All the staff were very friendly and made my daughter in law and myself feel very comfortable and at ease. The photographer was very professional he was taking brilliant pictures and they didn't feel too posed or unnatural. All in all a very enjoyable experience. The pictures are really worth it. My daughter in law and I had a fun day and have a happy memory as well as the photos ! Thank you motion studios! More...
Just come back from having photos with my family. What a lovely experience. Everyone is so nice and friendly. Came back with some lovely shots. Would recommend this place and I would come back again . Well done guys More...
Great time at motion studios
Fabulous day at MOTION STUDIO
I will be honest we purchased this package at lakeside and when I got home I read the online reviews and became very concerned !! Well my daughter and I attended yesterday and I can honestly say she had a lovely day we were looked after and made to feel very welcome, they did a lovely job of her hair and make up. We did purchase a couple of extra photos which were emailed over to us and we had them before we even left the studio. I Can honestly say that I never felt under any pressure to purchase extra shots. I would say if you are expecting a proper facial it is more like a quick cleanse and moisturise but that part of the deal wasn't really wanted by us anyway. More...
Highly recommended! Staff were extremely friendly and made us feel so comfortable! all the staff were very skilled and best all we came out with some beautiful shots done by a very talented and patient photographer! Thank you to all we had a great day out! More...
My daughter and I had a lovely experience. Hair and make-up was fantastic and they were great with my 10 year old daughter. The photographer was absolutely brilliant. Not only did he make us feel at ease but he took the most beautiful photos. We felt like princesses going home. Thank you for a lovely afternoon Elna More...
Had a wonderful morning with this crew last week.... really warm welcoming and friendly! Loved the idea of getting hair and makeup done on site. Photographer great , knew what he was at and so looking forward to my album and canvas . Thanks Guys. Mairead More...
Sit back for this review, it's going to be a long read.
We bought a promotion from a very charming guy who seemed fairly desperate to shift what he was selling at Intu Shopping Centre in Watford.
He described it as a spa experience, pamper day, with photos at the end that were purely to account for the work of the makeup artist and to track our 'transformation'. If you've been sold this, he lied to you too.
The mis-selling of our package aside, we turn up for the day (somewhat) prepared for what might be to come because we've read countless other reviews of many other people being sold this package only to find out that there's nothing spa/pamper like about this experience.
We enter Motion Photo studio, there's no one to greet us at reception so we start calling into their basement, to no reply. Eventually we go downstairs and are ushered past the builders (who are literally mixing cement and drilling in the same room) and to a 'waiting space'. I call it this because there are 'spinny' office chairs and some single chairs, next to a table with some mess on. 3ft away is the 'make-over' space and at times it was incredibly crowded.
We got a glass of prosecco (this was the best bit and I am eternally grateful that we had not just 1 but 3 glasses while we were there!!) This really helped blur out the very loud building work happening less than 2 meters away.
ENTER guy wafting a plastic cup full of incense. This was overpowering and honestly one of the strangest smells ever when mixed with the stuffy basement space full of people and builders and cement.
(It wasn't even one of the customers who asked for him to put out the incense it was the make-up artist...)
We are both made-over... I cannot stress more, there is nothing spa-like about this experience. We never received an 'aromatherapy hand massage' nor a 'facial' which was both paid for and promised. My mum hated her make-up and we did both immediately wash it off after leaving. I can be understanding to the excess of makeup though, as it became apparent the make-over was purely for the photographs and had nothing to do with our tastes and preferences.
To end my make-over I had my nails painted. I do want to say that the lady who did my hair, make-up and nails was very lovely to me and I was genuinely embarrassed that this happened. I picked a colour and she painted them, they looked perfect. As someone who has used Shellac for years, I knew instantly that the top coat she had used was a shellac top coat rather than a regular top coat. The difference being a shellac top coat will not dry without the use of a UV light, so as you can imagine 30 minutes later when we're called in to have our pictures taken my nails are still completely wet (not even just tacky) - the polish is coming off with even a light touch.
I tell the photographer who has no idea whats going on, he asks the makeup artist, she denies it but honestly... she painted my nails with a highstreet 60 second dry polish.... it shouldn't still be wet.
We power on through, completely ignoring the mess that is my fingernails. What was once a pretty coral colour is now smeared and picking up hairs and fibre, ALSO STAINING MY CLOTHES.
My fingers are literally gluing themselves together while we're having our pictures taken....
I can't fault the photographer he was lovely, my mum (who was very uncomfortable at this point) loosened up around him and he took some nice pictures.
The room where the photographs happened looked like I'd imagine a low budget porn set with a four poster bed, peeling wallpaper and cables strewn across the floor. (Trip hazard - just saying! You can thank me later)
When our photos were done they told us it would be about 30 minutes until our photographs were ready and gave us the option to go away and come back, so we did this (you should check out my review of the pub on the corner to be assured that I do leave honest feedback and know when a place is genuinely selling lovely stuff!)
We came back at 2.45pm and had actually left them 40 minutes to fix our images. We waited for a further half an hour, despite telling them we had somewhere to be in Shoreditch at 3.45pm. Since we'd arrived at 12pm we'd well overstayed the 3 hours they ask you to allocate for the experience.
This part is just to tickle anyone with a slight knowledge of London. When I said we had to be in Shoreditch for 3.45pm, a guy who works there said that would be fine, we had loads of time and that it only takes 10 MINUTES to get there from Euston... Let that sink in...
We enter the room and the sales-lady is once again flattering my mum with all her might. My mum says outright we have somewhere to be, we don't want to buy photographs and we were mis-sold the package in the first place. We want to take our 2 free images and leave.
This is met with understanding and at this point we are incredibly grateful. We had our two images wetransferred to us and we left, with great assurance that the deposit would be back in my mum's account by the end of July.
We have just checked her account and the deposit is back, it took emails and phone calls - we were incredibly reluctant to let Motion Photo Studio forget to send it to us, but it did come through after one "fault with the deposit transfer".
While I do wish that I hadn't gone to Motion Photo Studio, because we were completely mis-sold the experience that we had and promised things that would never have been delivered. The only shining light from this experience is the photograph that we got of my mum which makes me instantly think of Mariah Carey. Maybe if the strange photo room had had some fire effects to complete the Mariah Carey experience I might have taken the whole thing a bit less seriously.
If you've already bought this, and you wanted a pamper experience I recommend trying to get a refund - Motion Photo Studio acknowledge that they aren't a spa and that they only cater for photography.
If you're yet to buy from Motion Photo Studio, only do so if you want your photographs taken.
In honesty, I do feel like my time was wasted and without a doubt my mum's money was wasted. The woman I spoke to at Motion Photo Studio suggested that they aren't in control of what the advertisers (that they pay for) say to prospective customers, but honestly this feels like a weak excuse at best.
Thanks for the laughs, I hope this review is a wake-up call for Motion to end their contract with their ‘on street’ sellers and to consider the customer experience being offered. (Thanks again for the 3 glasses of prosecco!) More...
Make-up artist and photographer very professional, make-up was great, manicure is something I could have done myself - no hand massage as mentioned on invitation booklet but photos were gorgeous, however price is VERY expensive. Also we were not given any printed photos only copies on a CD and by email for us to print ourselves which is additional cost to us. Premises is quite compact with 1 toilet off of the small kitchenette. All staff made us feel very welcomed, but on the day we attended the receptionist's appearance was not very professional as she was wearing a short skirt which showed everything underneath as she moved about. Overall it was a great experience and a good day, my friend and I left looking very attractive and relaxed. More...
Pleasant helpful staff yes it was sell sell but hey
I had a photoshoot today for my final year collection today. Honestly the BEST studio ever. Peter was so lovely as soon as we walked in, really made us feel at home and we were free to do whatever we wanted, and helped us out when we needed it. Honestly before coming here i was quite nervous, not knowing what to expect. But it was the best experience and had so much fun shooting my collection!! I would 100000% recommend this place, honestly feeling super happy and satisfied More...
We was very welcomed and very friendly staff felt relaxed and they made it really fun for use both we would definitely recommend this place
Very nice day had fun me and the wife would highly recommend !
Brilliant amazing team , beautiful experience for me and my daughters I've come twice. And never been disappoint.
I had a very nice day. Professional hair stylist and makeup. The photos were took very professionally as well.
Had a fab time the makeup artist were lovely really listened to what we wanted really nice day well worth it thank you so much to the team made us feel welcome and comfortable
Purweenbobby Azad TCW
Amazing had a great day
What an amazing team of people to work with , was made to feel so confident and Akua very beautifully, the photographer Charlene coached us professionally and Caz and the team made us feel very welcome , definitely will be back
Amazing experience! had such a fun time and felt very relaxed throughout, would definitely recommend
very professional studio photo shoot was just so much fun , yes they give you option for package photos, sadly there no option between the £30 and of x1 print to x8 print at £300
Clean and professional pictures. Felt very relaxed and enjoy the whole experience. Definitely something to try.
World Class photo shoot! Caz and the team made us feel really welcome and relaxed from the start. The photographer made us feel comfartable and guided us with professionalism throughout the shoot. Thanks so much guys and we'll see you soon!! More...
Great day !!! Special thanks to holly our make-up artist. Such a wonderful girl. Extremely professional friendly and courteous . the make up you did was amazing and your advice so helpful. At 21 you have an amazing career in front if you many thanks again. Tracey xx More...
Brilliant day with my best friend.. Peter, the photographer and make up artist made us feel very welcome and as a result left with some great photos!I would definitely recommend Thank you Motion Studios More...
staff very friendly and professional. I didn't expect such a high quality of the pictures as I received. absolutely recommended!!
Even though I was nervous they made me feel really relaxed. First time I've had make up on and im not sure how i feel about it, although the photos came out amazingly.
Had some great corporate shots at Motion, easy friendly experience.l
My whole experience at the Studio was lovely from the beginning staff are very welcoming and make you feel at home. The makeup artists where very professional and the photographer was brilliant. We were very happy with our pictures where definitely worth it as were very reasonably priced. I would definitely be doing this again had so much fun. More...
Lovely experience! The staff is very professional and treated us like stars! Make up and hair: Spot On ! The photographer was amazing and the results were as we wanted!! Definitely worth it!
I feel disappointed and ripped off- this one star is only for the friendly photographer. Firstly there was the lack of the promised manicure, and hand massage. I didn't like my makeup or hairstyle, but it was mainly the fact that I was completely ripped off by the price of the pictures, which was suddenly thrown at us at the end. It was a trap.
I Spent 170 pounds for 3 poxy pictures ( as my 4 other pictures was free- a photo for me and my 3 daughters was free). they didn't even bother to print the pictures out, they left it on a crap CD. He was showing us albums at the start etc. And yet we were left with just the CD.
When we asked if we could print, The guy told us to go to boots. This supposedly as postage to us would be £10. I had a £60 deposit, and gave 20 pounds for the voucher, with £90 wasted once more. He was talking about around £900 for thirty pictures- ridiculous. I was thinking, Did he think I was buying the studio?
I wish I never went, the worst experience of my life, the guy literally forced us to buy the pictures we did and made us feel uncomfortable. It ruined my day. Now am left completely drained.
Future people don't bother going, as you will only lose the £20 you have given for the voucher, and not hundreds.
Had a really lovely experience today. Staff are lovely and make you feel very comfortable. Makeup artists and photographers are very talented and are very interested in what you want to get from the day. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for great shots or even just a fun day! More...
Lovely day, would highly recommend. Peter, the makeup artists and photographer were amazing. Had patience for my two year old and four year old too! Thanks guys!
Had and amazing day. Everyone was so professional and friendly. Love my photos. Thank you everyone at Motion Photo Studio I will certainly be recommending you to my friends and family.
Rudeness ruined everything.
My two daughters had a makeover ahead of a party. They were treated rudely and bullied into taking expensive extras and shouted at when they refused. They came home with tear stained cheeks ruining everything. AVOID. More...
Excellent customer service. Polite, professional and friendly staff, particularly Peter. Very impressed and highly recommend.
My daughter and I had a lovely day at the studio. All of the staff were friendly and professional. We were delighted with the photos.
Unfortunately I had a terrible experience here. I purchased a package that was sold to me as a "pamper day" with "makeup, hair, manicure, facial, etc." and when I arrived at the studio learned that was certainly not the case. I was 15 minutes late and the first one to arrive, I didn't start my "pamper" until 30 minutes after my appointment time. The hair and makeup stylist were very friendly, but the hair was nothing I couldn't have done on my own and I received no facial or manicure, they just quickly changed my polish, and only after I asked them to.
The worst part was the way the photographers treated me, they made rude comments from the beginning, telling me this "isn't just a day to get your hair and makeup done" and then when I tried to just leave with the included single photo in my package, Peter was incredibly rude and refused to give me back my full deposit. I shared with him that I had previously cancelled my friend's attendance and at the time was told it was no issue, but once in person Peter said there was "no record of me cancelling." By the time I left I felt incredibly taken advantage of and shaken.
I tried to call back later to get the remainder of my deposit but Peter refused to speak with me and never called me back.
Honestly, the photos are fine, but I highly recommend taking your business elsewhere as the treatment I received was awful and extremely upsetting. Also, if you are sold the "pamper package" - beware that it is not that and you will end up just trying to be sold £300 worth of photos. More...
Did have a bit of a misunderstanding but the manager resolved it and now satisfied
Great company and experience. Explained the shoot. Made us feel very welcome. Highly recommend this company and staff.
A nice day, excellent photos at a reasonable cost
Great photos,lovely staff,a great experience,loved it
Lovely staff. They aim to get to the bottom of your wishes to make your photo shoot the best. Would recommend
My family and I had such a fun experience at the studio! Really nice to get a full makeover and our pictures came out great. Everyone was super friendly and helpful, would definitely recommend! More...
I just had an amazing experience here. Thanks to the lovely professional team working in this studio. Felt like a superstar.
great experience. lovely photos. makeover was amazing. staff are friendly. deffinatly recommend.
Had a fantastic day with my daughters. Hair and make up looked amazing, had our nails done in the nail bar. Photographer was great and walked away with some amazing photos. Ive had photo shoots before but this has to be the best experience ive had. More...
we had our pregnancy photos taken there. it was great. The photographer made sure we were comfortable and that were getting the photos we had in mind. totally recommend!
Had a great time here! Really lovely place.. would highly recommend it, always a good day out!
M and D Upton
On the 4th November I had the most amazing day in London at this beautiful new studio. Such a professional team and a relaxing atmosphere. I am delighted with my photographs and would highly recommend this fabulous studio and its team. Throughly enjoyed my visit to Motion Photo Studio thank you. Doreen More...