Travel back in time and have the photo to prove it
If you're looking for an experience that you can remember in a frame, you should check out Old Time Photos in Surfers Paradise. Located on Level 1 of the Surfers Paradise Centro in Cavill Mall, Old Time Photos is a small store positioned between Timezone and Surfers Paradise Tenpin. There you can get themed professional photos taken of you with your family and friends in a fun and exciting environment.
When you first arrive at Old Time Photos you'll be asked which style you would like to shoot in: Western, Victorian or Gangster. The Western style is shot mainly on the set of a country saloon from the 1800s and in an old style gambling room. Males will be dressed as cowboys, sheriffs or outlaws and the ladies will be dressed as barmaids. The Gangster style is also shot in the saloon and the gambling room, but the option of a photo around a vintage car parked in the back streets of the roaring 20s is also available. The ladies will be dressed in flapper dresses while the men will be dressed in suits and hats. Alternatively the Victorian style is shot primarily on the set of an old Victorian drawing room. Girls will be dressed in long, hooped dresses while the men will look very gentlemanly in waistcoats and trousers.
Once you've decided on the style of your shoot you'll then be taken into the dressing area where you'll be advised of your costume. You'll be amazed at the range of corsets, hats, garters, suits, skirts, pantyhose and props that the wardrobe has on offer and almost all of the costumes can in fact be worn over the top of the clothes you arrive in. If you do have to take off some of your own clothes or jewellery, you will be given a drawer to store them in while you are on set. If I could give one piece of advice for the ladies, it would be to make sure that you style your hair the way you want it to look while you get changed, because the staff member looking after you will not style your hair for you.
Once you're dressed, you will then be taken onto the set and positioned for your shoot. The staff there will sit or stand in front of you depending on the shot and will ask you to look in different directions and make different facial expressions. If you want to make up your own pose, the photographer is also happy to oblige. They will take a number of different shots to make sure that you have a range of different options to choose from when it comes to choosing your print and will make sure you're looking your best in every photo. Each shoot takes between 6 and 7 minutes to complete.
Depending on how many shoots you order, you will then be taken either to the next set or to the reception where the photographer will put your photos up on a large computer screen. There you will together go through the photos and choose your favourites. At this stage of the process the photos will be shown to you in full colour, but be advised that a photo can look completely different when shown in Sepia, which the photographer will tell you.
Once you've decided on the photos that you want to purchase you may have to wait for a few minutes while they are printed. For more than 1 photo a wait time of 15 minutes or more should be expected. The photos are printed in Sepia and are around the size of an A4 piece of paper. They also come in an Old Time Photos cardboard frame.
Perfect for Valentine's Day, Hens/Bucks Nights or just for a bit of fun, Old Time Photos is an enjoyable and memorable experience but certainly not cheap. If you're lucky enough to catch a deal for the prints you should definitely make the most of it, because prints will set you back anywhere from $30 to $50 and additional prints also have to be bought. The prices also vary depending on how many people you want in the photos.