Pros: looks good on resume if you're working toward a media/arts career
Cons: lots!!! over worked, under paid, no breaks, high stress, lousy management, & so on . . .
If you need some photography experience to add to your creative resume, you enjoy photography/children and need some holiday cash, or you want to learn some very basics about photography posing, you can make the best of it for a few months.
But Lifetouch Portrait Studios is NOT A PLACE TO MAKE A CAREER. The company has unrealistic and unknowledgeable – more... District Managers and Regional Managers who lie, cheat and treat their employees badly.
The company provides poor photography. They sell a lot because Moms always love photos of their children. The photography doesn't have to be good or creative to sell to loving parents and Lifetouch takes advantage of that. . . Our district manager teaches even if the photography is really bad, as long as you act excited, you'll sell lots.
Their company standard is to spend NO MORE THAN TEN MINUTES in the camera room. The 10 minutes is to include setting up backgrounds/props, getting the children posed, changing the backgrounds, posing again, etc. They want you to use 3 backgrounds with every customer, take 3 - 5 shots on each and be out of the camera room in TEN MINUTES! Then when the customer feels rushed or complains, they don't want you EVER to tell them there is a TEN MINUTE schedule.
Lifetouch under schedules employees, over schedules customers and tells you to make sure no one knows how close together they make the appointments. They let the babies, children and customers suffer for their greed. Then the employees have to take the backlash. (But you better get those smiles amidst the sh*+!) . . . It can be extremely stressful for everyone.
So, NO, I DO NOT recommend working for Lifetouch Portrait Studios and I don't recommend becoming a customer unless you get one of the photographers who will do what's best for you in spite of the company standards and can schedule you during a slow time. – less