The following are archived comments from the V.I.P. Studios Photography page.

2009-07-08 10:33:41   My pictures came out AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ara is such a fantastic photographer. My family will always remember this place for our pictures! —D.Csech

2009-07-09 14:54:07   In February, I had my pictures taken here. The experience was great. The sitting I had was quick and easy, and the photos came out great. VIP's picture quality is fantastic. Also, the proofs were ready quickly (less than a week) and the same for the photos that we ordered. All that said, this place can be a little pricey and the picture size and amount packages lack some diversity, but as I mentioned, the quality is fantastic and the service can't be beat. —loontune

2009-07-13 11:48:17   One of my orders were rushed while the other was regular, but both came in a lot faster than expected so that was nice. Plus, you don't have to pay for shipping charges if you're picking it up in Davis too. The quality of the pictures is excellent so you really do get what you pay for. However, it can definitely get very expensive considering their packages are pretty pricey. It seems they have a fee for everything like if you want to change the background color of a pose. So I think they should probably allow the clients to choose what color background they would like in the beginning. The photographers were pretty nice and seemed professional about everything. The only thing was that during my session, it seemed like it was a bit rushed. But I like that they take multiple shots and different poses, so you really do have a variety of poses to choose from. They'll also take some shots of you and whoever is there with you (so make sure they're prepared too). My mom came with me and we ended up buying the photos of us as well. And at the end, when you finally get your orders, they provide you with a feedback form where all you have to do is fill it out, return it, and they'll give you a free sheet of a pose of your choice (so I got 8 wallets). I thought that was a pleasant surprise. Of course the quality of the free photos is not as great as the actual orders you paid for, but still they were good enough, especially since it was free!

I would suggest that they try lowering their prices or at least come up with some affordable packages to choose from so that more students can have the option of taking senior portraits here. I must say though, that I am very satisfied with my experience here because in the end, the photos came out great and I loved them! I think that is ultimately what matters most because that is what you're there for. So overall, I would recommend this place to others. —Lianne

2009-07-14 10:53:27   What a wonderful company to work with, Ara and the staff and VIP have been great. Our family portraits turned out better than we could have ever imagined. My entire family was very impressed with Ara's creativity and design ability. We will use VIP Studios again and reccomend them HIGHLY! —EricandPaula

2009-07-14 22:29:12   I had a great experience with this photographer. Ara was very friendly and personable and was easy to talk to. My grad pictures came out great, probably some of the best pictures of me that I have, and were delivered quickly. My family's picture needs didn't fit into any of the pre-existing packages, but the studio was very accommodating and let us substitute the print sizes we needed. I highly recommend this photographer. —neweaver

2009-07-16 03:44:02   Ara made my photo session relaxing and fun. She listened to the specific things I wanted. She takes the time to ensure that her clients look their best in their pictures. For instance, she made sure that my tassel was straight at all times. The turnover time was also quick. My proofs were available within three days after my photo appointment. VIP Portraits also gives their clients ample time to decide on which pictures to purchase. —mumble

2009-07-26 17:17:47   I learned about VIP images through the grad fair at Davis. less than a month before graduation. Before I saw the sample grad pics, I was not even considering taking grad pics, BUT am i sure glad i did. The appointment was quick and easy to set up on online. When I arrived at the shoot, I was welcomed by a friendly receptionist into an environment that made it feel like I was at home. Ara(the photographer) was awesome! She made the entire shoot so much fun, that I didn't want it to be over. I only paid $25 for over 70proofs! Being as late as it was, and in a hurry to send out my grad invites, I was ecstatic that it only took 3days from the time I put in my order to the time the prints arrived! I definitely recommend that everyone take your professional pics thru VIP. Ask for Ara, she's great! —c.mac

2009-09-10 18:50:40   Great Place!! Ara was great to work with super fun and a great photographer!!! I liked the way my pictures turned out!! There were a few awkward poses in there, but overall they turned out awesome!!! I really liked that she let me go wherever I she even took me to my sorority house and to campus as well as the studio!! Only negative comment would be that it is a little pricey, but professional photography is expensive!! Super easy to pick up the pix they were ready on time!! Overall I had a great experience!


2010-01-14 18:11:54   V.I.P Photogrpahy took pictures at my daughter's school. Although I have to agree the pictures/packages are pricey, but Ara and her staff were very good at photographing 3-4 year olds! They made sure the kids smiled and looked good before continuing with the next child. They were very patient with the kids and they also tried to make it fun for them. Unfortunately when my 8"X10" picture was delivered at school it was wrinkled in the process. I called VIP and they right away replaced the damage photo at no cost. We've used VIP studios services three times and every time we're satisfied with the picture quality. I recommend their great customer service and photography skills! —areli00

2010-01-30 18:14:16   I recently graduated in December from UC Davis. I took pictures with VIP Portraits and absolutely loved it! Since my dad — who lives across the country — was with me for the sitting they let him jump in for a couple pictures, which really made him happy. My proofs were beautiful and I got them incredibly fast, I even forgot to go pick them up a couple times and they continued to leave me incredibly polite messages reminding me that they had them. You are allowed to keep the proofs for 21 days and since I'm such a ditz I wasn't ready by then. I called on my 21st day and left a message asking to keep them longer. They called me about 19 days later with a very nice message reminding me that my new deadline was coming up. Again, I'm a ditz and didn't actually order them until the 21st day of the stretch. I got the impression they just wanted me to return the proofs rather than charge me a fee. I could have kept them longer if I needed without a fee as long as I told them that I was going to. The pictures came out absolutely amazing and I would most definitely recommend VIP Portraits to anyone... I'm actually trying to talk my sister into hiring them for her wedding. —katebri

2010-04-22 09:30:06   This place is great! I took my graduation pics here and they turned out amazing. The photographer took so many poses that it was hard for me and my mom to choose just 3 since a lot of the proofs came out better than expected. I would definitely recommend this place and would love to come back next time I'm in need of a photographer. —MyleneC

2010-04-27 19:38:12   Very good portrait photography! I was going to order rush shipping for my daughter's graduation portraits but was told that they would be shipped quickly and at no extra expense to me. I received them within a week and was very happy with the whole process. Very professional, honest and truly lovely photography! —layakk

2010-05-03 16:42:45   The quality of the prints is beautiful. Additionally, the photographer that I worked with was very accomodating and helpful. There were so many great proofs that my mom and I had a difficult time deciding which ones to order. The turn-around for the proofs, order and reorder were all very fast and efficient. The staff was very friendly in helping me choose packages and very pleasant and helpful. Overall, I would strongly recommend this studio for graduation pictures. They are very efficient and affordable AND have a high quality product. Another thing that I appreciated was that you can purchase the copyright/digital copy of your images. I would definitely use VIP again! —Melysa

2010-05-10 11:34:15   Ara was a real pleasure to work with. She took countless photos for me so that I would have as many options as possible when picking out from my proofs. A lot of my pictures looked great and I had a hard time narrowing it down to a few that I wanted to purchase. Customer service is one thing that is important to me from all businesses, and Ara (and her assistant) are very good about returning calls, emailing me back, etc. no matter how many times I had bothered them with my questions. Pricing is kind of on the high side, but she offers various coupons which helped me save a lot of money, and the turnaround time from ordering my proofs to receiving finished product was very quick. She made the photo session very comfortable for me, and I think it's cool that she was an Aggie herself but is now taking pictures for the students here! Overall, a great experience. —JFountain

2010-05-12 13:10:53   Ara took my college graduation photos. She is fun to work with and really wants you to be excited about graduating. Although, the proofs are due in 21 days, VIP studios is really nice about extending the deadline if you just give them a call and they have a fast turnaround time for photos once your order them. Overall, it was a good experience :) —twong

2010-05-15 13:05:20   Excellent customer service. They genuinely care about getting pictures perfect. Pictures are beautiful and very quick turn around time. —lfonseca

2010-05-16 13:18:10   I just had my senior pictures taken and I was quite pleased with how they turned out. The photographer took lots of photos with multiple poses which gave me a lot choices. It only took a week to get my actual photos. The prices were a bit high but the photos quality is excellent and I highly recommend going here. —jrmann

2010-05-16 14:53:28   Ara took my photos and it was a really great experience. She was very efficient with time while not rushing at all. I would go back to her if I needed more photos. She took my photos for my senior graduation and I´m very pleased with all that I get to choose from! My parents were very happy so that´s always a great sign. Thanks Ara! Btw, the students/interns/assistants that she has working with her are very nice in person and over the phone. —aggies1988650

2010-05-18 18:42:50   I got my graduation photos taken here and had a great experience. The photographer was friendly and gave gentle directions so I wasn't intimidated when I got in front of the camera. The photos turned out great and I am very satisfied! —davisgrad2010

2010-05-18 22:55:39   i like how most of my pictures turned out and loved the two i ended up buying. they get the proofs to you quickly and if you buy some pictures, they are sent to you quickly too. this place is pretty expensive though but that's the only downside. the people are nice and fun. —carlyj

2010-05-19 03:27:32   They really go by their word and make sure to process the pictures as soon as possible if they indicate it should be received no later than days. I am very satisfied with their service and quality of the photos. I would do business with them again. —kriiistuh

2010-05-19 11:39:41   The place is really nice and the staff is awesome! The time slots are only for a half hour but I was there for around and hour which was really awesome! It is really pricey but the photos are really nice. The staff helped me out a lot. If you have the money, this is a great place to get your pics done! —MissAshley

2010-06-03 15:36:24   My experience with V.I.P. Studios photography was extremely positive. I felt comfortable having my photos taken and the photographer took my opinion to heart. I appreciated her professionalism and the photos turned out better than I could have expected. Wonderful experience. —hanaluachick

2010-06-07 18:42:59   I had my senior portraits recently done here and the photographer was great. Very friendly and made me feel comfortable. Some of the poses weren't too great, but an overall good experience. —Rica671

2010-06-18 19:55:11   I was very happy with this studio. The employees made me feel comfortable while I was there and they were really accommodating with adjusting the packages. I would go there again. I recommend them. —juliefern

2010-06-23 00:26:26   I took my UCD graduation pictures here and really loved Ara's enthusiastic personality. She made me feel more than welcome in her studio and was cheerful, funny, and very accommodating. My pictures came out great and would definately come here again! —kyh

2010-06-25 19:30:42   I used their service for my senior graduation portrait. It was very convenient, you sign up online for appointment, and they were easily located where seniors pick up their cap and gown (Freeborn Hall). I really like how you can ask for the pictures and get them (1-2days after your appointment) online where you can see the pictures right away instead of waiting by mail ($10 additional for basic, $5 if you have the other packages). I'm really happy with the customer service and the pictures. Lastly, When you order the pictures, it takes about a 10 days from the time you mail your proofs. I think it was pretty fast considering i didn't check off the urgent mail. —wsprite

2010-06-26 13:24:43   Just attended my daughters UC Davis graduation and she presented us with her senior pictures. LOVE THEM!!!! I knew she was getting them, showed up on my credit card, LOL, But for the great quality, they were fairly priced with competitors. Thank you VIP for making her proud moment a picture memory for years to come. —dclarke

2010-06-30 17:50:46   Overall Experience: B+/A-

I went to VIP Studios for my graduation pictures and they came out great. The pricing isn't too bad (could be cheaper), but for the quality.. I would say it's worth it. The staff was great and I was allowed to take a lot of pictures. I had around 20-30 proofs to look over before buying.

The only thing I disliked was when I received my final copies, I found little advertisement stickers on the back of each and every picture (even the wallet sized). I can't complain too much because it doesn't take up too much space, but It would be nice if they weren't there. —Franz

2010-07-02 15:21:19   I just received my senior portraits in the mail and they look awesome! The pose I picked was a little dark when I looked at the initial proofs, but VIP brightened it up and now it looks great. :] They were about 30 minutes behind schedule when I came for my session, but Ara was super nice. Because I had to wait so long, she gave me a ton of extra poses and an extra outfit change (even though I only made an appointment for one outfit). And if you order early, you get some pretty good deals and opportunities to get more prints for FREE. I don't think I've had that much fun taking studio pictures before, but Ara was very professional and personable. I think I may order more prints soon! —amyquan

2010-07-12 16:13:00   VIP studios was great. My senior portraits came out beautiful. It made me look real good. They took only a week to do everything. Thats super fast. The photographer was super fun and she made me smile. I will definetly go there for future photos. You guys should too!!! thanks VIP studios!!! —MondaleMuong

2010-07-13 15:55:59   thanks ara for the signature wallets.... thats really nice of u!!! —UCdGradAlumni'10

2010-07-14 13:47:06   They're very friendly, and I had no complaints about VIP images. You can make an appointment for their business location or for on campus, which is very convenient. The pictures look nice, and I received them within a week. My only issue was with the prices, it seems like you need to order one of their deal packages just to avoid paying way too much for your photos. —MarcusTang

I very, very, very much highly suggest taking photographs at this studio. I had a lovely experience and enjoyed the photographer's personality a lot. The vision that the photographer had matched exactly what I hoped for. I am very happy with the quality in the product. I appreciated the sincerity maintained in the studio. -GabySerpa

2010-07-23 12:55:07   I got my pictures done recently. First of all I would like to mention how nice Ara is. She is just brilliant. She took the perfect shots and also helped me dress up appropriately. All the people in the studio are hard working people. Infact, I got my pictures ready in a week after my order. They all are too good. Thanks VIP studios. —sukhmanichauhan

2010-07-30 10:35:00   Just got my pictures today.:) The pictures are high quality and money well spent. The staff service and the photographer are amazing. Ara is very nice and friendly; she made me laugh and made the session fun. My only thing is the turnaround time, although, I didnt do rush, it seemed that it took forever to get them. With the pictures I got, however, the turnaround time was reasonable. I would absolutely recommend this place for your professional photography you'll ever need. Thanks again, Ara!:) —UCDAVIS2007

2010-08-16 21:31:31   Before her graduation this past June from UC Davis, I asked my daughter to have her picture professionally taken. She checked out various studios on Daviswiki. from what she read she decided to go to V.I.P. Studios. Since I don't live locally, I trusted her and the photographer's choice of backgrounds. When the proofs arrived, I was surprised by the generous number and selection. I found it very difficult to choose only two poses for the package that I wanted. One pose that I chose was considered" face centered". I really loved the pose I ordered but when the pictures arrived I decided that the "face centered" wasn't centered as I would like. I contacted the studios and they said they could "body center" that pose. They sent me an email showing the difference. I decided that I preferred the ' body centered" pose. It was very helpful to see the poses side by side. V.I.P. Studios said that it could exchange the pose for the one I wanted. I was SO happy with the results.

V.I.P. studios were very helpful and the pictures came out great! I would recommend V.I.P.Studios! L.I.A —KiA

2010-09-08 08:15:09   I had some grad photos taken here and it was a positive experience for sure. The photographer was super precise with the poses down to the last detail, which was pretty impressive. I went in basically just wanting a headshot-style portrait, but she had me take a few other variations and my family really liked those as well. The studio experience was quick and easy and so was ordering prints. They came earlier than expected, and she was even able to crop a horizontal pic vertically and it came out great. Overall I'd reccomend them! —ClarkVineyard

2011-02-20 18:30:40   Ara took my graduation photos and they turned out great! I had various poses and I got to pick from over 30 proofs. I got both my proofs and final prints back in a timely manner. Ara pays attention to detail. She would come over and fix my hair and cap in between shots. I highly recommend VIP studios! —PollyWei

2011-05-05 14:46:33   My experience at VIP Studios was really good. The photographer was very prepared and she's also a funny lady. I ordered my graduation photos and they came very quickly, within less than a week! —bioscialumni

2011-05-17 16:43:02   Just took photos there and the photography was amazing! they have all the UCD regalia e.g. caps, gowns, tassel, diploma cover (which other photo places do not) and they very accommodating. i needed everything rush ordered and the proofs were upload to the site in no time. My parents go to see them and LOVED them!! staff is super nice, bubbly. Definitely recommend. —ShaunaMadison

2011-05-21 21:53:49   I got my graduation portraits done here and was very happy with my experience! The pictures turned out great and I found the staff to be very nice and helpful. They offered many different ways to save money including special promos, packages, and bonus prints. I highly recommend them to students or other people in the Davis area. Given the choice I would definitely go with them again! —AmandaBennett

2011-06-01 19:17:35   Extremely pleasant photographer. She always delivers when she says she does. She's nice to have a conversation with and my graduation photos turned out wonderfully. Its also cool that she can cover other important events and organizations. Highly recommend Ara! —MelannieLavarias

2011-06-03 18:51:41   they had really great service and i enjoyed them very much. they got my photos in a very timely manner. the people that work there have excellent service! there is nothing more that i have to say but great job! —ohernaez

2011-06-03 22:33:34   V.I.P Studios was a great place to get my senior pictures done. I was very happy to see my pictures and how much I liked them, especially one in particular which I used for my annoucements. Great quality photos and a nice way to end college with awesome pictures that will last forever! —ShelbyWhite

2011-06-04 18:45:38   Ara, the photographer, AMAZING! She was very kind and made sure I didn't take any pictures where I blinked and helped with stay hairs. I had taken graduation pictures here and hadn't removed my fingernail polish and she had some on hand to make sure none of my polish would show in my pictures. Highly recommend this portrait studio! —KaitlindGittings

2011-06-06 18:07:13   Just like JoAnnaRich, getting the proofs and my first order was quick! I really liked that. What I think made me really like this place is that, I had green fingers and they were able to photoshop it. Before they would make my order, one of them emailed me the finished product beforehand. That made me feel like a valuable customer. :) I've recommended this place to 3 of my friends and I think they all have taken their portraits. :) —JessaJoyRosario

2011-06-07 12:24:25   i'm generally happy with my photos but the delivery time was horrible. i had to call 4 times to ask about the status on my order and the person promised me the wrong date. and when i did receive my photos, i realized that they screwed up on my order. so now i have to order another print and pay more. ): —soulfulll

2011-06-07 12:28:09   oh and they should really clean the diplomas in the pictures. there are fingerprints all over and it is hella visible in the pictures. —soulfulll

2011-06-11 13:58:41   Fantastic! Ara is so fun to work with and really knows how to capture a person's personality in a picture. The quality of the prints was great, and they were extremely fast processing my order. I will work with them again! —AndraHutton

2011-06-14 12:37:34   The photographer was very nice and made the sometimes akward photo taking process fun and easy. There were plenty of proofs from which you can choose the perfect one. The pictures that we bought turned out great and I am very happy that I choose this company. The prices are a little high but I suppose its worth it for the friendly service. —JosephCrowe

2011-06-19 18:41:03   I found out about VIP studios from the UCD grad fair. The representative that I met at the fair was very nice and provided me with all the information I wanted to know about the place. From there, I decided to schedule an appointment to take my senior portraits. What I REALLY liked about this place is that when I got there, I felt very welcomed. They had a nice place for me to sit while I waited for the photographer to set things up for me. I took my senior portraits here on a Tuesday and received a phone call on Thursday about picking up my proofs. My pictures turned out great! I had a hard time choosing which pictures I wanted to place an order for. I just placed my order for my pictures a few days ago and I can't wait to get them!! —GretaMay

2011-06-23 20:15:49   Just got my portrait back from here today. Loved how flawless my face looked! This was the best experience I've had taking pictures. She made me feel really comfortable, let me be goofy,and totally called me out on my fake smile. As a result, my picture actually looks like me and I look genuinely happy to be graduating! I recommended her to my friends and would totally use this business again if and when I can afford more pictures. It is a little expensive, but it's worth the quality. My proofs were ready the next day and my final portrait was done in about 3 weeks because its senior portrait season. —kcbhatia

2011-06-27 20:36:48   Proofs came in within 3 days! Everyone who works there is very nice and courteous. They're a bit expensive but the pictures turned out great. —TMir