing.
 
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Well, Froggy's isn't going anywhere, sad to say. That being said, I guess we can throw out suggestions on how they can improve and maybe they can be passed on to them.


Also, they need a megaphone instead of just screaming.
When a company knows it "isn't going anywhere" chances are they don't/won't care!! they are one of THE WORST things about Celebration and how Reed can be bothered to be associated with these bunch of amateurs is beyond me!
 
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When a company knows it "isn't going anywhere" chances are they don't/won't care!! they are one of THE WORST things about Celebration and how Reed can be bothered to be associated with these bunch of amateurs is beyond me!
I wonder if anyone has contacted Reed in an effort to take this business away from Froggy's. I mean it wouldn't be like trying to compete with OPIX for the autograph hall, which would not only be impossible, but also unnecessary. But with what Froggy's does, as long as you had the equipment and a modicum of professionalism, I'd imagine any skilled photographer could do what they do. And given all the complaints about them, someone should try.
 
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Froggy's service sucks.
Froggy's quality sucks.
Froggy's lack of professionalism sucks.

The general idea of these paid photo ops is a major pain and a clever cash grab by the bigger stars, along with some minor stars who think they are bigger stars (see: several of the guests I witnessed at Wizard World Chicago last weekend).

The paid photo ops might not be going away but I would hope AT LEAST Reed would stop doing business with Froggy's (who sucks) and look at someone like Celebrity Photo Ops, who Wizard World hired to replace Froggy's (who sucks, if I haven't already mentioned :p ).

I have issues with Celeb Photo Ops as well, so they aren't off the hook. But they are far and away the lesser of two evils.

This past weekend at Flashback Weekend I threw down the money for a paid photo op with George Romero and the Big Four from Dawn of the Dead. It was done by Celebrity Photo Ops...they could have done a better job with the layout of the 5 guests (and fan) but I had no problem paying for it because it was a special circumstance. Every one of those 5 people posed for free at their table, which is appreciated. I felt getting a shot with all 5 of them was unique and worth the extra coin, so I had no problem paying for it.

Official Pix putting up curtains around Ian, Carrie, and Hamill while having red shirt volunteers yell at people for even looking at their camera during CVI, it comes off as way overhanded on the business side of things. Nobody expects these guests to show up and sign all day for free. I don't expect them to stop the line for a posed photo op with every guest in line when there are 500 people waiting. I do have a problem with no camera allowed, period, and eff you (the fans) for wanting a pic of your item being signed. I'm tired of it and it's killing the convention going experience for me.
 
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Froggy's service sucks.
Froggy's quality sucks.
Froggy's lack of professionalism sucks.

The general idea of these paid photo ops is a major pain and a clever cash grab by the bigger stars, along with some minor stars who think they are bigger stars (see: several of the guests I witnessed at Wizard World Chicago last weekend).

The paid photo ops might not be going away but I would hope AT LEAST Reed would stop doing business with Froggy's (who sucks) and look at someone like Celebrity Photo Ops, who Wizard World hired to replace Froggy's (who sucks, if I haven't already mentioned :p ).

I have issues with Celeb Photo Ops as well, so they aren't off the hook. But they are far and away the lesser of two evils.

This past weekend at Flashback Weekend I threw down the money for a paid photo op with George Romero and the Big Four from Dawn of the Dead. It was done by Celebrity Photo Ops...they could have done a better job with the layout of the 5 guests (and fan) but I had no problem paying for it because it was a special circumstance. Every one of those 5 people posed for free at their table, which is appreciated. I felt getting a shot with all 5 of them was unique and worth the extra coin, so I had no problem paying for it.

Official Pix putting up curtains around Ian, Carrie, and Hamill while having red shirt volunteers yell at people for even looking at their camera during CVI, it comes off as way overhanded on the business side of things. Nobody expects these guests to show up and sign all day for free. I don't expect them to stop the line for a posed photo op with every guest in line when there are 500 people waiting. I do have a problem with no camera allowed, period, and eff you (the fans) for wanting a pic of your item being signed. I'm tired of it and it's killing the convention going experience for me.
I couldn't agree with this more
 
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I mean it wouldn't be like trying to compete with OPIX for the autograph hall, which would not only be impossible, but also unnecessary.
Since OPIX only seems able or willing to get the same actors EVERY SINGLE TIME, I would say, that replacing OPIX is VERY necessary.

There is a lot of cast with a speaking role or crew from the original trilogy, that haven't been to Celebration. I have personally spoken to some of them, that would love to come to Celebration, but they are never asked, because OPIX only ever deals with the same over and over and over again. And so I am sure, that there is many, that I haven't spoken to, who would love to come as well. :-(
 
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I don't think they use Froggy's anymore. The new company they used at Dallas Comic Con last year is GREAT! I can't remember if they've used Froggys for their other two shows.

But the new company is much better IMO. After you take a pic, you literally pic it up right after. No waiting around hours to see when it prints.
 
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Epic Photo Ops is doing CVII.

They said pre-orders should go live once CVII announces them.
 
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If there are professional photo ops does that mean we won't be able to take pics with the guest at their table?
 
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Most of the headliners will not allow photo ops due to the fact that it slows down lines.

That being said, if you do get a photo op, remember that you get about 5-10 secs with the actor and that is it.
 
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It says on official pix site that kenny baker is limited

"KENNY BAKER: R2-D2 (Ep1-6), and Paploo the Ewok (Ep6). Signing Thursday-Sunday. Autograph (LIMITED): $60.00 each"

And if they are behind a curtain, I dont think pics will be allowed at all
 
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